Another season comes to an end when the Gander Outdoor Truck Series runs the EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami.

After qualifying was rained out, the field was set by truck owner points. Championship Four driver Stewart Friesen will sit on the pole and bring the field to green. Driving the number 51 Kyle Busch Motorsports truck, Christian Eckes will start alongside on the front row.

By the end of the race either Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, Ross Chastain, or Brett Moffitt will be crowned the Gander Outdoors Turck Series champion for the 2019 racing season.

Along with the driver’s championship, a truck owner will be crowned as a champion. Among the teams is Kyle Busch Motorsports who has won five titles in the past six years.

Once the green flag flies, Joe Nemechek will make history as the driver with the most NASCAR starts in history with 1,186 across all three Series. Joe Nemechek has been driving for 30 years and has no plans to stop any time soon.

After a rain delay of over an hour and a half, the trucks finally get on the track and are ready to race.

Stages one and two of the race are 30 laps each with stage three lasting 74 laps for a total of 134 laps around the mile and a half track. The drivers can complete the first two stages on a single fuel load but will have to make a pit stop during stage three.

Before the race even begins, Anthony Alfredo’s truck has an oil leak and has to take the truck to the garage.

Stewart Friesen brings the field down for the green flag and jumps out in front but Ross Chastain comes from third to take the lead.

All the points have already been awarded, only the finishing order matters in deciding who will take home the trophies.

Lap six, Ross Chastain – the Melon Man – has the lead with Stewart Friesen in second; Christian Eckes, Matt Crafton, and Johnny Sauter round out the top five.

Lap eight, Ross Chastain hold on to the lead by a quarter of a seocnd on Stewart Friesen; Brett Moffitt, Christian Eckes, and Matt Crafton round out the top five. Only Christian Eckes is not a part of the run for the championship.

Lap 17, Ross Chastain continues to lead the race by a quarter of a second on Stewart Friesen; Brett Moffitt in third is over two and a half seconds back.

Lap 22, Ross Chastain holds on to his lead by a third of a second on Stewart Friesen; Brett Moffitt, Austin Hill, and Christian Eckes round out the top five.

Only seven laps remain in stage one; Ross Chastain has led every lap so far but third place driver Austin Hill is coming on fast.

Lap 25, Ross Chastain has less than a half second lead on Austin Hill.

With only two laps remaining in stage one, Austin Hi;; gets around Ross Chastain to take the lead.

Austin Hill wins stage one for his first career stage win.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Austin Hill
Ross Chastain
Stewart Friesen
Brett Moffitt
Christian Eckes
Matt Crafton
Sheldon Creed
Tyler Ankrum
Grant Enfinger
Johnny Sauter

Brett Moffitt wins the race off of pit road.

Brett Moffitt brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets it in front for the lead as drivers get three wide across the track on lap 35.

Lap 36, Ross Chastain jumps out to take the lead with 25 trucks on the lead lap.

Lap 38, Ross Chastain has a tenth of a second lead on Matt Crafton with Austin Hill in third.

Lap 40, Ross Chastain has the lead with Matt Crafton in second; Austin Hill, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 43, Austin Hill challenges Ross Chastain for the lead once again and on lap 44 Hill is the new leader.

Lap 49, the caution flag comes out for Ray Ciccarelli’s smoking truck with a blown engine.

With only six laps remaining in stage two, Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag restart and holds on to his lead with Matt Crafton in second; Stewart Friesen, Ross Chastain, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Austin Hill sweeps the stages with a stage two win.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Stewart Friesen
Grant Enfinger
Parker Kligerman
Johnny Sauter
Sheldon Creed
Tanner Gray

Austin Hill wins the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton coming out in second.

Austin Hill wins the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton coming out in second.

Last week Austin Hill was eliminated from the playoffs one race shy of the championship; but this week he is showing the field that he still has plenty to offer.

Jesse Little was charged with having an uncontrolled tire on pit road.

Tyler Ankrum pitted early, before pit road was open, and had to make a second trip down pit road. He is now a lap down.

Christian Eckes brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 68 with Ben Rhodes alongside on the front row. Christian Eckes takes the lead but the drivers who made pit stops and have fresh tires are moving through the pack.

Lap 71, Christian Eckes is in the lead but Matt Crafton is in second less than half a second back.

Lap 74, Matt Crafton has caught up to the bumper of leader Christian Eckes and is challenging for the lead.

Lap 75, Stewart Friesen has made it a three way battle.

Lap 83, Christian Eckes has a near half second lead on Austin Hill with Matt Crafton in third; Stewart Friesen and Ben Rhodes round out the top five.

There are 24 trucks on the lead lap with only two trucks out of the race.

Lap 88, Christian Eckes holds on to the lead with a lead of less than a quarter of a second on Austin Hill; Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Lap 90, Austin Hill passes Christian Eckes for the lead.

Lap 93, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of nearly a second on Matt Crafton; Christian Eckes, Stewart Friesen, and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Green flag pit stops begin on lap 97.

Lap 99, leader Austin Hill brings his truck down pit road for service; Gus Dean is the new leader.

Lap 102, Gus Dean comes down pit road for service and hands the lead over to Matt Crafton.

With 26 laps to go, Matt Crafton has a lead of nearly a second on Austin Hill.

Lap 111, Austin Hill has caught up to leader Matt Crafton and is challenging for the lead. Lap 112, Austin Hill retakes the lead.

Of the four Championship drivers, Matt Crafton is leading the way with a lead of over eight seconds on his closest competitor, Ross Chastain.

Twenty to go, Austin Hill has a lead of over hald a second on Matt Crafton who is the highest placing driver of the Championship Four.

Christian Eckes in third is leading the way for the owner’s championship by over five seconds.

With 17 laps remaining in the race, there are only 14 trucks on the lead lap.

Fifteen to go, Austin Hill has a lead of over a second on Matt Crafton with Christian Eckes in third three seconds back; Ross Chastain and Brett Moffitt round out the top five.

Ten to go, Austin Hill has a second and a half lead on Matt Crafton with Christian Eckes in third over four seconds back.

Seven to go, Austin Hill holds on to his second and a half lead on Matt Crafton.

Four to go, Austin Hill has pulled out to a lead of two seconds on Matt Crafton.

Austin Hill takes the white flag.

Austin Hill wins the EcoBoost 200 to end the season as it begun..with a win!

Matt Crafton is the Gander Outdoor Turck Series Champion for 2019. This is Crafton’s third Truck Series Championship.

Coming in third place, Christian Eckes wins the Gander Outdoors Truck Series Owner Championship for truck owner Kyle Busch.

The unofficial results of the EcoBoost 200:
Austin Hill
Matt Crafton
Christian Eckes
Ross Chastain
Brett Moffitt
Johnny Sauter
Grant Enfinger
Todd Gilliland
Sheldon Creed
Parker Kligerman
Stewart Friesen
Ben Rhodes
Harrison Burton
Joe Nemechek
Gus Dean
Tanner Gray
Jesse Little
Tyler Dippel
Austin Wayne Self
Natalie Decker
Jordan Anderson
Tyler Ankrum
Tyler Hill
Colby Howard
Danny Bohn
Codie Rohrbaugh
Cory Roper
Jennifer JO Cobb

Angela Ruch
Josh Bilicki
Ray Ciccarelli
Anthony Alfredo

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