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Moffitt wins Round of 8 opener at Kansas, locks into Championship 4

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a group of people sitting in a parking lot: Moffitt wins Round of 8 opener at Kansas, locks into Championship 4 © Jamie Squire Getty Images Moffitt wins Round of 8 opener at Kansas, locks into Championship 4 Brett Moffitt won the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series playoff race in overtime at Kansas Speedway, making him the first driver to qualify for the Championship 4.

Sheldon Creed crossed the finish line as the runner-up by 0.111 seconds. Austin Hill finished third, while Grant Enfinger and Chandler Smith were fourth and fifth, respectively. Smith was the only non-playoff driver in the top five.

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Christian Eckes, Timothy Peters, Matt Crafton, Derek Kraus and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top 10 in Saturday‘s Clean Harbors 200, with Crafton the sole playoff driver in the group.

Zane Smith came in 11th as the next-highest playoff finisher. He was actually leading with three laps to go in regulation but couldn‘t keep control of his No. 21 Chevrolet when the No. 23 Chevrolet of GMS Racing teammate Moffitt blocked. A caution flew as Smith tried to save his truck from spinning into anything or anyone, prompting NASCAR Overtime.

The final two playoff contenders were Ben Rhodes and Tyler Ankrum. Rhodes ended up 20th, while Ankrum was 34th.

On Lap 39, Ankrum got swept up in a multi-truck wreck. Ankrum‘s No. 26 GMS Racing Chevrolet sustained enough damage that the playoff contender‘s day had to end early. Ankrum entered the race last — eighth — in the standings and exited in the exact same place, now 52 points out versus the 16 before.

Creed‘s No. 2 GMS Racing Chevy was the most dominant throughout the 139-lap event, leading a race-high 61 circuits and winning both stages.

Hailie Deegan made her first career Gander Truck Series start, steering the No. 17 Ford for DGR-Crosley. She placed 16th, a lap down. During the race, Ford Performance announced Deegan will move up to the Camping World Truck Series full time in 2021 with DGR-Crosley.

Up next, the Gander Truck Series heads to Texas Motor Speedway for its second event in the Round of 8. Only two races remain before the Championship 4 is set and the Gander Truck Series takes on Phoenix Raceway for a title showdown.

This story will be updated.


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