Carson Hocevar dominated the most circuits, but Ross Chastain of Niece Motorsports snatched the NASCAR Truck victory in Charlotte with a spectacular last-lap overtake.
Hocevar seemed to be on his approach to his first profession win at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night, dominating 57 of the 143 circuits, but crashed in the first overtime with Ryan Preece.
On the resumption of the second overtime, Chastain was in the lead. On the next-to-last lap, Chastain surrendered the lead to Christian Eckes.
On the penultimate lap, John Hunter Nemechek took the lead, but Grant Enfinger pushed Chastain back into the lead, giving him the victory by 0.102 seconds.
Chastain has now won four times in a row, and her first since 2019.
“Carson Hocevar and that No. 42 team dominated tonight. Al Niece (team owner) has given us trucks to come out and fight for wins,” Chastain said. “I hate it so much for Carson. If I had chosen the bottom (lane) like he did, I would have done the same thing. You’re just in a bad spot and I would have given him the push he needed to win.
“I’m so proud of Carson. I just want to say that over and over. I love him. We learn together and we lose together. I’m ready to bust (a watermelon)!”
Nemechek was third, Eckes was fourth, and Zane Smith completed the top five.
Tanner Gray, Kyle Busch, Chandler Smith, Stewart Friesen, and Ben Rhodes rounded out the top ten.
Hocevar said that he was to blame for the confrontation with Preece.
“A dumbass move by myself,” Hocevar said. “I tried too hard. I feel like a sis crying.”
Preece offered no sympathy for Hocevar.
“All you kids watching right now wanting to get to this level … don’t do that,” Preece said of move by Hocevar. “Race with respect.”
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