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Kyle Busch Motorsports’ Todd Gilliland survived the chaos to claim the checkered flag in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series’ NASCAR Hall of Fame 200 at Martinsville Speedway Saturday (Oct. 26), his first NGOTS victory in 56 starts.
KBM’s Christian Eckes started on the pole for the third time in seven NGOTS starts, but early on, it was GMS Racing in command as defending series champion Brett Moffitt took the lead on lap 2 and held it for the rest of the first stage. Stage one was mostly tame, as a single caution flew, for a Ray Ciccarelli single-truck spin on lap 18.
The drama picked up during the second stage after a yellow for a Tanner Gray spin on lap 78. the leaders pitted, which gave the lead to ThorSport Racing’s Grant Enfinger on lap 82, while Enfinger’s championship-contending teammate Matt Crafton stalled out with engine issues.
On the ensuing restart, GMS’ Sam Mayer took the lead in his second career NGOTS start and held it to the end of the segment, winning the second stage.
When the green flag flew again, it was almost immediately replaced by the yellow, as Niece Motorsports’ playoff contender Ross Chastain slipped past Mayer before the teenager was involved in a wreck that also gathered playoff contenders Austin Hill and Tyler Ankrum, Enfinger and Gilliland, which brought out a lengthy 16-minute red flag on lap 124.
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From that point on the race was a series of yellows, as 12 cautions flew in total. That is tied for the second-most number of cautions in a Gander Outdoors Truck Series race this season with Eldora and Bristol.
Ciccarelli spun again, and playoff contender Stewart Friesen was turned by Johnny Sauter, Eckes briefly took the lead away from Chastain only to lose it again, while surprise Talladega winner Spencer Boyd collided with Jordan Anderson, collecting Norm Benning and Ben Rhodes as well.
With twenty laps to go, yet another caution flew for an axle coming out of Jennifer Jo Cobb‘s truck, and on the following restart Gilliland passed Chastain for the lead with 10 laps left.
The final caution came on lap 194 when Decker and Anderson collided, collecting Gus Dean.
That set up a two-lap overtime shootout that Gilliland survived. KBM teammate Harrison Burton had contact with Chastain on the final lap, beginning a series of incidents. When the dust settled, Chastain finished second, followed by Sauter and Enfinger. Timmy Hill earned a career-best fifth-place finish.
With just the Lucas Oil 150 remaining before the season finale at season finale at Homestead, all four slots in the championship four are still up for grabs.
The Lucas Oil 150 will be at ISM Raceway on Friday, Nov. 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET, with TV coverage on FOX Sports 1.
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