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Sam Mayer Wins 1st Career Truck Race at Bristol

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In the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series playoff opener, 17-year-old Sam Mayer spoiled the party.

Mayer grabbed the lead on lap 171 en route to winning the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway for his first career Truck victory.

He became the second-youngest winner in Truck history in only his seventh career win, behind Cole Custer.

Mayer has been on a winning streak, both this year and at Bristol. He has won in the ARCA Menards Series, ARCA Menards Series East and ARCA Menards Series West this year. He also won both ARCA East races at Bristol last year too. Mayer is entered for the combination ARCA and ARCA East race at Bristol later Thursday night.

“What? Oh my gosh, Bristol, dude!” Mayer told Fox Sports 1 as he emerged victorious from his No. 24 GMS Racing Chevrolet. “I love this place; this is win No. 3 for me. Man, I don’t know what to say. We fired off good. We only made one adjustment, and that feels so good.

“I knew the team was, this No. 24 team was – I knew they could do it. I just had to come here and perform. That last pit stop put us in a perfect place and we were able to drive by all of them. Man, that’s such a good feeling. We have two more Truck races this year and the momentum is awesome.”

The UNOH 200 was dominated by GMS Racing. Brett Moffitt won the first stage, and Tyler Ankrum, who did not pit at the end of the first stage, took advantage of that track position to win the second stage, scoring 10 valuable stage points.

Moffitt finished second after winning this race last year.

Tanner Gray finished third, tying his career-best finish. Parker Kligerman finished fourth, his first top five since 2018. Trevor Bayne earned his first Truck top five with a fifth-place finish, though his truck was later disqualified for failing post-race inspection.

A number of those playoff drivers battled issues during the UNOH 200. Grant Enfinger fought engine issues for part of the race. Zane Smith felt an issue akin to a tire issue late in the race after leading 30 laps.

Another playoff driver, Austin Hill, endured damage throughout the 200-lap race.

After the first race of the Round of 10, Christian Eckes and Todd Gilliland left the 0.533-mile below the cut line.

UNOH 200 Results

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About Mark Kristl

Mark Kristl
Mark joined Frontstretch at the beginning of the 2019 NASCAR season. He is an Eagle Scout & a proud University of Dayton alum. He also writes about NASCAR for Beyond the Flag.