Austin Hill Earns First Career Truck Series Pole, Johnny Sauter on Front Row

The 2019 season for Austin Hill has been a roller coaster ride. It all started in victory lane at Daytona, but has included only one Top-5 finish since. On Friday, the #16 Hattori Racing Enterprises team added another positive note to their year after Hill scored his first career Pole in the NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series. Though, he may not like who’s joining him on the front row.

Two weeks ago, Johnny Sauter was suspended after an on-track altercation with Austin Hill at Iowa. Now, as Sauter returns to Truck Series competition, he’s going to start right alongside Hill at the very front of the pack. Sauter has experienced success at Chicagoland Speedway, winning in 2017 for GMS Racing. Now, with ThorSport Racing, he’ll be fighting hard to gain back the points he lost by missing last week’s race at Gateway. Sauter leads the Truck Series with 8 playoff points but now sits 10th overall in points, though he remains locked into the playoff due to his win at Dover.

Row 2 consists of the defending champion and last year’s Chicago winner Brett Moffitt and DGR-Crosley prospect Tyler Ankrum. At this time last year, Moffitt had 2 wins, sat 3rd in points, and sponsorship troubles that put a full season in doubt. Now, Moffitt has one win, thanks to a DQ of Ross Chastain’s truck, sits 5th in points, and still has sponsorship troubles. The #24 GMS Racing Chevrolet is blank and white at Chicagoland, surprising for two reasons. 1) Brett Moffitt has won 7 races since the beginning of 2018, matched by Johnny Sauter and Kyle Busch in that span, and 2) Moffitt is now driving the truck Sauter won most of his races in. The driver is proven to be successful and so is the team.

Full Starting Lineup:

116Austin HillToyotaSiriusXM
213Johnny SauterFordTenda Heal
324Brett MoffittChevyGMS
417Tyler AnkrumToyotaRailblaza
598Grant EnfingerFordChampion Power Equipment
615Anthony Alfredo #ToyotaSTEELSMITH
72Sheldon Creed #ChevyChevrolet Accessories
818Harrison Burton #ToyotaSafelite AutoGlass
95Dylan LuptonToyotaDGR Crosley
1052Stewart FriesenChevyHalmar International
1188Matt CraftonFordFisher Nuts/Menards
1212Gus Dean
134Todd GillilandToyotaMobil 1
1402Tyler Dippel #ChevyJersey Filmmaker
1554Natalie Decker #ToyotaN29 Technologies LLC
1645Ross ChastainChevyNiece Motorsports
1799Ben RhodesFordCarolina Nut
1822Austin Wayne SelfChevyGO TEXAN
1951Brandon Jones (i)ToyotaChigo/Menards
2020Spencer BoydChevy
213Jordan AndersonChevyBommarito Automotive Group
2244Spencer DavisChevyNiece Motorsports
238Camden MurphyChevyNemco
2456Timmy Hill (i)ChevySouthern Freight Services
2587Joe NemechekChevyRomco
2632Mason MasseyChevyReaume Brothers Racing Inc.
2733Josh Bilicki (i)
2834Jesse IwujiChevyLodestar Guidance
291BJ McLeod (i)ToyotaBeaver Bail Bonds
3010Jennifer Jo
316Norm BenningChevyH&H Transport
320Joey Gase (i)

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of You can contact him at [email protected]

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