By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
John Hunter Nemechek was leading on the final lap. Then, as he ran out of gas, things began to fall apart, as other trucks went around him.
Brett Moffitt went on to win the Overton’s 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois on Friday night. The Fr8Auctions.com driver for Shigeaki Hattori led 17 of the 150 laps.
He also received 55 points for the win. Moffitt also received five playoff points, as well.
This is Moffitt’s third win of the season. He has won two of the last three races, as he also won at Iowa. Moffitt also won the Atlanta race.
“Man, this is great, this is awesome,” Moffitt told Fox Sports 1. “We didn’t know if we were coming. … To be here in Victory Lane it’s an honor and a blessing. These guys work hard, I feel like we threw away a couple of wins earlier this season. I hate it for (Nemechek) whatever happened to him. … But we’ll take them anyway we can get them now.”
Moffitt has five Top 3 finishes on the season.
Ben Rhodes was the second-place finisher. The Alpha Energy Solutions driver for Duke Thorson also received 40 points.
This is Rhodes best finish of the season, as he had back-to-back fourth-place finishes to begin the season. This was Rhodes best finish since winning the Las Vegas 350 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 30th, 2017.
Johnny Sauter was the third-place finisher. Sauter, the driver of the ISM Connect driver for Maury Gallagher, received 44 points.
Sauter, who has four wins this season, has finished third in back-to-back races. He has eight Top 3 finishes this season.
The Top 3 drivers all drive different trucks. Moffitt drove a Toyota, while Rhodes drove a Ford and Sauter drove a Chevrolet. Toyota also rounded out the Top 5, as Noah Gragson and Brandon Jones finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Nemechek would complete the race in the seventh position.
Of the 32 cars in the event, seven did not finish. Brian Kaltreider, who finished 25th, had suspension problems and left after lap 98 in his Image Tech truck for Mark Beaver.
Ross Chastain finished 26th after he crashed his Premium Motorsports truck for Jay Robinson after going to lap 51. Bayley Currey, who drove the D.J. Chopp truck, finished 27th, while Joe Nemechek, who was driving the Fleetwig/D.A.B. Constructors truck for Joe Nemechek, finished 28th.
Both drivers had fuel pump problems. Currey made it to lap 45, while Nemechek could only make it to lap 29.
J.J. Yeley, the driver of the Combat Flags truck for Mike Mittler, finished 29th, as he could on go to lap 22 with a vibration in the car. Camden Murphy, who was driving the Driven2Honor truck for Jennifer Jo Cobb, finished in the 30th position after leaving on lap 22 with a suspension problem.
Norm Benning, the driver of the Zomongo/H&H Transport truck for Norm Benning, finished in the 31st position after completing just two laps before exiting with an oil pump problem. Mike Harmon, the driver of the Troptions truck for Mike Harmon, finished in the 32nd position after he had an oil cooler problem.
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