Ross Chastain won the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race Friday night at Kansas Speedway to claim his first victory in the Truck Series.
Chastain, who was driving the No. 45 Chevrolet for Niece Motorsports, inherited the lead from Stewart Friesen with three laps to go when Friesen ran out of fuel.
The triumph comes at the start of the 66th Chastain truck series. It is his second victory in the national series after he won with Chip Ganbadi Racing in the Xfinity Series last year. The victory is the first for Niece Motorsports in 90 starts.
After his victory with Ganbadi, Chastain was announced as a full-time team driver at Xfinity in 2019. But after the FBI raided its main sponsor DC Solar in mid-December, the CGR closed its Xfinity program in January due to a lack of sponsorship.
Chastain returned to JD Motorsports with a three-race contract with Kaulig Racing. He is competing part-time for Niece Motorsports in the Truck Series, as well as competing full-time in the Cup with Premium Motorsports.
"This is what sport is about, the reappearances, man," Chastain told Fox Sports 1. "We had the rope by the tail last fall." Everything was taken from us. However, we do not resign. … I will celebrate this much more than the last. After the last one I thought that they would come much easier. But is not. It's so hard to win. "
Friday night's race was the 28th start of Chastain's consecutive national series.
"I've been called a loser throughout my career and I'm tired of that," Chastain told the media center. "I'm so tired of hearing that, I know they mean well when they say it, but man, I just want to win and that's why I run everything I can."
The top five were completed by Ben Rhodes, Todd Gilliland, Austin Hill and Brandon Jones.
Friesen, who led 87 laps, finished 15th. At Friesen's last pit stop, he left his position with only two new tires, not knowing it was a four-tire stop, which also resulted in less fuel.
Grant Enfinger led 47 laps, but finished seventh after he and Brett Moffitt made contact and spun as they ran for second place with 28 laps to go.
WINNER OF STAGE 1: Stewart Friesen
WINNER OF STAGE 2: Stewart Friesen
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