(AP Photo/John Raoux)
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Chandler Smith bumped past Sheldon Creed on a late restart Thursday night at Bristol Motor Speedway and held on for his first NASCAR Trucks Series victory and a spot in the second round of the playoffs.
The 19-year-old Georgia driver challenged Creed on the inside off a restart with five laps left, with the No. 18 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota making contact with Creed that left the defending series champion with a cut left rear tire.
"I'm speechless right now," Smith said. "I've really been tested this last year or two and tested my faith. I have to thank everyone behind me. This is just incredible. It finally paid off. I'm just so happy right now."