Toyota and Tundra driver Austin Hill bookended the 2019 NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series (NGOTS) season with victories as Hill captured his fourth career-series win in the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday evening.
With the victory, Toyota also solidified its 11th manufacturer’s championship – a high for any manufacturer in the series. It was also Toyota’s sixth title in the last seven years as Tundra drivers captured wins in 12 of 23 races in 2019.
“I just have to give it all to my guys,” said Hill. “This is probably the best truck that I’ve had. With this win, we locked up the manufacturer’s championship for Toyota so I’m really glad that I could be a part of that and help that out. Awesome way to end the season.”Austin Hill
“It was an up-and-down season,” said Ankrum. “We had a lot of great success. We ran top five a handful of times, and we won at Kentucky, which was huge for DGR-Crosley. Huge for Toyota and huge for myself.”Tyler Ankrum
From an owner’s standpoint, Kyle Busch Motorsports also won its sixth NGOTS owner’s championship with Toyota Racing development driver finishing third in the No. 51 Tundra in the season-finale event.
“I struggled for most of the race honestly,” said Eckes. “This place is really tough. It got a little better there out front. Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) made a great call. We were able to lead some laps and come home third. It’s awesome to get another championship for these guys. I’m just ready for 2020.”Christian Eckes