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Austin Hill likes “rough” race tracks like Atlanta, Homestead-Miami, Kansas

Austin Hill at Atlanta. Credits: NASCAR, Getty Images.

Austin Hill admitted that his earlier career experience helped him perform well at abrasive race tracks like Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Austin Hill finished second at Atlanta on Saturday and he repeated his result from the last year’s race. After the Truck Series race, the no.16 Hattori Racing Enterprises shared what was special about Atlanta Motor Speedway for him.

“I just love any race track that is worn out, any race track that’s rough and the tire wear comes into play”, Hill told ASN Motorsports. “It kind of gets into driver’s hands a lot more. I feel like it definitely gets into driver’s hands a lot more as far as being able to save your right front and your right rear [tires].”

“That’s something I grew up racing with. I was always taught to really save the right front and the right rear. I ran a lot of races in NASCAR K&N Series and in a lot of different series with late asphalt, late models, and stuff for you’d run a 100-150-lap race and you’re on one set of tires, so you had to save your tires. That’s something that I feel like at Atlanta, at Homestead, at Kansas – those type of race tracks that are really rough and abrasive. I just get around really well”, he added.

Austin Hill also praised the work of his team: “On top of that Scott [Zipadelli, crew chief] and all the guys at HRE, they bring me a really good piece. They always bring me a really fast Toyota Tundra. You have to have a right setup to be able to do what we did today. Without those guys i wouldn’t be able to sit here and say that I’m good on a track like this, because setup definitely matters.”

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