Mission Accomplished! Hill wins Rookie of the Year!
The tension was thick as the NASCAR Nationwide Series entered the season finale' at the Miami-Homestead Speedway. Timmy Hill trailed Ryan Truex by 3 points and was tied with Blake Koch for the Sunoco Rookie of the Year standings.
Hill knew that with the current points system his title hopes was in his hands. Gaining one point for entering the event and being in front of Blake and Ryan in overall points, had the 18 year old tied for the Championship with Truex and just a mere point in front of Koch.
It all came down to winning the Rookie of the Race at Homestead. Hill wins, he wins the title. Koch wins, he wins the title.
Hill qualified 33rd and Koch in the Top 20, but that never bothered the Poynt driver. By the halfway mark, Hill made a green flag pass on his competitor for the 24th position.
Koch made his move to the pits with Hill making his stop on the following lap when the caution came out for the #66 crash.
Hill now had Koch a lap down and the 18 year never let up, driving to the finish in the 21st position and the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Sunoco Rookie of the Year title.
"I can't thank this team enough! When it was crunch time, they pulled through. They have done it all year with our back against the wall!", stated Hill
Hill has now entered the history book as the Youngest NASCAR Rookie of the Year in the top three series.
"We are going to take the next couple days off and get started on 2012. Thank you to everyone at Poynt, Lilly Trucking and Fastwax for making this a year to remember!"