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Byron Wins Wild Pocono Truck Race


When the day began at Pocono, all the talk seemed to be focused on getting to halfway before the impending rains came. By halfway, the concern had nearly shifted to wondering if any of the top trucks would be running by the time it rained.

Through the carnage, pole sitter William Byron was able to keep his truck pointed in the right direction and captured his 5th victory of the 2016 season with the win, outrunning Cameron Hayley on a late restart to claim the win.

A race record 9 cautions kept speeds low and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series pit crews busy at Pocono Raceway.

The wide, high speed 2.5 mile triangle doesn’t typically produce such a high amount of on-track attrition but there was no shortage of action in the Pocono Mountains 150. Contenders ran into trouble early and often on Saturday afternoon. Austin Hill smacked the turn two wall on the opening lap of the race after starting 6th. Then John Wes Townley drove in too deep into the same corner, ending up in the wall and taking Iowa winner Christopher Bell with him.

The problems for the top teams continued when Cole Custer spun, but avoided making contact. Then Daniel Hemric got sideways in the first turn and collected his BK Racing teammate Tyler Reddick. Both trucks were heavily damaged from the incident. Austin Wayne Self also went for a solo spin just after the midway point of the race in turn two. Ben Rhodes made light contact with the turn one wall after spinning from contact with Jordan Anderson. Spencer Gallagher slid sideways in turn 3 with 8 laps to go.

Brett Moffitt came home a career best third, Timothy Peters finished fourth, and Custer recovered from his early spin for fifth. Sixth through tenth were Rico Abreu, Ben Kennedy, Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek, and Christopher Bell.

Next up for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is Bristol Motor Speedway on August 17th.