Kyle Busch Scores 43rd Career Truck Win at Pocono

After three green, white, checkered attempts, Kyle Busch was again the one to reign victorious, scoring his 43rd Camping World Truck Series win at Pocono Raceway. This was Busch’s first Truck victory for the 2015 season and his first at Pocono Raceway in the Trucks.

With the victory, Busch has now won at least one race in all three of NASCAR’s national series for the tenth time in his career.

“This is really, really cool,” Kyle Busch said. “Great to win and put Toyota in Victory Lane and my first win here as well.”

In spite of the three restarts he had to contend with, Kyle Busch felt that he managed them well.  Unfortunately, his young teammate Erik Jones did not fare so well, getting spun and suffering damage on one of those fateful restarts.

“The restarts weren’t too bad from my seat,” Busch said. “But behind me it looked crazy. I hate it that Erik Jones got washed out on that restart. The restarts didn’t go his way today.”

Busch also was running low on fuel at the end of the race and had to nurse his race track during through cautions.

“One of the biggest things we did was to shut the engine off during yellows,” Busch said. “The more you can shut it off, because these things are gas guzzlers, the better off you are.”

Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet, finished in the runner-up position, after taking tires late in the race.

“We had an interesting weekend, to say the least,” Harvick said. “But I signed up to give some feedback and help Cole (Custer) and JR Motorsports get situated on the bigger tracks. The great part is that the guys kept working and they didn’t get mad.”

“So, we made something out of the weekend. IT’s not where we want to be performance-wise, but that’s why you run the race.”

“Yeah, I just want to thank everybody on our Haas Automation Chevrolet.”

Tyler Reddick, driver of the No. 19 Draw Tite Ford, finished third. And thanks to the misfortune that befell Matt Crafton, who tangled with Brad Keselowski to finish 28th, Reddick also became the new points leader in the Truck Series.

“Our guys did an outstanding job,” Reddick said. “These guys have been working really hard. We didn’t have the speed we needed to compete with the 51 and the 4, but the truck was very raceable in traffic.”

“But we still came home with a top three finish.”

Reddick is now officially eleven points ahead of Matt Crafton in the championship point standings.

“We need to stay aggressive,” Reddick said. “It’s always been race to race as far as the points If we run the best we can every weekend, it will all end up right at the end.”

Cameron Haley scored his best career finish to date, finishing fourth in his No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley/Carolina Nut Co. Toyota.

“I had Cup drivers on all sides and that was a hell of a feeling,” Haley said. “Learned a ton from him and my spotter Eddie D’Hondt (Jeff Gordon’s spotter) up on the stand.”

“I will do lots of celebrating tonight. This was a good top five finish for sure.”

Austin Dillon, who also pitted late in the race finished fifth in his No. 33 Rheem Chevrolet, in spite of an incident with Erik Jones.

“We had a good run at the very last second, but it didn’t work,” Dillon said. “I hate it for Erik Jones, but we had a good conversation afterward.”

Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters, Matt Tifft, Daniel Hemric, and Erik Jones rounded out the top ten finishing order for the 6th annual Pocono Mountains 150.  The full results are as follows:

015 NCWTS Pocono Mountains 150 Race Results

Fin Str Trk Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 2 51 Kyle Busch(i) Dollar General Toyota 69 0 Running 2 53
2 7 0 Kevin Harvick(i) Haas Automation Chevrolet 69 0 Running
3 6 19 Tyler Reddick Draw Tite Ford 69 41 Running
4 16 13 Cameron Hayley # Cabinets by Hayley/Carolina Nut Co. Toyota 69 40 Running
5 5 33 Austin Dillon(i) Rheem Chevrolet 69 0 Running
6 17 98 Johnny Sauter Nextant/Curb Records Toyota 69 39 1 Running 1 4
7 12 17 Timothy Peters Red Horse Racing Toyota 69 37 Running
8 14 54 Matt Tifft ToyotaCare Toyota 69 36 Running
9 15 14 Daniel Hemric # California Clean Power Chevrolet 69 35 Running
10 1 4 Erik Jones # Toyota 69 35 1 Running 1 9
11 8 11 Ben Kennedy Local Motors Toyota 69 33 Running
12 11 15 Mason Mingus Call 811 Chevrolet 69 32 Running
13 9 8 John H. Nemechek # D.A.B. Constructors Inc. Chevrolet 69 31 Running
14 13 23 Spencer Gallagher # Allegiant Travel Chevrolet 69 31 1 Running 1 3
15 20 2 Tyler Young Randco Industries/Young’s Building Systems 69 29 Running
16 18 63 Garrett Smithley SegPay/Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/Ski Soda 69 28 Running
17 10 5 John Wes Townley Zaxby’s Chevrolet 68 27 Running
18 21 74 Jordan Anderson SRGFX.com Chevrolet 67 26 Running
19 32 50 Kyle Martel Finish Line Express Chevrolet 67 25 Running
20 25 28 Ryan Ellis FDNY/Julie’s Cause Chevrolet 67 24 Running
21 23 40 Todd Peck Arthritis Foundation/OSS Health Chevrolet 66 23 Running
22 30 6 Norm Benning Chevrolet 63 22 Running
23 19 1 Travis Kvapil Burnie Grill Chevrolet 56 21 Running
24 31 7 Ray Black Jr. # ScubaLife.com Chevrolet 52 20 Accident
25 26 94 Wendell Chavous # Lilly Trucking Chevrolet 51 19 Accident
26 24 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet 49 18 Running
27 29 8 Korbin Forrister # Trump for President Chevrolet 24 17 Accident
28 3 88 Matt Crafton ChiChi’s/Menards Toyota 13 16 Accident
29 22 45 BJ McLeod Tilted Kilt Chevrolet 12 15 Overheating
30 4 29 Brad Keselowski(i) Cooper Standard Ford 5 0 Accident
31 28 36 Justin Jennings Mittler Bros Machine & Tool/Ski Soda Chevrolet 3 13 Vibration
32 27 0 Caleb Roark Driven2Honor.org Chevrolet 3 12 Suspension

# = Rookie, Fin = Finish, Str = Start, Pts = Total Points, BPs = Lap Leader Bns Pts, TLd = Times Led, LLd = Laps Led. (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series

 

 

 



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