Austin Dillon Wins NASCAR Truck Series
Austin Dillon is not often seen in the Camping World Truck Series as normally he is racing in the Sprint Cup. However, he was fighting against Sprint Cup rookies Kyle Larson this week to find out who would be the best truck driver.
Afterwards Dillon said that they had a great day and that at the beginning of the year he had a go at the race and was really determined to win it and so was thrilled to be able to do so. Dillon and Larson have been battling for rookie of the year and this race gave them a dress rehearsal for that title. Larson was on pole position just the same as he will be in the sprint Cup race on Sunday, which is also going to be taking place at the Pocono track. This was his very first pole position in the Camping World Truck Series and he beat Dillon by just 0.112s so the battle started right at the beginning of the race for the two drivers.
Larson started off in the lead but a caution lead him to the pit road which meant that he dropped back to eight with Dillon leading but Larson soon took the lead back again by the time Dillon made a pit stop. Larson then took a pit stop but his engine was not great and he dropped right back and ended up finished in 18th place. Clint Bowyer took over the lead for a few times but Dillon managed to hold on to his front position most of the time. There was a couple of cautions in succession when Quiroga spun Reddick and then Reddick took revenge and spun him back leading to Reddick being called to pit road and remaining there for the rest of the race. Quiroga explained afterwards that he had spun Reddick accidently after trying to avoid a wall and he did not feel that the revenge move was necessary or a professional way to race.
Dillon managed to win his sixth NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race and his first of the year which also stopped the twelve race winning streak by Toyota. Clint Bowyer ended in third place, enjoying his one off return to truck racing.
Overall in the championship Ryan Blaney is still in the lead after finishing fifth and he is just seven points ahead of Johnny Sauter who is ahead of Matt Crafton.