Austin Dillon ends Toyota dominance at Pocono

August 2, 2014 No Comments

austin truckBrian Wiggins, Senior Writer 

There’s been one common theme this season in the Camping World Truck Series when it comes to race winners. They have all driven Toyota Tundras to victory lane.

The last time a manufacture other than Toyota had won a race in trucks was when Ty Dillon went to victory lane at Texas Motor Speedway last November.  With the two pre-race favorites Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson piloting Chevrolet’s, it looked as though Saturday afternoon at Pocono was a prime chance for someone other than Toyota to break into victory lane.

From the outset of the race, pole-sitter Larson was the dominant truck with Dillon to too far behind the No.32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevrolet.

However, as the race neared the end, engine issues began to plague Larson, taking him out of contention for the win.

With Larson effectively out, it became a battle between Dillon’s Chevrolet and Clint Bowyer’s — subbing for the injured Jon Wes Townely — Toyota.

Through a rash of late-race cautions, Dillon held serve on each restart and challenge thrown his way to take the victory in Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150.

“Chevrolet has been working really hard to get their trucks better, and obviously it showed up today,” Dillon said in victory lane.

“Hopefully this will help going forward for all the Chevys that we can use these notes and get a big win.”

Saturday’s win was the sixth in Dillon’s career in the Truck Series and his first since last year’s MudSummer Classic at Eldora Speedway.

Johnny Sauter, Joey Coulter, Bowyer, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five from the race.

Blaney retains the series points lead over Sauter heading into the August 16 race at the Michigan International Speedway.

Pocono Mountains 150 Unofficial Results 

1: Austin Dillon

2: Johnny Sauter

3: Joey Coulter

4: Clint Bowyer

5: Ryan Blaney

6: Erik Jones

7: Ron Hornaday Jr.

8: Darrell Wallace Jr.

9: Justin Lofton

10: Joe Nemechek

11: Jason White

12: Timothy Peters

13: Ben Kennedy

14: Matt Crafton

15: Spencer Gallagher

16: Jeb Burton

17: Mason Mingus

18: Kyle Larson

19: Ryan Elliss

20: Norm Benning

21: Bryan Silas

22: German Quirora

23: Tyler Reddick

24: Jennifer Jo Cobb

25: Todd Peck

26: Tyler Young

27: Kyle Martel

28: Ray Black Jr.

29: TJ Bell

30: BJ McLeod

31: Caleb Roark

32: Justin Jennings



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