William Byron Dominates the Caution Filled Pocono Mountains 150

320094As the weather closed in on Pocono Raceway the Camping World trucks rolled off  for the start of the Pocono Mountains 150.

Early in the  morning qualifying was postponed as overnight rains putting rookie and point leader  #9 William Byron on the pole.

11 rookies in the field looked to make this an interesting race and unfortunately it did turn out that way. Early on  2 quick cautions kept the field bunched up and set the tone for what would go on all afternoon.

#4 Christopher Bell had early electrical problems sending him to pit road on the pace laps taking  him from his original top 5 starting  spot to dead last  an omen if things to come for Christopher.

#05 John Wes Townley brought out the 3rd caution by diving hard into the tunnel running into the #4 of Christopher Bell. Both would head to pit road with the #05 retiring for the day with a 29th place finish.

July 30 2016: Christopher Bell, driver of the #4 SiriusXM Toyota truck during the Pocono Mountains 150 race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
July 30 2016: Christopher Bell, driver of the #4 SiriusXM Toyota truck during the Pocono Mountains 150 race at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, PA. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

William Byron charged out front to a commanding lead on the restart while  a big  a pack of cars 2+ seconds battled for second on back.

#29 Tyler Reddick’s day went from bad to worse being involved in the the 5th caution.  The #19 of Daniel Hemric spun going into turn one collecting the# 29 and sending both drives to pit road.

The 6th caution looked like the repeat of the 5th with this time the #22 Austin Wayne Self spun in turn 1 but this time no one made contact.

The race almost settled down with the #23 of Spencer Gallagher jumping out to the lead over The #9 of Byron until the #41 of Ben Rhodes lost the handle again in turn 1  collecting the #66 of Jordon Anderson. bringing out a record tying 7th caution.

During this caution on lap 40 and with only 20 to go the #23 had to give up the lead and come to pit road handing the lead over to the #9 of William Byron.

Only a few laps later and with the race starting to come to it final stage the #86 of Brandon Brown blew a tire in where else,  turn 1 and hit the wall for a record 8th caution.

The race restarted with 10 laps to go with once again #9 William Byron takes off with the lead. Unbelievably the #23 brought out a growing record 9th caution by spinning in turn 3 but not hitting anything.

William Byron took off again and never looked back on the final restart  taking the race win after leading a race high 44 laps. The only other drives that led today were  #23 of Spencer Gallagher who led 12 laps and the #17  of Timothy Peters who led for 4 laps

Post Race

IMG_8313 (2)After the race William  Byron was asked if he would have ever believed that he would have this many wins this season.  “I’d said you were crazy, just to win one is hard enough. He was also asked what does it means to break Kurt Busch’s rookie records for wins. “That’s pretty crazy, I grew up and guys like Jimmy Johnson. Those are my idols. Now I’m out here  on the race track  racing on the same race track, that’s pretty neat.”

Notes:

Amazingly with rain all around the area not a drop fell on the track today until about 45minutes after the checkered flag fell.

Christopher Bell had a never say die attitude with 5 lucky dogs to claim a 10th place finish.  The 5 lucky dogs were a new Camping Truck Series record.  Christopher felt it was a shame because had a super good truck that could have contended for a win. Electrical problems, an accident then a cut tire really made it a long day.

Cameron Haley was disappointed that he did not lock in the chase with a win, his second place finish still leaves him in 8th in points but still not yet locked in.

With the record 9 cautions, 27 of the 60 laps were run under yellow.

Even with 9 cautions the race was run in 1  hour 30 minutes with an average speed of 99.17 miles per hour.

There were 5 lead changes among 3 drivers.

Up next for the Camping Truck Series Bristol the UNOH 200 at Bristol August 17th.

 

 

 

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