William Byron Wins At Pocono Raceway; Claims Fifth Win Of 2016by Camille Jones July 30, 2016
LONG POND, Pa. – In a race riddled with cautions, William Byron dominated on his way to Victory Lane in the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.
This was Byron’s fifth victory in his rookie season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. His victory on Saturday is a new record for wins by a rookie in their first season in the series. The 18-year old started on the pole and led 44 laps of the 60-lap event at the 2.5-mile track.
“Just to get one (win) is hard enough,” Byron said. “Everything has just lined up for us this year. I’ve been extremely blessed and we’ve had a lot of things that have happened good for us and we’re bringing fast trucks and we’re doing our homework so that’s the biggest thing and the key to success.”
With the success Byron and his team have had in the 2016 season, their chance at a championship run are in clear view. The driver of the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 9 Liberty University Toyota Tundra currently sits atop the championship standings with five wins, six top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
I think our team is really in good position for that,” Byron said on his team’s championship chances. “We have so much laser focus on what we’re doing right now and nothing from the outside has thrown us off our game. Last week was a struggle but I was just ready to get back on asphalt and try to get back to something I’m used to. Just a credit to this team to come back like this and get a win.”
Finishing in second was ThorSport Racing’s Cameron Hayley, driver of the No. 13 Cabinets by Hayley Toyota Tundra posted his sixth top-10 finish of the 2016 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season. Hayley started in the 10th position and raced his way to second but was unable to match the speed of Byron, who claimed the victory.
“I was definitely nervous, especially that last lap,” Hayley said. “I was just praying that we had enough fuel, but Eddie (Troconis, crew chief) made a great call up on the box. Our Cabinets by Hayley Tundra was strong all day and right at the end there man those restarts were crazy. Thanks to Timothy (Peters) for pushing me. I couldn’t have done it without him. That 9 was fast. Man, I wish we could catch him, but thanks to Cabinets by Hayley, Carolina Nut Company and it was just a good day for us.”
With a surprise finisher in the third position, Brett Moffitt started in the 15th position but appeared in the top-three in the closing laps of the event. Before Hayley pulled away, Moffitt battled for the second position. This was only the second start of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season for the driver of the No. 11 Toyota Tundra of Red Horse Racing.
“It feels really good to get back here running in the front. We didn’t have quite enough for the 9 or the 13. They were really strong at the end,” Moffitt said. “Scott Zipadelli (crew chief) and the guys worked their butts off on this truck. We weren’t all that good yesterday and to be sitting here third is really good for us and Toyota has given us a strong motor and strong truck. I can’t thank Tom (DeLoach, team owner) and everyone at Red Horse (Racing) enough.”
Moffit’s teammate, Timothy Peters finished fourth, and Cole Custer rounded out the top-five. Completing the top-10 was Rico Abreu, Ben Kennedy, Johnny Sauter, John Hunter Nemechek and Christopher Bell.
Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 saw a series of single car spins, bringing out the caution nine times for a total of 27 laps out of the 60 laps raced. Among those to find trouble was Brad Keselowski Racing’s Tyler Reddick. The driver of the No. 29 Cooper Standard Ford F-150 spun from the second position on the sixth lap of the race. On lap 29, the day went from bad to worse for the driver, when he and teammate Daniel Hemric made contact and wrecked, bringing out the caution.
After 12 races, Matt Crafton trails Byron by 25 points in the championship standings. Daniel Hemric is third, 12 points behind Crafton.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to competition on Wednesday, August 17 at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 17. Watch the trucks battle it out in the UNOH 200 on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 8:30 p.m. ET.
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