A wild, caution-filled truck race at Pocono Raceway sees Xfinity Series regular Brandon Jones score the win for Kyle Busch Motorsports, which is his first career win in the truck series in 46 starts.
After being postponed to Sunday morning at Pocono Raceway due to rain, the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series kicked off the first triple-header in NASCAR history where all three national touring series raced on the same day at the same track.
Johnny Sauter led the field to green but two drivers would not make past turn one as Codie Rohrbaugh slid up into Matt Crafton and both crashed hard into the outside retaining wall. Both drivers would see their days end before completing half a lap.
The race restarted on lap six and the drivers got to turn three, but they once again failed to complete a green flag lap as Raphael Lessard hit the grass and slid up the track. He collected Austin Wayne Self, causing Lessard to slam head-first into the outside wall. He would get out of the car under his own power. The race would be red-flagged for cleanup.
The race would finally see its first green flag lap completed on lap 10 but it would not last long as Ty Majeski, who had worked his way up to third after starting 19th, was blocking Grant Enfinger down the frontstretch and hooked his truck on Enfinger’s bumper and spun, hitting hard into the inside wall. The red flag would be displayed a second time for cleanup.
The next restart would occur with one to go in the first stage. Sheldon Creed would use the PJ1 Traction Compound in the second lane to clear Austin Hill and win his first stage of 2020.
In the second stage, we would get two cautions for trucks cutting tires, and pit strategy would come into play as some drivers came down pit road while others stayed out to collect stage points. Creed would hold serve for the entire stage to win it.
On the opening laps of the final stage, Tanner Gray would slide up the track in turn three and take out Tate Fogleman, who would slam the outside wall, ending his day.
The impending restart would see Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates Christian Eckes and Brandon Jones battle for the lead. Eckes would extend the lead to over a second, but with 11 to go, he spun out in the tunnel turn, which would bring his day to a heartbreaking end.
On the final restart with two to go, Creed would make it three-wide in the tunnel turn by splitting Jones and Hill for the lead. However, Jones and Creed would run side-by-side on the final lap and Creed would get loose in the tunnel turn to allow Jones to run away with the victory.
- Austin Hill has finished in the top 10 in all six races this season
- Derek Kraus scored his fifth career top-10 finish in just 11 truck series starts
- Kyle Busch Motorsports has won five of the last six races at Pocono
The truck will take Independence Day weekend off and will return on July 11 at Kentucky Speedway.