The Tricky Triangle—known to some as the Pocono Mountains 150—lived up to its name Saturday as Austin Dillon squeaked out a checkered flag to end Toyota's 12-race win streak in the NASCAR Truck Series.
Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania proved unwilling to let the drivers off easy, as the final 10 laps alone produced three caution flags and some foul play in the process.
Dillon, who entered the day No. 70 in the standings, was able to turn the final caution into a superb restart and fend off the field for a lengthy triumph. NASCAR Trucks provides further details surrounding the comeback story and an intimate look at the calm finish after a wild final 10 laps:
This is Austin Dillon's sixth Camping World Truck Series win, and first since Eldora last year. #NASCAR— NASCAR Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2014
|1||Austin Dillon||Richard Childress Racing|
|2||Johnny Sauter||ThorSport Racing|
|3||Joey Coulter||GMS Racing|
|4||Clint Bowyer||Athenian Motorsports|
|5||Ryan Blaney||Brad Keselowski Racing|
|6||Erik Jones||Kyle Busch Motorsports|
|7||Ron Hornaday Jr.||Turner Scott Motorsports|
|8||Darrell Wallace Jr.||Kyle Busch Motorsports|
|9||Justin Lofton||NTS Motorsports|
|10||Joe Nemechek||NEMCO Motorsports|
Note: Check NASCAR.com for an entire look at the full 30-driver leaderboard.
Camping World Truck Series Standings
|4||Ron Hornaday Jr.||388||0||3|
|5||Darrell Wallace Jr.||377||2||4|
|6||German Quiroga Jr.||365||0||2|
Note: Check NASCAR.com for the full standings.
Erik Jones, who finished in sixth place, shared a taste of his perspective before the spectacle got underway:
Jones actually never led a lap despite his top-10 finish. He briefly flirted with the lead with about 10 laps to go before a caution flag went up due to debris on the track:
Caution Flag is out- Kyle Martel accident in Turn 1. #NASCAR— NASCAR Trucks (@NASCAR_Trucks) August 2, 2014
Entering in sixth place in the standings and with four top-five finishes this year, Darrell Wallace Jr.—easily one of the biggest names in the sport at the moment—wound up not tasting the lead once and finished in eighth place.
His partner in crime when it comes to household-name status at this point is Ryan Blaney, who with 10 laps to go had also never managed to grab the lead. He told his team late after a caution that it was his time to swoop in and grab the lead, as captured by Kelly Crandall of Popularspeed.com:
Blaney, “this caution is what we need here.”— Kelly Crandall (@KellyCrandall) August 2, 2014
Funnily enough, Blaney and the rest of the participants were given a green flag on lap No. 53—and got through just one lap before Tyler Reddick lost control and slammed into the wall.
Reddick, who was as high as first place at one point but fell far down the leaderboard with about 10 laps to go, spun out of control after a bump from German Quiroga—who went on to cause another caution flag with four laps to go, as Fox Sports illustrated:
Things were actually a bit ugly on a personal level, as NASCAR brought the hammer down on Reddick during the intermission, parking him for rough driving:
After the final restart, Dillon scored himself a major jump on the competition and never looked back to get the white and checkered flags. Austin's brother, Ty, took to social media to poke fun after the race:
Blaney, a victim of the chaotic ending, still scored a fifth-place finish. That was enough to fend off the field and keep his top spot alone on the leaderboard. Johnny Sauter's second-place finish behind Dillon keeps him just seven points off the lead.
After a week of rest, things have hit a fever pitch with 11 stops left on the tour. First up is a date with Michigan International Speedway on August 16, another tricky track for drivers to overcome as Blaney holds onto his lead with nine drivers behind him over the 350-point mark.