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The Show Continues: Kyle Busch Wins in Truck Series Return at Pocono

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In his return to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, Kyle Busch put on a show similar to his recent performances in Xfinity and Cup.

Driving his own Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota, Busch held off a field of Cup stars and truck regulars on three green-white-checkered runs to win the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway .

Busch, who also has four Sprint Cup victories and two NXS triumphs this season, claimed the win in his first Truck Series start of 2015.

Coming in second behind Busch’s No. 51 Dollar General Toyota was Kevin Harvick. Driving the No. 00 Haas Automation Chevrolet for JR Motorsports, Harvick earned the result in his first NCWTS start since 2013.

Tyler Reddick, Cameron Hayley and Austin Dillon made up the rest of the top five, with Johnny Sauter, Timothy Peters, Matt Tifft, Daniel Hemric and Erik Jones rounding out the top 10.

While he finished 10th, Jones was one of Busch’s toughest competitors. The Michigan native led nine laps on the day and was running toward the front when he was turned around on a restart to bring out the race’s penultimate caution.

The championship battle saw a significant shakeup on lap 6 when points leader Matt Crafton and Brad Keselowski collided while fighting for position on the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle”. Keselowski’s day would end with the crash, relegating him to a 30th-place finish. Crafton managed to return to the track for a brief run to jump to to 28th and gain two points.

As a result of the crash and Reddick’s third-place run, the Brad Keselowski Racing driver moved atop the points leaderboard, 11 points ahead of Crafton.

The caution flag fell five times for 16 laps in Saturday’s 69-lap race. The lead changed hands four times between four drivers.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to action on Saturday, Aug. 15, when the field heads to Michigan International Speedway for the Careers for Veterans 200 presented by Cooper Standard.


FinSt#DriverSponsor / OwnerTruckLapsMoneyStatusLedPts
1251 Kyle BuschDollar General (Kyle Busch)Toyota6941542running530
270 Kevin HarvickHaas Automation (JR Motorsports)Chevrolet6926768running00
3619 Tyler ReddickDrawTite (Brad Keselowski)Ford6927203running041
41613 Cameron HayleyCarolina Nut Co. (Duke Thorson)Toyota6921817running040
5533 Austin DillonRheem (Maury Gallagher)Chevrolet6916613running00
61798 Johnny SauterNextant Aerospace / Curb Records (Mike Curb)Toyota6916279running439
71217 Timothy PetersRed Horse Racing (Tom DeLoach)Toyota6915725running037
81454 Matt TifftToyotaCare (Kyle Busch)Toyota6915475running036
91514 Daniel HemricCalifornia Clean Power (Bob Newberry)Chevrolet6915420running035
1014 Erik JonesToyota (Kyle Busch)Toyota6918587running935
11811 Ben KennedyLocal Motors (Tom DeLoach)Toyota6915281running033
121115 Mason MingusBilly Boat Motorsports (Billy Boat)Chevrolet6915141running032
1398 John Hunter NemechekD.A.B. Constructors (Joe Nemechek)Chevrolet6915058running031
141323 Spencer GallagherAllegiant Travel (Maury Gallagher)Chevrolet6915003running331
15202 Tyler YoungRandco Industries / Young's Building Supplies (Randy Young)Chevrolet6915264running029
161863 Garrett SmithleySegPay / Mittler Bros Machine & Tool (Mike Mittler)Chevrolet6914953running028
17105 John Wes TownleyZaxby's (Tony Townley)Chevrolet6814643running027
182174 Jordan AndersonSRGFX.com (Mike Harmon)Chevrolet6714503running026
193250 Kyle MartelFinish Line Express (William Martel)Chevrolet6714393running025
202528 Ryan EllisFDNY 150th Anniversary (Jim Rosenblum)Chevrolet6712587running024
212340 Todd PeckArthritis Foundation / OSS Health (Michael Peck)Chevrolet6611921running023
22306 Norm BenningNorm Benning Racing (Norm Benning)Chevrolet6314060running022
23191 Travis KvapilBurnie Grill (Mark Beaver)Chevrolet5613949running021
24317 Ray Black, Jr.ScubaLife / NASE Worldwide (Bobby Dotter)Chevrolet5212616crash020
252694 Wendell ChavousLilly Trucking / Testoril (Jay Robinson)Chevrolet5112727crash019
262410 Jennifer Jo CobbDriven2Honor.org (Jennifer Jo Cobb)Chevrolet4911533running018
27298 Korbin ForristerTrump For President (Christopher Long)Chevrolet2411505crash017
28388 Matt CraftonChiChi's / Menards (Duke Thorson)Toyota1312258crash016
292245 B.J. McLeodTilted Kilt (Christopher Long)Chevrolet1211229overheating015
30429 Brad KeselowskiCooper Standard (Brad Keselowski)Ford510729crash00
312836 Justin JenningsMittler Bros Machine & Tool (Mike Mittler)Chevrolet39229vibration013
32270 Caleb RoarkDriven2Honor.org (Jennifer Jo Cobb)Chevrolet38229suspension012

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A graduate of Ball State, Aaron rejoins Frontstretch for his second season in 2016 following a successful year that included covering seven races and starting the popular "Two-Headed Monster" column in 2015. Now in his third year of covering motorsports, Aaron serves as an Assistant Editor for Frontstretch while also contributing to other popular sites including Speed51 and The Apex. He encourages you to come say hi when you see him at the track.

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Serious question. Did anyone show up to watch it? Or, is NASCAR the last one to know the Cup World Toyota Series is comatose with little hope for recovery?


Combine predictable racing and the opening of NFL training camps and the result is?


Congrats to Kyle Busch on his 4th consecutive victory across NASCAR’s top 3 divisions. Sizzlin’ hot!


Enjoy the hot streak. The cold streak will last a lot longer.


Impressive. Makes you wonder why Major League Baseball doesn’t routinely scheduled games between the Big club and their Triple A affiliate. Oh yeah, they don’t do that because the outcome is predetermined and nobody would watch it. Sort of like Cupholes in the truck series. Boring.


The race was not available on TV here in Canada. Any streaming on the internet was blocked if your internet service provider was Bell. It was available on Sirius, if you have it, although, there is a rumour that Bell is attempting to get Sirius blocked here too. (For the record, Bell Media controls 75% of all media content in Canada and is trying to gain control of ALL media, and their CEO is a close, personal friend of our Prime Minister).

Hearing that the race was dominated by two Cup drivers makes me glad I didn’t waste my time listening to it (I subscribe to Sirius). Add too that Toyota has absolutely decimated the competition since entering the series in 2004, and successfully drove out two manufacturers (Ford and Dodge), I wonder how long it will be before Chevrolet tells King Brian to take his third tier series and park it where the sun can’t shine. And when that happens, the series will hopefully fold.

As for someone’s comment about training camps, I guess I must be in a very small minority, as I hate football with a passion, and don’t give a rat’s droppings about any training camps! I’ve tried watching football, but I just don’t understand the appeal of watching a bunch of Neanderthals with sub-standard aptitude bashing their heads together, just to move a piece of inflated leather up and down a field that would best be served if it was turned into a condo development! But then, I feel that way about any sport that is played with a ball (and stick).

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