Kyle Busch Wins Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 At Pocono Racewayby Camille Jones August 1, 2015 0 comments
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LONG POND, Pa. – Mired by late cautions and the use of all three attempts at a green-white-checkered finish, Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway provided plenty of excitement in the scheduled 60 laps, with 9 additional laps for green-white-checkered attempts.
Kyle Busch took home the win, Kevin Harvick, Tyler Reddick, rookie Cameron Hayley, and Austin Dillon rounded out the top five. Busch led the majority of the race, complete with only four lead-changes.
Of the five caution flags, only one came before lap 50 of the full 69 laps completed.
While Kyle Busch continued a string of wins in all three of NASCAR’s national series, his dominance in the race was not what dominated the headlines afterwards.
With a tight points battle on the line, two-time and defending NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion Matt Crafton entered Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway with a 14-point lead over Tyler Reddick.
That lead disappeared after an accident on Lap 6, where Crafton and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion, Brad Keselowski made contact, sending both into the wall. The two trucks were sent to the garage with extensive much damage, Crafton only able to return to the track with 13 laps remaining.
Crafton suggests the contact was on purpose, given the fact that Keselowski is owner and teammate of Reddick’s No. 19 truck.
“The idiot hooked me in the right rear, that’s all there was to it getting into Turn 3,” said Crafton. “I guess that’s maybe how he wants to win a championship with that 19 truck. He’s got another thing coming. I promise you that truck won’t win it. If that’s how he wants to do it, we’ll get it done.”
Following the incident, Keselowski said live on Fox Sports 1, “I have no interest coming into the Truck Series to wreck someone on purpose.
“The last thing I want to do is go out and wreck them. I want our team to go out and earn it. I have no interest in wrecking someone intentionally and that’s not what happened.”
Crafton leaves Pocono now second in points, Reddick leading by 11 points in the standings.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series returns to action on Saturday, August 15th at Michigan International Speedway for the Careers for Veterans 200 Presented by Cooper Standard and Brad Keselowski’s Checkered Flag Foundation.