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Austin Dillon gets truck win at Pocono

Austin Dillon celebrates in victory lane at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 2, 2014.
Austin Dillon celebrates in victory lane at Pocono Raceway on Aug. 2, 2014.
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Austin Dillon broke Toyota's stranglehold on NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory lane that dated back to late 2013 on Saturday with his win of the Pocono Mountains 150 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pa. He took the lead from Clint Bowyer on a restart with just under 10 laps remaining and held on to the top spot through a couple more restarts to take the win. Johnny Sauter finished second, Joey Coulter was third, Bowyer fourth, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.

Bowyer, filling in for John Wes Townley, who was injured in an ARCA Racing Series qualifying crash at Pocono on Friday, inherited the lead for a restart that followed a lap-46 caution but lost that lead to Dillon on the restart. Bowyer then ran second to Dillon until a green-white checker restart when he dropped back to fifth. Bowyer was able to regain one of those spots though, getting by Blaney on the final lap.

"We had a good truck about three laps into a run; we were really tight on restarts," Blaney said. "We had a good truck on long runs."

As Bowyer fell back and battled Blaney for fourth and fifth, Sauter pushed Dillon out front and moved into the second spot.

"We were fortunate enough to be in that spot," Sauter said of being in the preferred, outside line.
The assist from Sauter was acknowledged by Dillon in victory lane.

"I've got to thank Johnny Sauter," Dillon said. "We chose the top and Johnny did a great job pushing me."

Kyle Larson started on the pole and led until opting to head down pit road during the first of four cautions in the race on lap 17. Dillon inherited the lead after staying out, along with a few others, planning to run the race with only one stop.

Dillon made his one and only stop of the race at the halfway point of the scheduled 60-lap distance, handing the lead back over to Larson. A few laps later, those who pitted under the yellow made a second stop under green. Larson wound up suffering engine issues after making his stop, but was able to continue.

"Obviously, we were a third-place truck. Larson was the class of the field," Bowyer said. "Luckily, he blew up and gave me and Austin a chance."

Bowyer was the highest running among those who had already made their final stops of the race when the yellow flag waved again on lap 46, and as a result, restarted with the lead. Dillon, though, retook the top spot on the restart that followed.

Tyler Reddick was penalized by two laps and then called to the NASCAR hauler after the race after an on-track altercation with German Quiroga. Reddick hit the wall after contact with Quiroga in the closing laps. On the restart that followed, Reddick retaliated, hitting Quiroga.

Erik Jones finished sixth, Ron Hornaday seventh, Darrell Wallace Jr. eighth, Justin Lofton ninth and Joe Nemechek rounded out the top-10.

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