After having the race postponed due to rain, the Gander Outdoors and RV Truck Series kicks off a triple header day of racing when for the first time in NASCAR all three of the sport’s racing series will run a race at Pocono Raceway.
The Truck Series gets things started with the Pocono Organics 150 to Benefit Farm Aid.
Seventeen drivers in today’s field have never raced at Pocono before. Normally the drivers would have some practice time on the track but since NASCAR has restarted, there has been no practice or qualifying sessions.
After a random draw set by truck owner points, veteran Johnny Sauter will sit on the pole and bring the field to the green flag.
A fairly short race, stages one and two are just 15 laps each with stage three lasting 30 laps for a total of 60 laps around the two and a half mile track known as the “Tricky Triangle”.
Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and the drivers immediately get spread out four and five across the track with Sheldton Creed in the lead.
Matt Crafton and Codie Rohrbaugh bring out the caution flag on the first lap with a crash after contact from Austin Wayne Self going into the first turn.
Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap six with Austin Hill alongside on the front row and once again the drivers get spread out across the track with Sheldon Creed in the lead.
The top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter, and Christian Eckes.
The caution flag comes out on lap seven after a crash involving Austin Wayne Self and Raphael Lessard. Lessard got into the grass and moved up the track and making contact with Self.
NASCAR has red flagged the race to get the track cleaned up.
The red flag has been pulled and the yellow flag displayed as the drivers get moving on lap eight. The drivers have only run one complete green flag lap.
Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 10 and spread out once again. Austin Hill gets out in front for the lead before Sheldon Creed gets passed him to take the lead.
The top five are Sheldon Creed, Austin Hill, Ty Majeski, Brandon Jones, and Grant Enfinger.
Third place driver Ty Majeski started the race in 19th place.
Ty Majestki brings out the caution flag on lap 12 when he gets into the wall after making contact with Grant Enfinger. Majeski attempted to block Enfinger, the two made contact and Majeski hit the inside wall head on.
An once again NASCAR puts out the red flag to get the track cleaned up.
The trucks are moving once again on lap 13. Several drivers come down pit road for service.
Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 14 for a two lap shootout to the end of the stage. Sheldon Creed and Austin Hill battle for the lead with Sheldon Creed getting out in front to win stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Some of the drivers come down pit road for service but the leaders stay out on the track. Some of the drivers who made a stop took fuel only.
Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two with Austin Hill alongside on the front row on lap 20. Spreading out four and five across the track, Sheldon Creed takes the lead with Austin Hill in second; Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, and Brandon Jones round out the top five.
After starting the race from the back of the field, Parker Kligerman has moved into the top 15.
Lap 22, Sheldon Creed has a half second lead on Austin Hill.
Brennan Poole brings out the caution flag on lap 23 with a flat tire after making contact with the wall.
Several of the drivers are reporting a tight condition with their trucks.
Sheldon Creed brings the field down for the green flag restart with just ffour laps remaining in stage two. A wide track, the drivers take advantage and spread out across the track, getting four and five wide.
Sheldon Creed holds on to the lead with Johnny Sauter in second. Some of the drivers are making their pit stops, looking to make it to the end of the race on a single pit stop.
The caution flag comes out on lap 27 for Jordan Anderson who has a flat tire. Moving slowly to avoid damaging the truck, Anderson kept the truck off of the wall.
With stage two ending under caution, Sheldon Creed sweeps the stage wins.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
For the first time this season, a Truck Series driver other than Grant Enfinger has won a playoff point by winning a stage.
Drivers come down pit road for service including the leaders. Christian Eckes and Chase Purday make contact coming off of pit road.
Ross Chastain and Zane Smith bring the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 33 with Zane Smith taking the lead.
The top five are Zane Smith, Derek Kraus, Ross Chastain, Todd Gilliland, and Christian Eckes.
With only 26 laps remaining in the race, the drivers are beginning to get aggressive with their moves.
The caution flag comes out after Tate Fogelman gets into the wall after making contact with Tanner Gray.
Zane Smith brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race on lap 38 with Smith holding on to the lead.
The top five are Zane Smith, Christian Eckes, Brandon Jones, Austin , and Todd Gilliland.
Christian Eckes gets around Zane Smith for the lead with Brandon Jones taking second; Austin Hill, Todd Gilliland, and Zane Smith round out the top five.
After losing the lead, Zane Smith has fallen through the field and is now in eighth place.
Lap 40, Christian Eckes has the lead with Brandon Jones on his bumper challenging for the lead. Kyle Busch owns the trucks of both drivers.
Lap 43, Christian Eckes continues to lead the race with Brandon Jones just under a half second behind; Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, and To Gilliland round out the top five.
Lap 46, Christina Eckes is in the lead with team mate Brandon Jones in second; Austin Hill, Sheldon Creed, and Todd Gilliland round out the top five.
Lap 47, Christian Eckes has pulled out to a lead of a second on Brandon Jones.
Leader Christian Eckes brings out the caution flag when he spins out after blowing a tire with 12 laps remaining in the race.
Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart of the race with only eight laps remaining in the race. Austin Hill gets out in front for the lead as the drivers spread out across the track.
The top five are Austin Hill, Brandon Jones, Sheldon Creed, Todd Gilliland, and Ben Rhodes.
Brandon Jones challenges Austin Hill for the lead and takes the lead on lap 53.
Glay Greenfield has a heavily smoking truck but the track stays green as he makes it to pit road.
Timothy Viens brings out the record tying ninth caution flag of the race on lap 54 when he spins out.
Brandon Jones brings the field down for the green flag restart for a two lap shootout for the finish. Brandon Jones and Austin Hill battle for the lead when Sheldon Creed makes it three wide and takes the top spot.
Sheldon Creed takes the white flag when Brandon Jones comes up to battle for the lead. With a side by side Battle, Brandon Jones finally gets out in front for his first win at Pocono…and another win for Kyle Busch Motorsports. This is also a first win for the entire team.
The unofficial results of the Organics 150:
Bobby Lyons II
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Wayne Self