NASCAR:Elliott Sadler Wins at Pocono Raceway on Saturday
It was the first race ever for the Camping World Truck Series at Pocono Raceway. Elliott Sadler earned not only the first CWTS pole at Pocono but his first career CWTS pole.
The race was a short race only 50 laps to get it done and drivers could not afford any mistakes if they wanted to contend for the win.
As the field took the green they were four wide before they even hit turn one. Jason White and Timothy Peters made minor contact, sending White spinning into the grass.
The first caution waved before they even finished the first lap. White hit pit road for fresh tires and fuel, with no major damage.
On the restart, Denny Hamlin attempted to lead a lap but Sadler was so good on the high side, he was able to pull away from Hamlin.
It was Kasey Kahne in the No.18 truck for Kyle Busch Motorsports that passed Hamlin for second and pulled right up to Sadler.
Johnny Sauter who was starting at the rear after missing the drivers meeting, he worked his way up to 17th.
The same issues that affect the Sprint Cup drivers were affecting the trucks. The tricky tunnel turn were making these trucks really loose.
The caution waved just inside the pit stop windows bringing the trucks to pit road. Kahne led the trucks off of pit road with Sadler in second.
On the restart Sadler took the lead back with less than 20 laps to go. Todd Bodine who had been steadily in the top five all race moved past Kahne for second.
Caution then waved with 15 laps to go when caution waved for debris. On the restart Bodine took the lead from Sadler.
Bodine wouldn’t hold the lead for long as Hamlin took the lead away.
Bodine shuffled back and was battling Sadler and Austin Dillon. Dillon and Bodine made contact in the tunnel turn. This caused Bodine to spin. NASCAR brought out the caution with 10 to go. The field would take the green with seven laps to go and Hamlin in the lead.
Kahne would take the lead away from Hamlin and Dillon would make contact sending Hamlin up into the wall. Caution did not wave after that contact but Donny Lia and Chase Mattoli made contact mid pack.
On the restart the beating and banging didn’t end there as the trucks were three wide. Caution waved again when Donny Lia and Chase Mattoli made contact bringing out the caution with six laps to go.
On the restart, last week’s race winner Ron Hornaday, Jr. had an incident with Sauter, bringing out the caution.
Kahne would lose the lead on the restart and Sadler would take the lead but Justin Lofton was in second. Matt Crafton who was never in the top five was in second on the restart.
Crafton and Kahne battled for second; giving Sadler every opportunity to pull away from the field and bring Kevin Harvick Inc. their third win in a row.
Sadler's name would be written in the history books at Pocono Raceway. The first pole winner and the first CWTS winner at Pocono.
The rest of the top 10 were Kahne, Crafton, Crafton, Almirola, Lofton, Mike Skinner, Dillon, Peters, Hamlin and White.
Next week the series heads to Nashville for a Saturday night short track showdown at 8:30 ET on SPEED.