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William Byron, Toyota break Kyle Busch’s record with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win REID SPENCER

William Byron Toyota break Kyle Buschs record with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win

William Byron streaks to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Pocono Raceway on Saturday.PHOTO BY LAT PHOTOGRAPHIC

BYRON SETS ROOKIE RECORD WITH FIFTH WIN OF THE SEASON

Saturday’s Pocono Mountains 150 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series event at Pocono Raceway featured no Sprint Cup drivers in the field.

Then again, the race didn’t need any representation from NASCAR’s top division, as dominant as William Byron was.

The 18-year-old from Charlotte, North Carolina, led 44 of 60 laps in the No. 9 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota in a caution-filled event and pulled away to beat runner-up Cameron Haley to the finish line by a comfortable 1.407 seconds. The victory was the fifth in 12th starts this year for the first-year driver, who broke Kurt Busch’s rookie record of four wins in 2000.

“That 9 is so fast,” commented Haley. “We need to really go back and look at things, because he’s definitely a step above us. But we worked hard all day, and we were able to come out at least for a second-place finish.

“We would have liked to win, but that 9 is pretty fast, so we’ll keep trying.”

Byron had his sights set on the rookie record from the outset.

“It means a lot,” said Byron, who pitted for fuel for the last time on lap 25 and spent the rest of the race saving gas. “It was definitely a goal — I can’t lie about that. I knew that was something to beat, and we just show up with so much focus.

“We never get off track, I feel like. It’s just a credit to where we are as a race team, the work we’re doing, the work they’re doing in the shop on the trucks, and we’re putting it all together when we get to the race track.”

Byron’s wasn’t the only mark set on Saturday. The race produced a record nine cautions for 27 laps, and the spate of yellow flags allowed both Byron and Haley to get 35 laps out of their last tanks of fuel.

Byron increased his lead in the series standings to 25 points over second-place Matt Crafton, who finished 12th on Saturday. Daniel Hemric, who spun and collected Brad Keselowski Racing teammate Tyler Reddick to cause the fifth caution, is tied with Peters for third in the standings, 37 points behind Byron.

 

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – Pocono Mountains 150

Pocono Raceway

Long Pond, Pennsylvania

Saturday, July 30, 2016

1. (1) William Byron #, Toyota, 60.

2. (10) Cameron Hayley, Toyota, 60.

3. (15) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 60.

4. (7) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 60.

5. (16) Cole Custer #, Chevrolet, 60.

6. (17) Rico Abreu #, Toyota, 60.

7. (9) Ben Kennedy, Chevrolet, 60.

8. (11) Johnny Sauter, Chevrolet, 60.

9. (2) John H Nemechek, Chevrolet, 60.

10. (5) Christopher Bell #, Toyota, 60.

11. (3) Ben Rhodes #, Toyota, 60.

12. (20) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 60.

13. (8) Cody Coughlin #, Toyota, 60.

14. (18) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 60.

15. (12) Spencer Gallagher, Chevrolet, 60.

16. (30) Travis Kvapil, Chevrolet, 60.

17. (23) Tommy Joe Martins, Chevrolet, 60.

18. (22) Reed Sorenson(i), Chevrolet, 60.

19. (25) Kyle Martel, Chevrolet, 60.

20. (29) Ryan Ellis(i), Chevrolet, 60.

21. (26) Todd Peck(i), Chevrolet, 60.

22. (14) Daniel Hemric, Ford, 60.

23. (27) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 60.

24. (19) Brandon Brown, Chevrolet, 59.

25. (21) Austin Wayne Self #, Toyota, 56.

26. (4) Tyler Reddick, Ford, Accident, 28.

27. (24) Carlos Contreras, Chevrolet, Electrical, 22.

28. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb, Chevrolet, Brakes, 20.

29. (13) John Wes Townley, Chevrolet, Accident, 16.

30. (28) Sean Corr, Chevrolet, Brakes, 5.

31. (6) Austin Hill, Ford, Accident, 1.

32. (32) Caleb Roark, Chevrolet, Engine, 0.