Austin Dillon Ends Toyota's Streak
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 2, 2014 | 2:43 P.M. EST
Dillon ended a 12-race stretch of wins by Toyota dating back to Phoenix 11/13. (Photo: Getty Images)
LONG POND, Pa. - Nine months after Chevrolet last visited Victory Lane in a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race, Austin Dillon gave the manufacturer a win in Saturday’s event at Pocono Racway.
Chevrolet’s victory ended Toyota’s 12-race winning streak in the series. Dillon triumphed a week after younger brother Ty Dillon won the Nationwide race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“I loved watching him do that,’’ Austin Dillon said. “It puts a fire back in you because you want to get to that place again, seeing him in Victory Lane, being with him in Victory Lane. It’s a special place. From time to time you have to be reminded how special it is. I attribute some of what Ty did last week to running well this week. I’m jacked up and wanting to get a Cup win now.’’
Austin Dillon scored his sixth career Truck win by surviving a green-white-checkered finish. The 60-lap race was extended four laps because of an incident that led NASCAR to park Tyler Reddick.
Dillon got a strong restart and pulled away for an easy win. Johnny Sauter placed second with Joey Coulter third, Clint Bowyer fourth and points leader Ryan Blaney fifth.
Blaney leads Sauter by seven points. Matt Crafton, who placed 14th, is 12 points behind Blaney. Ron Hornaday Jr., who placed seventh, is 20 points behind Blaney.
Bowyer filled in for John Wes Townley, who crashed in Friday’s ARCA practice and was not cleared to compete.
Townley said he will be evaluated this week and hopes to race next week. He said when he smacked the wall with the car’s right side he heard a pop in his neck.
“As soon as I said ‘pop’ and ‘neck’ it just sent red flags off and they wanted me to go and have it checked out,’’ Townley said.
He was taken to an area hospital and had a CT scan. Those tests were inconclusive, according to Townley. While doctors didn’t think anything was wrong, they wanted him to wait seven days before racing again. Townley said he felt fine Saturday.
Not everybody did.
Reddick and German Quiroga had a couple of incidents late in the race. NASCAR met with Reddick after sending him the garage and forcing him to miss the final four laps. Reddick finished 23rd, while Quiroga was 22nd.
The first incident happened on Lap 54 when Reddick ran under Quiroga. They made contact and it sent Reddick into the wall.
“He run me into the wall,’’ Quiroga said of Reddick. “I just tried to stay off the wall. I didn’t mean to spin him. He kept running me into the wall. I don’t race like that.’’
Said Reddick, after leaving a meeting with NASCAR: “Just a racing deal. It’s very tight and technical coming off of (Turn) 2. It’s very easy to get aggressive and got too much coming off there.’’
They made contact again - this time Reddick was behind Quiroga - on Lap 58 and the incident collected Tyler Young.
“It again was a restart and everyone is fighting for all the positions they can get,’’ Reddick said. “I was just trying to follow (Quiroga). Especially with the tires and the body damage we both had, it was very easy to overdrive. We just probably needed to all take it down a notch and we probably would have been fine.’’