Ross Chastain led 54 of 60 laps on his way to winning Saturday’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series Gander RV 150 at Pocono Raceway.
Chastain scored his third career series victory all coming in the 2019 season.
"We stomped them in the dirt, we pressed the attack, I’m so excited," Chastain said of his series-leading win. "We’ll go try to press the attack (in the next race, Thursday night at Eldora. We don’t back down at all. We just keep going."
The victory also helped solidify Chastain’s attempt to make the Playoffs. He led the most laps ever in a Pocono truck race.
"It takes us being a little mad," Chastain continued. "I’m not going to lie, we were a little mad we lost (crew chief) Nick Harrison," Chastain said. "We realize everybody goes when it’s their time but, man, we miss that big boy. A lot of these boys worked with him, I got to work with him at Kaulig Racing this year. Man, we miss him."
Tyler Ankrum, Harrison Burton, Christian Eckes and Brett Moffitt rounded out the top five.
Matt Crafton, Todd Gilliland, Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Grant Enfinger completed the first 10 finishers.
The race got off to a bad start for another championship contender when Stewart Friesen spun in Turn 1 and crashed ending his day in frustration.
"I’m not really sure," Friesen said when asked what happened in the incident. "I spun around and made contact with the wall.
"I got to the apron there and it’s just a bummer. I had a lot of friends and family here today and just really, really disappointed. I wish I could have done more to last a little longer out there. We’ll be back but it just sucks right now."
Chastain and Burton won the first two stages of the race.
The NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series now heads to Eldora Speedway for the only dirt race on the schedule on Thursday, August 1.