NASCAR: Austin Dillon survives G-W-C for Pocono Truck victory

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It took Green-White-Checkered to settle today’s Pocono Mountains 150, but Austin Dillon withstood the pressure and pulled away to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory at Pocono Raceway.

A rash of late yellows set the stage for the G-W-C finish. With six laps to go, Tyler Reddick and German Quiroga made contact that caused Reddick to crash and bring out a caution.

But Reddick kept going and on the restart with three laps left, he got some payback by spinning Quiroga coming off of Turn 2. Unfortunately for Reddick, that drew the wrath of NASCAR, who told him to park his truck for the remainder of the race.

Meanwhile, Dillon and fellow Sprint Cup regular Clint Bowyer led the field to the green flag on Lap 62, two laps past the race’s scheduled distance.

Bowyer, filling in for John Wes Townley in the No. 05 Athenian Motorsports Toyota Tundra, was quickly gobbled up on the restart while Dillon and his No. 3 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet Silverado rode off into the proverbial sunset.

The former Camping World Truck Series champion would take the checkered flag by 1.975 seconds over Johnny Sauter. Joey Coulter finished third, followed by Bowyer in fourth and Ryan Blaney in fifth.

For a while, it appeared pole sitter Kyle Larson would challenge Dillon for Truck supremacy on the Tricky Triangle. Larson led 21 of 60 laps but shortly after pitting for right side tires on Lap 35, his No. 32 Turner Scott Motorsports Chevy started to slow down with engine issues.

The problems under the hood ultimately relegated Larson to an 18th place finish. He’ll be hoping for better luck in tomorrow’s 400-mile Sprint Cup race at Pocono, which he’ll start from pole position.

Blaney was able to retain his CWTS points lead by seven points over Sauter. The series now prepares for its next race at Michigan International Speedway in two weeks.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)