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.

Report: Spencer Pigot out at Ed Carpenter Racing

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Spencer Pigot will not return to Ed Carpenter Racing in 2020, according to a story Thursday by RACER.com.

The 26-year-old Floridian, who won the 2015 Indy Lights championship, is expected to be replaced in the No. 21 Chevrolet by 2019 Indy Lights runner-up Rinus VeeKay.

“I’m appreciative of the opportunity ECR gave me,” Pigot told RACER.com. “I understand the reasons they had to go in a different direction, and wish them all the best.”

In 56 NTT IndyCar Series starts, Pigot has 15 top 10 finishes, with a best finish of second at Iowa in 2018. He finished 14th in the 2019 point standings.

VeeKay, who tested in an Indy car twice for ECR in 2019, has six wins in 18 Indy Lights starts, including a weekend sweep of the final two rounds of the season at Laguna Seca in September.

A representative from ECR told NBC Sports Thursday that the team currently could not comment on any driver rumors as the team currently does not have any drivers under contract for the 2020 season, although it is presumed that owner/driver Carpenter will return to the No. 20 entry for the oval rounds.

NBC Sports will provide updates on the story once more information becomes available.