Entry List

CRC Brakleen 175

Friday, July 12th, 2024

Pocono Raceway, Long Pond, PA

  • 18 Chevrolet
  • 10 Ford
  • 8 Toyota

  • Friday, July 12th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Just three races left in the NASCAR CRAFTSMAN Truck Series regular season

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series returns to competition after a week break with only three races remaining to set the 2024 10-driver Playoff field.

McAnally-Hilgemann Racing driver Christian Eckes shows up at Pocono Raceway for Friday’s CRC Brakleen 175 (5:30 p.m. ET on FS1, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio) fresh off one of the most dominating performances of the season. The three-race winner led every lap in winning the most recent Truck Series race, two weeks ago at Nashville.

There are four drivers with guaranteed Playoff positions – four-race winner Corey Heim, three-race winner Christian Eckes, two-race winner Nick Sanchez and a first-time series’ winner, Rajah Caruth. Ty Majeski is fifth in the Playoff standings with a healthy 144-point edge on the cutoff line. Tyler Ankrum, Taylor Gray, reigning series champ Ben Rhodes, Grant Enfinger and Tanner Gray are currently above the Playoff cut line.

Tanner Gray holds only a slim 14-point advantage on Daniel Dye and a 17-point advantage on veteran Stewart Friesen in that final position. Three-time series champion Matt Crafton is 54 points behind Gray.

NASCAR Cup Series’ champion Kyle Busch earned his third Pocono Truck Series win last year. There are no former winners entered this week. Heim, who has won three races just since May, finished runner-up to Busch last summer and was fourth in his debut at the Tricky Triangle in 2022.

A pair of NASCAR Cup Series drivers are on the Pocono entry list. Ross Chastain will run the No. 45 Neice Motorsports Chevrolet and former Truck Series champion Zane Smith will drive the No. 91 McAnally-Hilgemann Racing Chevrolet.

Heim, Taylor Gray and Dye will all pull double-duty competing in both the trucks and Xfinity Series races at Pocono.

  • Friday, July 12th, 2024
  • NASCAR Wire Service - Holly Cain
Corey Heim earns his fifth win this season at Pocono Raceway

Corey Heim earned his series’ best fifth victory of the season in Friday evening’s rain-interrupted CRC Brakleen 175 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway. The 21-year old swept both stages and led 55 of the 70 laps to add to his trophy total.

But, he had to battle competitors and climate for this win.

The Georgian’s No. 11 TRICON Garage Toyota led Grant Enfinger’s Chevrolet across the finish line by .867-second to take his 10th career victory – quickly re-establishing himself as the race leader – again – on the final re-start with three laps remaining.

“It started from the very beginning, we’ve had such a close bond,’’ Heim said of his strong working relationship with crew chief Scott Zippidelli and the career-best single season win mark.

“Week in and week out, so proud of these guys, can’t say enough about them,’’ Heim said.

Rain drops covered the windshields of the trucks – particularly in Turn 2 of the 2.5-mile Pocono track – and eventually brought out a caution flag for weather with only nine laps remaining in the race. But after parking on pit road for just over 10 minutes of red-flag stoppage, the field returned to the track for a lap only to come back down pit road again as the rain got heavier with seven laps remaining.

Not surprisingly Heim immediately told his crew the rain was substantial. Enfinger, who was 2.2-seconds behind Heim at the time of the initial red flag, was optimistic it was going to be a brief shower. NASCAR had already determined before the green flag that the race would be official no matter the circumstance at 8:20 p.m. ET – approximately one hour and 10 minutes after the first red flag waved Friday evening.

But the sun shone on the re-start allowing enough laps to complete the race – a light rain beginning again during driver’s post-race interviews.

Enfinger’s second-place finish equals his best mark of the year – also at North Wilkesboro, N.C. – and certainly helped solidify the CR7 Motorsports driver’s position in the Playoff standings. He is seventh place with only two races remaining before the 2024 Playoffs begin Aug. 25 at the Milwaukee Mile Speedway.

McAnally Hilgemann’s Christian Eckes finished third, followed by TRICON Garage’s Taylor Gray and NASCAR Cup Series regular Ross Chastain, driving for Niece Motorsports.

The closing laps featured close racing up front with many among the lead pack having to be conscious about saving fuel – a variable then made moot with the rain stoppage. Heim was trying to hold off the hard-charging, highly-motivated veteran Enfinger, who was racing for his first win of the season while Eckes had to hold off Chastain for third place.

The pole-winner Eckes led the race’s opening 11 laps in the No. 19 McAnally Hilgemann Chevy and finished second to race-winner Heim in both stages. But a slow pit stop during the secong stage break forced Eckes to play catch-up. He restarted 10th but was up to fourth place within five laps and continued to move forward.

He rallied to that ultimate third-place showing giving him a series best 12-race streak of Top-10 finishes and he still holds a 32-point edge on Heim for the regular season championship.

The first caution flag for a race incident came out with 26 laps remaining when Rajah Caruth spun on track. At the time Heim led Chastain by almost 3-seconds. As the trucks drove under caution, drivers were alerted that rain was imminent, so the front-runners did not pit.

Chase Purdy, Stewart Friesen, Matt Crafton, Dean Thompson and Caruth rounded out the Top-10.

With only two races remaining to set the 10-driver Playoff field, Daniel Dye holds a single-point edge on Tanner Gray in that 10th position and a slight four-point advantage over Friesen.

Only four fulltime series drivers have won this season to claim automatic Playoff berths including Heim, Eckes, Friday’s 13thplace finisher Nick Sanchez and Caruth.

  • Drivers Entered: 36
  • Laps Scheduled: 60
  • Laps Actual: 70 - NASCAR OVERTIME!
  • Margin of Victory: 0.867 Seconds
  • Time of Race: 1 Hours 32 Minutes 42 Seconds
  • Average Speed: 113.269
  • Cautions: 4 for 17 laps
  • Lead Changes: 3
  • Green Flag Passes: 1,103 (20.8 passes per green flag lap)
Kyle Busch waves a flag in celebration of Kyle Busch Motorsports
Long Pond, Pennsylvania - July 22, 2023 : Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Zariz Transport Chevrolet, waves a flag in celebration of Kyle Busch Motorsports' 100th win in the NASCAR Truck Series after winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series CRC Brakleen 150 at Pocono Raceway.
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CRC Brakleen 175 at Pocono Raceway Entry List
1 9 Grant Enfinger Fairhope, AL Jan 22, 1985 39 Chevrolet Champion Power Equipment CR7 Motorsports Jeff Stankiewicz
2 88 Matt Crafton Tulare, CA Jun 11, 1976 48 Ford TBA ThorSport Racing Jeriod Prince
3 56 Timmy Hill Port Tobacco, MD Feb 25, 1993 31 Toyota Coble Enterprises Hill Motorsports Terry Elmore
4 25 Ty Dillon Lewisville, NC Feb 27, 1992 32 Chevrolet Rackley Roofing Rackley W.A.R Shane Wilson
5 45 Ross Chastain Alva, FL Dec 4, 1992 31 Chevrolet Mar-Del Watermelon Association Niece Motorsports Phil Gould
6 41 Bayley Currey Driftwood, TX Oct 29, 1996 27 Chevrolet DQS Niece Motorsports Cody Efaw
7 76 Spencer Boyd Creve Coeur, MO Jun 26, 1995 29 Chevrolet TBA Freedom Racing Enterprises Mike Hillman Jr.
8 42 Matt Mills Lynchburg, VA Nov 14, 1996 27 Chevrolet J.F. Electric/Utilitra Niece Motorsports Jon Leonard
9 02 Mason Massey Douglasville, GA Jan 24, 1997 27 Chevrolet BRUNT Young's Motorsports Trip Bruce III
10 91 Zane Smith Huntington Beach, CA Jun 9, 1999 25 Chevrolet SpeedyCash.com McAnally Hilgemann Racing Kevin Bellicourt
11 1 Kris Wright Wexford, PA Jul 17, 1994 29 Toyota America's Auto Auction/Esmark TRICON Garage Seth Smith
12 52 Stewart Friesen Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario Jul 25, 1983 40 Toyota Halmar International Halmar Friesen Racing Jimmy Villeneuve
13 99 Ben Rhodes Louisville, KY Feb 21, 1997 27 Ford Kubota ThorSport Racing Doug Randolph
14 21 Sage Karam Nazareth, PA Mar 5, 1995 29 Ford TBA Floridian Motorsports Carl Long
15 28 Bryan Dauzat Alexandria, LA Nov 30, 1959 64 Chevrolet TBA FDNY Racing Jim Rosenblum
16 18 Tyler Ankrum San Bernardino, CA Mar 6, 2001 23 Chevrolet LiUNA! McAnally Hilgemann Racing Mark Hillman
17 19 Christian Eckes MIddletown, NY Nov 10, 2000 23 Chevrolet NAPA Auto Care McAnally Hilgemann Racing Charles Denike
18 77 Chase Purdy Meridian, MS Nov 11, 1999 24 Chevrolet Bama Buggies Spire Motorsports Jason Trinchere
19 98 Ty Majeski Seymour, WI Aug 18, 1994 29 Ford Soda Sense/Curb Records ThorSport Racing Joe Shear Jr
20 15 Tanner Gray Artesia, NM Apr 15, 1999 25 Toyota Operation 300 TRICON Garage Jerame Donley
21 11 Corey Heim Marietta, GA Jul 5, 2002 22 Toyota Safelite TRICON Garage Scott Zipadelli
22 33 Lawless Alan Los Angeles, CA Feb 2, 2000 24 Ford AUTODockit Reaume Brothers Racing Doug George
23 5 Dean Thompson Anaheim, CA Aug 30, 2001 22 Toyota Thompson Pipe Group TRICON Garage Derek Smith
24 32 Bret Holmes Munford, AL May 5, 1997 27 Chevrolet Best Value Carriers Bret Holmes Racing Mike Shiplett
25 27 Keith McGee Eagle River, AK May 7, 1981 43 Ford TBA Reaume Brothers Racing John Reaume
26 17 Taylor Gray Denver, NC Mar 25, 2005 19 Toyota Place of Hope TRICON Garage Jeff Hensley
27 46 Thad Moffitt Trinity, NC Sep 12, 2000 23 Chevrolet TBA Young's Motorsports Tyler Young
28 2 Nicholas Sanchez Miami, FL Jun 10, 2001 23 Chevrolet Gainbridge Rev Racing Kevin Manion
29 71 Rajah Caruth Atlanta, GA Jun 11, 2002 22 Chevrolet HendrickCars.com Spire Motorsports Chad Walter
30 13 Jake Garcia Monroe, GA Mar 3, 2005 19 Ford Quanta Services ThorSport Racing Rich Lushes
31 90 Justin Carroll Williamsburg, VA Dec 8, 1995 28 Toyota Carroll's Automotive/Duratrain Terry Carroll Motorsports Terry Carroll
32 7 Connor Mosack Charlotte, NC Jan 20, 1999 25 Chevrolet Friends of Jaclyn Foundation Spire Motorsports Brian Pattie
33 22 Mason Maggio Palm Beach Gardens, FL Jul 7, 2004 20 Ford SI Yachts Reaume Brothers Racing Pedro Lopez
34 38 Layne Riggs Bahama, NC Jun 11, 2002 22 Ford Infinity Communications Group Front Row Motorsports Dylan Cappello
35 43 Daniel Dye DeLand, Florida Dec 4, 2003 20 Chevrolet Champion Container McAnally Hilgemann Racing Blake Bainbridge
36 66 Luke Fenhaus Wausau, WI Apr 8, 2004 20 Ford TBA ThorSport Racing Josh Hankish