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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)
Corey Heim celebrates in victory lane
Long Pond, Pennsylvania - July 12, 2024 : Corey Heim, driver of the #11 Safelite Toyota, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series CRC Brakleen 175 at Pocono Raceway.
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CRC Brakleen 175 at Pocono Raceway results
FIN ST # DRIVER MAKE TOT PTS FIN PTS STG PTS PO PTS LAPS LED X LED S1 S2 STATUS
2 8 9 Grant Enfinger Chevrolet 48 35 13 0 70 0 0 5 4 Running
8 15 88 Matt Crafton Ford 29 29 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
23 25 56 Timmy Hill Toyota 14 14 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
25 14 25 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 12 12 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
5 27 45 Ross Chastain Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 70 0 0 0 7 Running
17 20 41 Bayley Currey Chevrolet 20 20 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
36 23 76 Spencer Boyd Chevrolet 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 Hub
11 13 42 Matt Mills Chevrolet 27 26 1 0 70 0 0 0 10 Running
24 29 02 Mason Massey Chevrolet 13 13 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
20 21 91 Zane Smith Chevrolet 0 0 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
26 26 1 Kris Wright Toyota 11 11 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
7 10 52 Stewart Friesen Toyota 35 30 5 0 70 0 0 9 8 Running
18 7 99 Ben Rhodes Ford 19 19 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
33 33 21 Sage Karam Ford 0 0 0 0 67 0 0 0 0 Running
34 34 28 Bryan Dauzat Chevrolet 3 3 0 0 65 0 0 0 0 Running
14 4 18 Tyler Ankrum Chevrolet 37 23 14 0 70 0 0 3 5 Running
3 1 19 Christian Eckes Chevrolet 52 34 18 0 70 11 1 2 2 Running
6 16 77 Chase Purdy Chevrolet 31 31 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
31 6 98 Ty Majeski Ford 16 6 10 0 68 0 0 6 6 Running
19 11 15 Tanner Gray Toyota 21 18 3 0 70 0 0 10 9 Running
1 2 11 Corey Heim Toyota 67 40 20 7 70 55 2 1 1 Running
32 24 33 Lawless Alan Ford 5 5 0 0 68 0 0 0 0 Running
9 22 5 Dean Thompson Toyota 28 28 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
12 30 32 Bret Holmes Chevrolet 25 25 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
4 19 17 Taylor Gray Toyota 36 33 3 0 70 0 0 8 0 Running
29 31 46 Thad Moffitt Chevrolet 8 8 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
13 9 2 Nicholas Sanchez Chevrolet 28 24 4 0 70 0 0 7 0 Running
10 3 71 Rajah Caruth Chevrolet 27 27 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
21 12 13 Jake Garcia Ford 16 16 0 0 70 4 1 0 0 Running
28 36 90 Justin Carroll Toyota 9 9 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
15 18 7 Connor Mosack Chevrolet 22 22 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
27 32 22 Mason Maggio Ford 10 10 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running
35 35 27 Stephen Mallozzi Ford 0 0 0 0 22 0 0 0 0 Transmission
30 17 38 Layne Riggs Ford 7 7 0 0 69 0 0 0 0 Running
16 5 43 Daniel Dye Chevrolet 36 21 15 0 70 0 0 4 3 Running
22 28 66 Luke Fenhaus Ford 15 15 0 0 70 0 0 0 0 Running

Race Infractions

Penalties imposed prior to or during the race.

Driver Infraction Penalty Lap Lap Assessed Flag
Layne Riggs Pre-Race to the Rear Backup Truck Tail End 0 0 White
Bryan Dauzat Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Justin Carroll Pre-Race to the Rear Unapproved Adjustments Tail End 0 0 White
Mason Maggio Tire violation Tail End 17 19 Yellow
Zane Smith Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Tail End 17 19 Yellow
Ty Dillon Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 19 19 Yellow
Layne Riggs Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 19 19 Yellow
Lawless Alan Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 28 35 Green/Yellow
Mason Maggio Tire violation Tail End 33 35 Yellow
Bayley Currey Crewmember(s) over the wall too soon Tail End 33 35 Yellow
Bryan Dauzat Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Tail End 33 35 Yellow
Matt Crafton Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 35 35 Yellow
Kris Wright Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 35 35 Yellow
Ty Dillon Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 35 35 Yellow
Luke Fenhaus Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 35 35 Yellow
Layne Riggs Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 35 35 Yellow
Layne Riggs Improper fueling Fueling free pass Pass Thru 35 36 Green/Yellow
Sage Karam Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Pass Thru 39 39 Green
Thad Moffitt Tossing or throwing equipment Tail End 46 47 Yellow
Lawless Alan Pitting before pit road is open Tail End 46 47 Yellow
Luke Fenhaus Too many crewmember(s) in contact with pit service area Tail End 65 66 Yellow