Joey Coulter, Chad Hackenbract win uneventful Truck Series and ARCA sprints at Pocono; Todd Bodine's controversial interview

SPARTA, KY - JUNE 28: Joey Coulter, driver of the #22 Steak-umm Chevrolet, talks to team owner Richard Childress during qualifying for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway on June 28, 2012 in Sparta, Kentucky. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images for NASCAR)

I don't have a lot to say on today's track action at Pocono International Raceway, so I'll keep my thoughts brief in lieu of more thorough Nationwide Series recap.

Pocono delivered three pleasant surprises on Saturday with Juan Pablo Montoya winning the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race, and two first-time winners in the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series respectively.

Saturday's races were short on action and decided by fuel mileage and track position, apparently the new norm in stock car auto racing.

Camping World Truck Series

Joey Coulter became the latest first-time winner in NASCAR, winning the Pocono Mountains 125 on Saturday afternoon. He first took the lead on a restart with seven laps to go and never looked back. Prior to that restart, Coulter had been a mid-level race contender, proving just how important restarts are to success in NASCAR.

The reverse is certainly true for Nelson Piquet Jr., who clearly had the most dominant truck of the afternoon. The former F1 star led a race-high 33 laps but could not get started on the final two restarts. It indirectly led to a confrontation with Todd Bodine (see below) and his losing track position respectively.

The most compelling story to come out of this race was the contact between Piquet and Bodine on lap 33, with the latter suffering terminal damages. But it was Bodine's post-crash interview that will have people talking in the morning.

Bodine called Piquet "an idiot", claiming that it was too early to be racing that hard, and that he couldn't trust racing alongside Piquet.

The interview is best-described as pure comedic gold. First of all, the accident occurred with 17 laps remaining, go-time as drivers call it, with the replays clearly indicating that Bodine initiated the contact.

While drivers should always be afforded some freedom of speech in the heat of moment, it was hard to sympathize with Bodine, especially considering he had just watched the replay. Bodine did not do himself many favors with his rant or his post-incident temper-tantrum, that included a failed attempt at launching his helmet at Piquet's No. 30 as it circled under caution.

For Piquet, the incident clearly broke his concentration and momentum, as the emotional Brazilian fell back to sixth on the restart before recovering to finish fifth. Piquet will look back at Saturday as yet another missed opportunity to get his long-awaited first Truck Series victory. It's just a matter of when.

Timothy Peters now leads Ty Dillon by eight points in the championship and James Buescher by 15.

A complete full-field rundown, championship standings and a brief ARCA recap can be found after the jump.

Buescher takes the lead, Bodine in big wreck (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Final Laps: Coulter scores first NASCAR win (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race No. 11
Third Annual Pocono Mountains 125 Saturday,
August 4, 2012
Pocono Raceway - Long Pond, PA - 2.5 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 50 Laps - 125 Miles - Purse: $450,489
Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Pts Bns Driver Rating Winnings Status Tms Laps
1 4 22 Joey Coulter RCR / darrellgwynnfoundation.com Chevrolet 50 47 4 119.8 $34,800 Running 1 7
2 5 31 James Buescher Koike Aronson / Ransome Chevrolet 50 43 1 124.7 $24,565 Running 2 6
3 1 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. AutoTrac Chevrolet 50 43 2 139.0 $25,685 Running 3 33
4 9 88 Matt Crafton Jeld Wen / Menards Toyota 50 40
111.4 $14,950 Running

5 16 18 Denny Hamlin(i) GNC Live Well / M&M's Toyota 50 0
99.7 $11,475 Running

6 2 3 Ty Dillon # Bass Pro Shops / Tracker Boats Chevrolet 50 38
91.0 $12,400 Running

7 17 29 Parker Kligerman Cooper Standard RAM 50 37
84.8 $10,900 Running

8 11 09 John Wes Townley # Toyota Care Toyota 50 36
89.6 $10,675 Running

9 35 6 Justin Lofton MillenniumPrivateJetServices/LoftonCattle Chev 50 35
77.7 $10,625 Running

10 20 08 Ross Chastain # Melon 1 / SC Watermelon Association Toyota 50 34
74.4 $11,825 Running

11 14 23 Jason White GunBroker.com Ford 50 34 1 84.8 $10,500 Running 1 2
12 18 98 Dakoda Armstrong # EverFi.com Toyota 50 32
71.3 $10,375 Running

13 3 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Brakes Chevrolet 50 31
90.4 $10,325 Running

14 15 33 Cale Gale # Rheem Chevrolet 50 30
78.2 $10,275 Running

15 6 2 Timothy George Jr. Applebee's Chevrolet 50 29
75.3 $11,225 Running

16 25 27 C.E. Falk HotTorque.com Chevrolet 49 28
55.7 $10,050 Running

17 19 99 Bryan Silas # Rockingham Speedway Ford 49 27
57.9 $9,950 Running

18 23 84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 49 26
46.0 $9,825 Running

19 10 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. Joe Denette Motorsports Chevrolet 47 25
71.4 $9,725 Running

20 34 57 Norm Benning Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 47 24
43.0 $8,050 Running

21 32 59 Kyle Martel PA Breast Cancer Coalition Chevrolet 47 PE
41.2 $7,275 Running

22 8 17 Timothy Peters TOYOTA / Red Horse Racing Toyota 40 23 1 100.1 $8,175 Running 1 2
23 27 28 Wes Burton FDNY Racing Chevrolet 39 21
47.3 $7,075 Accident

24 7 5 Paulie Harraka # Wauters Motorsports Ford 38 20
85.3 $8,000 Accident

25 30 82 Sean Corr LeonardBusSales/AmrcnHeroesRacing/RshYates Ford 37 19
50.7 $7,115 Accident

26 12 11 Todd Bodine Northeast Toyota Dealers Toyota 33 18
92.0 $6,925 Accident

27 13 13 Johnny Sauter Hot Honeys / Curb Records Toyota 28 17
40.7 $7,900 Running

28 21 93 Dennis Setzer RSS Racing Chevrolet 18 16
45.2 $6,875 Handling

29 26 39 Ryan Sieg RSS Racing Chevrolet 11 15
54.1 $6,850 Engine

30 31 25 Brandon Knupp Hillman Racing Chevrolet 8 PE
36.5 $7,325 Vibration

31 22 07 Jeff Agnew Wear Your Gear / BOBBER.info Toyota 7 13
46.8 $6,800 Vibration

32 29 74 Scott Riggs(i) kona Unwind Chevrolet 6 PE
37.0 $6,775 Overheating

33 36 75 Adam Edwards Norm Benning Racing Chevrolet 5 11
36.3 $6,750 Vibration

34 28 38 Chris Jones RSS Racing Chevrolet 3 10
36.9 $6,725 Vibration

35 33 0 Chris Lafferty Driven2Honor.org RAM 1 9
32.7 $6,700 Accident

36 24 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Driven2Honor.org RAM 0 8
30.9 $6,672 Engine

ARCA Racing Series

Very similar to the Truck Series race, one driver (Brennan Poole) sat on the pole and acquired a commanding lead. Just like Nelson Piquet Jr. before him, circumstance stole a win from ARCA's most dominant Pocono contender.

This time it was fuel strategy that cost the dominant car, as Chad Chad Hackenbracht (Or Hacken-Something) pitted early, made his fuel last during a long green flag run, and ultimately won his first career ARCA Series race.

Hackenbract didn't lead until lap 38, the moment that Poole made his only pit stop of the afternoon. Hackenbract came out roughly six seconds ahead of Poole and made the tires and track position last.

The strategy first came into play on lap seven, when Hackenbract was the only car to pit. Lap six was the earliest teams could pit for a 50-lap race. Team 58 took the bait and was rewarded with a long green flag run and the checkered flag.

Well done crew chief Kevin Reid.

Race Results

2012 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards Event #14
Pocono Raceway, Long Pond PA, 8-4-12
Pennsylvania ARCA 125
Official Race Report
FIN STR NO DRIVER/HOMETOWN TEAM & CAR LAPS STATUS
1 5 58 Chad Hackenbracht/New Philadephia OH CGH Motorsports Chevrolet 50 Running
2 1 25 Brennan Poole/The Woodlands TX Cometic Gasket-Midas-Venturini Motorsports Toyota 50 Running
3 6 22 Alex Bowman/Tucson AZ St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Dodge 50 Running
4 7 44 Frank Kimmel/Clarksville IN Ansell-Menards Toyota 50 Running
5 3 17 Chris Buescher/Prosper TX Reliance Tool-BeavEx Ford 50 Running
6 4 15 Ryan Reed/Bakersfield CA JDRF Ford 50 Running
7 8 16 Matt Lofton/Roxboro NC Strutmasters.com Chevrolet 50 Running
8 12 09 Grant Enfinger/Fairhope AL Casite-Roush Yates Performance Products Ford 50 Running
9 9 68 Will Kimmel/Clarksville IN Knuth Machine Tools Ford 50 Running
10 13 66 Nelson Canache/Caracas Venezuela Venezuela Tourism Toyota 50 Running
11 24 43 Kyle Martel/Lebanon PA The Breast Cancer Coalition Chevrolet 49 Running
12 11 32 Matt Merrell/Portland TX Toyota of Scranton-Red Line Oil Toyota 49 Running
13 18 99 Brandon Davis/Huntington Beach CA Roulo Brothers Racing Ford 49 Running
14 19 61 Aleks Gregory/Baton Rouge LA The Mosquito Patch Chevrolet 49 Running
15 2 55 AJ Henriksen/Elgin IL Engineered Components Company Toyota 49 Running
16 17 5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 49 Running
17 26 10 Ed Pompa/Ballston Spa NY Milwaukee Crusher Company-Double H Ranch Chevy 48 Running
18 21 88 Buster Graham/Lafayette LA Batter's Dream-RoushYatesParts.com Ford 48 Running
19 22 94 Milka Duno/Caracas Venezuela Corazon Venezulano-Cantv-Milka Way Toyota 48 Running
20 35 13 George Cushman/Waterville NY Cushman Truck Repair-Sangerfield Auto & Tire Chevy 48 Running
21 15 02 Josh Williams/Port Charlotte FL Southwest Florida Cable Construction Ford 47 Running
22 23 07 Brian Kaltreider/Reading PA Independent Graphics-Lica Ford 47 Running
23 20 3 Steve Fox/Hazleton PA Universe Towing & Auto Body-The Southside Dodge 46 Running
24 16 35 Tom Berte/New Berlin WI CGS Premier Chevrolet 46 Running
25 25 04 Larry Barford Jr./Denton MD First Mariner Bank-Trauma Doc Dodge 46 Running
26 28 40 Maryeve Dufault/Sorel Quebec M5 Sports Entertainment Dodge 46 Running
27 27 06 Tommy O'Leary/Cygnet OH GreatRailing.com Ford 46 Running
28 29 34 Darrell Basham/Henryville IN Darrell Basham Racing Chevrolet 46 Running
29 14 23 Spencer Gallagher/Las Vegas NV Allegiant Air Chevrolet 45 Running
30 30 48 James Hylton/Inman SC Radon.com Ford 44 Running
31 10 95 Michael Leavine/Bullard TX WRL General Contractors Ford 20 Accident
32 32 18 Rick Clifton/Circleville OH C&B Farm Supply-Liberty Link Chevrolet 11 Carburetor
33 31 0 Don Thompson/Carlisle PA JMPCO Ford 9 Engine
34 33 69 Clair Zimmerman/Denver PA Tilted Kilt Ford 4 Vibration
7 Brent Cross/Cortland NY Bestdeck-Cummings Auto Machine Chevrolet DNS
Menards Pole Award Presented by Ansell: Brennan Poole 52.220 (172.348)
Margin of Victory: 13.453 seconds Cautions: 1 for 6 laps
Time of Race: 52:04 Average Speed: 144.046 mph
Lap Leaders: Poole 1-13, 21-37 (30); Bowman 14-20 (7); Enfinger 38 (1); Hackenbracht 39-50 (12)
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