Ty Dillon beat out a couple of Sprint Cup Series regulars, including the reigning Sprint Cup champion, to claim the win in Thursday night’s UNOH 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.
“We have a strong team and won’t give up,” Dillon said in victory lane of overcoming a slump by finishing second the last time the trucks were in action at Texas Motor Speedway and then following that up with a win Thursday at Kentucky.
It was Dillon’s first win of the season.
“Our goal is five (wins),” Dillon said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a lot more than that.”
Brad Keselowski finished second, and Kyle Busch just barely held off James Buescher to finish third. Buescher was fourth, and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.
Blaney started on the pole and led the way until Darrell Wallace Jr., Keselowski and Matt Crafton opted for only two tires to get off pit road first through third during a caution that came out on lap 25 of the 150-lap race.
As Wallace led the way, Keselowski began suffering issues and fell somewhat off the pace. When the yellow flag came out on lap 41, Keselowski’s team looked under the hood in an attempt to diagnose the problem. A problem wasn’t found.
“I don’t know,” Keselowski said. “I thought something wasn’t right. I may have screwed it up. Something didn’t feel right.”
Meanwhile, Wallace continued to lead and his truck owner, Busch, moved into second on the restart. Busch then got off pit road first during the next caution that came out on lap 80 to restart the race with the lead. Keselowski got off pit road second during that caution but then headed down pit road again to remove tape from his grill.
Wallace’s bid for the race win ended with about 66 laps to go when he spun and hit the wall.
“We had the truck to beat,” Wallace said. “We were beating the boss, so that was pretty fun.”
Busch continued to lead, and Kligerman moved into the second stop on the restart that was brought out by Wallace. Busch and Blaney made contact that resulted in Blaney scraping the wall with 31 laps to go. That allowed Dillon to move up to the second spot.
With 25 laps to go, Dillon moved into the lead, and a few laps later, Keselowski moved into second. Buescher almost got by Busch two, and their two trucks were side-by-side at the start/finish line on the final lap, with Busch’s truck just barely ahead.
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