Ty Dillon passed Kyle Busch with 26 laps to go and went onto win the UNOH 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway on Thursday night. The win is the first of 2013 for the 21-year old and the second of his Truck Series career.
Dillon's Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was the best it was all night at the end while Busch's Toyota was too loose for him to keep up. Brad Keselowski passed him for second with 13 laps to go and finished third after a side-by-side battle with James Buescher, who finished fourth. Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five after he was challenging Busch for the lead when he was forced into the wall on lap 118 of 150.
Blaney started the race on his first career Truck Series pole and was able to pull away with an early lead. Johnny Sauter accidently hit the kill switch during the warm up laps and had to be pushed to pit road before his Toyota refired just in time for him to join the tail end of the field for the green flag.
On lap 26, with Blaney leading over John Wes Townley and Kyle Busch, the first caution flew for an engine issue by Brendan Gaughan. It was later found out that he had an oil pump issue. He returned to the track and finished in 27th of the 36 trucks. Darrell Wallace Jr grabbed the lead of the race with a two tire pit stop. Brad Keselowski and Matt Crafton also took two tires and restarted second and third with Ryan Blaney and Kyle Busch in fourth and fifth with four fresh tires.
The second caution would fly right away on the lap 31 restart when Brennan Newberry blew and engine on the restart. He finished in 32nd. The top five for the lap 36 restart was Wallace Jr, Crafton, Blaney, Keselowski, and Busch.
Darrell Wallace Jr still led when the third caution flew on lap 41 when Max Gresham crashed. He finished 31st.
On the lap 47 restart, Ryan Blaney almost spun out and dropped to sixth. By lap 70, Kyle Busch was pressuring his driver Darrell Wallace Jr for the lead but the youngster held the boss off. At the lap 75, halfway point Wallace led Busch, Ty Dillon, James Buescher, and Matt Crafton.
The fourth caution then came out on lap 80 when John Wes Townley did all but spin. He was able to make a great save but NASCAR threw the caution. Kyle Busch grabbed the lead on the pit stops while Darrell Wallace Jr dropped to fifth on the restart behind Buescher, Dillon, and Timothy Peters.
One lap after the restart the caution came out on lap 86 for the fifth time when Wallace Jr got loose underneath Blaney entering Turn 3 and slammed the wall. He finished in 28th after leading a race high 54 laps.
The race restarted on lap 91 and Kyle Busch continued to lead until the sixth caution on lap 107 when Bryan Silas spun out. The trucks all came to pit road for their last stops and Kyle Busch got off with the lead ahead of Ryan Blaney, Timothy Peters, Brad Keselowski, James Buescher, and Ty Dillon.
The race restarted with Kyle Busch opening a lead on lap 112. By lap 118, Blaney was pressuring Busch and went high off Turn 4 to make the pass. Busch moved up the track too and ended up cutting Blaney's run off which forced The No. 29 Ford into the outside wall. Ty Dillon took advantage and moved to second right on Busch's tail.
On lap 124, Dillon made the move on the low side to get by Kyle Busch and from there it was clear sailing for Dillon in the No. 3 truck. Brad Keselowski passed Busch for second lap lap 137 but was 4.5 seconds behind Dillon and never did end up making up any ground.
After Dillon had already taken the white flag Joey Coulter got loose underneath German Quiroga battling for eighth in Turn 4 and spun into the outside wall. NASCAR kept the green out as Coulter rolled away from the scene. That allowed for a great last lap battle between Busch and Buescher for third place.
The finishing order was Ty Dillon, followed by Brad Keselowski in second, Kyle Busch third, James Buescher fourth, and Ryan Blaney fifth. Timothy Peters was sixth, Miguel Paludo seventh, German Quiroga eighth, Jeb Burton ninth, and Matt Crafton tenth. John Wes Townley was 11th, Johnny Sauter 12th, Cale Gale 13th, Brett Moffitt 14th in his first career start, and Jeff Agnew was the last lead lap truck in 15th. Joey Colter finished one lap down in 16th after his crash and Ron Hornaday Jr was 17th.
After eight races Matt Crafton holds a 22 point lead over Jeb Burton in the points. Ty Dillon is now 40 back in third place. James Buescher is fourth, Johnny Sauter fifth, Ryan Blaney sixth, Brendan Gaughan seventh, Miguel Paludo eighth, Darrell Wallace Jr ninth, and Timothy Peters tenth.
The next race up for the Camping World Truck Series is the American Ethanol 200 at Iowa Speedway on July 13th.
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