Two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers, including the reigning champion, started their Kentucky race weekend off with Camping World Truck Series racing Thursday night in the UNOH 225 150-lap race. But it was Truck Series regular Ty Dillon celebrating in victory lane at the end of the evening. For Dillon, the win followed up a second-place performance the last time the trucks raced at Texas Motor Speedway. Thursday’s win was his first of the season.
“Our goal is five (wins),” Dillon said. “Hopefully, we’ll get a lot more than that.”
Brad Keselowski, still winless in Camping World Truck Series competition, posted his fourth-career Truck Series runner-up finish.
“We’ve got a lot of seconds, but not a win,” Keselowski said. “One’s coming soon.”
Kyle Busch was third, but just barely. James Buescher was beside Busch crossing the start/finish line for the final time but fell just short and had to settle for fourth. Pole sitter Ryan Blaney rounded out the top-five.
Blaney led the way until drivers including Darrell Wallace Jr. opted for only two tires during a caution on lap 25. Wallace got off pit road first and claimed the lead. Keselowski was also among those who took two and came off pit road second. But a few laps later, Keselowski felt and issue with his truck and made two pit stops during a caution several laps later. His crew lifted the hood on the truck, but an issue wasn’t discovered.
“I don’t know,” Keselowski said. “I thought something wasn’t right. I may have screwed it up. Something didn’t feel right.”
Busch moved into second and then took the lead by getting off pit road with just two tires during a lap 80 caution. Keselowski came out of the pits second, but pitted a second time during the yellow to removed tape from his grill.
Busch was leading the way when another truck he owned, Wallace’s No. 54, spun and hit the wall to bring out another caution with 66 laps remaining.
Busch continued to lead the way and even held on to the lead following contact with Blaney as the two raced for the top spot with 31 laps to go. Blaney, though, wound up scraping the wall and gave up second to Dillon.
“We got together in four and wound up in the wall, and we just weren’t as good after that,” Blaney said.
With 25 to go, Dillon got by Busch to take the lead. Several laps later, Keselowski also got by Busch to take second.
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