Kyle Busch battled Brad Keselowski Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney throughout the EnjoyIllinois 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., on Friday night en route to his 34th-career truck win. Keselowski wound up second and Blaney was third.
“That was tough,” Busch said of his 34th-career series win. ” Brad, man, and Ryan (Blaney), man, had some good trucks.
Jeb Burton started on the pole and led the way until losing the top spot to Keselowski just before the second caution of the race on lap 45 of the 150 lap event.
The rest of the way, Busch, Keselowski and Blaney dominated the top-three. Each of the three drivers spent time up front and for a time, BKR ran one and two with Keselowski in the lead and Blaney second.
Blaney fell out of the top-three when he lost a few positions on pit road during a caution that came out on lap 100, but as soon as the race restarted, he rejoined Keselowski and Busch inside the top-three. Busch took the lead for good with just under 20 laps remaining. Keselowski battled him hard the rest of the way, but was unable to get by and had to settle for his fifth second-place truck finish and continue to wait on his first-career Truck Series win.
Still, he had fun.
“It was great,” Keselowski said. “I hopoe that was a thrill to watch.”
Brendan Gaughan ran fourth for several laps late in the race, but a late-race, green-flag pit stop for an overheating issue and then a pit road speeding penalty put him off the lead lap and out of contention for the win. Instead, Matt Crafton finished fourth and extended his points lead over James Buescher to 41 points. Buescher finished the race in the eighth spot.
Ty Dillon finished fifth, John Wes Townley was sixth, Austin Dillon seventh, Burton ninth and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-10.
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