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Ty Dillon Is Truck Winner In Kentucky

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, June 28 2013

Ty Dillon celebrates his victory Thursday night in Kentucky. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Ty Dillon crossed the finish line 5.736 seconds ahead of Brad Keselowski to win Thursday night’s Camping World Truck Series race at Kentucky Speedway.

Kyle Busch ran third, followed by reigning series champion James Buescher and Ryan Blaney.

“To beat Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, two of the best drivers on four wheels right now, is pretty special,” Dillon said. “I want to be like them some day.”

Dillon took his time tracking down Busch in the closing laps and picked his spot with 25 to go.

“My car just took off at the end,” Dillon said. “I knew I was faster, so I just really tried not to kill my car, kill my tires, and it finally came to us. I got a good run through (Turns) 1 and 2 and got by him in 3 and 4. It (Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet) turned into a rocket ship there at the end.

“I wasn’t that great in the beginning and the middle, but (crew chief) Marcus (Richmond) and the guys kept digging and kept digging.”

Rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. spun in Turn 3 on Lap 86, racing in close quarters underneath the No. 29 of Blaney, to cause the fifth caution on Lap 86. Wallace had led a race-high 54 laps to that point but had to take his No. 54 Toyota to the garage for repairs.

Wallace, who had perhaps the fastest truck in the race, was disappointed but philosophical.

“I though I had it, and I think if he (Blaney) wasn’t there and already gone that I might have saved it and just lost more positions,” Wallace said. “Just hard racing. I’m still trying to figure these (trucks) out. I’m a rookie—that’s what the yellow stripes are for (on the bumpers of rookies’ cars and trucks).”

The accident left Busch, Wallace’s car owner, in charge of the proceedings, at least for a while. Busch pulled away from Blaney after a restart on Lap 91 and held an advantage of 1.035 by the time the race reached Lap 100.

But Bryan Silas’ spin in Turn 4 slowed the field again on Lap 108, giving the lead-lap cars a chance to pit and pick up enough fuel to finish the race.

Busch fought off a challenge from Blaney on Lap 118, forcing the 19-year-old driver into the outside wall. Blaney damaged the right side of his truck but was able to hold the fifth position.

Moments after the contact, Dillon began to mount his challenge and eventually passed Busch, whose truck had developed a drastically loose handling condition, on Lap 125. Keselowski passed Busch for the runner-up spot on Lap 138 but had nothing for Dillon in the final 12 circuits.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race – UNOH 225

Kentucky Speedway

1. (22) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 150, $51435.

2. (12) Brad Keselowski(i), Ford, 150, $42875.

3. (6) Kyle Busch(i), Toyota, 150, $25795.

4. (13) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 150, $21160.

5. (1) Ryan Blaney #, Ford, 150, $19785.

6. (9) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 150, $12960.

7. (10) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 150, $12460.

8. (8) German Quiroga #, Toyota, 150, $11960.

9. (11) Jeb Burton #, Chevrolet, 150, $11860.

10. (7) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 150, $13010.

11. (3) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 150, $11635.

12. (17) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 150, $11460.

13. (18) Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 150, $9110.

14. (34) Brett Moffitt, Toyota, 150, $11260.

15. (14) Jeff Agnew, Chevrolet, 150, $12010.

16. (5) Joey Coulter, Toyota, 149, $11230.

17. (15) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, 149, $10930.

18. (16) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, 149, $10830.

19. (25) CJ Faison, Toyota, 149, $10730.

20. (24) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 149, $9005.

21. (21) Dakoda Armstrong, Chevrolet, 149, $10530.

22. (23) Bryan Silas, Chevrolet, 148, $10430.

23. (26) Scott Riggs(i), Chevrolet, 145, $8080.

24. (30) Ryan Lynch, Chevrolet, 144, $8980.

25. (33) Norm Benning, Chevrolet, 142, $9030.

26. (31) Jennifer Jo Cobb, RAM, 127, $7780.

27. (4) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet, 116, $7680.

28. (2) Darrell Wallace Jr. #, Toyota, 107, $7575.

29. (29) Todd Peck, Chevrolet, Overheating, 98, $7475.

30. (27) Justin Jennings, Chevrolet, Vibration, 53, $7875.

31. (20) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, Accident, 40, $7300.

32. (19) Brennan Newberry #, Chevrolet, Drive Shaft, 31, $7275.

33. (28) Danny Efland(i), Chevrolet, Clutch, 9, $7260.

34. (36) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Vibration, 2, $7250.

35. (32) Clay Greenfield, Chevrolet, Transmission, 2, $7235.

36. (35) Chris Lafferty, Ford, Rear End, 1, $7204.

Average Speed of Race Winner: 127.559 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 45 Mins, 50 Secs. Margin of Victory: 5.735 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 6 for 25 laps.

Lead Changes: 5 among 4 drivers.

Lap Leaders: R. Blaney # 1-27; D. Wallace Jr. # 28-81; K. Busch(i) 82-108; R. Blaney # 109; K. Busch(i) 110-124; T. Dillon 125-150.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): D. Wallace Jr. # 1 time for 54 laps; K. Busch(i) 2 times for 42 laps; R. Blaney # 2 times for 28 laps; T. Dillon 1 time for 26 laps.

Top 10 in Points: M. Crafton – 319; J. Burton # – 297; T. Dillon – 279; J. Buescher – 275; J. Sauter – 272; R. Blaney # – 272; B. Gaughan – 267; M. Paludo – 248; D. Wallace Jr. # – 236; T. Peters – 234.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Friday, June 28 2013
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