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09/14/13
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Busch wins another truck race  If Kyle Busch has found a little extra speed he can use down the road in NASCAR’s Camping World Truck Series, second place might be the best his rivals can hope for.

Busch held off Brad Keselowski in the closing laps of Friday night’s EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway to win for the 34th time in the series, frustrating Keselowski’s bid to become the 24th driver to win in all three of NASCAR’s national series.

"We didn’t have the speed on the short run, but on the long runs, we had a really, really good truck," Busch said. "It’s been fun. It’s a great win for this team. This team really deserves. (Crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) and the guys have worked really hard.

"We tried some things in practice today. A couple worked, so maybe we can take those to a few other places later this year."

Busch won for the fourth time this season, the third time at Chicagoland and the 34th time in his career. Keselowski finished second for the fifth time in 58 starts.

Ryan Blaney who drives for the team Keselowski owns, ran third, followed Matt Crafton, who extended his series lead to 41 points over eighth-place finisher James Buescher. Ty Dillon came home fifth.

Keselowski and Busch waged a scintillating battle during the last half of the 150-lap race, trading the lead multiple times before Busch took the point on Lap 130. Busch held the top spot and opened an advantage that reached nearly one second before Keselowski began to close with 10 laps left.

By Lap 143, Keselowski had pulled within a truck-length of the No. 51 Toyota, but Busch kept his rival at bay by running the high line around the 1.5-mile speedway.

"It’s not a lot of fun," Keselowski said of his fifth second-place run, "but this is the most fun you can have finishing second. We’ve been right there. This particular race, second was probably where I deserved to finish on that last run.

"Eventually it’s got to turn your way."

After getting loose and falling back in traffic on Lap 59, Keselowski brushed the wall while racing in close quarters with Ty Dillon.

"I knew I had gotten there pretty late," said Keselowski, who had a strong run to the outside of Dillon’s No. 3 Chevrolet. "Obviously, I could have stayed in it and wrecked both of us. And then we made slight contact.

"I don’t think it was that harmful to my truck, but any time you hit the wall, it’s not going to help it."

KYLE BUSCH, No. 51 Dollar General Toyota Tundra, Kyle Busch Motorsports Finishing Position:

1st How was it to race Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney for the win?
"That was tough, man.  Brad (Keselowski) and Ryan (Blaney) there, they had some really good trucks today.  Can't say enough about this Dollar General Toyota Tundra, though.  Toyota Tundras are awesome and we showed it today.  We didn't have the speed on the short run, but the long run, we had really, really good truck.  It's been fun.  This is a great win for this team, this team really deserves it.  Rudy (Fugle, crew chief) and the guys have done a great job and worked really, really hard.  Tried some things in practice today and a couple worked, so maybe we can take those to a few other places later on this year."

How was your race?
"I want to thank the Lord for this one.  Also, thank everyone from Dollar General.  This Toyota Tundra was awesome today.  Thank TRD (Toyota Racing Development), Toyota, FlexCo, Monster Energy Drink and Camping World, of course.  The fans for being out here tonight -- we appreciate their support and it's just an awesome truck tonight.  We tried a couple things in practice that worked for us and really liked the way the thing felt.  Hopefully we can take those to a couple more places this year."

How tough was the competition in tonight's race?
"It was tough -- those guys were really fast on the short run, Brad (Keselowski) and Ryan (Blaney) both, they had really good trucks.  You had to play the aero game a little bit with guys and pinch them on their sides a little bit to slow them down on the straightaways and not let them by you.  In the corners, of course the outside lane always seemed to prevail.  I finally got by Brad, I had to run him up a little bit, a whole slide job and that's part of this racing, you know -- it's what you have to do sometimes to win these things.  It was fun, a great race.  That was a really good show.  I got away from Brad there and I was like, 'Oh, okay good I can finally take a breather here and then all of a sudden he runs me back down and he's on my side again.  I'm like, 'Geeze-oh-Petes, leave me alone."

How are you doing the new burnout?
"Well, you know I'll admit that Sam Hornish started it in Las Vegas.  He was doing a burnout and then as he was doing it he got out of the car and then Ty Dillon replicated that at Kentucky, he started his burnout inside and then as he was doing it got up and out.  I'm starting mine outside, and so that's the difference.  People want to say they're the same, they're not the same.  Just having some fun and changing it around a little bit.  They keep shutting off on me.  This time it shut off because I was out of gas, last time it shut off on me because my foot slipped off the gas.  It's interesting, it certainly is fun to do, a little bit of a challenge and makes it different."

Results

Pos # Driver Make Start Laps Laps Led Status
1 51 Kyle Busch Toyota 7 150 52 Running
2 19 Brad Keselowski Ford 11 150 50 Running
3 29 Ryan Blaney Ford 15 150 6 Running
4 88 Matt Crafton Toyota 8 150 0 Running
5 3 Ty Dillon Chevrolet 2 150 0 Running
6 7 John Wes Townley Toyota 16 150 0 Running
7 24 Austin Dillon Chevrolet 10 150 0 Running
8 31 James Buescher Chevrolet 9 150 0 Running
9 4 Jeb Burton Chevrolet 1 150 42 Running
10 98 Johnny Sauter Toyota 14 150 0 Running
11 54 Darrell Wallace Jr Toyota 13 150 0 Running
12 32 Miguel Paludo Chevrolet 3 150 0 Running
13 9 Ron Hornaday Jr Chevrolet 17 150 0 Running
14 77 German Quiroga Jr Toyota 23 150 0 Running
15 6 Justin Lofton Chevrolet 4 150 0 Running
16 30 Ben Kennedy Chevrolet 12 150 0 Running
17 60 Dakoda Armstrong Chevrolet 21 150 0 Running
18 27 Jeff Agnew Chevrolet 24 150 0 Running
19 8 Max Gresham Chevrolet 20 150 0 Running
20 81 Kenny Wallace Toyota 22 149 0 Running
21 39 Ryan Sieg Chevrolet 26 149 0 Running
22 02 Tyler Young Chevrolet 19 149 0 Running
23 18 Joey Coulter Toyota 6 148 0 Running
24 99 Bryan Silas Ford 25 142 0 Running
25 62 Brendan Gaughan Chevrolet 5 142 0 Running
26 07 Jimmy Weller III Toyota 32 136 0 Handling
27 17 Timothy Peters Toyota 18 99 0 Accident
28 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb RAM 30 90 0 Running
29 92 Scott Riggs Chevrolet 27 72 0 Accident
30 63 Justin Jennings Chevrolet 28 50 0 Accident
31 84 Mike Harmon Chevrolet 34 46 0 Engine
32 57 Norm Benning Chevrolet 35 21 0 Axle
33 50 Danny Efland Chevrolet 33 18 0 Electrical
34 38 J.J. Yeley Chevrolet 31 4 0 Vibration
35 0 Chris Lafferty Chevrolet 36 4 0 Rear End
36 93 Chris Jones Chevrolet 29 3 0 Transmission

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