Busch holds off Keselowski for Chicagoland truck win
Joliet, IL (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch won a Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway for the third time after a hard-fought battle with Brad Keselowski throughout Friday night's 225-mile event.
Jeb Burton started on the pole and led the first 42 laps before it turned into the Busch and Keselowski show. They were the only two Sprint Cup Series regulars who competed in this race.
Both drivers swapped the lead nine times before Busch pulled ahead of Keselowski for good with 24 laps to go. Keselowski challenged Busch in the closing laps but came up 0.338 seconds short of winning a truck race for the first time in his career.
"That was tough there," Busch said. "We didn't have the speed on the short run, but on the long run, we really had a good truck."
Busch and Keselowski combined for 102 laps led in this 150-lap race. Busch ran in front for 52 laps compared to 50 for Keselowski.
"That's the most fun you can have running second," Keselowski said. "We just came up a little bit short there."
Busch scored his fourth win of the season and the 34th of his truck career. He is scheduled to compete in Saturday's Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland before he begins his quest for the Sprint Cup championship in Sunday's Chase- opener at this track.
Keselowski has now finished in the runner-up spot five times in trucks. He placed second in June 27 race at Kentucky.
Ryan Blaney, who is Keselowski's teammate, came in third, followed by Matt Crafton, who has finished in the top-10 in each of the first 16 races this season.
Ty Dillon placed fifth, while John Wes Townley, Austin Dillon, James Buescher, the defending truck champion, Burton and Johnny Sauter completed the top-10. Buescher won last weekend's race at Iowa.
Crafton holds a 41-point lead over Buescher and a 59-point advantage over Ty Dillon.
09/14 00:09:53 ET