JOLIET, Ill. – Kyle Busch held off a furious charge from Brad Keselowski during the final 10 laps to win Friday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series EnjoyIllinois.com 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Busch and Keselowski battled back and forth throughout Friday’s race, with each driver taking turns leading the field. At lap 100 Keselowski was the race leader as Busch battled with Ryan Blaney for second, but a crash by Timothy Peters slowed down the action.
The lead lap trucks came down pit road for service, with Busch’s crew able to get him off pit road with the race lead. The field returned to racing on lap 107 with Busch leading, but it didn’t take Keselowski long to retake the race lead.
Two laps after the restart Keselowski was back out front, overtaking Busch with a big push from Blaney. Busch briefly battled Blaney for second before for the next 11 laps before finally pulling ahead and setting his sights on Keselowski.
Busch made his move on lap 127, retaking the race lead from Keselowski. Try as he might, Keselowski couldn’t get close enough during the final 23 laps to make a move on Busch for the race lead. In the end, Busch beat Keselowski to the checkers by .338 of a second.
“That was tough man. Brad and Ryan there, they had some really good trucks today,” Busch said after his 34th career series victory. “I can’t say enough about this Dollar General Tundra though. Toyota Tundra’s are awesome and we showed it today. We didn’t have the speed on the short runs but on the long runs we had a really, really good truck.”
Keselowski’s second place finish was the fifth of his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career.
“That’s the most fun you can have running second, that’s for sure,” Keselowski said. “We had a really good truck all weekend. Chad Kendrick and the DrawTite Ford team did an awesome job. Just came up a little bit short there. Just a little bit off on that last run. It finally came in there at the end and I just needed a lap or two more to get it.”
Blaney finished third, followed by series championship leader Matt Crafton and Ty Dillon.