BRISTOL, Tenn. – It took Brad Keselowski 62 starts, but he finally won his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race Thursday morning at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Keselowski survived a late-race charge from Darrell Wallace Jr. to win the UNOH 200, which was rescheduled for Thursday morning after rain delayed the event Wednesday night.
The 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion spent most of the race battling fellow Sprint Cup competitor Kyle Busch for the lead. Busch started from the pole and led early and often as Keselowski gave chase.
Things changed on lap 110 when the caution flag waved when the No. 80 driven by Jody Knowles lost an engine. The leaders came down pit road for fuel and tires, with Busch getting off pit road first ahead of Keselowski.
Busch was able to hold the lead during the restart on lap 118, but he didn’t stay there long. With 76 laps to go Busch drifted high in turns three and four, causing him to lose momentum and allow Keselowski to take the lead.
Keselowski continued to lead until the final caution flag of the race waved on lap 55 for a multi-truck crash involving John Wes Townley, Gray Gaulding, Brandon Jones, Justin Boston and Brennan Newberry.
The green flag waved again with 48 laps left and Keselowski was able to maintain the lead. Behind Keselowski the battle was for second as Darrell Wallace Jr. drove around the outside of his teammate Busch to take the second position.