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Kyle Busch Perseveres to Win Lucas Oil 225

Kyle Busch Perseveres to Win Lucas Oil 225

by September 13, 2014 0 comments

Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images

JOLIET, Ill. — Perseverance was the keyword for Kyle Busch on Saturday night in his winning run to the checkered flag in the Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway – the 15th race of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season.

The driver of the No. 51 Dollar General Toyota started from the rear of the field for the race after missing both practice sessions on Thursday due to Sprint Cup commitments with the Chase Grid Live media event. Busch would force his way through the field towards the front but would be hit by a pit road speeding violation on Lap 35 – causing him to have to charge his way up through the field for a second time.

Tonight’s win for Busch’s was his sixth Camping World Truck Series of the year and the 41st of his career.

“We had a really fast Dollar General Tundra,” Busch said. “Eric [Phillips, crew chief] and the guys have done a great job this year [that] stemmed off last year – it’s continued. I really appreciate them and what they’ve been doing. It’s cool to run as well as we did there – both races really [referring to the Nationwide race earlier in the day]… Good day though, being in victory lane feels good.”

Following Busch across the line would be Matt Crafton, Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick, and Jeb Burton in the top-five. Rounding out the top-10 would be Darrell Wallace Jr., Ben Kennedy, Joey Coulter, Joe Nemechek, and Bryan Silas.

Crafton would seize the points lead from teammate Johnny Sauter with his second-place run. The driver of the No. 88 Menards Toyota entered Chicagoland behind his teammate by seven points and will exit the track with a five-point lead.

“All-in-all, not a bad night,” Crafton said of his race. “We had a lot of short-run speed – early, early [in] the first two runs. The last run we just tightened it up a little bit too much, I think, and made it so I couldn’t get going. I got behind the 20 and I spent too much time getting around him and that’s when the 51 got by him and then got by him. … But, all-in-all, not a bad not.”

The racing action would prove to be very competitive throughout the night with 17 lead changes occurring during the 150-lap race – making for an average of a pass for the lead every nine laps. The entire racing surface of the Chicagoland Speedway would be in play for the drivers as passes would be made on the high-side, the low-side, and even on the apron of the frontstretch. The draft would come into play as well, particularly early in the race.

Three cautions would come out during the race. The opening caution for the night would be a competition caution on Lap 30. The last two cautions of the night would be for solo accidents by Norm Benning and Todd Shafer.

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series heads to New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, next for the UNOH 175 on September 20th.

Top-10 Finishers of the Lucas Oil 225

  1. 51 – Kyle Busch(i) – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports
  2. 88 – Matt Crafton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing
  3. 20 – Austin Dillon(i) – Chevrolet – NTS Motorsports
  4. 19 – Tyler Reddick# – Ford – Brad Keselowski Racing
  5. 13 – Jeb Burton – Toyota – ThorSport Racing
  6. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – Toyota – Kyle Busch Motorsports
  7. 31 – Ben Kennedy# – Chevrolet – Turner Scott Motorsports
  8. 21 – Joey Coulter – Chevrolet – GMS Racing
  9. 8 – Joe Nemechek – Toyota – SWM-NEMCO Motorsports
  10. 99 – Bryan Silas – Chevrolet – T3R Motorsports

Top-10 in the Drivers’ Standings after Round 15 of 22

  1. 88 – Matt Crafton – ThorSport Racing – 560 | Leader
  2. 98 – Johnny Sauter – ThorSport Racing – 555 | -5
  3. 29 – Ryan Blaney – Brad Keselowski Racing – 544 | -16
  4. 54 – Darrell Wallace Jr. – Kyle Busch Motorsports – 525 | -35
  5. 77 – German Quiroga – Red Horse Racing – 501 | -59
  6. 21 – Joey Coulter – GMS Racing – 492 | -68
  7. 31 – Ben Kennedy# – Turner Scott Motorsports – 478 | -82
  8. 17 – Timothy Peters – Red Horse Racing – 475 | -85
  9. — – Ron Hornaday Jr. – — – 460 | -100
  10. 13 – Jeb Burton – ThorSport Racing – 459 | -101

# = Rookie, (i) = Ineligible for NASCAR Camping World Truck Series points.

Kyle Pokrefky
Follow Kyle Pokrefky on Twitter at @KPokrefky

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