Kyle Busch wins thrilling truck race at Chicagoland

A pair of Cup Series starts battling for the win in a Camping World Truck Series (CWTS) race usually makes for a somewhat forgetful race in the eyes of many.

Friday night’s CWTS race at Chicagoland Speedway was anything but forgettable despite Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski overshadowing the series regulars on the night.

The pair of drivers led 102 of the race’s 152 laps on the night, however the race was far from uncompetitive.

Throughout the course of the race, 50 passes were made for the lead under green-flag conditions. To compare, there were 21 passes for the lead in last year’s event.

While the race was competitive, the closing laps proved that Busch and Keselowski remained the class of the 36-truck field.

Despite numerous attempts to make a pass for the lead, Keselowski would settle for a second-place finish as Busch went on to win Friday night’s EnjoyIllionois.com 225.

“That’s the most fun you can have running second, that’s for sure,” Keselowski, who has now finished second in CWTS competition five times in his career without a victory, said after the race. “I needed a lap or two more to get it.”

By winning Busch claimed his fourth victory of the 2013 CWTS season, his third at Chicagoland Speedway and the 34th of his CWTS career.

“That was tough man,” Busch said about racing in the final laps Friday night. “We didn’t have the speed on the short run, but on the long run we had a really, really good truck.”

Busch, Keselowski, Ryan Blaney, Matt Crafton, and Ty Dillon rounded out the top-five finishers from Friday night’s race.

Crafton remains on top of the series point standings after earning his 16th-consecutive top-10 finish in 2013. Crafton holds a 41-point lead over defending CWTS champion, James Buescher, with six races remaining.

EnjoyIllinois.com 225 Unofficial Results 

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Ryan Blaney
  4. Matt Crafton
  5. Ty Dillon
  6. John Wes Townley
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. James Buescher
  9. Jeb Burton
  10. Johnny Sauter
  11. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  12. Miquel Paludo
  13. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  14. German Quiroga
  15. Justin Lofton
  16. Ben Kennedy
  17. Dakoda Armstrong
  18. Jeff Agnew
  19. Max Gresham
  20. Kenny Wallace
  21. Ryan Sieg
  22. Tyler Young
  23. Joey Coulter
  24. Bryan Silas
  25. Brendan Gaughan
  26. Jimmy Weller III
  27. Timothy Peters
  28. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  29. Scott Riggs
  30. Justin Jennings
  31. Mike Harmon
  32. Norm Benning
  33. Danny Efland
  34. JJ Yeley
  35. Chris Lafferty
  36. Chris Jones

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