The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series has the weekend off, but not all of its competitors are sitting at home this weekend. Several series regulars are heading to Kentucky Speedway in Sparta for some Saturday night Nationwide Series action, while Sprint Cup regulars who routinely take on Truck Series competition are racing in their own series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon on Sunday.
As the trucks take a weekend off, as a series, here's a look back at the Sept. 13 race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill. (Be sure to check out the slideshow at the left):
Kyle Busch kicked off his Chicagoland race weekend with a Truck Series win in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 last Friday night. But before doing so, he had to hold off Brad Keselowski Racing teammates Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney. Keselowski ended the night with runner-up honors, while Blaney took third.
“That was tough,” Busch said of the win. ” Brad, man, and Ryan (Blaney), man, had some good trucks."
Jeb Burton started the race from the pole and led until Keselowski took the top spot just before the first caution came out on lap 45. From there on out, Keselowski, Blaney and Busch dominated the top-three of the running order.
Blaney fell out of the top-three when he lost a few positions on pit road during a caution that came out on lap 100, but as soon as the race restarted, he rejoined Keselowski and Busch inside the top-three. Busch took the lead for good with just under 20 laps remaining. Keselowski battled him hard the rest of the way, but was unable to get by and had to settle for his fifth second-place truck finish and continue to wait on his first-career Truck Series win.
Brendan Gaughan ran fourth for several laps late in the race, but a late-race, green-flag pit stop for an overheating issue and then a pit road speeding penalty put him off the lead lap and out of contention for the win. Instead, Matt Crafton finished fourth and extended his points lead over James Buescher to 41 points. Buescher finished the race in the eighth spot.
Ty Dillon finished fifth, John Wes Townley was sixth, Austin Dillon seventh, Burton ninth and Johnny Sauter rounded out the top-10.