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Brad Keselowski captures elusive first Truck Series win

Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch up front during the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway
Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch up front during the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway
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Brad Keselowski ran up front for 119 laps of the 200-lap UNOH 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Bristol (Ten.) Motor Speedway on Thursday morning on his way to his first-career series win, as a driver, after 61 race starts in a truck. The race was originally scheduled for Wednesday night, but rain forced a delay until Thursday morning.

"It was a good battle," Keselowski said. "I knew we had a shot at it right away from lap one."

In the closing laps of the race, Keselowski had to battle Darrell Wallace Jr., who finished second, after getting by his truck owner and teammate Kyle Busch on the final restart of the race that came after a lap 148 caution.

"On that last restart, we got on the top and got around Kyle," Wallace said. "That was the highlight of the weekend."

Keselowski and Busch were the only two leaders of the race, and for most of the distance, whichever one wasn't leading was running second. Busch, though, after losing the lead to Wallace on the final restart, suffered a tire issue that resulted in an unscheduled green-flag pit stop in the final 20 laps. He wound up finishing 24th, six laps down.

Busch started on the pole and Keselowski third, but Keselowski took over second position at the start of the race and took the lead from Busch in lap traffic on lap 11. Busch was back up front for a restart following a competition caution on lap 50, but Keselowski returned to the front soon after the race went back to green-flag conditions.

Busch led one more time just before the halfeway point of the race, but Keselowski took the top spot after a lap 111 caution and led for the remainder of the race.

Ron Hornaday finished third after running in the top-five for most of the event. ThorSport Racing teammates Matt Crafton and Johnny Sauter finished fourth and fifth. Sixth through 10th went to John Hunter Nemechek, Joey Coulter, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey LaJoie.

With only four cautions in the race, the Thursday morning's UNOH 200 was the fastest-ever truck race at BMS, completed in one hour, nine minutes and 39 seconds.

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