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Ty Dillon drives away for Kentucky win

Two weeks ago at Texas Motor Speedway, Ty Dillon was one position away from taking his second career Camping World Truck Series victory.

Dillon was passed on a late-race restart by a driver who would go one to grab his first career victory, Jeb Burton.

That second place finish was the closest Dillon’s No.3 Richard Childress Racing team had come to a victory in 2013.

Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway, the tides turned for Dillon.

With 26 laps to go, Dillon made the pass that would lead him to the victory as he got around Kyle Busch to win the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

“My guys are the best. Man, this is awesome,” Dillon said in victory lane after leading the final 26 laps en route to the win.

The win was Dillon’s second in the Camping World Truck Series with his previous coming at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September, 2012.

In both cases, the 21-year-old passed Busch late for the win.

“Can’t believe we messed up like that,” Busch said following his third-place finish.

Not long before Dillon passed Busch for the race win, the Las Vegas native was locked in a battle with the pole-sitter for the race, Ryan Blaney.

As Blaney tried to make a pass on Busch, the No.51 Toyota slid up the race track and forced Blaney into the outside wall.

“He got to my outside there, and I got out of the gas, I mean I was cranked left….and I got him in the fence,” an apologetic Busch said about the incident with Blaney.

“I hate it for him because he’s racing for a win just like we are. I didn’t want to do it, but it just happened that way.”

Blaney went from contending for a win to salvaging a fifth-place finish.

“I was really excited with the run we were having,” Blaney said. “I jumped right to the top and got a really good run on [Busch] and we got together off of [turn] four and and ended up putting us in the wall.

“Still finishing fifth with a really damaged race truck is still pretty good.”

That incident allowed for Dillon to close and pull away to a four second lead over the second-place finishing truck of Brad Keselowski at the end of the race.

With the win, Dillon jumps flour places in the championship standings; moving from seventh to third.

“We got a strong team and won’t give up,” Dillon said about the team’s start to the season. “We’re pretty hard headed.

“I hope these guys are ready, we’re going to have a Superman cape on now.”

UNOH 225 Unofficial Results 

  1. Ty Dillon 
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kyle Busch
  4. James Buescher
  5. Ryan Blaney
  6. Timothy Peters
  7. Miguel Paludo
  8. German Quiroga
  9. Jeb Burton
  10. Matt Crafton
  11. John Wes Townley
  12. Johnny Sauter
  13. Cale Gale
  14. Brett Moffitt
  15. Jeff Agnew
  16. Joey Coulter
  17. Ron Hornaday Jr.
  18. Tim George Jr.
  19. CJ Faison
  20. Ryan Sieg
  21. Dakoda Armstrong
  22. Bryan Silas
  23. Scott Riggs
  24. Ryan Lynch
  25. Norm Benning
  26. Jennifer Jo Cobb
  27. Brendan Gaugahn
  28. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  29. Todd Peck
  30. Justin Jennings
  31. Max Gresham
  32. Brennan Newberry
  33. Danny Efland
  34. Chris Jones
  35. Clay Greenfield
  36. Chris Lafferty

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