Ty Dillon Back in Victory Lane

Ty Dillon

The win boosted Dillon three spots in the standings to third, and it makes him the youngest Truck Series race winner at Kentucky at 21 years and 4 months old. (Photo: Jeff Wackerlin)

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SPARTA, Ky. - Ty Dillon scored his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win - and first of the year - when he took the checkered flag in Thursday night's UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

Dillon, who started 22nd, passed Kyle Busch with 26 laps to go and went on to take the win over Brad Keselowski for his first victory since Atlanta Motor Speedway last August.

"We kept fighting and kept digging and we had our truck dialed in perfect and I knew when the truck was perfect it was time to make some moves," Dillon said. "To beat Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski - two of the best on four wheels right now. I look up to those guys and I want to be like them one day."

The win boosted Dillon three spots in the standings to third, and it makes him the youngest Truck Series race winner at Kentucky at 21 years and 4 months old.

Keselowski rallied back after making eight pit stops during the race - versus Dillon's three - to finish second.

"It was an interesting night for sure," Keselowski said. "We had a couple ups and downs. It just didn't come together."

Busch led two times for 42 laps, but fell back as he battled a loose-handling truck in the final laps.

“The handle went away," Busch said. "Just 9:15 like clockwork got super, super loose just like we did in the test. We didn’t make a good enough adjustment on that last pit stop and we put two tires on it to get it tight enough to hustle the truck through the corners. I was just fighting for what I had."

James Buescher and rookie Ryan Blaney, who claimed his first career pole earlier in the day, rounded out the top five.

Blaney led two times for 28 laps and was looking to take the lead again with 32 laps to go, but hit the Turn 4 wall when Busch washed up the track to block him.

"I was working his inside," Blaney said. "I could run the bottom really good and he's one of the best guys at blocking someone's air. So I knew it was only a matter of time before he went down there and blocked me and take the air of my nose. I knew the top had a lot of grip so I waited and waited until he went down there and finally he did and I was able to roll around the top and got to his quarter-panel and he ended up putting us in the wall off of four. I don't think it was intentional. I think it was just part of racing."

"I pushed up -- I was all the way out of the gas trying to keep from hitting him and keep from getting him into the fence or me into the fence, but that didn’t happen," Busch said. "Hate it for him, then just trying to finish it out and get the top finish we could there."

Timothy Peters, Miguel Paludo, German Quiroga, Jeb Burton and Matt Crafton - who now leads the standings by 22 over Burton - completed the top 10.

Rookie Darrell Wallace Jr. led the most laps with 54, but finished 28th after a hard hit with the Turn 3 wall while racing Blaney for third-place. Wallace was put back in traffic after losing the lead on pit stops under caution - for a spin involving John Wes Townley - on lap 80.

“Just hard racing going into three," Wallace said. "I got loose. I thought I had it and I think if he wasn’t there and already gone that I might have saved it and just lost more positions. Just hard racing. I’m still trying to figure these out -- I’m a rookie, that’s what the yellow stripes are for."

Brett Moffitt finished 14th in his first series start after having to start at the rear of the field in a back-up truck following a crash in qualifying.

“Learned a lot," Moffitt said. "These things are really aero dependent so it’s a big learning curve when you come to a big mile-and-a-half because it’s all about the air. Definitely learned what not to do in qualifying -- got that down and hopefully that never happens again. It was an overall good experience, I just wish we would have ended up better than we were. We had to unload that backup truck and just get as close as we could before the race. Hats off to the guys -- all three of the ThorSport teams came over to help us get it together so thanks to all of them."

The Camping World Truck Series will return to action on July 13 at Iowa Speedway.

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