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Ty Dillon holds on to lead to win Truck Series race

- jutter@charlotteobserver.com
Thursday, Jun. 27, 2013

Ty Dillon turned out to be the only race leader who managed to stay there.

Darrell Wallace Jr., Kyle Busch and Ryan Blaney all led a sizable number of laps but each fell victim to a problem which set the stage for Dillon to win Thursday night’s UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.

Dillon held off Brad Keselowski to win his second race in the NASCAR Truck Series. His first win came last season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

“My guys have worked so hard. We’ve had faster trucks than we did last year. Things just haven’t gone our way, but they did tonight,” said Dillon, who took the lead for the first time on Lap 125 and led the final 26 laps to clinch the victory.

“Our car took off and I knew we were faster than (Busch). It turned into a rocket ship at the end of the race.”

Dillon added his own unique exclamation point to the victory, hanging out of his window as he did a celebratory burnout on the frontstretch.

Wallace led a race-high 54 laps but wrecked on Lap 86 racing hard with Blaney.

Busch, who led 42 laps, lost the handling of his truck after racing hard with Blaney and finished third. Blaney, who led 28 laps after starting on the pole, slapped the wall late in his battle with Busch and finished fifth.

“I forced him to go to the bottom to block me and jumped back up to the top,” Blaney said, “and he just put us in the fence there off of (Turn) 4 and destroyed our right side.”

Busch said his truck got “super loose.”

“Blaney got to my right side and dumped a bunch of air on my spoiler and instantly made me tight, and I pushed up,” he said.



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