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The hood of a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series ride is held in place by four pins, but on Thursday night those holding Austin Dillon’s in place decided to stage a revolt forcing the No. 3 to the pits. With less than 20 laps to go, while in second place behind Kyle Busch, the hood came up obscuring his view of the track and the trucks around him. Luckily, with the help of his spotter and his limited view, Dillon made it to the pits where the crew hastily removed what was left of the hood. Dillon went on finish in the 14th position.
It was an interesting night at Kentucky Speedway, to say the least.
In the third green-white-checkered finish of the 2011 season, Kyle Busch came from the back of the field to capture his first victory at the 1.5 mile track and the team’s sixth victory of the season. Busch was forced to start from the rear of the field after qualifying eighth because he missed the driver’s meeting. Busch now has 98 NASCAR victories to his name and will go for numbers 99 and 100 on Friday and Saturday when he competes in the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series events.
It was a rough night for many of the top competitors in the series. ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton retired early after losing an engine and teammate Johnny Sauter suffered a broken axle after a pit stop. 4-time Series Champion Ron Hornaday spun early in the race and then made contact with two other trucks on the track. Other drivers involved in on track incidents included Jennifer Jo Cobb, Johanna Long, Justin Marks and Cole Whitt.
On the other hand several drivers had stand-out performances. Brendan Gaughan finished third earning his first top-5 of the season while Brad Keselowski Racing driver Parker Kligerman finished in second place behind Busch. Joey Coulter, driving the second Richard Childress Racing truck, jockeyed for the lead in the closing laps and finished seventh. According to Busch, Coulter had the truck to beat.
Defending race winner Todd Bodine finished fourth and after the race spoke of his team’s “never give up” attitude even though they know they won’t be traveling to Iowa next week.
A fan of NASCAR since the age of 12, Katy Lindamood is the Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Skirts and Scuffs. In addition to Beyond the Byline, which profiles the women of Skirts and Scuffs, Katy also writes Deuces Wild, a weekly recap of Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch. Katy can be contacted via email or through Twitter.