Monday, September 19, 2016

Caution Clock Chaos: Kyle Busch earns CWTS victory at Chicagoland

Kyle Busch claims the checkered flag with CWTS victory at Chicagoland.
Photo by: Brian Lawdermilk

by Courtney Horn

Kyle Busch dominated at Chicagoland Speedway during Friday night’s American Ethanol e15 225, leading 95 laps for his 46th Camping World Truck Series career victory.

"This has just been a really good place for us and for KBM over the years," Busch said. "We’ve been really fast here, so it was really nice to come out here and keep that speed going.”

While Busch secured his second victory this season, all eyes were on Chase hopefuls still fighting to secure their position in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase.

Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters obtained the remaining two slots inside the eight seed Chase field with top-10 finishes. Hemric earned his ninth top-5 finish this season with a second. Peters, who hit the wall on Lap 66, overcame tire issues to finish sixth.

Ben Kennedy, who secured a spot in the Chase with his Bristol victory, walked away from a big crash on Lap 112 with his hand tapped up. Kennedy spun several times after the No. 21 of Johnny Sauter got loose and made contact while going three wide. The incident brought out a red flag while crewmen repaired the wall.

"I bruised up my hand a little bit," Kennedy said. He finished 26th.

Cole Custer finished ninth, but failed to make the Chase after making contact with Grant Enfinger and later suffering a flat tire.

Red Horse Racing driver Matt Tifft earned himself a 12th place finish in his first race since having brain surgery to remove a tumor on July 1, 2016.

“I think the reason I was able to make such a quick return was just the support I had from family and friends and just the motivation to get back to racing,” Tiff said prior to Friday’s event, “It’s one of my favorite things to do and I love racing. My passion is racing.”

A Look Forward to the Chase

The inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase begins September 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. William Byron holds the top spot inside the Chase despite his struggles and finishing 30th.

Last year, Matt Crafton finished second. Can he be the first one to secure his ticket to the next round? Or will a non-Chase driver be a spoiler in the first race inside the Chase? Anything can happen so don’t miss the action on Fox Sports 1.


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