SPARTA, Ky. (AP) — Ty Dillon overtook Kyle Busch with 26 laps remaining and held on to win the NASCAR Truck Series race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, started 22nd and drove the Chevy with the iconic No. 3 made famous by seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt through the field to his second career Truck victory and first in four starts at Kentucky. He also derailed opening bids by defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and fellow Cup star Busch for a weekend sweep on the 1.5-mile oval.
Keselowski overcame midrace issues to finish second, while Busch edged defending Truck Series champion James Buescher for third. Rookie Ryan Blaney, who started on the pole, was fifth.
Busch appeared headed to his second victory in three years at the track before his No. 51 Toyota lost grip. Dillon pounced and opened up a 212-second lead and coasted, adding another Kentucky trophy for Richard Childress Racing.
Dillon’s brother, Austin, swept both Nationwide Series races last year at the track.