Joliet, IL – Joliet, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyle Busch had to start from the rear of the field and then later received a pit-road speeding penalty and had to restart from the back again, but he came roaring back to win Saturday night's rain- delayed Lucas Oil 225 Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway.
This 150-lap, 225-mile race was scheduled for Friday night, but rain forced postponement until the following day, immediately following the conclusion of the 300-mile Nationwide Series event at Chicagoland. Truck qualifying on Friday afternoon was also washed out.
Busch, a Sprint Cup Series regular, was credited with seventh on the starting grid, but he had to begin the race from the rear of the 32-truck field since Erik Jones practiced his No. 51 Toyota on Thursday and qualifying had been rained out. The lineup was determined by overall practice speeds. Busch missed practice due to his media obligations for the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship in Chicago on that day.
Prior to the competition caution on lap 31, Busch had already made his way into the top-10. But during the caution, Busch was caught speeding off of pit road and had to restart from the tail end of the lead lap in 20th.
Busch rebounded quickly from his mistake and took the lead for the first time on lap 52, passing his teammate, Darrell Wallace Jr.
During a round of green-flag pit stops, Busch pitted from the top position on lap 110. But two laps later, the caution flag was displayed for an incident involving Todd Shafer on the frontstretch. Busch's stop under green had put him one lap behind, but he got back on the lead lap during the caution.
Austin Dillon, a Sprint Cup regular as well, held the lead late in the race, but Busch chased down Dillon and overtook him for the position with 17 laps to go. Both drivers practically ran side-by-side for several laps before Busch pulled ahead for good.
Busch led three times for a total of 66 laps, which was the most in the race, and crossed the finish line 1.1 seconds ahead of his closest competitor, Matt Crafton, the defending series champion and now the points leader.
Earlier in the day, Busch had a dominating performance in the Nationwide race, leading 141 of 200 laps, but he ended up finishing third after making a four- tire change during his final pit stop. The other frontrunners changed just two tires or took fuel only. Kevin Harvick won the event after a two-tire change.
Busch, competing in all three NASCAR national touring races at Chicagoland this weekend, will start on the pole for Sunday's 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race -- the first round in the 10-race Chase. Busch is beginning the playoffs in the eighth seed.
It was the sixth win in eight truck starts for Busch this season. He had victories in each of his first five starts but had finished fifth at Michigan (Aug. 16) and 24th at Bristol (five days after Michigan). Busch scored his 41st career win in the series, including his record-extending fourth victory at Chicagoland.
With his second-place run, Crafton grabbed a five-point lead over Johnny Sauter, his ThorSport Racing teammate. Sauter, who entered this race with a seven-point advantage over Crafton, finished one lap behind in 14th. He received a pit-road speeding penalty on lap 108.
Dillon wound up finishing third, followed by Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton.
Wallace, Ben Kennedy, Joey Coulter, Joe Nemechek and Bryan Silas completed the top-10.
Ryan Blaney is 16 points behind Crafton after finishing 12th. Blaney also competed in the Nationwide race, placing fourth.
Wallace is 35 points out of the lead.