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NASCAR Trucks Bristol: Keselowski seizes first series win

Brad Keselowski might be a Cup and Nationwide champion, but he had never won a single race in the Truck Series - until this week at Bristol.
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Brad Keselowski clinched his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race win this week at Bristol Motor Speedway after 62 starts, becoming only the 25th driver in history to have won races in all three of NASCAR's national championships.

"It means a lot as a driver and I don't want to understate that," Keselowski said. "My family has been a part of this series since its inception, and I feel like I have, too," he added as he joined his father Bob to become the only father-son duo to both record wins in the series' history.

The UNOH 200 had originally intended to be run under the floodlights on Wednesday night, but rain forced its postponement to Thursday morning instead.

Kyle Busch, who had taken his 16th pole in 122 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series with a lap of 15.392s (124.662mph) on the half mile short oval, was the only other man to lead the race and was a strong challenger to Keselowski all the way to lap 177, at which point a right rear tyre failure saw him scrape along the wall and forced him to make an unplanned stop under green. He ended up finishing in 24th place.

Busch's accident did not trigger a caution, and there were only four yellow flag periods during the race the first of which came on lap 14: moments after Keselowski had taken the race lead for the first time, Brian Silas and Jake Crum stacked up leaving Timothy Peters with no where to go but straight to the scene of the accident.

A planned competition caution on lap 50 to allow teams to check conditions after the overnight rain allowed Busch to briefly get in front again but his margin over Keseleowski was wiped out by a caution on lap 110 for Jody Knowles' engine letting to in turn 3. After the restart, Busch slid up high and Keselowski took over the lead again through to lap 145 when a chain-reaction accident on the backstraight caught up John Wes Townley, Justin Boston, Gray Gaulding, Brennan Newberry and Brandon Jones.

That was the final caution of the race, and a 50-lap green run to the chequered flag allowed Keselowski to escape clear of the chasing pack. Darrell Wallace Jr. got around his team mate and boss for second place in the Kyle Busch Motorsport #54 and at times seemed to on his way to challenging for the lead, but each time Keselowski was able to call up the reserves and pull away to safety.

Even late traffic impeding the leader didn't slow Keselowski sufficiently to allow Wallace to pounce in time, and Keselowski was duly able to cross the finish line over three quarters of a second ahead of Wallace while Ron Hornaday Jr. ran a solid race throughout to pick up third place after Busch dropped back.

"Congrats to Brad." said Wallace who admitted that he hated finishing second. "Thought I could give him a run for his money. I was sitting there in the truck after the race just trying to replay everything and if I could have done anything different. I would have had to really p*ss him off and wreck him to get by him."

Matt Crafton finished in fourth place ahead of last weekend's race winner Johnny Sauter, with John Hunter Nemechek in sixth ahead of Joey Coulter, Cole Custer, Ben Rhodes and Corey Lajoie

In the Truck Series standings, Sauter maintains the lead by eight points over Crafton, with Hornaday a further nine points back in third place ahead of Ryan Blaney, who finished in 13th place at Bristol after struggling with his truck's handling.

In the owner standings, Sauter's ThorSport Racing #98 has an eight point lead over his team mate Crafton in the #88 ahead of Ron Hornday in the Turner Scott Motorsports #30 and Kyle Busch's #51 in fourth place. Fellow owner-driver Keselowski's maiden series win in the Brad Keselowski Racing #19 puts him in eighth place in the owner standings.

Full race results, plus qualifying and practice speeds and full Camping World Truck Series championship standings.



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Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, leads Kyle Busch, driver of the #51 Dollar General Toyota, and the rest of the field during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, poses with the trophy in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #19 DrawTire Ford, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP at Bristol Motor Speedway on August 21, 2014 in Bristol, Tennessee.  (Photo Credit: Patrick Smith/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #54 ToyotaCare Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Ford EcoBoost 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 14, 2014 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
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