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Post-Race Reactions: EnjoyIllinois.com 225
Hear what all the top finishers in the EnjoyIllinois.com 225 had to say about a race that included 50 passes for the lead in Chicago.
EnjoyIllinois.com 300 entry list
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Brian Scott and Ty Dillon on the front row at Chicagoland
UNOH 225 lineup
Kyle Busch will lead off the start of the UNOH 225
Lucas Oil 225 postponed until Saturday night
Chicagoland Truck Series race will be run at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2 JOLIET, Ill. -- Friday night's Lucas Oil 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race was postponed by rain. The race, stop No. 15 of 22 for the series, was moved to Saturday evening at 7 p.m. ET, broadcast on FOX Sports 2. Showers which hit the Joliet area earlier in the day washed out Truck Series qualifying, as well as qualifying for Sprint Cup teams and practice for the Nationwide Series. Sprint Cup teams were able to complete their one scheduled practice without interruption. Truck Series teams completed two practices sessions Thursday, allowing NASCAR officials to determine Saturday night's starting lineup based on combined speeds. Points leader Johnny Sauter will start on the pole, with Brennan Newberry in the No. 2 spot. Jeb Burton, former series champion Austin Dillon and Ryan Blaney round out the top five. Earlier this year, two Truck Series events (at Martinsville, Va., and Bristol, Tenn.) were run a day later than originally scheduled due to inclement weather. MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Post-Race Reactions: UNOH 225
Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Ryan Blaney and James Buescher recap their performance in the UNOH 225 at Kentucky Speedway.
Kyle Busch wins at Chicagoland; Chase field set
RELATED: Full race results " Series standings " Chase Grid JOLIET, Ill. – In a race punctuated by a record 10 cautions, Kyle Busch streaked away from Chase hopeful Cameron Hayley in overtime and won Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway . With Busch's victory over runner-up Daniel Hemric , who passed Hayley after the final restart on Lap 150, Hemric and Timothy Peters locked up the final two of eight spots in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase, which starts Sept. 24 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . With a truck dialed in on Thursday by last year's series champion Erik Jones while Busch took care of Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup media day duties, Busch led 95 of the 151 laps en route to winning for the second time in four starts this season. It was his fifth win at Chicagoland and the 46th time in his career. Driving a Toyota Tundra built by Kyle Busch Motorsports, ThorSport Racing driver Hayley finished third but failed to make the Chase. Hayley was gaining ground on the race winner, when contact between the trucks of Tyler Reddick and John Wes Townley caused the ninth caution on Lap 144 and ultimately forced the race one lap past its scheduled distance. On the final restart, Busch chose the outside lane and pulled away from Hayley and Hemric before NASCAR called the final caution on the last lap for Rico Abreu's spin and froze the field, with Busch the winner. "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… I really appreciate Erik Jones being out here (Thursday) and working it in for me and everything that he did." Two of Busch's KBM proteges, William Byron and Christopher Bell , already had qualified for the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase on the strength of regular-season victories. Byron, the top seed in the Chase with five wins as a rookie, had a tough night on Friday, getting loose underneath Ben Rhodes on Lap 3 and slamming the outside wall in Turn 2. Byron placed 30th, but the low finish had no effect on his Chase standing with the reset of points after the race. "It was really important, too, to see the 9 (Byron) and the 4 (Bell) make the Chase this year for KBM," Busch said. "They've got two opportunities there to go for the championship. And then the 13 (Hayley) there at the end, that's a brand new truck out of our KBM stable. "That thing was fast. It was hard to hold him off. He was right there at the end, and he was really quick." In fact, Hayley though he had the fastest truck but fell victim to Busch's vast experience in the series. "We definitely had the faster track there at the end, but he blocked my every move," said Hayley, who missed the playoff by one position in the standings. "But overall, it was all I could do. … We're not in the Chase, but you can't say we didn't try." Byron characterized his early accident as a learning experience. "It was learning what not to do for the Chase," he said. The eight Chase drivers in order of seeding are Byron, two-time champion Matt Crafton , John Hunter Nemechek , Bell, Johnny Sauter , Ben Kennedy , Hemric and Peters. Kennedy got the worst of a violent Lap 112 wreck that started when Sauter tagged Kennedy's Chevrolet and sent it spinning into the wall. Kennedy, who led twice for four laps, emerged from the infield care center with a bandaged hand. "I bruised up my hand a little bit," said Kennedy, who felt he had a truck capable of winning. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;/p&amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;gt;JOLIET, Ill. – In a race punctuated by a record 10 cautions, &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html" _rte_href="/en_us/sprint-cup-series/drivers/kyle-busch.html"> Kyle Busch </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; streaked away from Chase hopeful &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html" _rte_href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series/drivers/cameron-hayley.html"> Cameron Hayley </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; in overtime and won Friday night’s American Ethanol e15 225 NASCAR &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html" _rte_href="/en_us/camping-world-truck-series.html"> Camping World Truck </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt; Series race at &amp;amp;amp;lt;a href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;amp;amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;amp;amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;amp;amp;quot;&amp;amp;amp;gt;&amp;lt;a href=&amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;quot; _rte_href=&amp;quot;/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html&amp;quot;&amp;gt;<a href="/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html" _rte_href="/en_us/nascar-tracks/chicagoland-speedway.html"> Chicagoland Speedway </a>&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;&amp;amp;amp;lt;/a&amp;amp;amp;gt;.
Kyle Busch's truck fails post-race inspection
RELATED: Busch wins in OT finish; Chase field set JOLIET, Ill. -- The race-winning entry of driver Kyle Busch failed post-race technical inspection following Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway , according to NASCAR officials. Busch, the defending Sprint Cup Series champion, won for the second time this season in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series; it was his 46th career series win as well. The No. 18 Toyota measured too low in the rear during post-race inspection. Similar infractions this season have resulted in a fine and probation for the crew chief as well as the loss of driver and owner championship points. The official announcement of any penalties would be made by NASCAR officials next week.
Peters perseveres to the Chase, heartbreak for Hayley
RELATED: Full race results " Chase Grid JOLIET, Ill. -- Timothy Peters ' chances for clinching the final spot in the inaugural NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Chase weren't exactly dangling by a thread, but his hopes weren't a slam dunk either. Stuck in limbo-land for the duration of Friday night's American Ethanol e15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway , Peters finally exhaled after an eventful eighth-place finish in the Red Horse Racing No. 17 Toyota. He was greeted on pit road by relieved team owner Tom DeLoach, who congratulated his driver with a majority of sentences starting with "Whew!" A Kyle Busch victory denied several Chase hopefuls, all of whom needed to win Friday night's regular-season finale to punch their postseason ticket. At the top of the most-likely candidates was NASCAR Next product Cameron Hayley , who made several fruitless runs at Busch and settled for third. Peters said that crew chief Shane Huffman kept him posted about Hayley's last-ditch bid and the battle at the front of the pack. But with a chain of unfortunate events -- an uncontrolled tire penalty on pit road, a flat-tire and damage to his truck's right-rear fender -- there was little he personally could do to alter the race's outcome. "It wasn't no need to worry about it. I mean, it really wasn't. I can't control it, just like it's starting to rain now," Peters said as the initial drops of an impending downpour started to fall. "We couldn't control that earlier. As long as we do our job, we'll do just fine." After a rush of caution periods that included a 14-minute red flag over the final stretch, Hayley, 20, lined up in second place alongside Busch for the overtime restart. Busch held his foes at bay for the last two laps, leaving Hayley to fight with eventual runner-up Daniel Hemric for the next-highest spot on the podium. "Obviously, you're racing against the best and I think he showed he's the best tonight," Hayley said of Busch. "If it was anybody else, I would've won that race, but he just knows how to counter every attack I put after him and that hurt me in the end." Hemric and Peters claimed the last two spots in the eight-driver field as the highest points-earners without a regular-season victory. Hayley wound up tied for eighth place in the driver standings (before the standings were reset for the Chase) with rookie Cole Custer and Ben Kennedy , the latter of which clinched a Chase berth with his victory last month at Bristol Motor Speedway . RELATED: Hayley reflects on coming up just short in Chase bid Hayley tempered his Chase misfire with a post-race pep talk that showed he was ready to embrace the spoiler role in the seven-race postseason, which begins next Saturday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway . "Now we can go out and upset all these guys," Hayley said. "They're all going to go out for wins, and they need to play it safe -- we don't any more. We're just going to win, and we're going to upset those guys. We're going to win five races in a row here and make them look like they shouldn't belong. We're going for it big-time." &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;
Tifft cleared for return, set for Trucks start
RELATED: Tifft undergoes surgery to remove brain tumor After recovering from brain surgery and months of missed on-track action, Matt Tifft has been cleared by NASCAR to return to competition, a NASCAR spokesperson confirmed Monday afternoon. Tifft later confirmed the news and his actual on-track return on Twitter for this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol e15 225 (Friday, 8:30 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Testing at Hickory! Thanks for all the support, I am returning to @ChicagolndSpdwy this wknd with @RedHorseRacing !! pic.twitter.com/cpcmsgvcFr — Matt Tifft (@Matt_Tifft) September 12, 2016 The 20-year-old wheelman underwent surgery to remove a brain tumor in July and has since been recovering. Tifft made six NASCAR XFINITY Series starts this season with two top-10 finishes. He also earned the 21 Means 21 Pole Award at Talladega. The NASCAR Next product also made three Camping World Truck Series starts this season with one top-five finish. Last week, Tifft posted photos of himself in the cockpit of a late model at Hickory Motor Speedway. RELATED: Tifft logs first laps since surgery