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Kyle Busch Comes From Behind to Win the Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland

Kyle Busch won the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Johnny Sauter led the field to the green flag in Lucas Oil 225. He led the first 23 laps then faded the rest of the race eventually to get trapped a lap down by a speeding penalty.

Due Kyle Busch’s media responsibilities for the Chase for the Sprint Cup on Thursday Erik Jones practiced the No. 51 Dollar General Truck. In spite of the seventh place starting position due to Jones’s efforts, Busch had to start the race from the rear of the field.

Earlier in the day Kyle Busch was dominating the NASCAR Nationwide Series Race only to be beat by pit strategy. Instead of starting the race disappointed he got some help from his Crew Chief Eric Phillips.

This guy (Eric Phillips) came over and rubbed on me a little bit gave me some encouraging words.” Busch added, “It’s nice to have a support system like that around you when you have frustration times and sort of straighten your mind out right.

Kyle Busch was the class of the field in spite of starting in the rear he was up to seventh place by lap 10. When the competition caution came out on lap 30 Busch was running fourth only to get a pit road speeding penalty and have to do it all over again passing 59 trucks in the process.

Busch said, “Well early on, I was patient with it, just trying to get everyone acclimated to not being on the track at all yesterday from practice day.  Me, for sure, I was getting acclimated, too.  I knew we had a good truck.  I was just trying to pace myself there early.  I knew what I had and when I had that pit road penalty and got stuck behind then I could try to charge back through harder.  The truck was good and got back to the front there.

Matt Crafton was second followed by Austin Dillon, Tyler Reddick and Jeb Burton.

Tyler Reddick in the No. 19 Harper/Ace Hardware Ford is the highest finishing rookie with his best finish to date of fourth. He will be running full time next year for Brad Keselowski Racing.

Matt Crafton took over the lead from previous point’s leader Johnny Sauter who finished fourteenth by five points.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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Johnny Sauter will Start the Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland at the Front

Johnny Sauter will lead the field to green Friday September 12th in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Lucas Oil 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

The Camping World Truck Series had the track to themselves on Thursday for two practices. Johnny Sauter was the fastest in the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice on Thursday. There were no practices on Friday. The only activity for the Trucks was qualifying. Unfortunately just before qualifying was to begin a steady rain came to the Chicagoland Speedway.

NASCAR set the field for the Lucas Oil 225 by the rule book. The starting lineup will be set by practice speeds during the final practice on Thursday. Johnny Sauter was the fastest at 176.540 MPH.

Since Erik Jones practiced the No. 51 Dollar General Toyota for Kyle Busch, Busch will have to start the race at the rear of the field. It is going to be exciting watching him drive through the field to the front as that truck was fast in both practices.

The rest of the top ten are Brennan Newberry, Jeb Burton, Austin Dillon, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Kyle Busch, German Quiroga, Matt Crafton and Timothy Peters.

If you cannot get to Chicagoland Speedway for the Lucas Oil 225 it will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 starting at 8 PM ET.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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The Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Starts at Chicagoland

NASCAR doesn’t visit the Chicago area often. This weekend all three of the top NASCAR series comes to Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet Illinois for three days of racing.

Friday night, the Camping World Truck Series races under the lights for the Lucas Oil 225. The weather is expected to be cold in Joliet at race time but with no threat of rain it will be perfect for racing. In fact because of the cold weather the speeds will be some of the fastest the Truck Series has run there. Wisconsin native, Johnny Sauter followed by perennial Truck Driver Matt Crafton are at the top of the standings and are expected to run well. They have their work cut out for them as Kyle Busch and teammate Darrell Wallace Jr., who have won half the races this season, will both be in the race.

Saturday afternoon, the Nationwide Series takes to the track for the Jimmy John’s Freaky Fast 300 Powered By Coca-Cola. Rookie driver and three time winner, Chase Elliott leads the standings and is expected to contend for the win. He also has his work cut out for him because many Sprint Cup regular drivers are interloping in this Series because they are at the same track. Kevin Harvick, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch have won seven races combined in this series out of 25 races.

Sunday afternoon in the MyAFibStory.com 400, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series has the spot light nationwide because this race is the start to the prestigious Chase for the Sprint Cup. This year sixteen drivers are contending for the Championship. In order of their seeding, Brad Keselowski, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, Kurt Busch, Kasey Kahne, Aric Almirola, A.J. Allmendinger, Matt Kenseth, and Ryan Newman. The first seven of these drivers have won multiple races this season and stand to figure prominently at Chicagoland.

One cannot win the Championship at Chicagoland but one can lose it. This year four drivers will be eliminated from contention after the third race in the Chase. Essentially if any one of the sixteen drivers does not run well at Chicagoland they risk certain elimination after the Series leaves Dover Delaware.

Look for many show cars and driver appearances around the Chicago area prior to the events at the speedway in Joliet. NASCAR will be everywhere.

The weather is expected to be cool and dry which should lead to some of the fastest racing the Chicagoland Speedway has ever seen. Tickets are still available. Visit http://www.chicagolandspeedway.com to find out more.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for BehindPitRow.com.

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