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Brad Keselowski gets 1st NASCAR Truck Series win

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 4:54 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014
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BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Brad Keselowski earned his first NASCAR Truck Series victory on Thursday, becoming the first father-son duo to do so.

Keselowski passed defending champion Kyle Busch with 75 laps to go and held off Busch's teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. in the UNOH 200 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Bob Keselowski won a Truck Series race at Richmond, Virginia, in 1997 after joining the series three years earlier during its inaugural season.

"My family has been with this series since its inception," Keselowski said. "I feel I've been a part of it too, whether it was as a kid watching or now as a team owner and a driver."

It was Keselowski's first Truck Series win in 62 starts. Wallace closed to Keselowski's back bumper with two laps left, but drifted high in turn one and Keselowski pulled away to a 0.776 second victory.

In that final charge, Wallace opted to avoid contact with Keselowski instead of trying to bump him from the lead.

"I try to race everybody with respect," Wallace said. "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 wreck him to get by him."

Four-time Truck Series champion Ron Hornaday Jr. finished third, followed by Matt Crafton and series points leader Johnny Sauter. Rain washed out the race on Wednesday night.

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