SPARTA — Ty Dillon overtook Kyle Busch with 26 laps remaining and went on to win the NASCAR Truck Series race Thursday night at Kentucky Speedway.
Dillon, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, started 22nd and drove the Chevy with the iconic No. 3 made famous by seven-time Sprint Cup champion Dale Earnhardt through the field for his second career Truck victory and first in four starts at Kentucky. He also derailed opening bids by defending Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski and fellow Cup star Busch for a weekend sweep on the 1.5-mile oval.
Keselowski overcame midrace issues to finish second, while Busch edged defending Truck Series champion James Buescher for third. Rookie Ryan Blaney, who started on the pole, was fifth.
"It started off a little shaky, but I knew anything was possible with our guys," said Dillon, who became Kentucky's youngest Truck winner at 21 years, 4 months. "We just kept fighting, kept digging and we had our car dialed in perfect. Then it was time to make some moves.
"To beat Kyle Busch and Brad Keselowski, two of the best on four wheels right now, was really special."
Busch appeared headed to his second victory in three years at the track before his No. 51 Toyota lost grip. Dillon pounced, opened up a 2½ -second lead and coasted.
"I was just fighting for what I had," Busch said of his finish.
Dillon added another Kentucky trophy for Richard Childress Racing. His brother, Austin, swept both Nationwide Series races last year at the track.
Ty Dillon's victory meanwhile was impressive not only for the way he rallied from a mid-pack start, but for the drivers he passed along the way.
Buescher was seeking a repeat win and three straight overall at Kentucky Speedway, a track that helped him win last year's championship. A solid 13th after Thursday's final practice, he started 13th as well in the No. 31 Chevy.
Starting seven spots ahead was the field's biggest threat in Busch, who won here in 2011 and hasn't finished worse than seventh in three Truck starts. Taking his second stab at the Truck Nationwide/Cup trifecta in three years here, he entered the weekend as a two-time Truck winner this season.
Then there was Keselowski, the Cup champion running his second straight tripleheader.
With the win, Dillon moved up three spots to third in the standings.