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William Byron ends regular season No. 1 in Truck points, now comes the Chase

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William Byron finished the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series regular season No. 1 in the points following Friday’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

The points will now reset for the inaugural seven-race Chase, which begins next Saturday at New Hampshire.

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Here are the points as of the end of the regular season, Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway:

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Camping World Truck Series results at Chicagoland

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Kyle Busch earned his 46th career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series win, and his fifth in six career starts at Chicagoland Speedway, capturing Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225.

Daniel Hemric placed second. Cameron Hayley rallied to finish third, but it was a bittersweet showing, as he failed to make the inaugural Truck Series’ Chase.

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Here’s the results from Friday’s race:

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Kyle Busch wins Truck race at Chicagoland; Hayley, Custer, Reddick miss Chase

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Kyle Busch needed one extra lap in overtime to earn his second win in just four Camping World Truck Series starts this season, capturing Friday’s American Ethanol E15 225 at Chicagoland Speedway.

Busch’s 46th career win in the Truck Series — and his fifth Truck win in six career starts at the 1.5-mile track — added to his early-season triumph at Martinsville. Busch also finished second at Charlotte and 30th at Kentucky. Friday’s race is slated to be Busch’s final Truck race of the season.

“This has just been a really good place for us and (Kyle Busch Motorsports) over the years,” Busch told Fox Sports 1 about his success at Chicagoland Speedway. “It wasNASCAR Camping World Truck Series American Ethanol E15 225 nice to come out and keep it going.

“It’s really important to see the 9 (William Byron) and 4 (Christopher Bell) make the Chase for KBM, so we have two opportunities to go after the championship.”

Daniel Hemric finished second, followed by Cameron Hayley, Christopher Bell, Johnny Sauter, pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher, Grant Enfinger, Timothy Peters, Tyler Reddick and Cole Custer.

Several drivers who needed a win to make the Truck Series’ inaugural Chase fell short when the seven-race playoff begins next Saturday at New Hampshire.

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ADVANCING TO THE CHASE: The eight drivers who will take part in the inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase are: William Byron, Matt Crafton, John Hunter Nemechek, Johnny Sauter, Christopher Bell, Ben Kennedy, Daniel Hemric and Timothy Peters.

MISSED THE CHASE: Among the drivers who failed to earn a win that would have put them in the playoffs: Cole Custer, Cameron Hayley, Tyler Reddick, Ben Rhodes and pole-sitter Spencer Gallagher.

“It just sucks,” Custer said. “We had to fight from the back all the time. It’s just not our night, I guess, but we have a fast truck so we’ll have to win some races (in the Chase).”

HOW BUSCH WON: In pretty much the same formula he’s used to win many of his 46 career Truck victories, Busch had the strongest truck of the night, led the most laps (95), stayed out of trouble, kept his challengers at bay and seemed to get stronger as the laps counted down.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: Hemric, who came close to earning his first win of the season, and Peters were the only drivers to qualify for the Chase without winning a race. “This is huge,” Hemric said. “We thought if we could get ourselves in, we could make a serious run for the championship. Now it’s time to go to work.” … Even though he fell short of the Chase, Hayley finished third in a KBM truck.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Points leader William Byron had a rough start, wrecking just three laps into the event. He returned late in the race to finish 30th. … On Lap 112, Ben Kennedy made contact with teammate Johnny Sauter, triggering a crash that also collected Matt Crafton and Ben Rhodes. The race was red flagged for 14 minutes because a section of SAFER Barrier was repaired. “I just got loose and I didn’t mean to do it,” Sauter said over the team radio. “I’m sorry.” … Tyler Reddick saw his Chase chances end when he wrecked with John Wes Townley on Lap 144.

NOTABLE: It may not have been a win, but it likely felt like it for Matt Tifft, who made his first race start since undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor on July 1. Tifft finished 12th. … Rico Abreu raced into the top five in the second half of the race and appeared headed for a strong finish until he wrecked on the last lap and finished 19th. … Kennedy’s right hand was wrapped after his accident. He said he would have it examined further on Saturday.

QUOTE OF THE RACE: “That’s why he’s (Kyle Busch) a Cup driver and I’m a Truck driver. I have a lot to learn from that guy. … We tried, we’re not in the Chase, but we can’t say we didn’t try.” – Third-place finisher Cameron Hayley.

WHAT’S NEXT: The inaugural Camping World Truck Series Chase begins Saturday, Sept. 24, in the UNOH 175 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

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Starting lineup for tonight’s Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway

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Pole sitter Spencer Gallagher and John Wes Townley will start on the front row of tonight’s American Ethanol E15 225 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Illinois.

It’s Gallagher’s first career Truck Series pole. Now he hopes to double up with his first career Truck Series win.

Here’s how the starting lineup stacks up:

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Spencer Gallagher earns first career Truck pole — can first win be tonight?

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It took him 51 tries, but Spencer Gallagher finally achieved one of his two biggest career goals on Friday at Chicagoland Speedway.

Gallagher earned his first career Camping World Truck Series pole with a track record 176.148 mph.

Now Gallagher hopes to double up and achieve his biggest goal – his first Truck Series victory – in Friday night’s American Ethanol E15 225.

“Finally got it done, it’s a great feeling,” Gallagher told Fox Sports 1 of his No. 1 qualifying achievement. “Looking to take our Lavender Missile, get out there and finish what we started.”

Spencer Gallagher’s “Lavender Missile” earned its first Truck Series pole Friday at Chicagoland Speedway. Can it also earn its first Truck Series win in tonight’s race there?

John Wes Townley will start on the outside of the front row in the 32-truck field with a qualifying speed of 175.896 mph.

Daniel Suarez, who is also driving in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race, was third fastest (175.713), followed by Tyler Reddick (175.530), Timothy Peters (175.513), Ben Kennedy (175.467), Ben Rhodes (175.359), Kyle Busch (175.330), series points leader William Byron (175.160) and Daniel Hemric (174.984).

Matt Tifft, who is making his first appearance in any race vehicle since May – and after undergoing surgery to remove a brain tumor in early July – qualified 11th (174.984).

Here’s how Truck qualifying played out:

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