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Keselowski still a work in progress in trucks

May 16, 2014, Kenny Bruce,

Keselowski still seeks a Truck Series win in his career

CONCORD, N.C. – Brad Keselowski finished third in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start of the season.

He nearly wound up on the back end of a wrecker.


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Keselowski was fourth when Ron Hornaday Jr., running second behind leader Kyle Busch, spun after a restart just past the halfway point of the 137-lap North Carolina Education Lottery 200 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"We got into him," Keselowski said afterward, "but I don't think it did any significant damage.

"It got our attention and made us worry but … I think that didn't have much of an effect on us. But it was really cool looking."

Ryan Blaney, Keselowski's teammate, wasn't as fortunate – his night ended on Lap 105 following contact with John Wes Townley.

Blaney was not injured, and said afterward he'd "like to know what (Townley) was thinking."

It was the second consecutive week Blaney had been caught up in an accident. He dropped three positions, to ninth, as a result of Friday night's incident.

"I was behind it but I can't say I was studying it," Keselowski said of Blaney's crash. "No one knows what happened except the drivers that were in the seat.

"It looked like Ryan tried to make a move and whether the 5 (of Townley) turned down or there wasn't a hole there I'm not sure. …

"Obviously disappointed that we tore up a truck. That's not going to win a championship and I think the pieces are there to run with Matt (Crafton) and the other guys week after week. But you have to finish up front and getting the finishes you deserve. Being out of a race with a wreck isn't going to get that. That's basically what I saw."

Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup Series champion, fields two NCWTS teams – the No. 29 for Blaney as well as the No. 19 that has several drivers scheduled for seat time.

While he has 11 wins in Cup and 28 in the Nationwide Series, Keselowski is still searching for his first Truck Series win.

"We're close," he said. "Every time I get in it I feel like we run second or third if I don't screw it up. We can't seem to get over the hurdle."

The hurdle Friday night was Busch, race winner for the sixth time at Charlotte and the 38th time in his career. Busch led 130 of the 134 laps.

"I think Kyle was probably in a class of his own – we've seen that the past couple of weeks on these mile and a halves," he said. "So we've got work to do, still. But we were decent. I think there were a lot of trucks that were close to the same – (Hornaday) looked good, (Ben Kennedy), obviously Matt (Crafton) looked good. The 5 truck (of Townley) looked good. But we were all probably about the same. It would have been a great race if Kyle wasn't here.

"We need just a little bit more to run with him; they've definitely got the package figured out. I'm proud of my group but we've got more work to do."


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