HAMPTON, Ga. – Kyle Busch dominated when it mattered to gather his milestone sixtieth NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection victory on Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Although his younger protégé, John Hunter Nemechek, swept the primary two levels of the Fr8Auctions 200 on the 1.54-mile quad-oval, Busch’s No. 51 Toyota Tundra was flawless down the house stretch.
The 2-time NASCAR Cup Collection champion led 102 of 130 laps, together with the ultimate 25, for his sixth profession Atlanta Truck Collection victory and second within the final three years.
Busch beat runner-up Austin Hill to the end line by 4.133 seconds in a commanding efficiency.
“It’s an excellent alternative to race in nice tools,” mentioned Busch in victory lane. “This Toyota Tundra was superior. I can’t say sufficient about my guys. Everybody at Kyle Busch Motorsports has put in a variety of onerous work, and with out all their preparation and dedication, we wouldn’t be as profitable as we’ve been.
“It’s actually neat to get again to victory lane within the Truck Collection, particularly in (former group proprietor) Billy Ballew’s yard.”
Busch’s win gave crew chief Mardy Lindley his first victory for the reason that reigning ARCA Menards Collection East champion crew chief moved from GMS Racing to Kyle Busch Motorsports in the course of the offseason.
“It’s a product of getting good folks,” mentioned Busch of the group’s success. “Coach (Joe Gibbs) all the time says you need to have good folks to have success, and we’ve had a variety of nice folks at KBM by the years. It’s only a matter of evolving. The game is ever-changing, and 6 months from now it’ll be totally different once more.
“It’s cool to have recent concepts, totally different ideas and issues that we are able to work on and check out,” Busch added. “It’s good to see John Hunter (Nemechek) get one other top-three (end) at present; with him working for a championship this yr, that’s actually vital as properly. An awesome day throughout for us.”
Saturday’s Truck Collection occasion was solely interrupted 3 times by the yellow flag, and none of these have been cautions for incident.
A lap-15 competitors warning was adopted by the 2 stage breaks at laps 30 and 60. As soon as the ultimate stage kicked off at lap 68, the race ran uninterrupted to its conclusion.
Hattori Racing Enterprises’ Hill chased down Las Vegas winner Nemechek over the long term to the checkered flag, leapfrogging Nemechek in the course of the last spherical of green-flag pit stops and ending up second within the No. 16 Toyota Tundra at his house observe.
The Winston, Ga., native was bested at Atlanta on a late restart final season, and lamented developing simply in need of a victory for the second yr in a row.
“The final restart we had, I used to be making an attempt to avoid wasting my tires just a little bit; I didn’t need to kill them proper off the bat,” Hill famous. “Every time it was go time, I began matching Kyle’s lap occasions … and we had the green-flag stops and I simply may by no means shut the hole. I used to be even with him, however I wanted to be just a little faster.
“Our United Leases Toyota Tundra was actually quick all day. We needed to struggle just a little adversity simply with the restarts and a few issues that occurred on observe, however all in all, it was stable,” Hill added. “I want we have been racing right here once more. I really like my house observe and all of the followers right here. It was superior to have them again. Want we may have gotten the job performed for them however we’ll transfer on to the subsequent one.”
Nemechek crossed the road third, adopted by ThorSport Racing’s Johnny Sauter as Toyota drivers swept the highest 4 ending positions. Sheldon Creed, in a GMS Racing Chevrolet, crammed out the highest 5.
Sixth by Tenth have been Zane Smith, Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt and Stewart Friesen, who rallied again from an uncontrolled tire penalty on pit street for a Tenth-place end.
Busch’s torrid tempo left simply 12 of the 40 starters on the lead lap on the finish of Saturday’s race.
Making his first Truck Collection begin since 2007, Invoice Lester – who beforehand raced full time within the division – ended up seven laps down in thirty sixth for David Gilliland Racing.
The NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection season continues March 27 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway with the Pinty’s Truck Race on Grime.
Friesen is the newest Truck Collection winner on a dust floor, topping the motion at Ohio’s Eldora Speedway in 2019.
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