Kyle Busch may have taken the lead from pole sitter Ty Dillon on the first lap of Friday night’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but Dillon was up front when it counted — at the end. Dillon took the checkered flag to claim his first-career Truck Series victory in his 17th-career start in the series.
“This is awesome,” Dillon said in victory lane. “My guys are awesome.”
Busch, meanwhile, was a distant second. James Buescher was third, Parker Kligerman fourth and Aric Almirola rounded out the top-five.
After losing the lead to Busch at the start of the race, Dillon moved back up front by lap 15 and led the way until both Kligerman and Busch got by him on a restart following the first caution of the race that came out on lap 31.
Busch took the lead from Kligerman on lap 37 and Buescher got by Kligerman to take over the second spot on a restart following a caution that came out on lap 38.
Busch and Buescher then battled side-by-side up front for several laps, swapping the lead back and forth multiple times before Busch took control on lap 55. A few laps later, Dillon got by Buescher for the runner-up spot and then took the lead from Busch on lap 58. But on lap 71, Busch was back up front.
After a cycle of green flag pit stops that got underway around lap 80, Busch cycled back into the lead and had a cushion of nearly four-and-a-half seconds on the rest of the field when the final caution came out for debris with 26 laps to go.
Lead lap trucks headed down pit road, and Dillon managed to beat Busch out of the pits to restart first.
“If that caution wouldn’t have come out, we wouldn’t have made it on fuel, again,” Dillon said.
Busch got by Dillon on the restart that followed, though, but Dillon made his way back to the front with six laps remaining. Prior to losing the lead to Dillon, Busch led a race-high 75 laps of the 130-lap event.
Dillon then began to pull away from Busch, as Busch scraped the wall several times in an attempt to catch back up.
“Just got beat,” Busch said after the race. “We just got beat on setup tonight.”
Finishing sixth through 10th were Kyle Larson, Joey Coulter, Nelson Piquet Jr., Matt Crafton and Kurt Busch.
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