Kyle Busch made history Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway by winning the Ultimate Tailgating 200 which makes him the all-time leader in NASCAR truck series wins. The win gives him 52 all time wins in the series, breaking the tie with Hall-of-Famer Ron Hornaday Jr. The win also gives him 195 wins in total across the three top levels of NASCAR.
After winning both stage one and stage two on Saturday, Busch had to fend off Johnny Sauter and mother nature to secure his 52nd truck series victory leading 92 of the 130 scheduled laps. ThorSport racing driver Johnny Sauter finished in second, while his teammate Grant Enfinger finished in third. Brett Moffitt and Ben Rhodes wound out the top five finishing positions. The race was red-flagged with nine laps remaining because of rain, but racing continued after the delay was lifted after seventeen minutes.
Last weeks winner at Daytona Austin Hill led the field to the green as he started on pole due to qualifying being rained out and the lineup set by last year’s owners points. Within six laps, Busch made his way to the front of the field and led until the end of stage one. Busch lost the lead at the start of the second stage after he pitted his truck for a loose wheel.
However, with the strongest truck in the field, Busch was able to find his way back to the lead after only a minimal number of laps. When the final stage began, Busch lost the lead again to a hard-charging Johnny Sauter, but within a few laps was able to re-take it and led for the rest of the race.
The Gander Outdoors Truck Series will travel out west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Strat 200 on Friday, March 1st. The green flag drops at 9:00pm EST and will be broadcast live on Fox Sports 1.
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