Kyle Busch keeps cementing his legacy in the Truck Series as he and his team dominate at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday.
NASCAR Truck Series returned after a brief pause for the 4th race of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Matt Crafton had a blasting start going to the race lead after the opening lap ahead of Kyle Busch Motorsports teammates John Hunter Nemechek and Kyle Busch. The no.51 truck driver, however, got into the lead eventually. The Las Vegas winner Nemechek made a pass on his boss just laps before the green-white chequered flag and won the opening stage. Ross Chastain made an impressive charge through the field – he was 5th after starting from the rear.
John Hunter Nemechek stayed ahead at the start of stage 2. Jordan Anderson took a gamble of pitting without tires between the stages, but the strategy did not work out – he was down to 31st. Nemechek, Busch, and Stewart Friesen formed the top 3 halfway through the stage. Soon, Kyle Busch came back to the lead. The Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers had a close battle for the stage 2 win and John Hunter Nemechek came out on top again to sweep the stages.
Busch and Nemechek stayed ahead once again at the start of the final stage. The winningest driver in the Truck Series season built a comfortable gap over his opponent and teammate. At the same time, another KBM driver Chandler Smith struggled a lot with his truck. We got to see a great overtaking manuever from Johnny Sauter on Zane Smith. Austin Hill got closer and closer to John Hunter Nemechek, but lapped trucks did not let him make a move and the no.16 truck driver stayed behind.
The green-flag pit stop cycle started with slightly more than 30 laps to go. Kyle Busch remained as the race leader, while Austin Hill passed John Hunter Nemechek for the second. Busch comfortably cruised to become the first driver to win 60 Truck Series races as he was victorious at Atlanta. Austin Hill crossed the finish line second, while the polesitter John Hunter Nemechek came home third.
Johnny Sauter, Sheldon Creed, Zane Smith, Ross Chastain, Matt Crafton, Brett Moffitt, and Stewart Friesen completed the top 10 of the race.