After rainy weather conditions cancelled out qualifying for the Gander Outdoors Truck Series race, the racing lineup was set by the rule book, putting Austin Hill on the pole for the Atlanta 200.
Currently tied with Ron Hornaday Jr with 51 wins, Kyle Busch has the potential to make NASCAR history as the winningest driver in Truck Series history.
Stages one and two of the race are only 40 laps each with stage three lasting 50 laps
Austin Hill brings the field down for the green flag but it is the 18 year old Harrison Burton who jumps out to lead the first two laps in his first race in Atlanta before veteran driver Matt Crafton takes over the lead.
On lap six, Kyle Busch blasts from sixth place in the high line and takes over the lead of the race.
The first caution flag of the race comes out on lap 16 when Natalie Decker spins out after getting loose on the track.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart and battle with Harrison Burton for the lead before Busch finally takes the top spot.
Leading by over four seconds, Kyle Busch wins stage wins stage one.
The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Grant Enfinger wins the race off of pit road, Kyle Busch comes out in fourth place.
Grant Enfinger rings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and holds on to the lead of the race.
In a three way battle between Grant Enfinger, Johnny Sauter, and Kyle Busch; Kyle Busch rides the high line to take the lead once again.
Leader Kyle Busch is reporting a potential loose wheel condition.
Joe Nemechek brings his truck down pit road with damage…a missing splitter. With the missing splitter sitting on the track near the grass, NASCAR has put out the caution flag for debris as Nemechek’s team pushes his truck to the garage.
Kyle Busch brings his truck down pit road during the caution to address his tire issues and gives the led over to Johnny Sauter. Busch restarts the race in 24th place.
Johnny Sauter brings the field down for the green flag restart but it is Ben Rhodes who takes the lead of the race.
Rim riding, it has taken Kyle Busch less than 10 laps to make it back up to the top five.
With three laps remaining in stage two, Kyle Busch passes Ben Rhodes to take over the lead of the race after having restarted the race near the back of the field.
Kyle Busch wins stage two. In five races last season, Kyle Busch won only one stage.
The top 10 at the end of stage two:
The extremely foggy conditions are making visibility difficult for the driver spotters.
Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road.
Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 88 and pulls out in front for the lead but gets a challenge from Johnny Sauter with Sauter winning the battle.
With 38 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch passes Johnny Sauter to retake the lead.
After a late afternoon race start, the skies are getting a bit dark.
With 33 laps to go, tenth place driver Stewart Friesen bumps the wall and has to bring his truck down pit road with a flat tire.
With 19 laps remaining in the race, Natalie Decker spins out again and brings out the caution flag.
After leading the field down pit road for that final set of tires, Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Matt Crafton right behind him.
Matt Crafton had to make a second trip down pit road with a “wicked vibration”.
With only 13 laps remaining in the race, Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart but right after the start several drivers get into a wreck that brings out the caution flag. Jesse Little, Chad Finley, Austin Wayne Self, Parker Kligerman, Spencer Boyd, and Stewart Friesen were all involved in the crash.
NASCAR has red flagged the race in order to get the massive amount of debris cleaned off of the track. During the red flag the weather conditions have gone from misty to rain.
With the lights burning, the trucks get moving again and are under yellow flag conditions.
The red flag is displayed once again as the rain gets heavier with only nine laps remaining in the race. NASCAR has brought the jet driers out to dry the track.
The trucks are once again moving under caution after a 17 minute red flag condition as the laps wind down.
The green flag waves with only five laps remaining in the race as Kyle Busch gets out in front with Johnny Sauter on his bumper.
As night falls, Kyle Busch takes the checkered flag for his fifth Atlanta Truck Series win and puts his name in the record books as the winningest driver in NASCAR’s Truck Series with 52 wins.
Ultimate Tailgating 200 results:
Jennifer Jo Cobb
Austin Wayne Self