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Davidson: Kyle Busch overwhelms the trucks at Atlanta

Atlanta, GA, Mar 20/21 (by John Davidson); Kyle Busch showed a total domination of the Fr8 Auctions 200 Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, leading 102 of the 130 laps before taking the final checkered flag over four seconds ahead of Austin Hill.
Atlanta area driver Hill was over five and a half seconds ahead of first-place starter and Kyle Busch Motorsports driver John Hunter Nemechek.

"It's just a part of good people, having good people. Coach (Joe Gibbs) always says you have to have good people to have success," Busch explained in Victory Lane. "We’ve had great people, and we’ve had good people too and it’s just a matter of evolving. This sport is ever-changing. Six months from now the setups will be different again. It’s cool to have fresh ideas, different concepts and things that we can continue and try and continue to improve. It's good to see John Hunter (Nemechek) come home with another top-three today with him racing for a championship this year, that’s important.

"Anytime I'm in my truck I want to be able to go out there and score the victory. With good competition and good competitors, it's not easy. With John Hunter (Nemechek) coming on board, at Vegas he was super fast and did everything right, no mistakes. We'll go back and regroup and make sure that 4 (Nemechek) truck can stay in front of that 16 (Austin Hill) truck the rest of this year."

After his dominating performance Busch headed back to Bristol, where, later in the same day, he planed to race a super late-model on the dirt surface in preparation for next weekend's first Cup race on dirt since Richard Petty's win at the Raleigh, NC State Fairgrounds race in 1970.

Austin Hill, commenting on his second consecutive runner-up in trucks at Atlanta said: "When we had that last restart. I was trying to save my tires a little bit. I didn't want to kill them right off the bat. When it was go time, I started matching Kyle's (Busch) lap times. We had a green flag pit stop, got out in second. The pit crew did an awesome job today, but yeah, I kind of gave that gap up and I could never close it. I was matching his lap times, but I need to be a little bit quicker.”

Third-place finisher John Hunter Nemechek took the first two stages but in the final stage, could not challenge for the lead or second place, saying the truck needed "a little bit of a different adjustment there at the end. We were off a little bit, I felt like, all day."

Brett Moffitt started the race as a contender for hard luck and hard charger nominations when his engine failed during warmup and the crew pulled out the original engine and installed a new one in less than an hour, sending him to the back of the field from his tenth-place starting position. He raced his way back to a ninth-place finish.

Making his first start in years is Bill Lester, whose new book Winning in Reverse has just been released, describing his career in racing.

• Click HERE for the race results


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