Dillon wins at Atlanta after late-race pass on Ky. Busch|
Hampton, GA (Sports Network) - Rookie Ty Dillon became the next first-time
race winner in the Camping World Truck Series this season after passing Kyle
Busch for the lead with just six laps to go in Friday night's race at Atlanta
Dillon, the 2011 ARCA Series champion and 20-year-old grandson of NASCAR
multi-team owner Richard Childress, benefited from a caution with 25 laps
remaining in the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200. Busch held a four-second
lead over the field before the yellow flag was displayed for debris on the
backstretch. During the caution, Dillon beat Busch out of the pits and led the
way for the restart with 21 laps left.
Busch reclaimed the top spot just after the restart and established a sizeable
lead, but Dillon came roaring back. Just after Dillon made his winning pass,
Busch bumped into the outside wall twice and lost momentum from there.
Dillon went on to beat Busch to the finish line by 3.2 seconds. His win comes
one week after finishing a season-worst 21st at Bristol. Dillon ran out of
fuel with less than two laps to go there.
"It's an amazing night," said Dillon, who started on the pole and led a total
of 40 laps en route to his first win. "If that (third and last) caution
wouldn't have come out, we wouldn't have made it on fuel again. I'm so happy
for how hard we've worked. We're battling for the championship. Our team
doesn't give up."
Dillon's first win in the Truck Series came in his 17th start. He also became
the sixth first-time race winner this season, joining John King (Daytona),
James Buescher (Kansas), Justin Lofton (Charlotte), Joey Coulter (Pocono) and
Nelson Piquet Jr. (Michigan). Coulter is Dillon's teammate at Richard
"Man, I'm just so happy and excited that I finally won a NASCAR race," Dillon
said. "I've been wanting to do it my whole life, and to finally do it, means
His elder brother, Austin, won last year's truck championship. Austin is now a
rookie competitor in the Nationwide Series.
Driving his own No. 18 Toyota, Busch made his first truck start since his run-
in with Ron Hornaday Jr. last November at Texas. Busch led a race-high 75
laps in this race.
"We just got beat on setup tonight," he said. "I felt like the truck was
decent, but we just don't have a good enough handle on it in the long runs, so
we kind of struggled there."
James Buescher finished third, followed by Parker Kligerman and Aric Almirola,
who made his first start in trucks since the 2011 season-opener at Daytona.
Kyle Larson, Coulter, Piquet Jr., Matt Crafton and Kurt Busch completed the
top-10. This was the first truck race that Kyle and Kurt Busch faced each
other on the racetrack.
Kurt Busch drove the No. 51 Chevrolet for team owner Billy Ballew, in
association with Busch's Sprint Cup Series team, Phoenix Racing, which is
owned by James Finch.
Hornaday, the defending race winner, was involved in a three-truck accident on
lap 37. He ended up finishing 30th.
Timothy Peters, who won at Bristol after leading all 204 laps, finished 13th
at Atlanta and remained the points leader, but Buescher trimmed Peters
advantage to just six points. Dillon moved to within nine markers of the lead.
08/31 23:13:14 ET