Kyle Busch has found the sweet spot, winning Friday’s American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his third win in three NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts at the fast track.
It also marked his second straight win, his eighth overall in the series, and gave him a commanding 72-point lead over Todd Bodine in the standings.
And he did all this in spite of a late pit stop for adjustments that dropped him all the way back to 21st and forced him to quickly work his way back up through the field.
“That baby was evil loose; she was all over the place,” Busch said. “We were finally able to get it handling really well there on the last pit stop, and she was a rocket from there.”
Busch’s win gave car owner and Blairsville, Ga., native Billy Ballew his eighth victory in the series at his hometown track.
Ron Hornaday Jr. finished second despite leading the most laps, and although he claimed it had been a fun night of racing, Hornaday was glum in his recap of the evening.
“Two words: second (stinks),” Hornaday said. “Man, it was fast on long runs. When I saw the rain drops coming, I knew we were gonna have problems. He is so quick.”
Mike Skinner finished third, followed by Matt Crafton and Chad McCumbee, whose fifth-place finish was a career best.
The racing action resumes Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a full slate of racing events, including NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying at 9:15 a.m., Sprint Cup Happy Hour at 11 a.m. and the green flag for the Nicorette 300 drops at 2 p.m. Great seats are still available for purchase at the gate.