Kyle Busch Breaks All-Time Truck Series Win Record

Amidst the misty Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch dominated to win his record 52nd career NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series race. That win breaks the tie with NASCAR Hall of Fame driver Ron Hornaday Jr. who held the record of 51 wins since 2011. Mike Skinner and Jack Sprague are tied for 3rd on the list with 28 each, far behind Hornaday and Busch. The active driver with the most wins is Johnny Sauter with 23, he finished 2nd Saturday night.

It was Busch’s first victory at Atlanta since 2009 racing for Billy Ballew Motorsports. In his 6th attempt at the track for his own Kyle Busch Motorsports, he was able to put BBM on his truck once more, and it gave him the extra luck he needed to win.

Starting in 7th, Busch was able to fight to the lead after just 5 laps. He went on to win Stage 1, but after his pit stop, he complained of a loose wheel while leading. About the same time, Joe Nemechek hit the trioval grass with his splitter and it was ripped off, laying on the frontstretch. The subsequent caution allowed Busch to pit under caution. It took him less than 25 laps to return to the leading, passing almost every truck in the process. There wasn’t much turning back after that.

After one restart, Johnny Sauter was able to take away the lead from the #51 Toyota, but only held it for about 5 laps. When Natalie Decker spun for a second time late in the going, it set up for what was supposed to be an exciting finale. However, when the green flag flew, Jesse Little spun the tires and Parker Kligerman got into the back of him. This triggered a 5-truck wreck that required extensive clean up and a red flag.

Once the wreckage was cleared and the trucks started moving again, the fog intensified and the mist picked up too heavily. Another red flag followed that was largely thought to bring the end of the race. NASCAR worked to get the track dry enough to race the final 5 laps or so of the race, that didn’t bring much change to the end result as Busch cruised to victory lane.

Some notable finishes, Niece Motorsports has now finished both trucks in the Top-10 in each of the first two races of the season, an extremely strong start after a mediocre 2018 season. Their early success is largely in part to their excellent driving talent with Ross Chastain and Truck Series veteran Timothy Peters. ThorSport Racing had 3 of their 4 trucks in the Top-5 at the finish and in the middle of Stage 2, they were running 1-2-3-4.

Unofficial Results:

FnSt#DriverMakeLapsStatus
1751Kyle Busch (i)Toyota130Running
21213Johnny SauterFord130Running
3598Grant EnfingerFord130Running
4324Brett MoffittChevy130Running
5699Ben RhodesFord130Running
62145Ross Chastain (i)Chevy130Running
7116Austin HillToyota130Running
8218Harrison RhodesToyota130Running
9114Todd GillilandToyota130Running
101444Timothy PetersChevy130Running
111502Tyler DippelChevy130Running
1242Sheldon CreedChevy130Running
132930Brennan PooleToyota130Running
141088Matt CraftonFord130Running
152212Gus DeanChevy130Running
162804Cory RoperFord130Running
172717Anthony AlfredoToyota130Running
18952Stewart FriesenChevy130Running
19203Jordan AndersonChevy130Running
202675Parker KligermanChevy130Running
21317Korbin ForristerChevy130Running
222510Jennifer Jo CobbChevy130Running
232397Jesse LittleFord130Running
241654Natalie DeckerToyota127Running
251820Spencer BoydChevy126Running
261949Ray CiccarelliChevy125Running
271722Austin Wayne SelfChevy118Accident
283042Chad FinleyChevy117Accident
29326Norm BenningChevy82Steering
301333Josh ReaumeToyota78Engine
312463Timmy Hill (i)Chevy53Brakes
3288Joe NemechekChevy50Accident

Author: Tom Bailey

Tom Bailey (@TomBaileyScoop) grew up in the backyard of Chicagoland Speedway, making a passion for all motorsports inevitable. Tom is entering his first full year of racing coverage in 2020 as the owner and founder of InfieldScoop.com. You can contact him at [email protected]

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