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Ty Dillon Wins First Truck Series Race

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, September 1 2012

Ty Dillons celebrates his victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Brian Lawdermilk)

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Pole-sitter Ty Dillon won Friday night’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the first victory for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series rookie.

Kyle Busch ran second, 3.227 seconds behind the race winner. James Buescher finished third, followed by Parker Kligerman and Aric Almirola. Series leader Timothy Peters came home 13th.

“Man, I’m just so happy and so excited. I finally won a NASCAR race,” Dillon, younger brother of Austin Dillon, said. “It’s been my whole life, and to finally do it means so much. Man, it’s awesome.”

Also reveling in the victory was Dillon’s owner/grandfather, Richard Childress.

“I couldn’t be more prouder than what he accomplished tonight,” Childress said. “To watch him race, and watch how he kept searching for the groove and moving around … he looked like he was a pro out there.”

Busch, Buescher and Dillon swapped the lead between them eight times in a 25-lap stretch before Busch began to pull away. After a cycle of green-flag stops that started with Dillon’s trip down pit road on lap 82, Busch held a five-second lead, but a caution for debris on the backstretch on Lap 105 slowed the race and bunched the field.

Lead-lap cars came to pit road on Lap 106, eliminating the need for fuel conservation the rest of the way. After a restart on Lap 110, Busch pulled away to a one-second lead as Dillon and Buescher battled for second behind him.

But Busch slammed into the wall on the final run and damaged his truck, allowing Dillon to overtake him for the lead on Lap 125 of 130.

“They were just a better truck; they had a lot better handle on the bottom of the race track than we did, especially throughout the longer runs,” Busch said. “Then when it’s time to race, a guy catches you and you’ve got to go up to the top, and you try to push and you get sideways and get into the fence. There’s no room to catch it up there. It was all I could do to try to push as hard as I could; I didn’t have anything to hold onto.”

Bad luck continued to haunt four-time champion Ron Hornaday Jr., still seeking his first victory since joining Joe Denette Motorsports at the end of the season. On Lap 37, contact from the truck of Tim George Jr. trapped Hornaday against the outside wall in a wreck that also collected Jason White’s Ford.

RACE RESULTS

1. (1) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 130, $45,885.

2. (4) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 130, $25,925.

3. (3) James Buescher, Chevrolet, 130, $21,620.

4. (9) Parker Kligerman, Toyota, 130, $15,435.

5. (13) Aric Almirola, Ford, 130, $12,185.

6. (17) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 130, $9,810.

7. (14) Joey Coulter, Chevrolet, 130, $11,540.

8. (5) Nelson Piquet Jr., Chevrolet, 130, $11,440.

9. (10) Matt Crafton, Toyota, 130, $11,310.

10. (15) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, 130, $10,235.

11. (12) Ryan Blaney, RAM, 130, $10,785.

12. (6) Johnny Sauter, Toyota, 130, $11,585.

13. (8) Timothy Peters, Toyota, 130, $10,485.

14. (20) Justin Lofton, Chevrolet, 130, $10,385.

15. (18) Cale Gale, Chevrolet, 130, $11,360.

16. (7) Miguel Paludo, Chevrolet, 130, $10,185.

17. (23) Ryan Sieg, Chevrolet, 130, $10,130.

18. (24) David Starr, Toyota, 130, $10,005.

19. (22) John Wes Townley, Toyota, 129, $9,955.

20. (16) Ross Chastain, Toyota, 129, $10,530.

21. (21) Todd Bodine, Toyota, 129, $9,855.

22. (30) Max Gresham, Chevrolet, 129, $7,555.

23. (29) Dakoda Armstrong, Toyota, 128, $9,755.

24. (28) Bryan Silas, Ford, 127, $8,480.

25. (26) Chad McCumbee, Chevrolet, 127, $7,605.

26. (33) Chris Fontaine, Chevrolet, 126, $8,405.

27. (31) Caleb Holman, Chevrolet, Engine, 74, $7,380.

28. (2) Tim George Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 63, $7,350.

29. (11) Jason White, Ford, Accident, 45, $7,325.

30. (19) Ron Hornaday Jr., Chevrolet, Accident, 43, $7,300.

31. (35) Chris Jones, Chevrolet, Transmission, 25, $7,775.

32. (25) Johnny Chapman, Toyota, Radiator, 17, $7,250.

33. (27) Scott Riggs, Chevrolet, Ignition, 11, $7,225.

34. (34) Stephen Leicht, Chevrolet, Engine, 4, $7,175.

35. (32) Blake Koch, Ford, Overheating, 2, $7,145.

36. (36) Dennis Setzer, Chevrolet, Rear Gear, 2, $7,106.

RACE STATISTICS

Average Speed of Race Winner: 136.733 mph.

Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 27 Mins, 51 Secs.

Margin of Victory: 3.227 Seconds.

Caution Flags: 3 for 16 laps.

Lead Changes: 20 among 8 drivers.

Lap Leaders: T. Dillon 0; Kyle Busch 1-9; T. Dillon 10-35; P. Kligerman 36; Kyle Busch 37-45; J. Buescher 46-49; Kyle Busch 50-53; J. Buescher 54-55; Kyle Busch 56-57; T. Dillon 58-60; Kyle Busch 61-65; T. Dillon 66; Kyle Busch 67-83; A. Almirola 84; J. Coulter 85; J. Lofton 86-90; C. Gale 91; Kyle Busch 92-105; T. Dillon 106-109; Kyle Busch 110-124; T. Dillon 125-130.

Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): Kyle Busch 8 times for 75 laps; T. Dillon 5 times for 40 laps; J. Buescher 2 times for 6 laps; J. Lofton 1 time for 5 laps; P. Kligerman 1 time for 1 lap; J. Coulter 1 time for 1 lap; C. Gale 1 time for 1 lap; A. Almirola 1 time for 1 lap.

Top 10 in Points: T. Peters – 528; J. Buescher – 522; T. Dillon – 519; P. Kligerman – 507; J. Lofton – 497; J. Coulter – 484; M. Crafton – 483; N. Piquet Jr. – 454; R. Hornaday Jr. – 436; J. White – 416.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Saturday, September 1 2012
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