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Rookie Dillon gets his first win at Atlanta

September 01, 2012, NASCAR Wire Service,

HAMPTON, Ga. -- On Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ty Dillon took a giant stride in the footsteps of his brother.

Taking advantage of Kyle Busch's brush with the wall late in the late race, pole-sitter Dillon won going away during Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200, the first victory for the Camping World Truck Series rookie.

Grit Chips 200

2.Kyle Busch Toyota
3.James Buescher Chevrolet
4.Parker Kligerman Toyota
5.Aric Almirola Ford

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

Dillon, 20, grandson of team owner Richard Childress, is third in the standings, nine points behind Peters, as he tries to duplicate the Truck Series championship won by 22-year-old brother Austin Dillon last year.

"I'm just so happy for how hard we've worked," Ty Dillon said. "It's our rookie year, and we're battling for the championship. My team doesn't give up.

"Man, I'm just so happy and so excited. I finally won a NASCAR race. It's been my whole life, and to finally do it means so much. Man, it's awesome."

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Busch, Buescher (second in the standings, six points back) 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 trucks 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 to a 1-second lead as Dillon and Buescher battled for second behind him.

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

Busch said Dillon's truck was simply better.

"He had a lot better handle on the bottom of the race track than we did, especially throughout the longer run," Busch said. "He could hold the bottom better than I could. There, when it's time to race, when a guy catches you, you've got to go somewhere else.

"You've got to go to the top, and you try to push and get sideways and hit the fence. There's no room to catch it up there. It was all I could do to push it as hard as I could."

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 with Tim George Jr. trapped Hornaday against the outside wall in a wreck that also collected Jason White.


• Ty Dillon got his first career win in his 17th start.
• Ty Dillon is the sixth first-time winner of 2012 and 11th different winner of the season.
• Ty Dillon won in his first start at Atlanta.
• Ty Dillon is the ninth different driver to win at Atlanta.
• Ty Dillon is the first to win his first race from the pole since brother Austin and Elliot Sadler did it in 2010.
• Ty Dillon led five times for 40 laps, including the final six.
• Richard Childress Racing earned its 27th career win and, with its first Atlanta victory, becomes the seventh different organization to win there.
• It is RCR's third win of 2012.
• Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with its eights Atlanta win and ninth of 2012.
• Kyle Busch (second) earned his sixth top-two finish in eight starts at Atlanta. It was his first start of 2012.
• James Buescher (third) has top-10 finishes in the past five races and is second in points, six behind Timothy Peters.
• Parker Kligerman (fourth) got his sixth consecutive top-10 finish and is fourth in points, 21 back.
• Aric Almirola (fifth) earned his second top-five finish in three starts at Atlanta; his last truck start was Daytona in 2011.
• Kyle Larson (sixth) secured his best career finish; he has top-10 finishes in both series starts.
• Timothy Peters (13th) remained the points leader.

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