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RESULTS

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1

Kyle Busch

7 |

7

Running

135

33

0

0

2

Ty Majeski

98 |

3

Running

135

3

46

0

3

Corey Heim

11 |

19

Running

135

0

40

0

4

Taylor Gray

17 |

31

Running

135

0

35

0

5

Nicholas Sanchez

2 |

18

Running

135

0

37

0

6

Kaden Honeycutt

45 |

25

Running

135

0

31

0

7

Tyler Ankrum

18 |

2

Running

135

46

48

0

8

Rajah Caruth

71 |

12

Running

135

0

32

0

9

Daniel Dye

43 |

1

Running

135

0

30

0

10

Dean Thompson

5 |

23

Running

135

4

27

0

11

Bret Holmes

32 |

24

Running

135

0

26

0

12

Lawless Alan

33 |

29

Running

135

0

25

0

13

Matt Crafton

88 |

8

Running

135

0

24

0

14

Ty Dillon

25 |

17

Running

135

0

23

0

15

Chase Purdy

77 |

9

Running

135

0

22

0

16

Jake Garcia

13 |

11

Running

135

0

26

0

17

Colby Howard

1 |

15

Running

135

0

20

0

18

Timmy Hill

56 |

27

Running

135

0

19

0

19

Tanner Gray

15 |

22

Running

135

0

25

0

20

Mason Massey

02 |

30

Running

135

0

17

0

21

Keith McGee

22 |

32

Running

134

0

16

0

22

Spencer Boyd

76 |

33

Running

134

0

15

0

23

Stewart Friesen

52 |

16

Running

133

0

14

0

24

Mason Maggio

21 |

26

Running

133

0

13

0

25

Grant Enfinger

9 |

6

Running

133

23

28

0

26

Thad Moffitt

46 |

28

Running

132

0

11

0

27

Matt Mills

42 |

21

Running

132

6

10

0

28

Ben Rhodes

99 |

14

Running

130

0

15

0

29

Conner Jones

66 |

10

Running

129

0

8

0

30

Bayley Currey

41 |

20

Damage

96

0

9

0

31

Jack Wood

91 |

4

Accident

57

0

9

0

32

Christian Eckes

19 |

5

Brakes

50

20

15

1

33

Layne Riggs

38 |

13

Running

133

0

4

0

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  • POS 1 | LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    POS1

    LEADER

    Kyle Busch

    Driver badge number 7 |

  • POS 2 | 0.187

    Ty Majeski

    POS2

    0.187

    Ty Majeski

    Driver badge number 98 |

  • POS 3 | 0.196

    Corey Heim

    POS3

    0.196

    Corey Heim

    Driver badge number 11 |

Kyle Busch surges to Craftsman Truck Series victory at Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. — When Kyle Busch sold his NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series team to Spire Motorsports, he didn‘t surrender his prowess behind the wheel.

Driving the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet in his first start of 2024, Busch inherited the lead from Grant Enfinger on Lap 129 of 135 and held off Ty Majeski and Corey Heim over the final five laps to win his seventh race at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the 65th of his career, extending his own series record.

Enfinger was out front for 21 consecutive laps before one of his tires began losing pressure, forcing him to the pits after Busch, Majeski, Heim, Taylor Gray and Nick Sanchez, last week‘s winner at Daytona, sped past.

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Busch crossed the finish line 0.187 seconds ahead of Majeski, who edged Heim for the runner-up position by 0.009 seconds. Gray and Sanchez came home fourth and fifth, respectively.

“I actually got a run on the 9 truck (Enfinger) down the backstretch,” Busch said of the pass for the win. “He must have been going flat down the backstretch and slowing down because it gave me — it sucked me up right to him. Then he got loose in the corner. I got loose in the corner. We all checked up trying not to crash.

“Thankfully, we didn‘t. I thought that was a big moment. But then we got the lead right there, and after that, it was about trying to protect it. Majeski was a bit of a wing man today. Appreciate him — and the history we‘ve had together growing up racing late models with him a lot in Wisconsin and around those parts.

“That was a lot of fun. Great to get Chevrolet to Victory Lane.”

The race was the first of five events Busch will run for Spire Motorsports this year, after selling Kyle Busch Motorsports to the organization late in the 2023 season. Busch now has 230 victories across all three of NASCAR‘s national series (63 NASCAR Cup, 102 Xfinity and 65 Craftsman Truck).

Coming through the final corner, Busch effectively blocked Majeski‘s only potential path to victory.

“I had a run, and I got to Kyle‘s bumper,” Majeski said. “I knew he was going to cover the bottom. My only shot was to try and fade right, get to his quarter panel. That was the only shot that I had.

“Overall, super proud of the day. The truck was a little ill-handling in the beginning. (Crew chief) Joe Shear made some great calls, tightened me up a little bit so we could go racing.”

Tyler Ankrum led a race-high 46 laps but got shuffled back in the bottom lane after Enfinger passed him for the top spot in Lap 108. Busch, who won Stage 2, was out front for 33 laps and Enfinger 23. Ankrum finished seventh behind Kaden Honeycutt in sixth.

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Christian Eckes led 20 laps and won the first stage but suffered brake issues that prevented him from stopping in his pit box during the Stage 1 break. Eckes retired after 50 laps in 33rd place.

There were 20 lead changes among seven drivers and seven cautions for 37 laps.

A bizarre caution period slowed the event’s final stage when a portion of the roof flew off the No. 41 Niece Motorsports Chevrolet driven by Bayley Currey. The team indicated that the top area of the truck was compromised when it hit a piece of debris earlier in the event, and the roof eventually gave way.

The Craftsman Truck Series’ next race is scheduled for Friday, March 1, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (9 p.m. ET, FS1, MRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

Note: NASCAR officials disqualified the No. 38 Front Row Motorsports Ford because of missing windshield fasteners discovered in post-race technical inspection. Layne Riggs had driven the No. 38 truck to an apparent 24th-place result, but the penalty for violating Rule 14.4.10.1.G (“Windshield fasteners must remain tight and stationary for the entire event”) in the NASCAR Rule Book knocked the team to last in the finishing order. No other issues were found in post-race inspection, confirming Busch’s victory in the No. 7 Spire Motorsports Chevrolet.

Contributing: Staff reports