HAMPTON, Ga. — Taking advantage of Kyle Busch’s brush with the wall late, pole-sitter Ty Dillon won going away in Friday night’s Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the first victory for the Camping World Truck Series rookie.
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 5-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 1-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.
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.