Hampton, GA - Kyle Busch, No. 51 Red Top Auto Auction Silverado scored his first victory of the 2007 season and the sixth win for Silverado in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS). Busch has four wins in 32...
Hampton, GA - Kyle Busch, No. 51 Red Top Auto Auction Silverado scored his first victory of the 2007 season and the sixth win for Silverado in the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS).
Busch has four wins in 32 previous NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) starts, his last coming at Charlotte in May 2006. The 22-year old Las Vegas native led four times for a total of 65 laps on his way to victory lane.
Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, finished second and resumed the lead in the NCTS championship point standings by four points with three races remaining on the schedule.
Powered by Earnhardt Childress Racing Technologies horsepower, Hornaday, starting from the pole, led five times during the race for a total of 51 of the 130-lap race.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Johns Manville Silverado finished seventh followed by Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado, in the eight position. Crafton remains eighth in the standings Gaughan rides in the 13th spot.
The Silverado one-two finish keeps Silverado brand second the 2007 NCTS manufacturers' point standings.
Kyle Busch, No. 51 Red Top Auto Auction Silverado, Started 3rd, Finished 1st:
"Whew, finally. Man this feels good to finally get this Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevy back in victory lane. We had a really really good truck all day long. We were really strong on the short runs then we would fall off a little bit but not quite as much as everybody else. Hornaday was really strong all day long and the 23 (Johnny Benson) made some adjustments and they got good there at the end. But we were the best when it counted and it was a good day for Red Top Auto Auction from Georgia and Chevrolet and this whole Billy Ballew team. Flanders Beef Patties has been with us most of this year and we couldn't quite get them a win, but we have to thank them for our support of our program. Been trying to get it done all year long and today was our day."
Ron Hornaday, Jr., No. 33 Camping World Silverado, Qualified 1st, Finished 2nd:
"He (Kyle Busch) had us the first lap, I was so focused on racing Skinner (Mike). He (Busch) could have got by me but he hung back there a little bit and let it shake out with me and Mike and for me to lead a lap and then he went by. Awesome job today for the whole Camping World and Rvs.com Chevrolet. This is just awesome. All the support we get from Chevrolet. The hard work from every in the RCR/DEI (Earnhardt Childress Racing Technologies) engine program really showed. They told me they had a good piece for me and they did. Kevin and DeLana Harvick have given us everything we need and more.
Matt Crafton, No. 88 Menards/Johns Manville Silverado, Qualified 12th, Finished 7th:
"Pretty good, solid day for us. On that last pit stop, some guys took two tires and we took four and came out, I don't know, 14th or something. So we had to drive our way back up through there. I think we had a top-five truck easy but just didn't have the track position we needed to get there. Looking forward to Texas and then Phoenix, those are two of my favorite tracks."
Brendan Gaughan, No. 77 South Point Hotel Silverado, Qualified 23rd, Finished 8th:
"A great day for Chevrolet - Ron Hornaday pulled away and got the points lead. I tried to helping him out by getting by (Mike) Skinner, but we just couldn't quite get him. I think we were faster. I think that Chevrolet had the best pieces out there today. We had one that I think was a top five piece, but we ended up eighth with it - coming from 23rd. The battle we had on pit road was a struggle because we had to get in and out of the pits with guys on the lead lap in the wrong order, too. We had the guy that we had to pull around always in front of us on the race track and the guy that we had to pull out around was behind us. It makes for a real difficult night on pit road for the boys. I ended up clipping a guy on the 27 team - he was OK -smart guys on that 27 team. We were able to make it out but I knocked the tire out of his hand.
"We battled all day. Bryan Berry (crew chief) threw the kitchen sink at it this morning when we pulled into the race track. I'm not going to say all the things he changed just because I don't think anybody would believe us. Byran Berry is just one of my heroes tonight. And my spotter - Billy Holbrook - did a good job. We had a bunch of problems in traffic. We got held up in traffic a bunch and had to watch things. There's a reason Batman and I have been together for 15 years - he is that good, he knows where I want to go and we can read each other's minds. He got me through some places today that were pretty awesome. Our Chevy comes home in one piece and we saved our better one for Texas. If eighth was the one that wasn't as good, I'm looking forward to Texas.
ARE YOU SURPRISED AFTER YESTERDAY'S FRUSTRATIONS? "I'm extremely surprised. I was hoping just to do a war of attrition, stay on the lead lap and finish in the top 15, and get out of here smiling on that. With how hard Bryan Berry works and how hard these guys work to try anything. Bryan did 10 different things, and they worked.
Shane Sieg, No. 15 Only78.com Silverado, Qualified 30th, Finished 17th:
"All in all it was a pretty good day for us. We didn't qualify as well as we would have liked, but we were able to pass some trucks and keep moving forward but we just a little tight. I had them loosen the truck up on the first stop and we would have probably been better if we had left it alone. I bumped the wall a few times because I was so loose. But still a good run for us, Top-20 for us is good and I am really happy with that, it was a good day."
Willie Allen, No. 13 Pork/ThorSport Racing Silverado, Started 10th, Finished 20th:
"Our Silverado was just loose the whole race. Lance Hooper (crew chief) and the crew kept working on it. We got a little better and were able to stay get a decent finish. We were able to keep our position in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings, which is good. I am looking forward to heading to Texas."
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