Atlanta II: Kyle Busch race report

Hampton, Georgia (October 27, 2007)-Billy Ballew Motorsports breaks their winless streak after Kyle Busch pilots the No. 51 RedTop Auto Auction Chevrolet Silverado into victory lane at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday in the running of the ...

Hampton, Georgia (October 27, 2007)-Billy Ballew Motorsports breaks their winless streak after Kyle Busch pilots the No. 51 RedTop Auto Auction Chevrolet Silverado into victory lane at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday in the running of the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race Saturday, October 27.

Busch brought home the second win for Georgia owner Billy Ballew at the Atlanta Motor Speedway; the first win came in 2005 on a last lap move. The victory Saturday was not without its own excitement as the window net came unclipped forcing Busch to hold the net up and drive one handed in speeds over 180 miles per hour.

Busch, who qualified in the third place position for the 130 laps, 200.2 mile race on the 1.54-mile quad-oval, took the lead on lap two and pulled away.

A competition caution flag was thrown on lap 30 to check tire wear and Busch came down pit lane for four tires, fuel, wedge and track bar adjustments. Busch returned to the track in the third place position but quickly moved into the second spot noting to the team that the leader, Ron Hornaday was able to drive deeper in the corners but Busch's persistence paid off when he retook the lead on lap 54. Hornaday and Busch traded the lead again on lap 67 with Busch once again taking the lead on lap 82 holding it until lap 94 when Johnny Benson passed Busch who suddenly started to fall off. Busch fell back to the fourth place position where luck was on his side when a caution flag flew on lap 104 after Busch had been black flagged for holding his window net up for countless laps.

Busch pitted with crew chief Richie Wauters asking if the truck needed any adjustments as he noticed him falling off before the caution. Busch radioed to Wauters "you try to hold the window net up, drive with one hand and not wreck." The team put on four tires and refastened the net sending Busch back out to claim his first victory in eight starts for Ballew in the 2007 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series season.

Busch restarted in the sixth place position with only twenty laps remaining in the 130 lap event where he continued to be able to run anywhere on the race track. In Rowdy Busch style, Busch had advanced to the third place position for the eight laps shoot out after the last of five cautions had occurred on lap 119.

In front of his team owner and sponsors hometown crowd, Busch closed in on the Johnny Benson in second going high on the race track passing him and the leader Ron Hornaday with only seven laps remaining. Busch had three truck lengths between his and the second place truck. With only five laps to the checkered, Todd Bodine had a problem on the track but the caution never came out allowing Busch to post the victory becoming the first NASCAR Nextel Cup Series driver to win in the Craftsman Truck Series in 2007 and the first ever repeat winner at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"It is so great to be back here in Victory Lane with these guys," Busch said. "We do about the most here with the least. I am so glad to be a part of this Billy Ballew Motorsports team. Richie Wauters, Dennis Shoenfield and everyone on this team that helps us out. Greg and JR Norris who want a shot but are here with us working together. All the guys on this team work so hard, they work from seven in the morning until eleven at night every day, I swear. It is unbelievable the dedication they put in."

"It is great racing and it is fun to be able to go out there and run with these guys in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. We put on a great race for the fans there before that last caution came out. And it is fun anytime you can do that. There are certain programs that are trying to bring it along and anytime I can race with Billy Ballew; it is a lot of fun. So to be able to go out there and have fun and race for no points, just for fun and for wins; we race to try to win of course every time we come out. We are limited on funds so we are trying to get back going and back to up where we need to be. It is just a good time, nothing anything special. The track time is good, any time you can get out there and see what the trucks do on the long run and see what I might be able to learn for the Cup race."

"The No. 15 team and the No. 51 team with Doug George and everybody over there on the No. 15; they have done a great job of helping us out. Richie (Wauters, crew chief) and I have taken over the No. 51 deal, kind of a start up thing, it has been good. All the trucks are the same. We share trucks, there are different truck numbers, and you just never know who is going to get which one. I picked two of them for myself and Billy is ok with that. I have picked No. 11 and No. 24, those are my babies. We don't know which one we are going to run next week, but we will figure it out. I told Richie I would have to think about it."

-credit: bbm

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Todd Bodine , Johnny Benson , Ron Hornaday Jr. , Kyle Busch