Moffitt Wins Atlanta Truck Race

Credit - John Harrelson, LAT Images

HAMPTON, GA – RIS – Kyle Busch had the Atlanta Motor Speedway truck race in the big until a caution with under 10 laps to go because of a crash by Josh Reaume brought out the caution flag and a pit stop for all the competitors.  Busch made his spit stop with one little error.  The lug nuts on the left rear weren’t tightened.  As Busch raced off to the track, he lost his wheel and the race.  Brett Moffitt was the beneficiary, but not without a daring run on the green-white-checker finish.

Using the inside lane, Moffitt took the lead on the restart and pulled away in his Toyota for his second career win.

"I was able to make up a lot of ground there and just get under people," Moffitt said. "... It seemed like our motor was really good on restarts."

And good it was. Moffitt raced away to a big lead and was never caught of the charging trucks behind him.

Noah Gragson finished second. Like Moffitt, he made the most of the restart.

"I came from ninth and I think I was second halfway down that straightaway," Gragson said.

Johnny Sauter, who won last week's race at Daytona, was third.

"I felt like we were in the right position and it just didn't work out," Sauter said. "That's racing. ... When you have a shot to win you feel like you need to capitalize on it. I didn't do that tonight."

Ben Rhodes was fourth.

Busch, who started from the pole, was denied his 50th career Truck victory. He finished 21st.

Busch also will start from the pole in Sunday's Monster Energy Cup race.

Unofficial Race Results for the 10th Running Active Pest Control 200 -
Saturday, February 24, 2018
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Hampton, GA - 1.54 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 134 Laps - 206.36 Miles


Fin Str Trk Driver Team Laps Stage 1 Pos Stage 2 Pos Pts Status Tms Laps Playoff Pts
1 10 16 Brett Moffitt AISIN Toyota 134 4 3 55 Running 1 2 5
2 3 18 Noah Gragson Safelite Toyota 134 1 5 51 Running 1 43 1
3 9 21 Johnny Sauter Allegiant Airlines Chevrolet 134 7 2 47 Running 3 12
4 14 41 Ben Rhodes Alpha Energy Solutions/Ride TV Ford 134 6 38 Running
5 2 88 Matt Crafton Rip It/Menards Ford 134 2 4 48 Running 1 7
6 7 52 Stewart Friesen We Build America Chevrolet 134 9 33 Running
7 19 13 Myatt Snider # Liberty Tax Ford 134 30 Running 1 3
8 12 97 Jesse Little Wings Over North Georgia Air Show Ford 134 5 8 38 Running
9 16 98 Grant Enfinger Champion Power Equipment/Curb Records Ford 134 8 6 36 Running
10 13 20 Austin Dillon(i) Go Share Chevrolet 134 0 Running
11 17 75 Parker Kligerman Food Country USA/Lopez Wealth Mgmt. Chevrolet 134 9 28 Running
12 11 8 Joe Nemechek D.A.B. Constructors Inc. Chevrolet 134 25 Running
13 4 51 Spencer Davis JBL/Sirius XM Toyota 134 10 7 29 Running
14 6 25 Dalton Sargeant # Performance Plus Motor Oil Chevrolet 134 10 24 Running
15 20 22 Austin Wayne Self Don't Mess With Texas/AM Technical Solutions Chevrolet 134 22 Running
16 21 7 Korbin Forrister Tru Clear Global Toyota 134 21 Running
17 15 54 Bo LeMastus # Crosley Brands/DGR Crosley Toyota 134 20 Running
18 18 02 Austin Hill United Rentals Chevrolet 133 19 Running
19 22 45 Justin Fontaine # ProMatic Automation/Superior Essex Chevrolet 133 18 Running
20 8 2 Cody Coughlin JEGS.com Chevrolet 133 17 Running
21 1 4 Kyle Busch(i) Cessna Toyota 133 3 1 0 Running 2 67
22 5 24 Justin Haley Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet 132 15 Running
23 29 49 Wendell Chavous SobrietyNation.org Chevrolet 131 14 Running
24 25 3 Jordan Anderson Bommarito.com/Lucas Oil Toyota 129 13 Running
25 27 15 Robby Lyons Troptions Chevrolet 128 12 Running
26 30 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb Think Realty Chevrolet 120 11 Running
27 24 33 Josh Reaume R-Coin/Green Heart Partners Chevrolet 119 10 Accident
28 31 1 Clay Greenfield Motorsports Safety Group/Clyde May's Chevrolet 116 9 Too Slow
29 28 6 Norm Benning Zomongo/H&H Transport Chevrolet 108 8 Vibration
30 23 63 Akinori Ogata Nisshinbo Chevrolet 62 7 Accident
31 26 0 Joey Gase(i) Driven2Honor Chevrolet 7 0 Electrical
32 32 83 Scott Stenzel Fr8Auctions.com Chevrolet 0 5 Electrical
Time of Race: 01 Hrs, 40 Mins, 00 Secs. Average Speed: 123.816 MPH Margin of Victory: 1.326 Seconds
18,88,4,16,97,41,21,98,52,51
4,21,16,88,18,98,51,97,75,25
Race Comments: Brett Moffitt won the Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his second career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory. Prior to the green flag, the following trucks dropped to the rear of the field under penalty for the reasons indicated: #1 and #3 (unapproved adjustments).
Failed to Qualify: (2) 74 Tim Viens, 50 Travis Kvapil.
Caution Flags: 5 for 24 laps: Laps: 3-5 (#6 Spin in Turn 2 [None]); 42-47 (Stage 1 Conclusion [45]); 61-63 (Debris on the backstretch [54]); 82-86 (Stage 2 Conclusion [7]); 126-132 (#25 and 33 Accident on the backstretch [8]).
Lead Changes: 9 among 6 drivers: K. Busch(i) 0; N. Gragson 1-43; M. Crafton 44-50; J. Sauter 51-52; K. Busch(i) 53-83; J. Sauter 84-92; K. Busch(i) 93-128; M. Snider # 129-131; J. Sauter 132; B. Moffitt 133-134.
Duralast GT Brakes ?Brake in the Race Award? - Stage 1 : Noah Gragson, #18 Stage 1 Duralast GT Brakes ?Brake in the Race Award? - Stage 2 : Kyle Busch, #4 Stage 2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : , #16 Mobil 1 Driver of the Race : Brett Moffitt, #16
Sunoco Rookie of the Race : Dalton Sargeant, #25
(i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Next Race: Mar. 2, 2018 - Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Ron Fleshman

RIS NASCAR Editor.  Has been with RIS since the middle 90's. Writes on each of the three main series of NASCAR.

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