Sunday, March 5, 2017

Busch wins Rinnai 250 / Bell wins Active Pest Control 200

Busch wins Rinnai 250 / Bell wins Active Pest Control 200

Two Poles to Checker Flag Victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, poses with the  Coors Light Pole Award.
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, poses with the
Coors Light Pole Award. (Photo by Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch and his son Brexton affix the winner’s decal to his car in  Victory Lane.
Kyle Busch and his son Brexton affix the winner’s decal to his car in
Victory Lane. (Photo by NASCAR Via Getty Images)


After going eleven races, over a span of thirteen years, without an XFINITY Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kyle Busch is a repeat champion and he did so from pole

Busch and Brad Keselowski duked it out from the beginning of the Rinnai 250 on Saturday with challenges from Kevin Harvick and Kyle Larson.

Larson led for twenty laps late in the race, but dropped to fourth on a restart and Busch jumped back into the lead for good on lap one hundred and forty-five (145) of one hundred and sixty-three (163).

"We weren't great early on and we weren't great through the middle," Busch said. "But they really brought the NOS Energy Drink Toyota to life at the end. We're pretty proud to put ourselves here in victory lane once again. It took me so long to get here to begin with and now we've won two in a row. That feels really good."

It should be noted that Busch’s race-winning No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Busch’s car incurred a height violation, as NASCAR officials found it to be too low on the left and right front. Therefore, he failed post-race inspection following Saturday’s NASCAR XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR should hand down penalties for the violation later this week.

“I don’t remember what kind of adjustments we were making; I know we were going track bar down and wedge out so that should actually kind of lifted the front a little bit maybe, but I don’t know how low it was or anything like that,” Busch said.

 

NASCAR Xfinity Series Top-Ten Race Results:

  1. Kyle Busch
  2. Brad Keselowski
  3. Kyle Larson
  4. Kevin Harvick
  5. Elliott Sadler
  6. Darrell Wallace Jr.
  7. William Byron
  8. Austin Dillon
  9. Daniel Hemric
  10. Cole Custer

Christopher Bell, driver of the #4 JBL Toyota, poses with the Keystone  Light Pole Award
Christopher Bell, driver of the #4 JBL Toyota, poses with the Keystone
Light Pole Award (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)
Christopher Bell celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Race
Christopher Bell celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR
Camping World Truck Series Race (Photo by NASCAR Via Getty Images)

Last year, Christopher Bell was leading the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway by a sizable margin and just eight laps separating him from his second career NASCAR victory when he blew a tire and tore up his Tundra.

Yesterday, Bell led ninety of one hundred and thirty laps and held on through a tense finish to win the Active Pest Control 200.

The field was under caution for the eighth time with just a few laps remaining. Bell, who also started the race from pole, was up front for the green/white restart, took the inside line and finally got clear of wily Matt Crafton.

"I was just trying to do everything I could to make sure I got a good restart and didn't get my momentum broken," Bell said. "These races are really tough to get restarts going because it's so aero dependent. You can get all sorts of momentum or you can get all sorts of momentum taken away from you.That happened to me in the middle of the race. But (crew chief) Rudy (Fugle) and the guys did an awesome job preparing this thing. It was really fast all weekend. It was just a dream machine."



NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Top-Ten Race Results:

  1. Christopher Bell
  2. Matt Crafton
  3. Johnny Sauter
  4. Ben Rhodes
  5. Chase Elliott
  6. Alex Bowman
  7. Austin Dillon
  8. Grant Enfinger
  9. TimothyPeters
  10. Ross Chastain

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