Atlanta Motor Speedway brought a foggy, misty Saturday evening Gander Outdoors NASCAR Truck Series (GONTS) race. The first two stages both went to Kyle Busch, who was fighting to become the driver with the most wins in NASCAR Truck Series history. He was tied with Ron Hornaday for 51 wins, Hornaday had 360 total starts, Busch 145 so far.
The race went red with nine laps to go for rain, and Busch was still in the lead. Many fans thought the race wouldn't go green again, but they were wrong. Busch held the field off to win his 52nd race. He also had 115 top tens in the series and 6,497 laps led total.
Busch's KBM teammates finished in 8th (Harrison Burton) and 9th (Todd Gilliland).
Busch will make his 500th career start tomorrow for the Cup Series, tune in to see if he gets another checkered flag!
Harrison Burton (18) won his Daytona International Speedway Debut for ARCA team Venturini Motorsports. The young Burton initially qualified in 5th place but several cautions and restarts later he was in the lead. This is Burton's 3rd win the ARCA Series, the other two coming in Toledo, Ohio and Pocono, Pennsylvania.
It's no secret that Burton has a wonderful support system behind him, during the final laps of the race his family was jumping around the pit box.
Burton's father also had a lot of high praise for his son in the media center:
Burton gave several interviews that highlighted his humorous and care free personality.
Burton is competing in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series opener, once again in Daytona where he and his team will work for another win.
Speedweeks is finally upon us, NASCAR has officially posted the whole schedule. The final Clash practice and Daytona 500 practices are on Saturday, but if you need even more of a racing fix, give the ARCA race a try. It is scheduled for around 5pm EST that day. (Though I’m not sure where/or if you can watch it live but you can definitely follow along on twitter!
Once Saturday has come and gone the next day of racing will be Sunday February 10th, for the clash and Daytona 500 qualifying. Drivers participating in the 2019 Advanced Auto Parts Clash are: Aric Almirola, Ryan Blaney, Alex Bowman, Clint Bowyer, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Jimmie Johnson, Erik Jones, Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson, Joey Logano, Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard, Ryan Newman, Daniel Suarez, and Martin Truex Jr..
The next day of racing will be the Gander RV Duels on Valentines day. Then Friday the 15th will be practice for the 500, Xfinity and Trucks and finally the NextEra 250 truck race.
Saturday February 16th will be the final 500 practice, and Xfinity qualifying and race. Then Sunday will be the long awaited Daytona 500!
Make sure you tune in to Fox 2:30pm EST Sunday the 17th!
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