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Kyle Busch wins pole for Truck Series race at Atlanta

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Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his second Truck Series pole at the track.

Driving his No 4. Toyota, Busch put down a top speed of 179.743 mph.

Matt Crafton qualified second with a speed of 179.220 mph.

“My lap was pretty good, certainly felt more stuck (to the track) the first time around than the second time around,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “We even picked up a little bit of time on that second one. … We were really, really tight here last year and made some good changes to it through the offseason with notes and things and coming back here better prepared.”

The top five is completed by Noah Gragson (179.214), Spencer Davis (178.862) and Justin Haley (178.775).

Gragson and Davis give Kyle Busch Motorsports three of the first four starting spots.

Johnny Sauter, who won last week at Daytona, will start ninth.

Busch’s pole is his second of the weekend. He also won the pole for Sunday’s Cup Series race.

The Active Pest Control 200 begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1.

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Truck practice report at Atlanta

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Noah Gragson topped the field Friday in the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Gragson had a lap of 178.775 mph.

After him was Ben Rhodes (177.499 mph), Justin Haley (176.848), Jesse Little (176.493) and Dalton Sargeant (176.364).

There were no incidents in the session.

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Practice 1

Justin Haley was the fastest in the first of two practices. He had a top lap of 178.029 mph.

Daytona winner Johnny Sauter was second with a lap of 177.040 mph. He was followed by Myatt Snider (177.040 mph), Stewart Friesen (176.995) and Noah Gragson (176.589).

There were no incidents in the session.

Final Truck practice will be from 4:05 – 4:50 p.m. ET.

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Noah Gragson asks Twitter for ice cream, fans deliver in person

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It’s been a banner week for fan interactions with NASCAR drivers on Twitter.

Cup driver Ryan Blaney met his “biggest little fan” on Tuesday at Walt Disney World, a meeting coordinated with the kid’s dad via Twitter.

And Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch each ventured out into the infield of Daytona International Speedway to meet some of their supporters.

Now Camping World Truck Series driver Noah Gragson has gotten into the mix.

Gragson, who drives for Kyle Busch Motorsports, tweeted to his followers at 11:21 p.m. ET Wednesday night that he was “in need” of vanilla ice cream.

He went as far as to let everyone know where he was staying in Daytona Beach.

Just before midnight, two fans arrived on the seventh floor with a case of Breyers vanilla ice ream.

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Social Roundup: NASCAR drivers enjoy last weekend of offseason

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It might have snuck up on you, but the roar of NASCAR will return to full intensity next weekend when the Cup Series holds the Advance Auto Parts Clash and Daytona 500 pole qualifying on Sunday

But even after a week of testing by teams at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Atlanta Motor Speedway, there’s still one weekend off before teams head to Daytona Beach, Florida.

We’ve collected social media posts showing how drivers are enjoying their last weekend before Speedway begins.

Some drivers, including Kyle Busch, are spending it racing in another series.

Noah Gragson returning to Kyle Busch Motorsports for 2018

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Kyle Busch Motorsports announced Friday that Noah Gragson will return to drive the No. 18 Toyota Tundra in the Camping World Truck Series with primary sponsorship from Safelite AutoGlass for all 23 races. The team also announced that the company will be an associate sponsor on Harrison Burton‘s No. 51 Truck in his nine races with the team.

Gragson finished 10th in points last season, scoring one win and three poles as a rookie. The 19-year-old earned his first series win in October at Martinsville Speedway.

“This year is already off to a great start knowing that I’ll be back at Kyle Busch Motorsports to compete for a Truck Series championship in 2018 with Safelite as the primary sponsor on my No. 18 Tundra,” Gragson said in a release from the team. “Having Kyle as a mentor and the technology that Toyota and TRD have in place for young drivers allowed me to learn a lot in my first full-time season in trucks, and I know that I’m better prepared to start 2018 off strong. I was able to get my first taste of victory late last year and it was special. This year I plan on climbing more fences and celebrating more wins with everyone at Safelite.”

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