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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 gave 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.

Click here for the starting lineup.

GMS Racing crew chief fined, suspended one race for encumbered finish

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Jeff Stankiewicz, the GMS Racing crew chief on its No. 23 entry, has been fined $7,500 and suspended one race following two separate infractions after the Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stankiewicz has been fined $5,000 and been suspended after the truck driven by Chase Elliott failed post-race height measurements. That’s a L1 infraction and results in an encumbered finish.

Here’s the the L1 violation per the NASCAR rule book:

  • Sections 20.17.3.2.1.2 Post-Race Front Body Inspection Heights. — Race finish is encumbered per Section 12.10 Encumbered Race Finishes. Post-race height measurements were outside NASCAR allowed tolerances.

As an encumbered finish, Elliott’s fifth-place finish does not count toward owner’s points. The No. 23 team has been docked 10 owner points.

Stankiewicz has also been fined $2,500 for not having all 20 lug nuts secured properly.

Bell takes over Camping World Truck Series points lead after Atlanta win

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It was a clean sweep for Christopher Bell in Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Bell won the first two stages of the 130-lap race, then rallied in the closing laps for the win.

And then, to top things off, the Norman, Oklahoma native took over the points lead in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.

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Bell now holds a seven-point lead over both Johnny Sauter and Ben Rhodes, a 15-point edge over fourth-ranked and Daytona winner Kaz Grala, and Matt Crafton is fifth, 21 points behind Bell.

Click here for the updated NASCAR Camping World Truck Series point standings after the first two races of 2017.

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Results of Active Pest Control 200 Truck Series race at Atlanta

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Christopher Bell on Saturday earned the first Truck Series victory ever at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Kyle Busch Motorsports, capturing the Active Pest Control 200.

While Bell’s boss, Kyle Busch, was hoping to make it two wins in a row — he won the Xfinity Series race earlier in the day — such would not be the case as Busch lost a tire late in the race and finished 26th.

It was Bell’s third career Truck Series win in 32 starts.

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Matt Crafton finished second, followed by Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Chase Elliott, making only his second start in a Truck Series race since 2013.

Click here for the full results from the Active Pest Control 200.

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Christopher Bell dominates for Truck Series win at Atlanta

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It was a Bell-ringing day in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Pole-sitter Christopher Bell won the first two stages of the event, then regained the lead late after a caution to claim his third career Truck win in 32 starts.

Following a late caution brought out by an Austin Cindric spin, Bell had a great restart with two laps left, holding off a strong charge by former Truck Series champion Matt Crafton.

“This thing was really fast all weekend,” Bell told FS1 in victory lane. “It was a dream machine. It was really, really good.”

Added Crafton, “We had a shot. At the end of the day that was what it all about. It was close.”

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Bell dominated the first two stages, leading the first 83 laps. When the third stage began, teammate and team owner Kyle Busch gained the lead coming off pit road, with Bell alongside on the front row.

Busch seemed headed to the win, but he fell back and then cut a tire, making contact with the outside wall and ending his chances at the checkered flag. He finished 26th.

Bell ultimately led 99 laps in the 130-lap event.

Crafton finished second, followed by Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Chase Elliott. Sixth through 10th were Alex Bowman, Austin Dillon, Grant Enfinger, Timothy Peters and Ross Chastain.

Prior to the Truck race, Busch won the Xfinity Series’ Rinnai 250 earlier in the afternoon and was seeking a three-race sweep, including Sunday’s featured Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 NASCAR Cup race. He still can go 2 for 3.

STAGE 1 (Laps 1-40) WINNER: Christopher Bell.

STAGE 2 (Laps 41-80) WINNER: Christopher Bell.

WHO ELSE HAD A GOOD RACE: It was a good day for Truck Series regulars, who claimed the top four spots and six of the first nine spots. … Chase Elliott, who made only his second Truck Series start since 2013, finished fifth.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Last year’s race winner, John Hunter Nemechek, was knocked out of the race when a right-side tire blew out and sent him into the wall on Lap 79. Nemechek finished 28th. … After avoiding a crash on the first lap and improving from 17th to ninth over the next 25 laps, NASCAR On NBC analyst Parker Kligerman lost power in his truck under caution on Lap 28. He coasted to a stop on the back straightaway. He was unable to get restarted and finished 31st in the 32-truck field.

NOTABLE: Surprising Daytona winner Kaz Grala finished 15th. … Japanese driver Akinori Ogata, making his sixth career Truck start and first of 2017, was involved in a late Stage 2 incident that ended his day with a 30th place finish.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Please, please do not repave this racetrack. This is, by far, the coolest racetrack that we race on.” – Runner-up Matt Crafton on FS1 (AMS will begin repaving the entire track following Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race).

WHAT’S NEXT: The Truck Series is off for the next four weeks. The next race is April 1 at Martinsville Speedway.

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