Kyle Busch Bags Front Row Honors: Starting Line-Up for NASCAR Truck Series Race at Atlanta

Published 03/19/2021, 10:30 AM EDT
Homestead, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) races during the Dixie Vodka 400 Homestead-Miami Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


This weekend, the NASCAR paddock heads to the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Last time in the Camping World Truck Series, John Hunter Nemechek seized victory ahead of teammate Kyle Busch at Phoenix. Now, Nemechek will start on pole with Kyle Busch sharing the front row with him.

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Matt Crafton, Stewart Friesen, Ben Rhodes, and Austin Hill make it an all-Toyota Top-6. Meanwhile, Sheldon Creed and Zane Smith are the lead Chevrolet drivers, ahead of Todd Gilliland in the sole Ford in the Top-10. Finally, Brett Moffitt rounds out the Top-10 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Chandler Smith and Austin Wayne Self line up alongside each other on Row 6. Johnny Sauter, Tanner Gray, Parker Kligerman, and Timothy Peters make up the Top-16.

Behind them on the grid are Carson Hocevar and Kris Wright, with Grant Enfinger and Codie Rohrbaugh completing the Top-20.

How does the grid line up behind Kyle Busch and teammate Nemechek?

Raphael Lessard just misses out on a Top-20 as he lies behind Danny Bohn and Tate Fogleman. Fogleman leads a group of 6 Chevrolet trucks, including Lessard.

Jordan Anderson lines up in 24th place, ahead of Spencer Boyd, Chase Purdy, and Dawson Cram. Meanwhile, Hailie Deegan is the top female Truck driver in 28th place, 5 spots ahead of Jennifer Jo Cobb.

CHARLOTTE, NC – MAY 02: John Hunter Nemechek, driver of the #8 NEMCO Motorsports Chevrolet, stands in the garage area during the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series test session at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

Between them are Derek Kraus, Tyler Ankrum, Bill Lester, and Ryan Truex. Joining Cobb on the 17th row of the grid is Cory Roper.

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Finally, Bret Holmes, Ryan Ellis, Norm Benning, Akinori Ogata, Spencer Davis, and Ross Chastain bring up the rear of the pack.

Needless to say, Kyle Busch will be keen to win this race. It will give him a massive confidence boost ahead of the Cup race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. However, John Hunter Nemechek and the rest of the Truck Series drivers will not make things easy.

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