Date: Feb. 24, 2018
Event: Active Pest Control 200 (Race 2 of 23)
Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Location: Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway (1.54-mile oval)
Format: Three Segments; 40 laps/40 laps/50 laps
Start/Finish: 4th / 13th (running, completed 134 of 134 laps)
Winner: Brett Moffitt of Hattori Racing (Toyota)
Spencer Davis returned to his home state of Georgia hoping to end his day in Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After running in the top 10 much of the race, his Rheem Tundra suffered from a tight condition in the final stage, but Davis never gave up and came back to finish 13th.
Stage One Recap:
- Davis started fourth after a great qualifying effort. He was tight throughout the first stage and finished the first 40 laps in 10th.
- He pitted on lap 43 for four tires, fuel and an air pressure adjustment.
Stage Two Recap:
- Davis returned to the track ninth to start the second 40-lap stage. He worked his way up to sixth and said his Rheem Tundra could be just a tick freer.
- He finished Stage Two in seventh place and pitted on lap 83 for four tires and another air pressure adjustment.
Stage Three Recap:
- Davis started the final stage in seventh. The Rheem Tundra tightened up and he was in 10th when a late-race caution came with five laps to go.
- Davis came to pit road for service, but a pit equipment malfunction put him at the tail end of the lead lap for the green, white, checker restart.
- He made the most of the final two laps and even went four-wide to gain track position. He fought his way back up to 13th to finish the race.
SPENCER DAVIS, driver of the No. 51 Rheem Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports:
How was your race tonight?
“It was awesome being at Atlanta for a home race. We had tons of speed in our Rheem Tundra throughout the weekend and qualified fourth. We were running well inside the top 10 most of the race. We got super tight toward the end of the race and slipped to the back. With that green, white, checker finish we knew we had a shot to get back up front. We had a pit equipment failure during our last stop which sent us to the back, but we made the most of it and got a big run coming to the top and passed a couple trucks on the restart. We were four-wide on the final lap and almost got pushed down to the apron to finish 13th. It wasn’t the finish these KBM guys deserved, but I learned a lot that I can use next weekend in Las Vegas.”
Active Pest Control 200 Recap:
- Brett Moffitt won the race, followed by KBM’s Noah Gragson, Johnny Sauter, Ben Rhodes and Matt Crafton rounded out the top-five finishers.
- The race featured five cautions for a total of 24 laps. There were nine lead changes among six drivers. Kyle Busch led three times for 67 laps and Gragson led once for 43 laps.
How Davis’ KBM Teammates Fared:
- Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 4 Toyota, finished 21st
- Noah Gragson, driver of the No. 18 Toyota, finished 2nd
NCWTS Owner Championship Standings:
- The No. 51 team leaves Atlanta ranked ninth in the Truck Series Owner’s Championship Standings, 46 points out of first.
Kyle Busch will be behind the wheel of the No. 51 Cessna Tundra when the Truck Series returns to action March 2 at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway. Davis will compete in the No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra as well. Live coverage of the race begins at 9 p.m. ET on FS1