Ty Dillon wins Grit Chips 200, builds the foundation for next generation Childress team

Mike Dillon, Richard Childress, Ty Dillon and Marcus Richmond II answer media questions following their team's victory in the Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (Matt Weaver/NASCAR Ranting and Raving)

For a moment, it looked as if Kyle Busch's near year-long exile from the Camping World Truck Series would end with a victory. Instead, Busch reported a flat tire with about six laps to go, surrendered the lead, and watched as Ty Dillon won his first career NASCAR race in the Jeff Foxworthy Grit Chips 200 on Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The victory was a long-time coming for the younger Dillon. The defending ARCA Racing Series champion is competing for the same team that won the Truck Series championship last year (with brother Austin), leading many to predict quick success for the NASCAR rookie.

Instead, it took 14 races for Dillon to break through, making it all the sweeter for Dillon, father Mike, and grandfather/truck owner -- Richard Childress.

Yours truly attended Kentucky in July and witnessed Austin Dillon's breakthrough victory in that division. The scene that unfolded in the media center following Friday night's race was remarkably similar to the celebration that took place roughly two months ago in Sparta, KY.

It's a family affair at Richard Childress Racing, especially in regards to the team's future with Austin and Ty Dillon. Nothing against Paul Menard, Jeff Burton, and Kevin Harvick -- they're all massively talented drivers. But they don't personify the chemistry of Childress, Dale Earnhardt and Kirk Shelmerdine. That was a family that won four Sprint Cup Series championships, chemistry that could be reborn between Childress, his staff, and his grandsons.

Remember the 2012 season. For nothing else, it may be remembered as the genesis of the Childress Renaissance.

A more in-depth recap, complete race results, and video can be found after the jump.

Kyle Busch clearly had the dominant truck in his first Series start since last November.

He led the most laps, 75, and was leading with six to go when Busch first reported that his tire was going down. Dillon took the lead one lap later and never looked back, making Busch wonder what could have been.

It was during the post-race press conference that Busch conceded that he hadn't had a flat and made contact with the wall only because he was pushing so hard to fend off Dillon.

"He had a lot better handle on the bottom of the race track than we did, especially throughout the longer run," Busch said. "He could hold the bottom better than I could. There, when it's time to race, when a guy catches you, you've got to go somewhere else.

"You've got to go to the top, and you try to push and get sideways and hit the fence. There's no room to catch it up there. It was all I could do to push it as hard as I could."

The Dillon victory combined with a 13th-place finish from championship leader Timothy Peters has really consolidated the standings. Peters lead has shrunk to just six points over James Buescher and nine over Dillon. Buescher finished Friday night's race in third.

Parker Kligerman, Aric Almirola, Kyle Larson, Joey Coulter, Nelson Piquet Jr., Matt Crafton and Kurt Busch completed the top-10.


Final Laps: Well kiss my grits, it's Dillon! (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Post-Race Reactions: Grit Chips 200 (via TheOfficialNASCAR)

Race Results

Race Results
Atlanta Motor Speedway
6th Annual Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200
UNOFFICIAL Provided by NASCAR Statistics Friday, 8/31/2012 @ 9:55 PM Eastern UNOFFICIAL
Fin Str Trk Driver Team Lap Pts BPts Status TLd LLd
1 1 3 Ty Dillon # Bass Pro Shops / NRA Chevrolet 130 47 4 Running 5 40
2 4 18 Kyle Busch(i) Dollar General Toyota 130 0 Running 8 75
3 3 31 James Buescher Central Wire Chevrolet 130 42 1 Running 2 6
4 9 7 Parker Kligerman TOYOTA / Red Horse Racing Toyota 130 41 1 Running 1 1
5 13 5 Aric Almirola(i) Courtesy Ford / Jordan Truck Sales Ford 130 0 Running 1 1
6 17 4 Kyle Larson Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Chevrolet 130 38 Running
7 14 22 Joey Coulter Armour Chevrolet 130 38 1 Running 1 1
8 5 30 Nelson Piquet Jr. Drink B Chevrolet 130 36 Running
9 10 88 Matt Crafton Roto-Rooter / Menards Toyota 130 35 Running
10 15 51 Kurt Busch(i) Bill Holt Chevrolet Chevrolet 130 0 Running
11 12 29 Ryan Blaney Cooper Standard RAM 130 33 Running
12 6 13 Johnny Sauter Hot Honeys / Curb Records Toyota 130 32 Running
13 8 17 Timothy Peters TOYOTA / Red Horse Racing Toyota 130 31 Running
14 20 6 Justin Lofton Lofton Cattle Chevrolet 130 31 1 Running 1 5
15 18 33 Cale Gale # RUUD Chevrolet 130 30 1 Running 1 1
16 7 32 Miguel Paludo Duroline Chevrolet 130 28 Running
17 23 39 Ryan Sieg Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts Chevrolet 130 27 Running
18 24 81 David Starr AdvoCare Toyota 130 26 Running
19 22 09 John Wes Townley # Zaxby's Toyota 129 25 Running
20 16 08 Ross Chastain # Melon 1 / Georgia Watermelon Association Toyota 129 24 Running
21 21 11 Todd Bodine Toyota Care Toyota 129 23 Running
22 30 8 Max Gresham # Made in USA / BugBand.net Chevrolet 129 22 Running
23 29 98 Dakoda Armstrong # EverFi.com Toyota 128 21 Running
24 28 99 Bryan Silas # Rockingham Speedway Ford 127 20 Running
25 26 92 Chad McCumbee FleetHQ.com / BTS Tire & Wheel / QMI Chevrolet 127 19 Running
26 33 84 Chris Fontaine Glenden Enterprises Chevrolet 126 18 Running
27 31 75 Caleb Holman # Food Country USA / Sunset Farm Foods Chevrolet 74 17 Engine
28 2 2 Tim George Jr. Applebee's Chevrolet 63 16 Accident
29 11 23 Jason White GunBroker.com Ford 45 15 Accident
30 19 9 Ron Hornaday Jr. AMFMEnergy.com / Anderson's Maple Syrup 43 14 Accident
31 35 93 Chris Jones RSS Racing Chevrolet 25 13 Transmission
32 25 07 Johnny Chapman Wear Your Gear / BOBBER.info Toyota 17 12 Radiator
33 27 74 Scott Riggs(i) Koma Unwind Chevrolet 11 0 Ignition
34 34 27 Stephen Leicht(i) Boggy Creek Air Boat Rides Chevrolet 4 0 Engine
35 32 0 Blake Koch(i) RameyCars.com / Driven2Honor.org Ford 2 0 Overheating
36 36 38 Dennis Setzer RSS Racing Chevrolet 2 8 Rear Gear

# = Rookie, Fin = Finish, Str = Start, Pts = Total Points, BPs = Lap Leader Bns Pts, TLd = Times Led, LLd = Laps Led. (i) Ineligible for driver points in this series
Average Speed: 136.733 MPH Time of Race: 1 Hrs, 27 Mins, 51 Secs. Margin of Victory: 3.227 Seconds
Lead Changes: 20 among 8 drivers Cautions: 3 for 16 laps Attendance: 28,300

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