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Kyle Busch scored his second consecutive NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series victory on Friday night after taking the checkered flag in the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch, who won two weeks ago at California, held off Ron Hornaday in a four lap shoot-out after the race was put under the red flag for 9 minutes 51 seconds due to rain showers.

The race was ultimately won prior to the red flag when Busch, who was running second, opted to pit under caution on lap 112 when rain hit for the first time. The showers only put the race under the yellow for three laps, but Hornaday was forced to give up the lead after seeing Busch hit pit road.

"I was surprised that nobody followed me, and Ron(Hornaday) didn't come down," Busch said. "Normally, you do what the leader does, but I think Richie (Waters, crew chief) made a great call coming down pit road for those four tires."

The victory was the third for Busch at Atlanta and the eighth of his career.

Hornaday, who led a track record 81 laps, finished second to Busch for the second consecutive time at Atlanta.

"I'll tell you in one word, 'Second stinks,'" Hornaday said. "I don't know how he (Busch) can drive that thing that far out of control. I knew if we had a short run, he was going to get me. But we'll take second. It was a good points day, but it's a shame -- this thing was fast."

Mike Skinner, Matt Crafton and Chad McCumbee rounded out the top five.

Busch retained the lead in the championship standings and now leads Todd Bodine by 72 points.

The NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series now heads to Martinsville Speedway for the Kroger 250 on March 29.

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