Kyle Busch clinches Chase spot with Atlanta win

1:41 AM, Sep 2, 2013   |    comments
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Hampton, GA (Sports Network) - Kyle Busch secured a position in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship after winning his fourth race of the season on Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Busch grabbed the lead for the first time with 36 laps remaining when he was the quickest off of pit road during a caution. Martin Truex Jr. challenged Busch for the lead after the last restart with 21 laps left, but Busch pulled away and was untouchable from there. Truex drove with a cast on his right wrist after he fractured it during an accident in last weekend's race at Bristol.

Joey Logano passed Truex with four laps remaining but could not catch Busch in time. Busch beat him to the finish line by 0.7 seconds. Logano experienced a vibration and had to pit out of sequence early in the race.

Busch, Kevin Harvick and Carl Edwards joined Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth and Clint Bowyer as those drivers who have clinched a spot in the Chase. Kenseth leads all driver with five victories, while Johnson and Busch have four wins each.

The remainder of the 12-driver field for the playoffs will be decided in next weekend's race at Richmond.

Truex finished third, while Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman rounded out the top- five.

Brad Keselowski, the defending Sprint Cup champion, took a hit in his bid to make the Chase after he finished 35th. Keselowski was leading late in the race when he blew one of his cylinders. His engine expired with less than 20 laps to go.

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