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
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
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-
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
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