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  • Kyle Busch captures Atlanta, locks up Chase spot

  • HAMPTON, Ga. — With a big hand from his pit crew, Kyle Busch locked up his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his fourth victory of the year Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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  • HAMPTON, Ga. — With a big hand from his pit crew, Kyle Busch locked up his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his fourth victory of the year Sunday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Busch emerged with the lead after a rapid-fire series of caution flags near the end, and he held off hard-charging Joey Logano to win by 0.740 seconds.
    "My boys on pit road," Busch said. "They're amazing. I would do anything for them."
    Martin Truex Jr., racing with a broken right wrist, was third on the 1.54-mile trioval, followed by Kurt Busch and Ryan Newman.
    The rest of the top 10: Jeff Gordon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kevin Harvick and Brian Vickers.
    Kyle Busch was among four more drivers locking up their spot in the Chase heading to Richmond next weekend, where the 12-car field will be set for the playoff. He was joined by Harvick, Carl Edwards and Kasey Kahne.
    Points leader Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth had already claimed playoff berths before Atlanta.
    That means the final five will be determined at Richmond.
    Busch earned his 16th win of the year in NASCAR's top three series. He has nine victories in Nationwide and three in trucks.
    Logano had the fastest car on the track at the end of the race, but ran out of time to run down Busch.
    "It's just frustrating," Logano said. "But in the grand scheme of things, it's a big points day for us to get into the Chase going to Richmond."
    Bowyer was dominant through the middle of the race, leading 48 laps, but he radioed his crew that that something didn't seem right in his No. 15 car. On Lap 193, those fears became reality when smoke started pouring from the back of his Toyota going into Turn 1. He managed to creep back around to pit road, but he headed straight for the garage, any hope of winning the race snuffed out.
    "I don't think they wanted to believe me," Bowyer said about his crew. "But I was pretty sure what I was hearing."
    At least Bowyer won't have to worry about the poor finish — he wound up 39th — costing him a spot in the Chase.
    That wasn't the case for defending Cup champion Brad Keselowski.
    Winless for the year and on the Chase bubble, he took over the lead and looked as if he had a shot at a much-needed victory. But his engine dropped a couple of cylinders and began dropping back, finally sputtering to a stop 18 laps from the finish. He finished 35th and will go to Richmond knowing he likely needs a victory to even have a shot at taking a second straight title. He slipped to 15th in the standings, 28 points behind 10th-place Kurt Busch.
    NASCAR Truck Series
    At Bowmanville, Ontario, Chase Elliott wrecked Ty Dillon on the last lap to win the NASCAR Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
    Elliott, the son of former Sprint Cup driver Bill Elliott, plowed into Dillon on the final turn on the 2.459-mile road course to take the lead and went on to his first series victory. At 17 years, 9 months, 4 days, he became the youngest winner in series history.
    Dillon dropped to 17th, the last car on the lead lap, in the series' first race in Canada and first on a road course since 2000 at Watkins Glen.
    Chad Hackenbracht was second, followed by Miguel Paludo, Darrell Wallace Jr., Ron Hornaday Jr., Max Papis, Ross Chastain, Timothy Peters, James Buescher and Matt Crafton.
    Grand Prix of Baltimore
    At Baltimore, Simon Pagenaud emerged as the winner of a collision-marred Grand Prix of Baltimore, charging to the lead after a series of mishaps involving several other contenders — including one involving rivals Scott Dixon and Will Power.
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