Kyle Busch took the lead on pit road during a late caution and never looked back to score his fourth victory of the season at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch led 36 laps on the night and locked himself into the Chase for the Sprint Cup one year after he missed NASCAR's playoffs.
A few potential contenders were taken out on an early restart. Jeff Gordon restarted at the front of the outside line and spun the tires. That stacked up the whole line and caused Kasey Kahne to get in the back of the car in front of him really hard. Jimmie Johnson got into the back of Dale Earnhardt Jr. hard. Kahne and Johnson both had a lot of front-end damage, but Kahne had the most by far. Kahne finished 36th and fell to 12th in the points but holds a wild card spot. Johnson finished 28th after spinning later in the race. He kept his points lead over Clint Bowyer who blew a motor while leading.
Joey Logano had the fastest car by far, but struggled to finish second. Logano's pit crew lost him a few spots on numerous occasions, he had a vibration near lap 75 and had to pit. He was off sequence from the leaders for a long time, but finally got back on sequence when Bowyer's motor blew. Logano got back to the lead, but his car struggled on restarts and the first few laps afterwards. He fell back to seventh with 20 laps left, but made his way back to second before the end of the race. He just didn't have enough time to chase down Busch. Logano led the most laps and moved up to eighth in points.
Carl Edwards led the second most laps on the night, but a questionable call to stay out during a caution by Jimmy Fennig cost Edwards a possible chance at the victory. After he got back in traffic he couldn't make up any ground and finished 18th.
Bowyer wasn't the only driver to blow a motor while leading. Brad Keselowski had almost the same issue. He dropped two cylinders while leading and limped around the track until the motor finally let go with just about 15 laps remaining. The blown motor really hurt Keselowski's Chase hopes as he fell to 15th in the standings.
The race took almost four hours to complete. It ended around 11:30 p.m. ET and officially took 3:49:04 from green to checkered.
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