NASCAR results: Kyle Busch wins Atlanta, locks up Chase spot
NASCAR champion Kyle Busch held off hard-charging Joey Logano at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night for his fourth Cup victory of the year.
Kyle Busch's pit crew got his car running like he wanted, then got him on the track ahead of everyone else.Skip to next paragraph
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The volatile driver took it from there, locking up a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship that slipped away last year.
Busch held off hard-charging Joey Logano at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night for his fourth Cup victory of the year, giving him plenty of momentum heading to the playoffs.
A year ago, he didn't even make the 12-car field — a bitter disappointment for a driver of his talent.
"It's a whole different situation than 365 days ago," Busch said. "We needed to prove to ourselves that we're a championship contender."
Busch let out some salty complaints over his radio in the early going, the No. 18 Toyota not performing like he wanted. The crew kept making adjustments until the driver liked the way it handled.
Then, after a rapid-fire series of caution flags near the end, Busch emerged from the pits with the lead. He comfortably beat Logano to the line by 0.740 seconds.
"My boys on pit road," Busch said. "They're amazing. I would do anything for them."
The 28-year-old Busch is undoubtedly one of the most gifted drivers in NASCAR, earning his 16th win of the year in the top three series. He also has nine victories in Nationwide and three in trucks.
Overall, this was his 121st career victory in those series, 28 of them in Cup.
But Busch is still seeking the prize he really wants — a Cup title.
"The championship is number one on anybody's list," he said. "You want to be the best in your realm of racing. I'm a NASCAR driver. I want to win a championship. I've yet to collect the big prize. One of these days it will happen. Maybe it'll be 2013. Hopefully, it is."
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. .