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article imageNASCAR: Busch comes 'full circle', clinches spot in 'The Chase'

By John Duarte     Sep 2, 2013 in Sports
Atlanta - Kyle Busch won his fourth race of the season and secured his place in the final 10-race shootout for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.
Busch's latest victory came Sunday night at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won the AdvoCare 500, crossing the finish line less than one second before Joey Logano. The win came as a bit of a surprise for Busch, who said his car was “a joke” during the early stages of the race.
“The guys never gave up. They made some really good calls. It was their race today,” Busch said in praise of his crew. “I don't know where it came from. That's why we race 500 miles, I guess.”
Busch said “it all comes full circle” in racing. The 2012 season closed with the disappointment of not making the Chase for the Sprint Cup. But things seem to be headed in a completely different direction this year.
“The last four races, five races, with the exception of Watkins Glen, we weren't racing to our par. We were bogeying and double bogeying,” Busch said, adding he needed to get better if he was going to be a contender this year. “Tonight, it didn't look like it was either, but we turned around and got a great night out of it.”
The survivor-of-the-night award, if there was such a thing, would have to go to Martin Truex Jr., who managed to finish in third place despite driving with a broken wrist.
“It hurts like hell when you're in there just steering the car,” Truex Jr. said. “I felt like everytime I moved it, somebody somebody was hitting it with a hammer.”
Six drivers have now clinched spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth are in. That leaves 10 drivers chasing the final six places. It will all be decided next weekend in Richmond, Virginia, at the Federated Auto Parts 400. The Chase for the Sprint Cup gets underway Sept. 15 at Chicagoland Speedway and the season ends in Homestead (Florida) on Nov. 17.
It's been a difficult year for reigning Sprint-Cup champion Brad Keselowski. Sunday night was another disaster for Keselowski and, while still not eliminated from The Chase, even a win in the final race before the 10-race run begins won't guarantee him a chance to defend his title.
“I'm beyond frustration,” Keselowski said in reference to another blown engine and a 35th-place finish in this week's race. “You can sit here and be mad and stomp your feet and be a jerk about it, but it just broke. That's racing. It's been the story of our year.”
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