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Kyle Busch wins Atlanta, locks up Chase spot

  • Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) drives through Turn 4 late in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Busch won the race to secure a spot in the Chase. (AP Photo/Dale Davis)

    Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) drives through Turn 4 late in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Busch won the race to secure a spot in the Chase. (AP Photo/Dale Davis)

  • A colorful sky graces the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    A colorful sky graces the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya (42) gets serviced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Tullis)

    Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya (42) gets serviced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Tullis)

  • Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) gets serviced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Tullis)

    Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) gets serviced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Tullis)

  • Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) pulls onto pit road after being serviced as Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (43) gets tires during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) pulls onto pit road after being serviced as Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (43) gets tires during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • A colorful sky graces the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    A colorful sky graces the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Cars sit on pit road prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Pictured is: Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24), driver Denny Hamlin (11) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Cars sit on pit road prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Pictured is: Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24), driver Denny Hamlin (11) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton (31) gets service during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton (31) gets service during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Smoke pours from the car of Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne (5) as he drives through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Also pictured is driver Brian Vickers (55) and driver Jeff Burton (31). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Smoke pours from the car of Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne (5) as he drives through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Also pictured is driver Brian Vickers (55) and driver Jeff Burton (31). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

  • Driver Joey Logano takes a break in his garage while his crew makes adjustments to his car during NASCAR auto race testing at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Driver Joey Logano takes a break in his garage while his crew makes adjustments to his car during NASCAR auto race testing at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

  • Kyle Busch reacts after winning during the second of two 150-mile qualifying race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 auto race Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

    Kyle Busch reacts after winning during the second of two 150-mile qualifying race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 auto race Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

  • Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch (18) drives through Turn 4 late in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Busch won the race to secure a spot in the Chase. (AP Photo/Dale Davis)
  • A colorful sky graces the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Sprint Cup Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya (42) gets serviced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Tullis)
  • Sprint Cup Series driver Jimmie Johnson (48) gets serviced during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/David Tullis)
  • Sprint Cup Series driver Clint Bowyer (15) pulls onto pit road after being serviced as Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola (43) gets tires during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • A colorful sky graces the Atlanta Motor Speedway during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Cars sit on pit road prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Pictured is: Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Gordon (24), driver Denny Hamlin (11) and Juan Pablo Montoya (42). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Sprint Cup Series driver Jeff Burton (31) gets service during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Smoke pours from the car of Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne (5) as he drives through Turn 4 during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series auto race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013. Also pictured is driver Brian Vickers (55) and driver Jeff Burton (31). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Driver Joey Logano takes a break in his garage while his crew makes adjustments to his car during NASCAR auto race testing at Daytona International Speedway, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
  • Kyle Busch reacts after winning during the second of two 150-mile qualifying race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 auto race Thursday, Feb. 21, 2013, at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)

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 last 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 three 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 and Carl Edwards.

Points leader Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer and Matt Kenseth had already claimed playoff berths before Atlanta.

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. This helps us a lot. A win would’ve helped a lot more.”

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