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Brad Keselowski , running in the Top 5, appeared to be a victim of an intentional move by Carl Edwards. NASCAR parked Edwards after a spectacular aftermath that saw Keselowski's No. 12 car fly upside down (photo courtesy; Geoff Burke, Getty Images Sport)

In Race 4 of NASCAR’s 2004 Sprint Cup season—which culminates at Homestead-Miami Speedway with Ford Championship Weekend Nov. 19-21—Kurt Busch survived two green-white-checkered finishes and a flurry of accidents in the final laps to score his second straight win at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The 2004 Cup Champion won his third straight race at Atlanta and gave new crew chief Steve Addington his first victory with the No. 2 team. Busch survived a pair of overtime starts to outpace Matt Kenseth to the finish line on the final run to the checkered flag.

“Even on the restarts at the end, I just thought we had the car to beat,” Busch said. Kenseth finished second, followed by South Florida-resident Juan Pablo Montoya (see sidebar). Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard rounded out the Top 5, respectively.

While Busch knew he had a fast car, the Penske Racing driver was vocal that speed wasn't the only facet worthy of credit in Atlanta.

"I'm just so happy to bring this car home to victory lane," Busch said. "With Steve Addington and all his new ideas, I didn't know how we could mesh them together and how soon we were able to do it. We were able to get it right and hit all our marks just perfect today."

The first overtime was set-up by a spectacular crash with just seven laps to go involving Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. The pair—who made contact earlier in the race in an incident that saw Edwards hit the wall and severely damage his Roush Fenway Racing No. 99—were racing closely in the closing laps despite Edward’s car being 156 laps down.

Edwards clipped the rear end of Keselowski’s car, which was running inside the Top 5, as the duo raced down the main straightaway. It appeared to be an intentional move and NASCAR parked Edwards after a spectacular aftermath that saw Keselowski's No. 12 car fly upside down and into the outside wall.

"Just a wild ride that was uncalled for," said Keselowski, who was uninjured. "That's not cool. He could have killed someone in the grandstands....It's not cool to intentionally wreck someone at 195 mph."

Edwards was somewhat cagey in his post-race response.

"That was not what I was expecting," Edwards said. "Everybody knows the history between me and Brad. People have to respect each other. I wish that didn't happen the way it did."

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes a week off before resuming the pursuit for fall glory in Miami at Bristol Motor Speedway. All three of NASCAR’s premier racing series—the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series—again will crown Champions during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19-21). For ticket information, stay tuned to THEChampionshipTrack.com or call toll free (866) 409-RACE.

Montoya Roars Back at Atlanta

Montoya Makes Strides

After qualifying third, South Florida resident Juan Pablo Montoya held to the front and scored a third-place finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Race 4 of NASCAR’s 2010 Sprint Cup season, which culminates at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 21 with the series-crowning Ford Championship Weekend.

“Never really had the fastest car except at the end before the last pit stop,” said Montoya. “We were coming, and I thought we had a chance to get to the 2 [car of eventual-winner Kurt Busch].”
Montoya began whittling into Busch’s lead before the final caution and was left wondering what could have been if not for two restarts that led to a green-white-checkered finish.

Said Montoya: “Definitely I thought if I got anywhere close to him, I'm sure I could make a move. It's one of those deals; it's OK….It's a good points day for us.”

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series takes a week off before resuming the pursuit for fall glory in Miami at Bristol Motor Speedway. All three of NASCAR’s premier racing series—the Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series—again will crown Champions during Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 19-21). For ticket information, stay tuned to THEChampionshipTrack.com or call toll free (866) 409-RACE.

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