KYLE BUSCH WINS AT ATLANTA

Brad Keselowski Suffered Engine Failure with 18 Laps to Go

Brad Keselowski was leading the AdvoCare 500 on Lap 244 when he lost two cylinders. He finished 35th after his engine blew completely 18 laps from the finish. Keselowski is now 15th in the points with one "regular season" race to go (photo courtesy: Jeff Zelevansky, GETTY IMAGES SPORT)

Kyle Busch clinched a Chase berth Sunday with a victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Fending off a late charge by runner-up Joey Logano, Busch held on for his 28th career victory in NASCAR's premier series.

It also was the fourth win this season for Busch, tying him with Jimmie Johnson behind series leader Matt Kenseth for the second seed in the Chase (when the standings are reset by three points per victory).

"I'm passionate about winning, man," said Busch. "I just want to be the best and to be the best sometimes you've got to beat the best and that's what these 42 others competitors out here are -- they're the best in the world."

Two of those triumphs have come at 1.5-mile tracks (Texas and Atlanta), similar to Homestead-Miami Speedway. The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup will culminate at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 17.

Defending Sprint Cup Series champion, Brad Keselowski, was leading the AdvoCare 500 on Lap 244 when he lost two cylinders. He finished 35th after his engine blew completely 18 laps from the finish. The Penske Racing driver is trying to avoid being just the second Cup champion since Tony Stewart in 2006 to not make The Chase. Now he's down to his last chance to qualify for the 2013 12-car playoff.

Keselowski came into Sunday's race 11th in the points with no wins. He's now 15th in the points with one "regular season" race to go.

"I'm beyond frustration," he said. "At this point you're just looking above going, 'this must be some kind of test to prove how strong we are, and what our character is' ... I love challenges, and this is going to be one hell of a challenge."

These are the Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch scenarios for Saturday night’s race at Richmond International Raceway, the final race before the Chase field is set. Six drivers have clinched top-10 spots in the Chase: Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Kevin Harvick, Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth. Kasey Kahne, on the strength of two wins, has clinched at least a Wild Card spot.

Four drivers control their top-10 clinching destiny. Regardless of the finishes of any other driver…
 
Dale Earnhardt Jr., currently seventh in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of 32nd or better, 33rd with at least one lap led or 34th with the most laps led.
 
Joey Logano, currently eighth in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of 11th or better, 12th and at least one lap led or 13th and the most laps led.
 
Greg Biffle, currently ninth in points, will clinch a top-10 spot with a finish of ninth or better, 10th and at least one lap led or 11th and the most laps led.
 
Kurt Busch, currently 10th in points, will clinch a top-10 spot by winning, finishing second with at least one lap led or finishing third with the most laps led.
 
The remaining mathematically eligible drivers need help to clinch a top-10 spot. Some, however, control their own Wild Card destiny (a win would guarantee at least a Wild Card spot).
 
Clinch scenarios for the remaining eligible drivers:
 
Jeff Gordon:  Currently 11th in points, Gordon would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Gordon, currently six points outside the top 10, remains eligible for a top 10 spot.
 
Kasey Kahne: Kahne, currently 12th in points, has already clinched at least a Wild Card spot. Ten points outside the top 10, Kahne remains eligible for a top 10 spot.
 
Martin Truex Jr.: Currently 13th in points, Truex would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Fifteen points outside the top 10, Truex remains eligible for a top 10 spot. Truex, currently holding the provisional No. 2 Wild Card spot, could clinch a Wild Card spot without a victory.
 
Ryan Newman: Currently 14th in points, Newman would clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a victory at Richmond. Twenty points outside the top 10, Newman remains eligible for a top 10 spot. Newman could clinch a Wild Card spot without a win (Logano and Biffle must remain in the top 10 or be replaced by Kahne; Newman must out-point Truex by six points; Gordon must not win; and Brad Keselowski or Jamie McMurray cannot win and overtake Newman).
 
Brad Keselowski: Currently 28 points outside the top 10, Keselowski remains eligible for a top-10 spot. Currently winless, Keselowski must win to be in contention for a Wild Card spot. Mathematically there will be at least two drivers outside the top 10 with wins. To clinch, Keselowski would need to win and outpoint Truex by 13 and Newman by eight (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10). If Truex or Newman displaces Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.
 
Jamie McMurray: Currently 39 points outside the top 10, McMurray remains eligible for a top-10 spot. Currently winless, McMurray must win to be in contention for a Wild Card spot. To clinch, McMurray would need to win and outpoint either Truex by 25 and Newman by 19 (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10).  If Truex or Newman displace Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.
 
Paul Menard: To clinch, Menard would need to win and outpoint Truex by 47 and Newman by 42 (and would only need to outpoint one of these drivers if Kahne would displace a winless driver from the top 10).  If Truex or Newman displace Kurt Busch from the top 10, he would need to outpoint the other one-win driver remaining outside the top 10 by the requisite amount.

Just one race remains until the field is set for the 10-race Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup begins.

Next up for the Sprint Cup drivers is Richmond on Saturday, September 7 (7:00 p.m. EDT, ABC, MRN, Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 90)—Race 25 of 36 en route to Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Nov. 15-17). The Chase will consist of the Top 10 drivers in points plus the two drivers from 11th to 20th with the most wins after Race 26. The Chase For The NASCAR Sprint Cup will culminate at Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 17.

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