NASCAR at Atlanta results: Kurt Busch holds off brother Kyle to earn playoff berth


For the primary time within the final 5 NASCAR Cup Sequence races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a Ford did not emerge victorious. As an alternative, it was a Chevrolet pushed by Kurt Busch.

The veteran racer earned his thirty third profession win after spending many of the afternoon battling his youthful brother Kyle for the highest spot within the Quaker State 400. Kyle gained the primary stage and was simply two-tenths of a second behind Kurt within the closing 10 laps, however he could not fairly get his No. 18 automotive previous Kurt’s No. 1 automotive.

Kurt Busch’s victory was an vital one, because it assured him a spot within the 2021 NASCAR playoffs. It additionally was an important victory; he can turn into a free agent on the finish of the season and his place within the No. 1 automotive is much from sure after Chip Ganassi Racing was bought to Trackhouse Racing.

In Kurt’s estimation, he did one thing simply as vital as profitable; he beat his brother.

There have been solely a handful of cautions throughout the race, however there was a purple flag, and it wasn’t as a consequence of a crash. It was as a result of a pothole opened up within the pavement at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which hasn’t been modified since 1997. The racing floor is scheduled to be repaved for the 2022 season.

Sporting Information tracked updates and lap-by-lap highlights from the NASCAR Cup Sequence race Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400 introduced by Walmart (all occasions Jap).

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6:58 p.m. — And Kurt Busch has emerged because the winner! He staves off a late push from his brother Kyle to earn the win. Listed here are the unofficial prime 10 finishers from Sunday’s race.

1. Kurt Busch
2. Kyle Busch
3. Martin Truex Jr.
4. Alex Bowman
5. Ryan Blaney
6. Tyler Reddick
7. Chase Elliott
8. Christopher Bell
9. Austin Dillon
10. Brad Keselowski

6:57 p.m. — Two laps left. The hole remains to be 1.2 seconds. It must be Kurt Busch’s race to win, barring one thing surprising within the closing two laps.

6:56 p.m. — Kyle Busch had a little bit of a problem close to the wall. He is high-quality, however the hole between him and Kurt is now 1.2 seconds.

6:54 p.m. — Six laps to go. Kyle Busch practically overtook Kurt once more. The elder brother simply staved him off.

6:51 p.m. —  There are 10 laps left to go. Kurt Busch leads, however by Kyle has come inside 0.2 seconds of taking the lead. It would come all the way down to the wire between these two.

6:45 p.m. — Kyle Busch bumped into some troubles with lapped visitors and Kurt gained on him. The brothers have been side-by-side for some time however Kurt has now take the lead by 1 / 4 of a second.

6:41 p.m. — We’re all the way down to 30 laps to go. Kyle Busch leads Kurt by 0.5 seconds. Everybody else is not less than 5.5 seconds off the lead.

6:32 p.m. — Kyle Busch has overtaken Kurt after each make pit stops. Kyle Larson, who had been operating within the prime 5, was slapped with a rushing violation on pit street. He dropped all the way down to twenty first in consequence, which can make it troublesome for him to make any type of comeback with 45 laps left.

6:29 p.m. — Kurt Busch has pulled away once more. His lead over Kyle is now a full second.

6:26 p.m. — We’re seeing a Busch brothers showdown proper now. Kurt Busch is in entrance, however his little brother Kyle is only a half-second behind him. They’re jockeying for place, and Kurt is making an attempt to stave off Kyle’s advances by staying largely on the internal lane. 

6:24 p.m —  We simply completed the two hundredth lap. There are 60 left. Kurt Busch continues to steer and has held onto it because the finish of the second stage.

6:15 p.m. — With 75 laps to go, not a lot has modified. The Busch brothers are nonetheless in entrance. Martin Truex Jr. (sixth) and Chase Elliott (tenth) are persevering with to climb the standings after early setbacks. Buckle up, this must be a aggressive end.

6:08 p.m. — We’re now out of warning and there are 90 laps to go. A lot of automobiles bunched up close to the highest, however Kurt Busch nonetheless leads.

6:05 p.m. — And right here we go: We’re getting restarted. There are 92 laps to go and Kurt Busch remains to be out in entrance.

6:00 p.m. — We’re nonetheless at a purple flag. They’ve made progress filling within the pothole and race officers seem like checking the floor.

5:42 p.m. — RED FLAG (Lap 168).  A piece of the asphalt has come up at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which hasn’t been repaved since 1997. The automobiles will are stopped as race officers work to repair the pothole. The pothole did not trigger any crashes.

5:41 p.m. — Denny Hamlin was penalized for being too quick on pit row. That can drop him to twenty second within the racing order for the ultimate stage.

5:36 p.m. — The Busch brothers keep in entrance popping out of pit row as we prepare for an additional restart.

5:33 p.m. —  Because the warning continues, this is a cool look contained in the automobiles of 5 drivers without delay.

5:31 p.m. — Warning 4 (Lap 160). We’re now by two phases of the race and have 100 laps to go. As soon as once more, the Busch brothers end within the prime two spots, however this time, it is Kurt that wins the stage. Two Hendrick Motorsports drivers are in scorching pursuit.

1. Kurt Busch
2. Kyle Busch
3. Alex Bowman
4. Kyle Larson
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Tyler Reddick
7. Ryan Blaney
8. Brad Keselowski
9. Austin Dillon
10. Martin Truex Jr.

5:27 p.m. — There are eight laps to go in Stage 2. Kurt Busch remains to be out in entrance as he appears to be like to win the stage. He completed second within the first stage.

5:22 p.m. — Chase Elliott is climbing again into the race. He has moved as much as eleventh place within the race. He began because the pole sitter at his hometown monitor however fell to twentieth after a tough pit cease early within the race.

5:17 p.m. — This occurred earlier, however a member of Cole Custer’s pit crew acquired hit within the again by a tire that was clipped by Chase Elliott on his second uneven pit cease. The crew member was high-quality and successfully modified the tire. Unbelievable effort.

5:15 p.m. — The race is now official. We’re by 130 laps and there are 30 to go in Stage 2. Ryan Preece briefly took the lead from Almirola earlier than Kurt Busch handed him to retake first.

5:13 p.m. — Aric Almirola is within the lead, and it appears to be like like he desires to keep away from pitting proper now. He says the rain is selecting up, so he is making an attempt to remain in and out first place so long as he can.

5:10 p.m. — There are six laps left earlier than the race turns into official on the one hundred and thirtieth lap, midway by the 260 laps. That can show essential with potential unhealthy climate within the space.

5:06 p.m. — Regulate the climate. The radar reveals some storms within the space and the published simply mentioned there have been some “sprinkles” on pit row.

5:00 p.m. — Kyle Larson is beginning to make a little bit of a transfer. He has moved into fifth place and simply handed Denny Hamlin.

4:55 p.m. — Ryan Blaney (ninth) and Bubba Wallace (tenth) have climbed into the highest 10 of the race. Blaney was the winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this 12 months.

4:49 p.m. — They’re restarting the race and starting Stage 2. Kurt Busch is within the lead after taking it from his brother Kyle coming off pit row.

4:44 p.m. — The Atlanta Motor Speedway is getting re-paved for the primary time since 1997 within the close to future, and you may see why. The monitor has ripped up some tires in the present day, notably the entrance proper one for Ryan Newman, and NASCAR’s Twitter account joked in regards to the monitor’s floor.

4:41 p.m. — Warning 3 (Lap 80). Stage 1 is within the books. After taking up the lead from Chase Elliott, Kyle Busch led just about wire-to-wire. Listed here are the highest 10 finishers from the primary 80 laps.

1. Kyle Busch
2. Kurt Busch
3. Denny Hamlin
4. Alex Bowman
5. Tyler Reddick
6. Kyle Larson
7. Joey Logano
8. William Byron
9. Matt DiBenedetto
10. Kevin Harvick

4:35 p.m. — Kyle Busch continues to steer by 70 laps. There are 10 laps to go within the first stage of this race.

4:28 p.m. — Martin Truex Jr. was supposed to begin fifth within the race however was dropped to the again of the pack after failing inspection twice on Sunday. He has since climbed from final (thirty seventh) all the best way again to tenth general.

4:26 p.m. — Alex Bowman has climbed into third place. He’s the highest-ranked Hendrick Motorsports driver within the race proper now. Kyle Larson (eighth) and William Byron (ninth) are additionally at the moment within the prime 10.

4:24 p.m. —  Strike that: Stenhouse is definitely out. Powerful luck.

4:20 p.m. — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Daniel Suarez, who have been concerned within the crash earlier, aren’t out. The 2 will proceed to race after their crash.

4:18 p.m. —  We’re by 40 laps, midway by the primary stage of the 260-lap race. The Busch brothers now lead the race. Kyle leads Kury by 0.57 seconds.

4:17 p.m. — We have the 2 Busch brothers within the prime three. Kurt Busch has climbed into third and trails solely Denny Hamlin and his brother, Kyle.

4:09 p.m. — Warning 2 (Lap 31). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Daniel Suarez have been concerned in a crash together with Cody Ware. It appears to be like like Ware spun out only a bit and clipped Stenhouse. Anthony Alfredo, the No. 38 automotive, did properly to dodge the crash.

4:05 p.m. — Denny Hamlin takes over first after pit row, taking it from his teammate Kyle Busch. Elliott had a tough pit cease, going a bit too far ahead and having to place his automotive into reverse. That price him a few seconds and dropped him from third to twentieth popping out of the warning.

4:02 p.m. — Warning 1 (Lap 25).  We’re at a contest warning with the twenty fifth lap within the books. No main points to this point, although Elliott is making an attempt to determine how one can drive his automotive. That is a part of why he dropped from first to 3rd throughout the first 25 laps of the race.

4:00 p.m. —  We’re by 22 complete laps now and Kyle Busch is holding a 2.6 on Chase Elliott, who has Denny Hamlin respiratory down his neck.

3:56 p.m. — Kyle Busch had taken the lead on Chase Elliott on the 14th lap. He handed him on the surface lane and had an excessive amount of pace for Elliott to compete with.

3:55 p.m. —  Tyler Reddick had a candy move early within the race, coming round just a few automobiles on the surface lane.

3:53 p.m. —  Elliott is off to a great begin after being on the ballot. He has led every of the primary 10 laps of this race with Kyle Busch. sitting about half a second behind him.

3:49 p.m. — We’re off with the Quaker State 400!

3:48 p.m. —  Martin Truex Jr. has to begin behind the pack. Initially, he was purported to be fifth, however he was moved again after failing his inspection twice on Sunday.

3:41 p.m. — The drivers have began their engines. Subsequent up, the race!

3:35 p.m. — Chase Elliott’s automotive appears to be like sharp. Is the purple and black design a head nod to the Falcons?

3:30 p.m. — The pre-race ceremony is starting now. The race is ready to formally start at 3:48 p.m. ET.

3:25 p.m. — Based on the published, Kyle Larson is closely favored to win this occasion. He has +220 odds to win at Pointsbet Sportsbook and has gained 4 of the final 10 NASCAR Cup collection races.

3:20 p.m. —  Corey LaJoie might be driving an… attention-grabbing automotive within the Quaker State 400. His automobile is roofed in “Boss Child: Household Enterprise” ads and imagery, as Dreamworks appears to be like to attract consideration to the second feature-length installment within the “Boss Child” franchise.

3:17 p.m. — The tempo automotive driver for this race might be acquainted to NFL followers and Georgia natives. Lions operating again D’Andre Swift, a former star at Georgia, would be the honorary tempo automotive driver.

3:15 p.m. — The solar is out now, however there’s rain within the space for the race. Fox Sports activities’ Bob Pockrass has mentioned that will probably be “hit-or-miss” all through the day. So, count on some potential cautions and delays.

3:07 p.m. — This would be the final NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier than the monitor undergoes some main adjustments.

2:54 p.m. — Ryan Blaney gained the newest race at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this 12 months. His automotive is wanting sharp  forward of Sunday’s race.

NASCAR begin time in the present day

  • Time:  3:30 p.m. ET (TV time)
  • TV channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
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The inexperienced flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Sequence race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for 3:48 p.m. ET.

Climate may play an enormous function in when the race begins, nonetheless. The Nationwide Climate Service’s Sunday forecast for Hampton, Ga., the place the monitor is situated, requires showers and thunderstorms after 3 p.m. and earlier than 9 p.m., with a excessive temperature close to 90. The prospect of precipitation is 60 p.c. 

NASCAR beginning lineup at Atlanta

Right here is the entire beginning lineup for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400, with out qualifying. Thirty-seven drivers have been entered for the race.

Begin pos. Driver Automobile No. Group
1 Chase Elliott 9 Hendrick Motorsports
2 Kyle Busch 18 Joe Gibbs Racing
3 Denny Hamlin 11 Joe Gibbs Racing
4 Christopher Bell 20 Joe Gibbs Racing
5 Martin Truex Jr. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing
6 Kyle Larson 5 Hendrick Motorsports
7 Tyler Reddick 8 Richard Childress Racing
8 Kurt Busch 1 Chip Ganassi Racing
9 Ross Chastain 42 Chip Ganassi Racing
10 Joey Logano 22 Group Penske
11 Chase Briscoe 14 Stewart-Haas Racing
12 Matt DiBenedetto 21 Wooden Brothers Racing
13 Austin Dillon 3 Richard Childress Racing
14 Brad Keselowski 2 Group Penske
15 Ryan Blaney 12 Group Penske
16 Ricky Stenhouse Jr. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing
17 Alex Bowman 48 Hendrick Motorsports
18 Chris Buescher 17 Roush Fenway Racing
19 William Byron 24 Hendrick Motorsports
20 Aric Almirola 10 Stewart-Haas Racing
21 Kevin Harvick 4 Stewart-Haas Racing
22 Erik Jones 43 Richard Petty Motorsports
23 Cole Custer 41 Stewart-Haas Racing
24 Bubba Wallace 23 23XI Racing
25 Michael McDowell 34 Entrance Row Motorsports
26 Corey LaJoie 7 Spire Motorsports
27 Daniel Suarez 99 Trackhouse Racing Group
28 Justin Haley 77 Spire Motorsports
29 Ryan Newman 6 Roush Fenway Racing
30 Josh Bilicki 52 Rick Ware Racing
31 Cody Ware 51 Petty Ware Racing
32 Anthony Alfredo 38 Entrance Row Motorsports
33 Bayley Currey 15 Rick Ware Racing
34 Ryan Preece 37 JTG Daugherty Racing
35 Quin Houff 00 StarCom Racing
36 BJ McLeod 78 Dwell Quick Motorsports
37 Garrett Smithley 53 Rick Ware Racing


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