Kyle Busch locked up his spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship with his fourth victory of the year Sunday 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.
Martin Truex Jr, racing with a broken right wrist, took 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, Carl Edwards and Harvick clinched chase spots on Sunday.
Kansas native Clint Bowyer had already clinched a spot in the chase.
He was running an experimental Toyota engine at Atlanta that looked strong, until it broke while Bowyer was leading the race with 133 laps to go.
"Yeah, that was a super big bummer right there. Man, our RK Toyota was so fast. Why did it have to happen this weekend?" said Bowyer. "That's the biggest thing. It's part of motorsports. Everybody at TRD -- it's been a rough weekend -- they do such a great job. There's a reason we're up front -- it's because they're building big horsepower pushing for the Chase and trying to learn as much as we can for the Chase. We learned a lot with this car -- it was off a little bit in practice and real proud of (Brian) Pattie (crew chief) for making some adjustments there and getting me where I need to be. This -- it's a shame."
Bowyer would finish 39th, the first time he finished outside the top 10 since the forth race of the season.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun