Kyle Busch wins to clinch Chase berth

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Monday 22nd August, 2011 - 10:41am

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Kyle Busch celebrates

Kyle Busch celebrates

Kyle Busch has become the first driver to secure a place in NASCAR’s 2011 Chase for the Sprint Cup by winning at Michigan.

In addition to taking the points lead from Carl Edwards, the Joe Gibbs Racing driver now has four victories for the season – ensuring he will at least score a ‘Wildcard’ Chase entry.

Busch defeated five-time defending champion Jimmie Johnson by just 0.57s in a green-white-chequered finish at Michigan.

The over-time finish was required after Penske Racing’s Kurt Busch touched the wall on Lap 197 of 200, bringing out the fifth caution of the race.

Kurt Busch’s team-mate Brad Keselowski continued his impressive run over recent races with third, while Mark Martin and Ryan Newman rounded out the top five.

A title contender in 2010, Denny Hamlin slipped from 12th to 14th in points after a mid-race crash resulted in a 35th place finish.

It was a tough day too for Australian Marcos Ambrose. Having won the Nationwide race at Montreal on Saturday, Ambrose could manage just 27th at Michigan after damaging his car in a pitlane altercation with Kevin Harvick.

See below for the full race result

FIN

ST

DRIVER

MAKE

SPONSOR

PTS/BNS

LAPS

STATUS

1 17 Kyle Busch Toyota Interstate Batteries 47/1 203 Running
2 19 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe’s 43/1 203 Running
3 6 Brad Keselowski Dodge Miller Lite 41/0 203 Running
4 5 Mark Martin Chevrolet Carquest / Go Daddy.com 41/1 203 Running
5 3 Ryan Newman Chevrolet Wix Filters 39/0 203 Running
6 9 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont 39/1 203 Running
7 14 Kasey Kahne Toyota Red Bull 38/1 203 Running
8 35 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Cheerios / Hamburger Helper 36/0 203 Running
9 18 Tony Stewart Chevrolet Mobil 1 / Office Depot 35/0 203 Running
10 2 Matt Kenseth Ford Kroger 35/1 203 Running
11 29 A.J. Allmendinger Ford Best Buy 33/0 203 Running
12 7 David Ragan Ford UPS “We Love Logistics” 32/0 203 Running
13 30 Regan Smith Chevrolet Furniture Row / Farm American 31/0 203 Running
14 8 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / Amp Energy 30/0 203 Running
15 28 Bobby Labonte Toyota Kingsford / Bush’s Beans 29/0 203 Running
16 26 Brian Vickers Toyota Red Bull 28/0 203 Running
17 32 Jeff Burton Chevrolet Caterpillar / Cat Financial 27/0 203 Running
18 12 David Reutimann Toyota Aaron’s Dream Machine 26/0 203 Running
19 15 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota NAPA Auto Parts 25/0 203 Running
20 1 Greg Biffle Ford Pure Michigan 26/2 203 Running
21 23 Joey Logano Toyota The Home Depot 23/0 203 Running
22 24 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches 22/0 203 Running
23 10 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker 21/0 203 Running
24 20 Trevor Bayne Ford JDRF / Motorcraft / Quick Lane 0 203 Running
25 25 Juan Montoya Chevrolet Target 19/0 203 Running
26 11 Paul Menard Chevrolet Duracell / Menards 18/0 203 Running
27 16 Marcos Ambrose Ford Stanley 17/0 203 Running
28 27 Travis Kvapil Ford Long John Silver’s 0 202 Running
29 38 Andy Lally * Ford Interstate Moving Services 16/1 202 Running
30 42 Ken Schrader Ford Koma Unwind 14/0 202 Running
31 33 Landon Cassill Chevrolet Phoenix Construction 0 201 Running
32 39 David Gilliland Ford Front Row Motorsports 12/0 201 Running
33 34 Dave Blaney Chevrolet Accell Construction 11/0 198 Running
34 13 Kurt Busch Dodge Shell / Pennzoil 10/0 197 Accident
35 4 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Freight 9/0 188 Running
36 22 Carl Edwards Ford Aflac 8/0 174 Running
37 21 Casey Mears Toyota GEICO 8/1 32 Vibration
38 41 Tony Raines Ford Max Q Motorsports 6/0 26 Rear Gear
39 40 Todd Bodine Toyota HP Racing LLC 0 21 Electrical
40 36 David Stremme Chevrolet Inception Motorsports 4/0 20 Clutch
41 37 Joe Nemechek Toyota NEMCO Motorsports 0 18 Ignition
42 43 Mike Skinner Toyota Big Red 0 14 Electrical
43 31 J.J. Yeley Ford Front Row Motorsports 1/0 11 Electrical

 

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