As the excitement builds in anticipation of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Kurt Busch made some bold moves in his No. 78 Furniture Row/Beautyrest Chevrolet SS to rally from a 32nd place starting spot to fourth place overall in the Advocare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It marked his seventh top five and 12th top-10 finish of the season, to date. Busch moved up two positions in the point standings and now ranks 10th overall.
Behind the wheel of his No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet SS, Ryan Newman came away in fifth place and recorded his fifth top-five finish this year. The Stewart-Haas Racing driver moved up one place in the point order, keeping his Chase hopes alive with a Chase Wild Card berth in sight.
Other top 10 Team Chevy finishers under the lights at Atlanta: Jeff Gordon, No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevy SS - sixth, Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS – seventh, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., No. 88 National Guard/Race to Achieve.org Chevrolet SS – eighth, and Kevin Harvick, No. 29 Jimmy Johns Chevrolet SS – ninth.
Harvick has now secured enough points to clinch a spot in the Chase. And, on the strength of two wins in 2013, Kasey Kahne, driver of the No. 5 Farmers Insurance Chevy SS has earned a ‘Chase Wild Card' spot.
Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson who was involved in an early multi-car accident in his No. 48 Lowe's Dover White Chevy SS, finished 28th in the 500-mile race. Johnson maintained his point lead in the current standings with a 28-point advantage over second place.
Kyle Busch (Toyota) was the race winner, Joey Logano (Ford) was second, and Martin Truex, Jr. (Toyota) was third to round out the top five.
The next race on the tour, and final race to the Chase is September 7th at Richmond International Raceway.