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Richmond Results: Kenseth and Busch make the Chase

Matt Kenseth led Joe Gibbs Racing with a sixth-place finish in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Meanwhile teammates Kyle Busch and Denny Hamlin finished 19th and 21st respectively.

This was the final race before the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship. Matt Kenseth will enter the Chase next Sunday as the number one seed with 15 bonus points courtesy of his five wins, while Kyle Busch is right behind his teammate with 12 points courtesy of his four victories. An early season back injury that sidelined Denny Hamlin for four weeks kept the veteran driver from qualifying for the Chase for the first time in his career.
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Kyle Busch Wins Atlanta!

Kyle Busch and the M&Ms team patiently waited for their opportunity, and then made the most of it when it came, to earn a win in tonight’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Meanwhile Matt Kenseth battled from a lap down to a 12th-place finish, while a mechanical failure ended what was already a rough night for Hamlin, who finished 38th.
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Labor Day at Atlanta

Sprint Cup Series

 

From Denny Hamlin

“Atlanta has been a good track for me over these last few years and we’ve always had a car that can contend for a win. We have come close to getting the win several times, and last year everything from the car to the pit crew fell into the right place and we finally got a win with our Sport Clips Toyota Camry. This season we have definitely struggled, but hopefully we can build off last year’s win and get us a good finish this week and maybe repeat the win from last season.”
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