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Busch Survives GWCs To Win Kobalt Tools 500

[1]Kurt Busch pulled away from the rest of the field on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, and drove his Dodge to victory in the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

On the restart, Busch and Juan Montoya led the field to the green. Busch got a great restart while Montoya spun his tires. Kasey Kahne had to check up to avoid making contact with Montoya. That allowed Busch to pull away by Turn 1.

Top 5: Busch, Matt Kenseth, Montoya, Kahne, and Paul Menard.

AJ Allmendinger, Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Kevin Harvick, and Scott Speed finished sixth through 10th, respectively.

Notables: Jimmie Johnson (12th), Tony Stewart (13th), Dale Earnhardt Jr (15th), Bill Elliott (16th), Ryan Newman (17th), Jeff Gordon (18th), Jeff Burton (20th), Denny Hamlin (21st), Clint Bowyer (23rd), Kyle Busch (25th), Martin Truex Jr (27th), Jamie McMurray (29th), Mark Martin (33rd), Joey Logano (35th), Brad Keselowski (36th), and Carl Edwards (39th).

Early in the race, Carl Edwards tried to get in front of Brad Keselowski on the bottom of the race track. He wasn’t clear of Keselowski and the two made contact, sending Edwards up the track. He then made contact with Joey Logano and the two hit the wall. Edwards went to the garage.

Later, he returned to the track and with about two laps to go, he got into Keselowski, spinning him. Keselowski’s car flipped and hit the outside wall with its roof before coming to rest on the track. Keselowski was running sixth at the time. He finished 36th. Edwards was ordered to park his car for the rest of the day. This also set up the first attempt at a green white checkered finish 

Afterwards, Keselowski said:

To come back and just intentionally wreck someone, that’s not cool. He could have killed someone in the grandstands.

On the first attempt at a green-white-checkered finish, Clint Bowyer and Jamie McMurray led the field to green. Kurt Busch quickly passed them. McMurray and Bowyer then got together, triggering a seven car pileup. Bowyer, McMurray, Kyle Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Mark Martin, Denny Hamlin, and David Gilliland were involved.