The NASCAR race tonight saw some Sprint Cup drivers scrambling to secure their first win on the schedule so they can sneak into the Chase for the Cup, other drivers willing to take chances knowing they’re headed for the Chase even if they wrecked out tonight, and still other drivers knowing they need a certain amount of points to eke their way into the Cup – and one driver just glad to be back on the track. In the end, the winner came down to the wire.
Heading into tonight’s NASCAR race at Atlanta, Jeff Gordon was atop the Sprint Cup leaderboard, having stretched that lead to twenty-seven points thanks to a win last week. But Dale Earnhardt Jr was still hanging around in second place after having spent most of the season climbing to that position. Brad Keselowski was in third place, 69 points back, while Joey Logano was in fourth place, 84 points off the lead. But at this point in the season, wins count for more in the results column than points heading into the Chase for the Cup.
Kevin Harvick led much of tonight’s race, but finished in nineteenth place. Kasey Kahne appeared to have had the win in hand, but a late caution triggered by Kyle Busch and an unfortunate pit sequence shook up the field on what would have been the final lap, seemingly handing the victory to Matt Kenseth instead. But by the time the smoke cleared, Kasey Kahne was indeed the winner. Tony Stewart exited the race early due to a wreck. Danica Patrick had a strong finish in sixth place. The next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule is the Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Speedway on Saturday night September 6th.