Time is running out for several drivers who are attempting to qualify for the championship Chase, which begins September 19 at New Hampshire. Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon already have clinched a spot in this year’s 12-driver field.
After winning the August 21 race at Bristol, Kyle Busch all but secured his position in the Chase. If Busch finishes 40th or better this Labor Day weekend at the fast 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, he will qualify for the playoffs. He has been in the Chase in three of the last four years. He came up eight points short of making it in last year.
“I feel like going on to Atlanta, it’s going to be a test for us to see how good we are again at the mile-and-a-half stuff,” Busch said. “Then we go to Richmond, another one of the racetracks that I tend to run well at.”
Busch made NASCAR history at Bristol, where he became the first driver to win all three national touring series races during the same week. Get more NASCAR news on 1053thefan.com
Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup.
Date: Sunday, September 5.
Race: Emory Healthcare 500.
Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Track: 1.54-mile tri-oval.
Start time: 7:30 p.m. (et).
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