After an exciting race filled with cautions, Kyle Busch is the winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway!
We saw Chase hopes cut somewhat short tonight, as Brad Keselowski managed to lead the race at one point and looked like he was going to be in the top 10 heading into Richmond, but he would have engine troubles and lost cylinders.
Now he needs to go into Richmond and win if he wants to have any chance to be in the post season.
Jimmie Johnson also struggled tonight, and while he is a lock for the Chase, his recent string of bad luck cuts the monster momentum he had moving into the post season.
The 48 team looked like they would be the team to beat for the championship, but now they look like they will have issues to work out moving forward.
Other drivers like Jeff Gordon had a solid night, and moved up slightly in the Chase. Now Gordon needs to move into Richmond, a track where he runs well, and have a good finish if he wants to make the Chase.
The Goodyear tire stood up to the test at Atlanta, and drivers dealt with less tire issues than we've seen at other tracks.
Of course there were still some tire issues, but it's clear that Goodyear is now moving in the right direction with new tires to match the speed of the Gen-6 car.
Toward the end of the race, Joey Logano was running extremely strong, but after a caution came out, Kyle Busch was able to take advantage and started at the front of the field.
Logano made a strong effort to run down Busch, but ran out of time. He would finish in second.
Kyle Busch has even more momentum now heading into the Chase, and with how well the 18 team has been working together, this could be the year Kyle wins a championship.
Make sure to join us on the Bleacher Report next weekend as NASCAR heads to Richmond for the final race of the regular season.
Winner at Atlanta: Kyle Busch