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NASCAR Cup at Atlanta #2: Kurt Busch wins ahead of his brother Kyle

Atlanta, GA, June 11/21 (by John Davison): Kurt Busch outraced his younger brother over the final 25 laps of the Quaker State 400 to take his first win of the 2021 season and his 33rd career victory, finishing 1.237 sec ahead of his younger brother at the checkered flag.

Chase Elliott started on the pole, hoping to become only the second native Georgia driver to win a Cup race at Atlanta, following in his father's tire tracks, but after leading the first 13 laps, he never challenged for the lead again. "We changed a bunch of stuff throughout the day and just kind of kept grinding," Elliott stated. "I feel like we got to a decent spot there at the end. We weren't anything special."

The race was interrupted by only one incident caution, when Cody Ware, Ricky Stenhouse Jr and Daniel Suarez got together on the second turn. The second Stage caution turned into a red flag for 19 minutes so that track officials could patch a broken section of the pavement along the front stretch. Just this week, the track and Speedway Motorsports had announced plans to repave the track and reconfigure the banking before the 2022 race season. The plans involve increasing the bank angle to 28 degrees and narrowing the racing width of the banks to the same width as Charlotte and Daytona, moves that met with mixed feelings among racers.

Mother Nature threatened to affect the outcome of the race with light sprinkles falling late in the second Stage but nothing heavy enough to affect the track conditions or require a caution.

During the final run to the flag, the younger Busch gained on his brother several times but a bobble with only five laps left ended his gains and he fell back to finish in second place, followed by Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman and Ryan Blaney in the top five.

"Hell yeah, we beat Kyle!" Kurt cheered at the end of the race. "I taught that kid everything he knows; he should be grateful.

“What a battle. What a genuine, awesome, old-school racetrack, and I just asked the track today, last time here on your old asphalt, can I have an old guy win, and she answered. Thank you, Atlanta Motor Speedway!"

"It's just the same as always. We just don't have enough front end with laps on tires," lamented Kyle Busch. "[I] just tried to fight hard after that when I got passed and had one valiant effort off of [turn] two, but didn't have enough momentum to drag him down and make him go high in (turns) three and four, and after that the tires were smoked. Great effort. Guys gave me a great piece. We were fast. The No. 1 (Kurt Busch) was definitely better than us today. I just thought I had him."

The next NASCAR Cup race will be held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway (near Loudon, NH) next Sunday, July 18th.

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