Kurt Bush wins the Atlanta 400

ATLANTA – Kurt Bush won the Atlanta 400 t0 score his 33rd career NASCAR Cup Series victory, his first for the season, and his series-leading fourth at Atlanta.

His margin over second-place Kyle Bush was 1.237 seconds.

Throughout the race, there were four caution periods for a total of 21 laps. Only 18 of the 37 drivers in the Atlanta 400 finished on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin remains the championship leader after Atlanta with a 10-point advantage over second-place Kyle Larson.

The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 on Sunday, July 18 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The race starts at 3 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by NBCSN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Race Winner:  Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

Stage 1 Winner:  Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing (Toyota)

Stage 2 Winner:  Kurt Busch of Chip Ganassi Racing (Chevrolet)

SHR Race Finish:            

●  Kevin Harvick (Started 21st, Finished 11th / Running, completed 260 of 260 laps)

●  Chase Briscoe (Started 11th, Finished 15th / Running, completed 260 of 260 laps)  

●  Cole Custer (Started 23rd, Finished 17th / Running, completed 260 of 260 laps)

●  Aric Almirola (Started 20th, Finished 23rd / Running, completed 258 of 260 laps)

SHR Points:

●  Kevin Harvick (9th with 626 points, 210 out of first)

●  Chase Briscoe (23rd with 367 points, 469 out of first)

●  Aric Almirola (27th with 331 points, 505 out of first)

●  Cole Custer (28th with 314 points, 522 out of first)

SHR Notes:        

●  Harvick has finished 11th or better in his last eight NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta.

●  Harvick finished 10th in Stage 1 to earn one bonus point.

●  Briscoe earned his fifth top-15 of the season and it came in his second career NASCAR Cup Series start at Atlanta.

●  Briscoe was the highest finishing NASCAR Cup Series rookie for the 17th time this season.

●  Custer’s 17th-place result bettered his previous best finish at Atlanta – 18th, earned in the series’ prior visit to the track in March.

●  Almirola led once for eight laps, increasing his laps led total at Atlanta to 44.