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Kyle Busch Wins at Watkins Glen
The Top 10 drivers in points after race 26 will qualify for the playoff Chase, and be eligible to compete for the Sprint Cup Series Championship. The final two “Wildcard” Chase spots will be filled with the drivers who have the most wins, but are not already qualified for the Chase. A driver must be in the Top 20 to be eligible for a Wildcard spot. The 12 Chase drivers will compete alongside all Sprint Cup
competitors in the final 10 races of the season. NASCAR Wire Service: The third time may have been the charm for Kyle Busch, but it was a jinx for pole-winner Marcos Ambrose. Having surrendered the lead
late in the last two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Watkins Glen
International. Busch reversed the trend Sunday in winning the Cheez-It 355 at the 2.45-mile road course by .486 seconds over runner-up Brad Keselowski. Ambrose had the race in hand, having led 51 of the first 61 laps, until an inopportune caution in the middle of a pit stop cycle dropped him back to 12th for a restart on Lap 64 of 90. Busch grabbed the lead when Ambrose came to pit road under yellow on Lap 62 and held it the rest of the way. A wreck on Lap 85 ended Ambrose’s bid for a third straight win at the Glen. Martin Truex Jr. ran third, followed by Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya. Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, and A.J. Allmendinger completed the top 10.

Up Next: Michigan

Race: Pure Michigan 400 - Race 23 of 36
Race Length: 400 miles - 200 laps
Track: Michigan International Speedway - 2 mile
2012 Winner: Greg Biffle
Radio: MRN Radio - Sun., Aug. 18 11:00 am CDT
TV: ESPN - Sunday, August 18 - 11:00 am CDT
Notes: With 13 wins, Jack Roush has more victories than any other owner at
Michigan.

Tony Stewart Out of Hospital. Now Resting at Home
AP: Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart has been released from the hospital and is resting at home. His team, Stewart-Haas Racing, tweeted the news on Sunday night: ''TonyStewart is out of the
hospital & resting as comfortably as he can at home. Thx for the  thoughts & prayers.'' The tweet closed with a ''SmokeWillRise'' hashtag. Stewart broke his right leg in two places last Monday night in a sprint car
race in Iowa and is out indefinitely after two surgeries to repair the damage. A five-time winner at Watkins Glen International, Stewart missed race Sunday, snapping his streak of 521 consecutive Cup starts
and dropping him six spots to 17th in the Sprint Cup standings. Max Papis drove Stewart's No. 14 Chevrolet and finished 15th. Several drivers had stickers on their cars honoring Stewart with the message: ''Get Well Smoke 14.'' The team is  expected to name a replacement driver for Stewart as early as Monday.

Who's Hot:

Greg Biffle is almost always good at Michigan. He has four total wins at the track, including the last two straight.

Who's Not:

Michigan has not been kind to Kurt Busch lately. Kurt is averaging 30th place
finish in the last six races at the track.

Point Standings:

1 JIMMIE JOHNSON
2 Clint Bowyer -75
3 Carl Edwards -80
4 Kevin Harvick -101
5 Kyle Busch -115
6 Dale Earnhardt Jr. -138
7 Matt Kenseth -149
8 Brad Keselowski -174
9 Greg Biffle -181
10 Martin Truex Jr. -183
WC Kasey Kahne 1 Win
WC Ryan Newman 1 Win

 

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