Kurt Busch wins battle of brothers at Atlanta

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With the “help” of Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Ross Chastain, Kurt Busch bested his brother, Kyle Busch, to win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Leading the race with 25 laps to go, Kyle Busch closed on Chastain to put him a lap down. But Chastain ended up slowing Kyle Busch down, enabling Kurt Busch to catch and pass him for the lead.

Kyle Busch didn’t let his sibling get away and almost took the lead back off a massive run inside with seven laps to go. But Kurt Busch repelled the attack, then pulled away through lapped traffic to a 1.2-second win.

Kyle Busch settled for runner-up, ahead of Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. in third. Alex Bowman finished fourth. Ryan Blaney, who won at Atlanta in March, finished fifth.

This story will be updated…

STAGE 1 WINNER: Kyle Busch

STAGE 2 WINNER: Kurt Busch

WHO HAD A GOOD RACE: Dawsonville, Georgia native and Cup champion Chase Elliott finished seventh at his home track.

WHO HAD A BAD RACE: Already on the fringe of the playoff picture, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Daniel Suarez were both swept up in a multi-car crash at Lap 31. That relegated Suarez and Stenhouse to 36th and 37th-place finishes, respectively.

NOTABLE: Perhaps to show why it’s set for its first repave in a quarter century, a chunk of the racing surface came up on the front stretch and forced a red flag for repairs at Lap 167. The red flag lasted for 19 minutes, four seconds.

NEXT: Sunday, July 18 – New Hampshire Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET, NBCSN)

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