Kurt Busch wins Sprint Cup race at Atlanta

The other Busch showed his kid brother a thing or two.

Kurt Busch, a former NASCAR Cup champion who's been overshadowed lately by his sibling Kyle Busch, drove to a dominating victory Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The 30-year-old Busch led 235 of 330 laps in the Kobalt Tools 500, surviving a couple of scrapes with the wall and a late caution to pull away for a 0.332-second victory over Jeff Gordon.

South Bend LaSalle grads Ryan Newman and David Stremme finished back to back. Newman was 22nd, Stremme 23rd.

Newman, the 2008 Daytona 500 champion, has not finished in the top 20 yet this season since joining up with Stewart Haas Racing. Sunday's finish was his best of the year.

Teammate Tony Stewart was 8th.

Pole-sitter Mark Martin, who had become the second-oldest driver in Cup history to claim the top spot in qualifying, had another rough day after blowing engines the two previous weeks. He apparently cut a tire, smashed the wall and finished 31st, 14 laps down.

How dominating was Busch? He led more laps in one afternoon than he did all of last season (164), when his only victory came in a rain-shortened race at Loudon, N.H.

For his victory lap, Busch grabbed the checkered flag and drove backward around the 1.54-mile quad-oval. That might have been the only way anyone would have caught him during the race.

Gordon is still waiting for his first win since 2007, but he remained on top of the Sprint Cup standings after another strong run.


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