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Kyle Busch claimed his fourth win of the 2011 season, holding off Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-chequered finish to become the first driver confirmed through to the Chase.
Kyle Busch took charge of the Pure Michigan 400 Sprint Cup race on the two mile Michigan International Speedway oval with 16 laps to go, and even a late caution caused by his brother Kurt which gave Jimmie Johnson an opportunity to close up wasn't enough to give the driver of the #18 any trouble.

It's Kyle's 23rd career Cup victory, but his first at Michigan. And it comes with a very special bonus prize, with Kyle Busch now confirmed through to the post-season Chase for the championship title.

It was another outstanding day for Brad Keselowski whose hot streak continues with third place, but a bad day for Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards - while Tony Stewart was left telling reporters that with the form they have right now with the #14, he didn't even think it was worth getting into the Chase.

Race results

1. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 203 laps 02:42:30.000s (47/1 pts)
2. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 203 laps + 0.568s (43/1 pts)
3. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 203 laps + 0.788s (41/0 pts)
4. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 203 laps + 1.037s (41/1 pts)
5. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 203 laps + 1.826s (39/0 pts)
6. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 203 laps + 1.949s (39/1 pts)
7. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 203 laps + 2.468s (38/1 pts)
8. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 203 laps + 2.473s (36/0 pts)
9. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 203 laps + 2.616s (35/0 pts)
10. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 203 laps + 3.034s (35/1 pts)
11. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 203 laps + 3.143s (33/0 pts)
12. #6 David Ragan Ford 203 laps + 3.198s (32/0 pts)
13. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 203 laps + 3.413s (31/0 pts)
14. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 203 laps + 3.795s (30/0 pts)
15. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 203 laps + 3.841s (29/0 pts)
16. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 203 laps + 3.845s (28/0 pts)
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 203 laps + 4.016s (27/0 pts)
18. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 203 laps + 4.017s (26/0 pts)
19. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 203 laps + 4.019s (25/0 pts)
20. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 203 laps + 4.025s (26/2 pts)
21. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 203 laps + 4.105s (23/0 pts)
22. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 203 laps + 4.230s (22/0 pts)
23. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 203 laps + 4.389s (21/0 pts)
24. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 203 laps + 4.657s (0pts)
25. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 203 laps + 4.770s (19/0 pts)
26. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 203 laps + 4.822s (18/0 pts)
27. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 203 laps + 4.903s (17/0 pts)
28. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 202 laps + 1 lap (0pts)
29. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 202 laps + 1 lap (16/1 pts)
30. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 202 laps + 1 lap (14/0 pts)
31. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 201 laps + 2 laps (0pts)
32. #34 David Gilliland Ford 201 laps + 2 laps (12/0 pts)
33. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 198 laps + 5 laps (11/0 pts)
34. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 197 laps Accident (10/0 pts)
35. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188 laps + 15 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 174 laps + 29 laps (8/0 pts)
37. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 32 laps Vibration (8/1 pts)
38. #37 Tony Raines Ford 26 laps Rear Gear (6/0 pts)
39. #66 Todd Bodine Toyota 21 laps Electrical (0pts)
40. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 20 laps Clutch (4/0 pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 18 laps Ignition (0pts)
42. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 14 laps Electrical (0pts)
43. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 11 laps Electrical (1/0 pts)

Final Practice

1. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 38.371s (Leader) 187.642 mph
2. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 38.417s (-0.046) 187.417 mph
3. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 38.419s (-0.048) 187.407 mph
4. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 38.422s (-0.051) 187.393 mph
5. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 38.452s (-0.081) 187.246 mph
6. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 38.485s (-0.114) 187.086 mph
7. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 38.502s (-0.131) 187.003 mph
8. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 38.520s (-0.149) 186.916 mph
9. #6 David Ragan Ford 38.523s (-0.152) 186.901 mph
10. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 38.566s (-0.195) 186.693 mph
11. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 38.571s (-0.200) 186.669 mph
12. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 38.586s (-0.215) 186.596 mph
13. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 38.662s (-0.291) 186.229 mph
14. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 38.689s (-0.318) 186.099 mph
15. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 38.700s (-0.329) 186.046 mph
16. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 38.715s (-0.344) 185.974 mph
17. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 38.749s (-0.378) 185.811 mph
18. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 38.750s (-0.379) 185.807 mph
19. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 38.776s (-0.405) 185.682 mph
20. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 38.794s (-0.423) 185.596 mph
21. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 38.801s (-0.430) 185.562 mph
22. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 38.883s (-0.512) 185.171 mph
23. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 38.895s (-0.524) 185.114 mph
24. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 38.915s (-0.544) 185.019 mph
25. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 38.937s (-0.566) 184.914 mph
26. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 38.958s (-0.587) 184.814 mph
27. #30 David Stremme Chevrolet 38.969s (-0.598) 184.762 mph
28. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 38.999s (-0.628) 184.620 mph
29. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 39.275s (-0.904) 183.323 mph
30. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 39.316s (-0.945) 183.132 mph
31. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 39.339s (-0.968) 183.025 mph
32. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 39.401s (-1.030) 182.736 mph
33. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 39.418s (-1.047) 182.658 mph
34. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 39.548s (-1.177) 182.057 mph
35. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 39.676s (-1.305) 181.470 mph
36. #34 David Gilliland Ford 39.704s (-1.333) 181.342 mph
37. #32 Ken Schrader Ford 39.728s (-1.357) 181.232 mph
38. #66 Todd Bodine Toyota 39.733s (-1.362) 181.210 mph
39. #71 Andy Lally* Ford 39.772s (-1.401) 181.032 mph
40. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 39.824s (-1.453) 180.796 mph
41. #37 Tony Raines Ford 39.993s (-1.622) 180.031 mph
42. #87 TBA Toyota 40.040s (-1.669) 179.820 mph
43. #60 Mike Skinner Toyota 40.047s (-1.676) 179.789 mph

* Denotes Rookie



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