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Clint Bowyer won a last lap shoot out with his Richard Childress Racing team mate Jeff Burton at Talladega, in a race that proved costly for a number of Chase contenders.
Clint Bowyer took what may prove to be his last race win at Richard Childress Racing on Sunday in the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, just edging out his team mate Jeff Burton by 0.018s in a last lap shootout.

It's Bowyer's first win of the season and his fifth Cup victory of his series career, but it's likely to be the last for RCR as he's signed to leave the team and join Michael Waltrip Racing in 2012.

But it's likely to be remembered as the race with the most decisive impact on the Chase of the post-season to date, effectively curtailing the championship contenders to just four after a series of accidents put paid to the hopes of Kyle and Kurt Busch, as well as putting Kevin Harvick on the brink of falling out of the running.

After Talladega, Carl Edwards has emerged as the clear favourite for the 2011 title ahead of Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski and Tony Stewart.

Race results

1. #33 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet 188 laps 03:30:40.000s (47/1 pts)
2. #31 Jeff Burton Chevrolet 188 laps + 0.018s (43/1 pts)
3. #36 Dave Blaney Chevrolet 188 laps + 1.464s (42/1 pts)
4. #2 Brad Keselowski Dodge 188 laps + 1.523s (41/1 pts)
5. #83 Brian Vickers Toyota 188 laps + 1.776s (40/1 pts)
6. #4 Kasey Kahne Toyota 188 laps + 1.835s (39/1 pts)
7. #14 Tony Stewart Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.318s (39/2 pts)
8. #11 Denny Hamlin Toyota 188 laps + 2.367s (36/0 pts)
9. #115 Michael Waltrip Toyota 188 laps + 2.375s (36/1 pts)
10. #56 Martin Truex Jr. Toyota 188 laps + 2.392s (34/0 pts)
11. #99 Carl Edwards Ford 188 laps + 2.422s (34/1 pts)
12. #27 Paul Menard Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.442s (32/0 pts)
13. #00 David Reutimann Toyota 188 laps + 2.451s (31/0 pts)
14. #16 Greg Biffle Ford 188 laps + 2.482s (31/1 pts)
15. #21 Trevor Bayne Ford 188 laps + 2.543s (0pts)
16. #51 Landon Cassill Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.575s (0pts)
17. #13 Casey Mears Toyota 188 laps + 2.578s (27/0 pts)
18. #17 Matt Kenseth Ford 188 laps + 2.605s (27/1 pts)
19. #9 Marcos Ambrose Ford 188 laps + 2.620s (26/1 pts)
20. #5 Mark Martin Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.740s (25/1 pts)
21. #38 Travis Kvapil Ford 188 laps + 2.803s (0pts)
22. #34 David Gilliland Ford 188 laps + 2.868s (22/0 pts)
23. #42 Juan Montoya Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.910s (22/1 pts)
24. #20 Joey Logano Toyota 188 laps + 2.926s (20/0 pts)
25. #88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.952s (20/1 pts)
26. #48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet 188 laps + 2.981s (19/1 pts)
27. #24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet 188 laps + 3.085s (18/1 pts)
28. #6 David Ragan Ford 188 laps + 26.086s (17/1 pts)
29. #1 Jamie McMurray Chevrolet 184 laps + 4 laps (16/1 pts)
30. #78 Regan Smith Chevrolet 180 laps + 8 laps (14/0 pts)
31. #43 A.J. Allmendinger Ford 179 laps + 9 laps (13/0 pts)
32. #29 Kevin Harvick Chevrolet 179 laps + 9 laps (13/1 pts)
33. #18 Kyle Busch Toyota 175 laps + 13 laps (12/1 pts)
34. #32 Terry Labonte Ford 175 laps + 13 laps (10/0 pts)
35. #47 Bobby Labonte Toyota 173 laps + 15 laps (9/0 pts)
36. #22 Kurt Busch Dodge 173 laps In Pit (9/1 pts)
37. #7 Robby Gordon Dodge 173 laps In Pit (8/1 pts)
38. #39 Ryan Newman Chevrolet 172 laps + 16 laps (7/1 pts)
39. #71 Andy Lally * Ford 162 laps + 26 laps (6/1 pts)
40. #66 Michael McDowell Toyota 6 laps In Pit (4/0 pts)
41. #87 Joe Nemechek Toyota 4 laps In Pit (0pts)
42. #55 J.J. Yeley Ford 3 laps In Pit (2/0 pts)
43. #97 Kevin Conway Toyota 2 laps In Pit (0pts)

* Denotes Rookie



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Joey Logano leads a pack early during the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. [Photo Credit: NASCAR Media]
Mark Martin leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series field to the green flag to start the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. [Photo credit: Jason Smith/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Earnhardt-Gannasi Racing teammates Juan Pablo Montoya and Jamie McMurray battle Red Bull Racing teammates Kasey Kahne and Brian Vickers during the Good Sam Club 500 at Talladega Superspeedway. [Photo credit: NASCAR Media]
Juan Pablo Montoya and Kyle Busch are among six cars involved in a Lap 104 accident. [Photo Credit: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for NASCAR]
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate A Driver Chevrolet SS qualified for third position September 19, 2014 for Sunday`s Chase Challenger 16 NASCAR Sprint Cup race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. Harvick is in the Chase which continues with the Challenger 16 for this and next week`s race. (Photo by Christa L Thomas/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates setting the pole position during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Robert Laberge/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, speaks at a press conference following practice for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, smiles at Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire.  (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Designate a Driver Chevrolet, practices for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Sylvania 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 19, 2014 in Loudon, New Hampshire. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, leads the field after a restart during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, places his name in the top twelve on The Chase Grid after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, puts the winner`s sticker on his car in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, leads Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, and Kyle Larson, driver of the #42 Target Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois.  (Photo Credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Eckrich Ford, races Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)

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