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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]
Jimmie Johnson, driver of the #48 Lowe’s Chevrolet SS, holds his daughter, Lydia Sunday, November 22, 2015 before final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Johnson and other Jeff Gordon teammates at Hendrick Motorsports wore tribute hats to honor the retiring Chevy driver prior to the start of the race. (Photo by Alan Marler/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS, races to a sixth place finish Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Gordon finishes third in the Chase for the Cup Championship. This was Gordon`s last race as a NASCAR Sprint Cup driver. He has made 796 consecutive Cup Series starts, earned 93 wins, and 81 poles - all behind the wheel of Chevrolets. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. Harvick finishes as the runner-up in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. (Photo by Andrew Coppley/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Defending Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John’s Chevrolet SS, races to a second place finish, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Axalta Chevrolet SS finishes in sixth place, and Martin Truex, Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Visser Precision finishes in twelfth place Sunday, November 22, 2015 in the final race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida. This Chevrolet drivers finished 2nd, 3rd and 4th (respectively) in the Chase of the Cup Championship. (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)
Series championship contenders Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, take part in pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Former racing driver Mario Andretti, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton pose during pre-race ceremonies for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell Pennzoil Ford, and Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser/Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 AXALTA Chevrolet, and Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Chevrolet, race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, crosses the finish line to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida.  (Photo Credit: Jonathan Ferrey/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with a burnout after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race in Victory Lane after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Sean Gardner/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates winning the series championship and the race with his team after the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Crispy Toyota, celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the series championship and the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 22, 2015 in Homestead, Florida. (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

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