BUSCH: Jeff Burton scores the 300 win in Atlanta

Jeff Burton scored the win in the Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in fairly dominating fashion/ Burton led in the closing portion of the race 10-car lengths over the field. Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth attempted to hunt him down but just...

Jeff Burton scored the win in the Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in fairly dominating fashion/ Burton led in the closing portion of the race 10-car lengths over the field. Kasey Kahne and Matt Kenseth attempted to hunt him down but just couldn't catch the No. 21 Richard Childress Racing Chevy.

Burton passed Kenseth with 20 laps to go and from there it was clear sailing for Burton to earn his first win of the season in any of NASCAR's series since 2002. It is his 21rst Busch series victory.

It has been a bumpy few years for Burton who left Roush Racing for Childress but thus far has produced little results.

"You question yourself," said Burton. "You question everything. But I'm proud of myself. I stayed focused through all of it," added Burton, who will race on the same track Sunday in the Golden Corral 500. "We're working really hard and trying really hard to get back to the top."

Kahne settled for second, "We had a good car, but it's all tore up. I tried waiting for awhile and letting my tires cool off. But then by the time I caught Jeff (Burton) my tires were wore out."

Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and JJ Yeley complete the top five.

Burton's win makes it a clean sweep for Cup series regulars competing in Busch; they have won all five of the races this season.

Blown right rear tires were the cause of three of the six cautions. Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch and Carl Edwards all fell victim to tire failures. Goodyear blamed the problem on balance issues with the race car set-up and excessive wear.

There were six cautions for 39 laps and 10 lead changes among 14 drivers.

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Series NASCAR XFINITY
Drivers Jeff Burton , Matt Kenseth , Greg Biffle , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Kyle Busch
Teams Richard Childress Racing