BROOKLYN, Mich. (NASCAR.com) - Michigan finally unrolled the welcome mat for Kyle Busch, the first official member of the 2011 Chase.
Busch got his first Sprint Cup Series victory at Michigan International Speedway in his 14th start at the two-mile track, holding off Jimmie Johnson in a green-white-checkered finish to win Sunday's Pure Michigan 400.
Busch beat Johnson to the finish line by .568 seconds to claim his series-best fourth victory of the season and the 23rd of his career. Busch kept Johnson winless at Michigan, one of five active tracks on the Cup circuit where the five-time champion hasn't been to Victory Lane.
Brad Keselowski continued his recent surge with a third-place run, followed by Mark Martin and Ryan Newman. Jeff Gordon, Kasey Kahne, Clint Bowyer, Tony Stewart and Matt Kenseth completed the top 10.
The 4th moves Martin up to 16th in the Sprint Cup standings.
Next stop is Bristol for the Irwin Tools Night Race. Green flag drops next Saturday at 6:30pm on KAIT.