Garage chatter: What everybody's talking about heading to Atlanta

August 30 news and notes

From the editors' desks ... -- Noon ET The NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers enjoyed a rare off weekend, but there was plenty of action for fans.

The Camping World Truck Series headed to Chicagoland Speedway, where the racing turned into a hot contest with a familiar face in Victory Lane.

Kyle Busch pushed his recent surge to four wins in a row after battling points leader Todd Bodine and taking the win . With the victory, Busch proved why the FOX Sports team of Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Jeff Hammond say NASCAR needs this guy .

The NASCAR Nationwide Series took the show to the road course Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. While defending race winner Carl Edwards and road-ace Marcos Ambrose enjoyed some laps at the front, this race became a duel of road-course specialists. In the end, Boris Said held off Max Papis to take the win. ( Highlights )

And where were the Cup drivers and teams? Waltrip, McReynolds and Hammond discussed how vital proper usage of this final off weekend could be to Chase teams .

On the news front, Indy Racing League CEO Randy Bernard said that the organization would be open to allowing suspended NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel compete in its ranks.

Now, the Sprint Cup teams turn their attention to Atlanta Motor Speedway and the pair of races remaining before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

Can Hendrick Motorsports get back on track ? Is Kevin Harvick the Chase favorite ? And who will lock into the field at Atlanta?

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-- Jorge A. Mondaca and Rea White