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NASCAR RACE #25 PREVIEW: AdvoCare 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway Tonight at 6:30 pm on ESPN

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series moves into Dixieland for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the suburb of Hampton, Georgia.

Atlanta is one of the larger tracks on the NASCAR circuit with 124,000 capacity and a track length of 1.54 miles.

The 500.5-mile race consists of 325 laps.

Atlanta Motor Speedway (file photo)

In the last 10 races at Atlanta, the top winners includes Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch with two each. Jeff Gordon has won one race. In 15 races at the speedway, Gordon has finished in the top five, tops among active drivers.

Former president and racing fan Jimmy Carter, a Georgia native, worked at the track as a ticket vendor in the 1960′s. Driver Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR event in Atlanta in 1960, the Dixie 200.

REVIEWING THE 2011 AdvoCare 500 Race: Rain extended the Labor Day weekend race into Tuesday. Hendricks Motorsports finished 1-2 with Gordon leading a race-high 146 laps which included the final 38 to hold off teammate Johnson for the win. With his 85th win, Gordon broke the tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for third on the career Cup win list. Gordon only trails Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) in wins.

The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

For more information on the race or to follow it live, log onto NASCAR.com or AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.

Stewart earns first pole of the year; Biffle on front row as well

 

Tony Stewart, one of NASCAR’S most-popular drivers, completed a fast lap of 186.121 mph to earn his first pole of the season for Sunday’s (tonight) Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Atlanta suburb of Hampton, Georgia.

Tony Stewart (megasportsnews.com photo)

Greg Biffle will start on the outside of the front row for the AdvoCare 500.

Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth placed on the second row.

 

 

Info compiled from NASCAR news

 

McMurray wins NASCAR Nationwide race in Atlanta

Jamie McMurray took the lead for good on the final restart and held off Kyle Busch to win the Great Clips 300 Nationwide Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the suburb of Hampton, Georgia.

Busch was trying to become the first driver in the 28-year history of the Nationwide Series to win 11 races in a season, fell short in his attempt to catch McMurray late in the race. Busch will have to wait another week to win his 11th victory of the season.

Jamie McMurray (photo credit Getty Images for NASCAR media.com)

Busch fell from first to third as McMurray took the lead coming out of pit row following the final caution flag on the 167th lap of 195.

Busch led the most laps in the race and finished second with Carl Edwards placing third. Kevin Harvick was fourth followed by Matt Kenseth and Joey Logano.

McMurray, who raced to his first Nationwide Series win in Atlanta in 2002, won for the first time since Darlington in 2004. He has won twice on the Sprint Cup circuit this year.

Lnfo courtesy of NASCAR Nationwide series

Tony Stewart readies for ‘The Chase’; wins Atlanta race

Tony Stewart chats with media (file photo)

With Sunday’s win at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia, Tony Stewart seems like he’s ready for the upcoming chase. with one race left to go, the Indiana native looks like a very serious contender.

The breakthrough on Sunday night gave Stewart his first victory of the season with a dominating performance at the track in suburban Atlanta.

Stewart led more laps (176) in the Emory Healthcare 500 than anyone else combined and pulled away from Carl Edwards on the last restart to win by a comfortable 1.316 seconds. Stewart snapped a streak of 31 races without a win, the second=longest drought of his 12-year NASCAR Cup career, surpassed only by a 43-race gap over the 2007-2008 seasons.

The driver of the Number 14 car has been one of the most consistent performers in the series since a slow start to the season. Ten of his last 12 races have resulted in top-10 finishes.

With the Chase looming, Stewart, now 39, will be looking for his third championship, but first as a car owner.

Next week’s race at Richmond, is actally the regular-season finale. Stewart is one of 10 drivers who’ve already clinched spots in the 12-man Chase, with Kevin Harvick, the points leader, Jeff Gordon and Kyle Busch leading the way.

Stewart is fourth in points, followed by Karl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. There are several drivers trying to grab the last two spots.

Currently, Greg Biffle is 11th and Clint Bowyer is 12th, but they are being challenged by Ryan Newman, Mark Martin.

compiled from staff & NASCAR reports

NASCAR RACE #26 preview: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia with Denny Hamlin on the pole

MEGASPORTSNEWS.COM FEATURE

After taking last weekend off, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series will get back to action tonight, September 5 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, in the Atlanta suburb of Hampton, located 30 miles from the downtown area.

The race will be televised by ESPN and starts at 7:30 p.m.

Denny Hamlin (courtesy of NASCARmedia)

This will be the second time that the circuit has been to the Atlanta area. Race Number 4 back in March, the Kobalt Tools 500.

Atlanta Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Atlanta Motor Speedway is a Quad-oval with a seating capacity of 113,000. The 500.5 mile race, the Emory Healthcare 500 will be run in 325 laps.

The frontstretch and the backstetch were swapped when the track was renovated in 1997 to become NASCAR’s fastest 1.5-mile track. The asphalt is banked 24 degrees in the turns.

Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the 1960 Dixie 200.

Last year’s race was called the Pep Boys Auto 500 which featured the tracks’s first night-time Cup race, eight drivers led 17 of more laps. Kasey Kahne led the final 11 on the way to hia second win of the season. Kahne held off Kevin Harvick, who led 66 of the 325 laps. Juan Pablo Montoya, David Reutimann and Mark Martin also had top-five finishes.

Denny Hamlin is trying to shake off his mid-season slump and he showed some sign of coming out of it on Saturday by claiming the pole for the Emory Healthcare 500.

He will be followed by Ryan Newman, Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards and Tony Stewart.

Hamlin captured the eighth pole of his career and the 50th for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hamlin has won five races this season, but it has almost three months since his last victory. He’s coming off a disappointing 34-th place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway and is fifth in the point standings and will be in The Chase which be starting at Richmond next week.

Failing to make the 43-car field were Todd Bodine, Landon Cassill, Jason Leffler and Scott Riggs.



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