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Kurt Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta on second restart

Kurt Busch wins Kobalt Tools 500 (HHL)

With Kurt Busch leading in the final laps Sunday at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, there were several distractions . A life-threatening accident involving two feuding drivers, Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski;  and several other cars being involved in an accident.

Busch started to worry what would happen on the restarts. Not a problem for him at least in this race. Busch survived a couple of  overtime restarts and 16 extra laps to defend his 2009 title at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, for his first win of 2010.

The race was marred with accusations that Carl Edwards purposely wrecked Brad Keselowski’s car, sending it hurling toward the main stands upside down.

Busch wins the race at the 1.54-mile trioval beating Matt Kenseth by nearly half a second. Juan Pablo Montoya, who is always in the top 10 but doesn’t win races, was third, followed by Kasey Kahne and Paul Menard.

Kurt Busch wins Atlanta for the second year in a row (wfe)

The race went 341 laps instead of its scheduled 325 because of two big wrecks near the end of the race.

Edwards, who was running 156 laps behind, clipped Keselowski and caused his car to spin, then lifted into the air near the 190 mph mark; smashing into a barrier in front of the stands roof-first, then flipped back onto the track. Brad Keselowski was fine, but NASCAR officials ordered Edwards to park his car and demanded he meet them in their track offices. There won’t be any decision made on Edwards and his status as a driver until sometime this week.

Other notable drivers in the field include Jimmie Johnson finishing 12th. Pole winner Dale Earnhardt, Jr. finished 15th. His winless streak is now 61.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. on NASCAR pole for Kobalt Tools 500 race

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has captured the pole  for the first time since 2008 after Friday’s qualifying for the Kobalt Tools 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Earnhardt claimed the pole for Sunday’s race with a eye-opening speed of  192.8 mph. The last time he headed the field was in April 2008 at the Texas Motor Speedway.

Says Earnhardt, “Our team is so hungry to do well”.

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. no wins in 2009 (wfe)

Junior is coming off a terrible 2009 season in which he failed to win a race, cracked the top 10 only 5 times and finished in 25th place in the overall standings eventhough he was racing for Hendrick Motorsports, the best on the NASCAR curcuit.

During the offseason, a major shakeup in his group has given Earnhardt new optimism for 2010. “We got beat down last year. We have a chance to start fresh this year. We have a better team”.

Kyle Busch will start on the outside of the front row, with Juan Pablo Montoya in third. Jeff Gordon qualified fifth  giving  Hendrick Motorsports three of the top five spots. 2009 pole-sitter Mark Martin qualified fourth.

Series leader Kevin Harvick  will start 35th in his Chevrolet.

McMurray Wins Daytona 500

Jamie McMurray (Nascar)

By Nancy Mason

MSN Staff Writer

Jamie McMurray, who had a very trying off season, held off Dale Earnhardt, Jr. to win the 2010 Daytona 500 in a thrilling finish. The Super Bowl of Nascar races, needed two stoppages that totaled more than two hours to patch a nagging pothole between turns 1 and 2 of Daytona International Speedway.

Nascar officials had hoped that the season-opening race would help re-energize the industry. But those delays sent NASCAR chairman Brian France into the broadcast booth to calm angry fans and to prevent a total fallout.

It was McMurray’s first race back with Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates, who game him his Sprint Cup Series shot in 2002. Jamie left and spent four frustrating and miserable seasons with Roush Fenway Racing, then lost his ride at the end of 2009 when NASCAR forced Roush to drop a team to meet its four-car limit.

McMurray had to work hard to rejoin Ganassi, and the effort included persuading sponsor Bass Pro Shops owner Johnny Morris to move with him.

Finishing third was Greg Biffle driving a Ford. The top 2, Jamie McMurray and second place finisher Dale Earnhardt, Jr. drove Chevrolets.

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