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

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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.



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.

Week 4 in Nascar Schedule: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway (ams)

Can the red-hot number 48 Lowes Chevrolet team led by Jimmie Johnson make it three wins in a row?

NASCAR moves into dixieland this week at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Ga., which is 30 miles  south of Atlanta. The seating capacity is 113,000 on a quad-oval track. The Kobalt Tools 500 will be on March 7 on Fox TV at 1 p.m. This is the 50th anniversary of the speedway and Atlanta has hosted more 500-mile races (93) than any other NASCAR facility.

Renovations at the facility turned th speedway into NASCAR’s fastest 1.5 mile track. The asphalt is banked in the turns.

Since Jimmie Johnson’s sweep in 2007, two Dodges, a Ford, and a Toyota have won at Atlanta. Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR event in Atlanta, the 1960 Dixie 200.

Recapping the 2009 race, Kurt Busch dominated, leading 234 of the 330 laps in his Miller Lite Dodge, but needed to get past Carl Edwards with two laps to go to win the race. Jeff Gordon, who led 47 laps, also slipped past Edwards for second. Mark Martin, the pole-sitter finished 31st.