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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


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.

NASCAR RACE PREVIEW #25: Bristol Motor Speedway, Saturday August 21, 2010



The NASCAR Sprint Cup series moves back to the state of Tennessee, where they had the 5th race on the schedule this year, Bristol Motor Speedway in Bristol, which seats 160,000 fans.

The Irwin Tools 500 night race will be on ABC-TV at 7:30 p.m.

Bristol is an oval with 500 laps being equivalent to 266.5 miles.

Bristol Motor Speedway (NASCAR)

Known as “Thunder Valley,” the concrete track with the tall grandstands was resurfaced in 2007. Banking is very transitional, going from 26 degrees at the bottom of the turn to 30 degrees at the top. On the straightaways,, it goes from 5 to 8 degrees.

Bristol has sold out 56 straight Cup races since 1982, the longest current streak in NASCAR.

Kyle Busch has won three of the last six Cup races at Bristol.

The 2009 race was the Sharpie 500 where Kyle Busch made it a sweep at Bristol, holding off Mark Martin after a late-race crash that brought out a red flag. Michael Waltrip, who led 424-432, Clint Bowyer and Joey Logano were involved.

Busch dominated once the race went green. Martin, who led 240 of the 500 laps, finished second with Marcos Ambrose, Greg Biffle and Denny Hamlin placing third through fifth.

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Kyle Busch wins again in Nationwide series

Photo used with permission by media relations department

Kyle Busch continues his hot streak by racing to his sixth victory in the last seven Nationwide starts and ninth in 17 events during the 2010 season.

His latest win came at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa Saturday night, as he led 209 of the 250 laps and simply dominated the race.

Busch is just one win away from the series season victory record of 10 that he shares with Sam Ard. Busch, a 10-time winner in 2008, is second in Nationwide series history with 39 wins, nine behind Mark Martin’s record of 48.

Kyle Busch pit stop at Iowa Speedway (photo credit Matthew Stockman of Getty Images for

Kevin Harvick was second, followed by Jason Leffler. Brad Keselowski finished fourth to stay ahead in the series points standings by 231 over bitter-rival Carl Edwards who finished 10th.

The crowd of 56,000 at the Iowa Speedway saw Trevor Bayne, who became the first Nationwide driver in 18 years to capture three consecutive poles earlier on Saturday, finished fifth in the race.

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR Nationwide Series news

Kyle Busch wins 8th Nationwide race of year at Clermont, Indiana

Photos used by permission from NASCAR media relations department

When it comes to the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Kyle Busch keeps on winning.

Kyle Busch celebrates win (photo credit Tom Pennington of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Saturday night at Clermont, Indiana which is northwest of Indianapolis, Busch held off Carl Edwards on a late restart to win the NASCAR Nationwide race at O’Reilly Raceway Park. He collected his eighth victory of the season and showed everyone that he is the dominant driver in NASCAR’S number 2 series.

Busch has certainly earned his domination. He has won five of the last six Nationwide starts which gives him 38 for his career. Only Mark Martin with 48 wins has more than Busch.

Aric Almirola finished third, followed by pole-sitter Trevor Bayne and Reed Sorenson. Brad Keselowski finished eighth after falling out of contention late in the race.

Kyle Busch wins Nationwide race (photo credit Christian Peterson of Getty Images for NASCAR)

Busch led 144 laps and held on just enough at the end to hold off Edwards who is on his best behavior since NASCAR put him and Brad Keselowski on probation for the rest of the season for their actions of aggression towards each other over several races.

compiled from staff, wire and NASCAR Nationwide news

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