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Kobalt Tools 500 News and Notes

Kobalt Tools 500 News and Notes

Fast Times in Hot 'Lanta - Analyzing the Kobalt Tools 500

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2007) – Always acknowledged as one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series schedule, Atlanta Motor Speedway can also claim to be one of the most interesting. It’s an arguable point, but Atlanta certainly has a leg to stand on in the discussion.

Figure this: of top 11 closest finishes since the advent of electronic scoring in May of 1993, three of them occurred at Atlanta. And two of the top five were at Atlanta.

So you better believe Atlanta has a solid case. It has the two things every NASCAR fan thrives on: speed and intrigue. And they have the numbers to back it up.

Take a look:

On March 11, 2001, Kevin Harvick defeated Jeff Gordon by .006 seconds for the third closest margin of victory.

On March 12, 2000, Dale Earnhardt defeated Bobby Labonte by .010 seconds – fifth closest.

And on March 20, 2005, Carl Edwards defeated Jimmie Johnson by .028 seconds. That tied the mark for 11th closest.

Maybe the same could hold true this Sunday at the Kobalt Tools 500, the first of two races at Atlanta this season. We’ll have to wait and see. The action kicks off at 1:30 p.m. on Fox.

Selected Driver Highlights

Note: All driver stats are at Atlanta. NASCAR’s scoring loops began collecting data for statistical purposes in 2005. That is why the Loop Data statistics in this release cover the last four races at Atlanta.

Greg Biffle (No. 16 Ameriquest Ford)
* Two top fives, five top 10s
* Average finish of 12.0
* 286 laps led
* Highest Driver Rating of 116.0
* Highest Average Running Position of 6.192
* Fastest Driver on the Fronstretch, Turn 1, Turn 3
* Third Fastest on Backstretch, Turn 4
* Most Fastest Laps Run (181)
* Fastest Green Flag Speed, Speed in Traffic

Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet)
* Five top fives and 10 top 10s
* Average finish of 17.76
* Fifth-best Average Running Position of 11.052
* Driver Rating of 91.0, eighth best
* Fourth-Fastest in Turn 1, fifth-Fastest in Turn 3
* 1,021 Laps in the Top 15, fifth most

Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet)
* One win, seven top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 11.267
* 578 laps led
* Seventh-best Average Running Position of 12.405
* Sixth-best Driver Rating of 103.1
* Fastest Driver on the Backstretch; third-Fastest on Turn 2; fourth-Fastest on Turn 3
* 123 Fastest Laps Run, second most

Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)
* Two wins, three top fives, four top 10s
* Average finish of 10.4
* Average Running Position of 12.337, sixth best over last two years
* Fourth-highest Driver Rating of 104.6
* Fifth-fastest Speed in Turn 1
* Third-most Fastest Laps Run (119)

Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)
* Four wins, 12 top fives, 18 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 13.345
* Ninth-best Driver Rating of 90.0
* 132 Quality Passes, third most

Dale Jarrett (No. 44 UPS Toyota)
* One win, 11 top fives, 18 top 10s; two poles
* Average finish of 13.947
* Driver Rating of 77.0 (13th-best)
* 243 Green Flag Passes, sixth best

Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe’s Chevrolet)
* One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish at Atlanta of 10.909
* Led in five races for 203 laps
* Second-best Driver Rating of 112.0
* Average Running Position of 6.305, second best
* Second Fastest Driver on the Backstretch
* Fastest Driver in Turn 2, third-fastest in Turn 3, second-fastest in Turn 4
* Fourth-highest number of Fastest Laps Run (96)
* Third-fastest Green Flag Speed
* 1,181 Laps in the Top 15, fourth most

Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)
* One win, four top fives; one pole
* Average finish of 14.4
* Seventh-highest Driver Rating at 92.1

Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)
* Four top fives, seven top 10s
* Average finish of 16.5
* Tenth-best Driver Rating of 89.7
* Sixth-Fastest Driver in Turn 3; fourth-Fastest in Turn 4
* Sixth-Fastest Green Flag Speed

Bobby Labonte (No. 43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge)
* Six wins, 12 top fives, 13 top 10s; two poles
* Average finish of 15.571
* Tied for fifth-best Closer – positions improved in the last 10% of laps in each race (He moved up nine spots)

Mark Martin (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet)
* Two wins, 13 top fives and 21 top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 16.190
* 924 laps laps led, fourth most among active drivers
* Third-best Average Running Position (7.382)
* Fifth-highest Driver Rating of 104.2
* Fastest Driver in Turn 4
* Second-Fastest Driver in Turn 1, Turn 2, Turn 3
* 1,256 Laps in the Top 15, most of any driver
* Most Quality Passes (148)

Ryan Newman (No. 12 Alltel Dodge)
* One top 5, four top 10s; six poles
* Average finish of 16.6

Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)
* Two wins, six top fives and 10 top 10s
* Average finish of 12.125
* 669 laps led
* Third-highest Driver Rating of 106.5
* Fourth-best Average Running Position of 7.922
* Fourth-Fastest on Frontstretch; fifth-Fastest on Backstretch
* Fifth-most Fastest Laps Run (67)
* 1,187 Laps in the Top 15, third most

Atlanta Streaks

Dale Earnhardt Jr. has three consecutive top-five finishes at Atlanta.
Carl Edwards has scored top-10 finishes in four of his five Atlanta races.
Jeff Gordon has three consecutive top-10 finishes at Atlanta.
Prior to last October’s 36th-place finish, Mark Martin has four consecutive top-5 finishes at Atlanta.
Tony Stewart has three consecutive top-10 finishes and has finished in the top 10 of the last 11 Atlanta races.
Atlanta  Motor Speedway Data
Race #: 4 of 36 (3-18-07) Number of laps: 325
Track Size: 1.54 miles Length of Event: 500.5 miles



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Drivers Hoping For Toyota Turnaround At Atlanta

March 12, 2007 3:14 p.m. EST

Buddy Shacklette

Hampton, GA (AHN) - Former Nextel Cup champion Dale Jarrett and Bill Davis Racing's Dave Blaney are assured of making the NASCAR Nextel Cup race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The other five Toyota drivers carrying the automotive manufacturing giant's colors will hope to qualify their way in. With 51 entries and only 43 drivers assured of making the field, eight drivers and teams will go home unhappy.

"We've got to get some more downforce in these cars," said Jarrett, driver of the No. 44 UPS Toyota, and a former winner at Atlanta. "We are just not capable of doing the things that these other guys are doing with their cars.''

All seven of Toyota's drivers will attempt to qualify for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 Friday during Georgia Power qualifying.

The seven Toyota drivers have 123 starts between them at the 1.54-mile venue with 102 of those shared between Jarrett, Michael Waltrip and Jeremy Mayfield. The only Toyota driver to step into victory lane at NASCAR's fastest track is Jarrett, who has won once at AMS.

The Toyotas have struggled to make races and Jarrett is the only Toyota driver inside the top-40 in points (32nd), but the bright spot for Toyota is that each driver has managed a top-five qualifying spot in the past at AMS.

Jarrett has two NEXTEL Cup poles. Brian Vickers has started on the outside pole, Blaney has a third-place start with Mayfield and Waltrip recording fourth and fifth-place starting positions, respectively."We've learned a lot of things, including what not to do, which is always good," said Matt Borland, Jarrett's crew chief. "We have a good direction on what to work on and what is going to make the biggest impact, as well as learning how to communicate better since we have a new team. We have to get everyone on the same language. That helps a lot during the races."

David Reutimann and AJ Allmendinger, who have not started a Cup race at Atlanta, have seen qualifying success in the Craftsman Truck Series with Reutimann winning a pole and Allmendinger earning a second-place starting position.

Vickers, who along with Allmendinger drive for Team Red Bull Racing, earned the manufacturer's only top-10 finish at Las Vegas and is cautiously optimistic about 2007.

"To be a new team in such a competitive series and come in during our first race and get a top-10... I'm proud of everyone," Vickers said. "We have to maintain our goals and I think our goal is to focus on making the race. Until we get in the top-35 in points, that has to be our goal..., we can't forget that."

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Top 10 drivers - and beyond
Date     2007-03-12

The NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 -- And Beyond Following the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2007) -- Below is a look at the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Top 10 along with some other notable drivers, going into the Kobalt Tools 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 18.

1 -- Mark Martin (No. 01 U.S. Army Chevrolet)

The File:
* 48-years-old from Batesville, Ark., 35 career wins
* Three top-five finishes
* Average finish of 4.0 this season
* Led in every race for 42 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, 13 top fives and 21 top 10s
* 16.190 average finish
* Finished second and 36th, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in 17 of his 42 Atlanta races for a total of 924 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Season's second-best Driver Rating (109.1)

***

2 -- Jeff Gordon (No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Vallejo, Calif., 75 career wins
* Two top fives, three top 10s; one pole
* Average finish of 4.7 this season
* Led in two of three races for 113 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Four wins, 12 top fives, 18 Top 10s
* 13.345 average finish
* Finished fourth and sixth, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in 18 of his 29 Atlanta races for a total of 1,020 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 477 passes this season, most of any driver

***

3 -- Jeff Burton (No. 31 Cingular Wireless Chevrolet)

The File
* 39-years-old from South Boston, Va., 18 career wins
* Two top fives, three top 15s this season
* Average finish of 7.3 this season

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Five top fives, 10 top 10s
* 17.76 average finish
* Finished 25th and 13th, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in seven of his 29 Atlanta races for a total of 101 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Season's top Driver Rating of 112.5; best Average Running Position (7.429)

***

4 -- Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Lowe's Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from El Cajon, Calif., 24 career wins
* One win, two top fives this season
* Seven top fives in last nine races
* Average finish of 14.3
* Led in two of three races for 120 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, six top fives, seven top 10s
* 10.909 average finish
* Finished sixth and second, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Led in five of his 11 Atlanta races for a total of 203 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Season's Fastest Green Flag Speed

***

5 -- Matt Kenseth (No. 17 DEWALT Ford)

The File:
* 35-years-old from Cambridge, Wis., 15 career wins
* One win, two top fives; average finish of 10.7
* Led in all three races for 140 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Four top fives, seven top 10s
* 16.5 average finish
* Finished 13th and fourth, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Led in three of his 14 Atlanta races for a total of 49 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Season's third-best Driver Rating (106.2)

***

6 -- Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet)

The File:
* 31-years-old from Bakersfield, Calif., 11 career victories
* One win; average finish of 15.0 this season
* Led in two of three races for seven laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, two top fives
* 25.167 average finish
* Finished 39th and 31st, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in three of his 12 Atlanta events for a total of 68 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 29 Fastest Laps Run, tied for sixth-most this season

***

7 -- Kyle Busch (No. 5 Kellogg's/CARQUEST Chevrolet)


The File
* 21-years-old from Las Vegas, Nev., three career wins
* Two consecutive top 10s
* Average finish of 14.0
* Led in all three races for 17 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* 21.2 average finish
* Finished 12th and 27th, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in one of his five Atlanta races for four laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Average Running Position of 7.429 this season, second best

***

8 -- Denny Hamlin (No. 11 FedEx Chevrolet)

The File
* 26-years-old from Chesterfield, Va., two career wins
* One top five
* Average finish of 14.0

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One top 10 in three starts
* 19.3 average finish
* Finished 31st and eighth, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in one of his three Atlanta races for 16 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 229 Quality Passes this season, seventh most

***

9 -- J.J. Yeley (No. 18 Interstate Batteries Chevrolet)

The File
* 30-years-old from Phoenix, Ariz., zero career wins
* Two top 15s, three top 20s; average finish of 14.3
* Led in one of three races this season for one lap

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Three starts
* 19.333 average finish
* Finished 15th and 16th, respectively, last season at Atlanta

Loop Data Highlight:
* 10th Fastest Driver in the Turns this season

***

10 -- Elliott Sadler (No. 19 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

The File
* 31-years-old from Emporia, Va., three career wins
* One top five, two top 15s
* Average finish of 14.6

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Three top 10s
* 22.063 average finish
* Finished 29th and 21st, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in five of his 16 Atlanta races for 16 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 373 passes this season, tied for eight most

***

13 -- Tony Stewart (No. 20 Home Depot Chevrolet)


The File:
* 35-years-old from Columbus, Ind., 29 career wins
* Two top 10s
* Average finish of 19.3
* Led two of three races for 63 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, six top fives, 10 top 10s
* 12.125 average finish
* Finish fifth and first, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led 11 of his 16 Atlanta races for 669 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Pass Differential of 114, most of any driver

***

17 -- Carl Edwards (No. 99 Office Depot Ford)

The File:
* 27-years-old from Columbia, Mo., four career wins
* Two top 15s
* Average finish of 19.3
* Led one of three races for three laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* Two wins, three top fives, four top 10s
* 10.4 average finish
* Finish 40th and seventh, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led in four of his five Atlanta races for 140 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 10th-best Driver Rating of 87.3 this season

***

28 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. (No. 8 Budweiser Chevrolet)


The File:
* 32-years-old from Kannapolis, N.C., 17 career wins
* One top 15
* Led in one of three races for one lap

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One wins, seven top fives, nine top 10s
* 11.267 average finish
* Finish third in both races at Atlanta
* Has led in 10 of his 15 Atlanta races for 570 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* 216 Quality Passes this season, tied for ninth most

***

36 -- Kasey Kahne (No. 9 Dodge Dealers/UAW Dodge)

The File:
* 26-years-old from Enumclaw, Wash., seven career wins
* One top 10; one pole
* Led in two of three races for 33 laps

Atlanta Motor Speedway Outlook:
* One win, four top fives (defending champion)
* 14.5 average finish
* Finish first and 38th, respectively, last season at Atlanta
* Has led two of his six Atlanta races for 89 laps

Loop Data Highlight:
* Driver Rating of 92.1 at Atlanta, seventh best

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Labonte confident going into Atlanta Cup race
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TUESDAY MARCH 13, 2007

Bobby Labonte gets a special feeling every time he heads for Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 Nextel Cup race.

And Labonte should feel good about Atlanta, since he's won there six times, including five since the track was reconfigured to a 1.54-mile "quad-oval." He leads all active drivers in both categories.

"I like going to Atlanta," Labonte said. "It has been a good track for me." Labonte's last victory at Atlanta was in 2003 when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing, but he ran well there last year. Labonte qualified fourth and led 13 laps before dropping out with engine failure last March in his first race there with Petty Enterprises. In the October race, Labonte qualified 20th and finished 12th.

"Definitely, we're all looking forward to this weekend," Labonte said. "We always have high expectations. That's not going to change this weekend. But we know we have a good chance of coming out Atlanta with a good run. We led laps here last year at this race. We had a decent finish in the fall race too. Hopefully, this weekend will be another good run for us."

Labonte and the No. 43 Dodge team persevered last week at Las Vegas, crashing in the first practice and running a backup car in the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400. But Labonte survived and finished 13th, his best finish of 2007.

"I'm looking at where we are at right now with this ... team," Labonte said.

"Las Vegas was a good weekend for us. We had our problems on Friday but overcame them with a good finish on Sunday. Anytime you can do that, as a team, it proves you can do some pretty special things. We're going in a good direction."

Since Las Vegas was repaved and reconfigured and a harder tire was used, not much from there can translate to other tracks. Labonte said Atlanta will be a better barometer for a team's intermediate track program.

"We feel confident that we'll have a good car," Labonte said. "We have done a lot of work over the winter months to continue to improve. This weekend is a good barometer of upcoming races because we have so many races on tracks that are similar to Atlanta. Everyone wants to see good results this weekend."

Labonte does too, of course, but he also wants to continue to improve and win a spot among the 12 drivers who will be part of this year's Chase For The Nextel Cup to determine the 2007 champion.

"We're right in the middle now in points," said Labonte, who is 21st in the Nextel Cup standings. "They are important. Right now, you can get shuffled back in a hurry or you can jump up some too. That's not going to be the case in a few more weeks. It's going to start to get tight really soon.

"The top 12 positions in points, everyone is looking at those spots, and everyone wants to get there. We have expectations to be there. Performance each week is important. Atlanta is a great chance for us to make more strides to the front."

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Bobby Labonte gets a special feeling every time he heads for Atlanta Motor Speedway, site of this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 Nextel Cup race.

And Labonte should feel good about Atlanta, since he's won there six times, including five since the track was reconfigured to a 1.54-mile "quad-oval." He leads all active drivers in both categories.

"I like going to Atlanta," Labonte said. "It has been a good track for me." Labonte's last victory at Atlanta was in 2003 when he drove for Joe Gibbs Racing, but he ran well there last year. Labonte qualified fourth and led 13 laps before dropping out with engine failure last March in his first race there with Petty Enterprises. In the October race, Labonte qualified 20th and finished 12th.

Wasn't that long ago that he was always the favorite to win at Atlanta and now you can get him at 100/1  ???

Taking a flyer on him at 100/1 is worth a stab I think.  wink

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Driver Ratings

The latest edition of the RacingOne NEXTEL Cup Series Power Rankings as the series heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500, which features NASCAR's comprehensive statistical ratings system using a detailed formula to calculate each driver's performance.

Editor's Note: Top 10 rankings are generated by a formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race. Must have raced in 75 percent of scheduled point-paying races.

1. Jeff Burton - Wonder if his State Farm rates went up after the crash-filled weekend he was subjected to in Vegas?

Atlanta Finishing Average: 17.8
Atlanta Wins: 0

2. Mark Martin - Over/Under on how many times he'll be asked whether or not he's going to run the whole season this weekend in Atlanta is 150. I'll take the over.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 16.2
Atlanta Wins: 2

3. Matt Kenseth
- As usual, quiet and stealth-like but getting the job done.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 16.5
Atlanta Wins: 0

4. Jeff Gordon - If the worries of his impending fatherhood don't get in his way, as some in the media apparently think is happening, should be a strong force in Atlanta.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 13.3
Atlanta Wins: 4

5. Jimmie Johnson - Who needs a good start to the season at Daytona in order to have a great season? Johnson won the 500 last year, must have wanted to try something different this season.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 10.9
Atlanta Wins: 1

6. Kyle Busch - Come on, you thought he was going to throw something at Jeff Burton after the Busch race finish in Las Vegas didn't you? Me too, if only to get people to forget his Aunt Bea like toss at Casey Mears last year in Charlotte.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 21.2
Atlanta Wins: 0

7. Tony Stewart - "Angry Tony" was on full display at Vegas, and in turn a top-10 finish was the result. After the hurting he put on the field at Atlanta last October, he should be a factor.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 12.1
Atlanta Wins: 2

8. Kurt Busch - I smell a win from the No. 2 car in the next two weeks.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 23.2
Atlanta Wins: 1

9. Kevin Harvick - Returns to the scene of his dramatic inaugural Cup Series win, an amazing six year journey to say the least.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 25.2
Atlanta Wins: 1

10. Carl Edwards
- Nice day at Vegas could mean a return of "Flippin' Carl" this week at Atlanta.

Atlanta Finishing Average: 10.4
Atlanta Wins: 2

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Kobalt Tools 500 Preview
By Micah Roberts
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This race looks so easy to handicap because we just did it a few weeks ago. Nothing has changed except a few of the drivers bad attitudes about the track. The one problem with the “Easy” is that I didn’t cash an odds to win ticket last week…….so, maybe it’s not that easy.

Let’s just say the race will run like we thought Vegas would run. There will be more side by side racing and drivers won’t be afraid to let it all hang out because they are very comfortable with the track.

Drivers like Tony Stewart, who didn’t risk damaging his top car, went slower than many in practices to avoid problems. Stewart finally got comfortable on the track but only about 12 laps remained in the race. He was a little apprehensive in Vegas, but in Atlanta, Tony’s a Tiger. He’ll run very well and is the driver to beat this week, despite the likes of Jimmie Johnson, Kasey Kahne, and Jeff Burton hunting him down.

ATL WINNERS start from top 10
Races won from the pole: 14 of 95 events (15%)
Races won from inside the top 10: 74 of 95 (78%)
Races won from outside the top 10: 21 of 95 (22%)

Eight of the last 10 races at Atlanta have been won from a top 10 starting position (Last October’s winner, Tony Stewart, won from the 11th position while Kasey Kahne took this race last March from the pole).

Bobby Labonte’s started 39th in the fall of 2001 in Atlanta and won. It was the deepest that any winner has started in Atlanta. That win was Labonte’s fifth in Atlanta. His sixth and final ATL win would come in the spring at 2003.

JIMMIE is just TOO Cool!
While everyone was complaining about the Vegas surface and the hard tires, Jimmie decided to just be himself and let the race come to him. Jimmie continued a string of excellence on SMI 1.5 mile sister tracks that has seen him finish in the top 5 in twelve of the last 15, of which include three straight Las Vegas wins.

In Atlanta, Jimmie has been very good individually. Last season he rolled with a 6th and 2nd; altogether, Jimmie’s got six top 5 finishes in 11 starts with one win in 2004.

DUDE, Where’s YOUR car?
Dale Earnhardt Jr. has three consecutive top 5 ATL finishes. After running terrific last week in Vegas despite a poor pit stop near the end, It comes as shock that Junior may not be bring his favorite car, chassis No. 39. They have a chassis that has been the backup that they insist is just as good. They will make a game time decision of sorts on the chassis.

The promising note out of last week is that Junior ran a race with no engine problems. Be sure to take notice of which ride he’s running. It’s hard to mess with success, but it’s even harder to duplicate it. I have a feeling we’ll being good old No. 39.

SPONSOR Hometown mean anything?
Tony Stewart will going for his 30th career win this week where Home Depot’s headquarters are located. Does it mean anything? Yes, it does, but maybe possibly more to……Jimmie Johnson, the drivers for Lowe’s, in the Home Improvement wars.

Stewart is bringing the same chassis he rolled with last week in Vegas which is the same car he won in 3 of the last 9 races down the stretch. One of the races in the chase was Atlanta. It was his 2nd win there and it also gave him a top 10 finish in 10 of his last 11 Atlanta races.

ATL PARITY Party
There have been eight different race winners in the last nine Atlanta Cup races. Carl Edwards is the only repeat winner there since the fall of 2002. Edwards swept the 2005 season in surprising fashion for Roush as a rookie. The sweep made Edwards only the 6th driver to accomplish a season sweep since the track’s inception in 1960.

WHO Retired on the same day as who did WHAT? Jeff Gordon has three consecutive top 10 finishes in Atlanta, but that shouldn’t come as a surprise because in 29 races there, he’s finished in the top ten 18 times. If your wondering about the odd numbered starts for a track that has two dates a year, it’s because Gordon started his first Cup race on the final day of the ’92 season in Atlanta. That race also happened to be the last race of someone pretty good himself, Richard Petty. If there ever was a changing of the guard reference in American sports that has got to be number one!

For all those betting against you, they say, “Please retire Mark Martin!” We had all this talk for the last three weeks about betting and Mark Martin. Jeff Burton and Regan Smith were both making comments in regards to what they would bet that Mark Martin would do following this weekends Atlanta race. The initial plan was that Martin would only go in 23 races and then give way to Regan Smith in the No. 01 Army Chevrolet.

For the players that bet for real, they are hoping that Martin takes off because he is killing the bettors the last few weeks that bet against him in head to head match-ups. Martin is the only driver to score a top 5 finish in each of the first three races this season. In fact, there is only one driver that has even finished in the top 10 for all three races, which further lends evidence to a couple things; The series may be much more competitive this season, and MB2 Racing with Bobby Ginn has really got their stuff together.

Despite all the success and leading the points at this juncture, Martin is still sticking to his guns. "We made this deal, they made the deal, and Bobby Ginn told me a deal was a deal," said Martin, who plans to drive 23 points-paying races. "I am still happy with the decision I made. But I will tell you with cars like I had at the last three races, especially (Sunday), because this was a race I was dreading with this tire and racetrack, it was just a dream."

As for Martin’s success in Atlanta, it’s been really good, especially over the last year in a Roush Racing Ford. He finished 2nd in this race last season, but also did well on the sister tracks of Atlanta with a 4th in Charlotte and 9th in Texas. Over Martin’s career he has 2 wins in Atlanta with the last coming in 1994.

TOP 5 Finish Prediction:

1) #20 Tony Stewart (6/1)
2) #8 Dale Earnhardt Jr (11/1)
3) #9 Kasey Kahne (7/1)
4) #48 Jimmie Johnson (6/1)
5) #24 Jeff Gordon (10/1)

Fireball to the front, ALL DAY!

Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Pole position in Atlanta and then went off and won the race. That was in July of 1960 and I only mention this because I do not have any other distant relatives that have won both a pole and race during the same event.

CLOSE Races

The top 11 closest finishes since the beginning of electronic scoring in May of 1993 have featured three Atlanta races. Two of the top 5 occurred at Atlanta.

On March 11, 2001, Kevin Harvick defeated Jeff Gordon by .006 seconds for the third closest margin of victory.

On March 12, 2000, Dale Earnhardt defeated Bobby Labonte by .010 seconds – fifth closest.

And on March 20, 2005, Carl Edwards defeated Jimmie Johnson by .028 seconds. That tied the mark for 11th closest.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data
Race #: 4 of 36 (3-18-07) Number of laps: 325
Track Size: 1.54 miles Length of Event: 500.5 miles
# Banking is 24 degrees in the corners
# Banking is five degrees on the straights
# Frontstretch is 2,332 feet long
# Backstretch is 1,800 feet long

ATL CASH
Purse: $4,957,097
NASCAR NEXTEL Leader Bonus: $40,000

Tire/Fuel Data
Goodyear Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4066; Right-side -- D-4080
Other Nextel Cup Tracks At Which This Tire Combination Will Be Run: None
Estimated Pit Window: Every 48-52 laps, based on fuel mileage

Last Five Winners at Atlanta

2006 – Tony Stewart
2006 – Kasey Kahne
2005 – Carl Edwards
2005 – Carl Edwards
2004 – Jimmie Johnson

Margin of Victory – Last Five Races

2006 – 1.195 seconds
2006 – 1.928
2005 – 2.712
2005 – 0.028
2004 – 0.293

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Driver Handicaps: Atlanta
Jeff Wackerlin
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This weekend the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series heads to the lightning fast Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Kobalt Tools 500. To help you make your Dale Jr. Reality Cup Racing fantasy picks, RacingOne brings you our weekly detailed look at some of the field for the 325-lap event.

      Who's HOT at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    * Kasey Kahne is the defending pole and race winner.
    * Dale Earnhardt Jr. has captured eight finishes of sixth or better in the last 10 races.
    * Jeff Gordon has led 1020 laps and has posted four wins.
    * Carl Edwards has the best average finish (10.4) among all drivers with two or more starts.
    * Mark Martin leads all active full-time drivers with 13 top-five finishes.
    * Tony Stewart finished in the top 10 in 10 of the last 11 races

      Keep an Eye on at Atlanta Motor Speedway
    * Jimmie Johnson, the 2004 winner of this event, has the best average finish (10.9) among drivers that have made six or more starts at Atlanta.
    * Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers with six wins and will be making his third track start in a Dodge. Labonte led 13 laps last spring before losing an engine on lap 56.
    * Casey Mears will be making his first track start in the No. 25 Chevrolet, a car that has had a good track record in the past.
    * Matt Kenseth will be back in the same car (chassis RK-317) that finished fourth at Las Vegas last weekend.
    * Ryan Newman has won six of the last eight poles and has led at least one lap in each of his nine starts at AMS.
    * Greg Biffle has the best average driver rating (116.0) in the last four Atlanta races.

      Track Performers
      At 1.54-miles in length, Atlanta Motor Speedway stands out by itself in uniqueness and speed. NASCAR's fastest unrestricted track has seen 11 different winners among the 19 races that have been contested on the new configuration. Bobby Labonte leads all drivers with five wins with Joe Gibbs Racing in that span. Jeff Gordon (3), Carl Edwards (2) and Tony Stewart (2) are the only other multiple winners since 1997. Gordon leads all drivers with 13 top 10's.

      Rookie Report
      None of the Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidates have made a NEXTEL Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With the exception of Juan Pablo Montoya, all of the drivers have made at least on NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at the track. David Reutimann has had the most success in the trucks at AMS, capturing four top-10 starts including a pole in his first start in 2004 to go along with three top-five finishes. A.J. Allmendinger, who is still seeking his first Cup start, started second and finished 34th in the 2006 fall truck race after crashing on lap 13. David Ragan ran two truck races at AMS, finishing sixth last fall.

      Qualifying Tidbits
      In this event last year, Kasey Kahne went out early in qualifying and posted a fast lap of 192.553 mph denying Ryan Newman of his seventh consecutive pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman came close to tying Buddy Baker's Atlanta pole record mark, running the second fastest lap at 192.540 mph driving the 2004 Dodge body style. Newman's starting average of 3.3 leads all active drivers. The last person to win a pole besides Kahne and Newman was Bill Elliott in the 2002 spring race. Qualifying for the 2006 fall race was cancelled due to rain. Past Pole Winners | Starting Positions of Atlanta Winners

      Looking for Speed
      Jeremy Mayfield holds the best average start (16.9) among the drivers required to qualify on time as he attempts to qualify for his first race driving the No. 36 Toyota. Joe Nemechek, who is second in starting average, was the highest qualifying driver among the group in last year's spring race with a lap of 190.922 mph. In last year's fall race, Paul Menard qualified for his first Cup race at AMS while Kenny Wallace was the only driver of the group that was entered in that race that failed to qualify. David Reutimann and AJ Allmendinger have had success qualifying the trucks at Atlanta with Reutimann winning the pole in 2004 and Allmendinger notching the second starting position in the 2006 fall race. 2006 Spring Atlanta Qualifying Results

     
      More Driver Notes

      1. Mark Martin (Points: 495): Mark Martin leads all active drivers with 13 top fives at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In fact, four of his last finishes at the track have resulted in finishes of fourth or better after leading 272 of 924 career laps. Martin's last of two victories at AMS came in the 1994 fall event, and all but four of his 42 track starts have come with Roush Racing. This weekend Martin will make his first start in a Chevrolet at AMS as he prepares to take a scheduled couple races off after Sunday.

      2. Jeff Gordon (Points Behind Leader: -6): Jeff Gordon has recorded four wins in 29 career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He is first in laps led among active drivers at the track with 1,020. His last two finishes have resulted in his first top-six finishes since winning the 2003 fall race. In the 2005 spring race, Gordon posted his first DNF since 1999 after a lap two accident.

      3. Jeff Burton (Points Behind Leader: -42): Jeff Burton's best finish in five career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Richard Childress Racing came in the 2004 fall race when he placed sixth. Last spring, Burton was forced to pit while running fourth because of a vibration relegating him to a 25th-place finish. Prior to RCR, Burton competed in 20 races at AMS, four with the Stavola Brothers and 16 with Roush Racing, capturing eight top 10s. This weekend's chassis (No. 155) is the same car that Burton finished fourth with at California last month.

      4. Jimmie Johnson (Points Behind Leader: -89): In the 2005 fall race, Johnson battled an ill-handling car to finish 16th. The finish was his only outside the top 10 in the last seven events. Johnson's only win came in the 2004 fall race after leading 17 laps. The next race, in the spring of 2005, he led 156 laps en route to a runner-up finish. Johnson continued his success at AMS in 2006 by finishing sixth and second, respectively. This weekend's chassis (No. 359) was tested at Las vegas and was last raced at Texas where it finished second.

      5. Matt Kenseth (Points Behind Leader: -98): Matt Kenseth has competed in 14 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, capturing four top fives and seven top-10 finishes. His best effort is three fourth-place finishes with the most recent coming in October. Kenseth, who has only led one lap at AMS in the last nine races, will be back in the same car (chassis RK-317) that finished fourth at Las Vegas last weekend.

      6. Kevin Harvick (Points Behind Leader: -106): Since winning his first NEXTEL Cup race in the 2001 spring race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Harvick has gone on to score one more top five, coming in that same season. His only other finish inside the top 20 was a 19th-place finish in the 2003 spring race. Harvick's 39th-place finish in this event last year was one of six finishes of 30th or worse in 12 starts at AMS. This weekend Harvick will race the same chassis (No. 63) that finished 13th last June at Pocono.

      7. Kyle Busch (Points Behind Leader: -113): Prior to his 27th-place finish in the fall last year at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Busch finished 12th in three consecutive races. The trio of 12th-place finishes follows a 43rd-place finish in his debut at the track in 2004 when he piloted the No. 84 for Hendrick Motorsports. In 2005 at AMS, Busch drove the No. 15 Billy Ballew Motorsports Chevrolet to victory in the Truck Series race for his third of four career series wins

      8. Denny Hamlin (Points Behind Leader: -121): Hamlin's best finish in three NEXTEL Cup starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway came in last year's fall race when he came home eighth. Last year in this event, Hamlin started seventh and led 16 laps before handling and pit road issues forced him to a 31st-place finish. This weekend, Hamlin will pilot chassis No. 137 for the second time this season. This car finished 11th in its last outing at California.

      9. J.J. Yeley (Points Behind Leader: -130): Yeley has three NEXTEL Cup starts under his belt at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he posted an average finish of 15.5 in his two starts during his rookie season in 2006.

      10. Elliott Sadler (Points Behind Leader: -153): Sadler, who will make his second track start with Evernham Motorsports, is still in search of his first top-five finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has three top 10s - most recently two consecutive 10th-place finishes in 2005 - in 16 starts. This weekend Sadler will pilot the same car (chassis No. 129) that finished 16th last fall at Dover.

      11. David Stremme (Points Behind Leader: -156): David Stremme looks to use his solid start in 2007 in hopes of scoring his first top-30 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Last year he finished 33rd and 39th, respectively, which included a crash in the fall race.

      12. David Gilliland (Points Behind Leader: -160): Gilliland finished 15th in his first NEXTEL Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway last fall.

      13. Tony Stewart (Points Behind Leader: -163): With the exception of the 2005 spring race, Stewart has finished in the top 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the fall race in 2001. These 10 top-10s, which include five top fives and two wins, are his only at the 1.54-mile oval. Stewart followed his 2002 spring win with his only AMS pole in the fall race. Stewart will be driving the same car (chassis No. 120) that won the fall Atlanta race last year.

      14. Robby Gordon (Points Behind Leader: -165): Gordon has a 20.2 average finish in 12 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished 10th last fall, but then was fined $15,000 and penalized with the loss of 50 driver points after deliberately causing a debris caution in that race.

      15. Ryan Newman (Points Behind Leader: -167): Last spring, Newman came up one position shy of scoring his seventh consecutive pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His 3.3 starting average is the best among all active drivers. In the 2004 spring race, Newman posted his best finish (fifth) at AMS in 10 starts. He has a total of four top-10 finishes and with the exception of last fall's race, he has led in every race for a total of 159 laps. This weekend Newman will race the same car (PRS-71) that earned an eighth-place finish last weekend at Las Vegas.

      16. Greg Biffle (Points Behind Leader: -169): Biffle has finished in the top five twice, most recently in October, and top 10 four times in eight starts at AMS. He has an average finish of 12.0 and has led 286 laps. Despite leading 128 laps last spring at Atlanta, he posted his second-worst finish of 16th at the track. This finish ended a four-race streak of top-10 finishes. In Busch Series competition at the track, Biffle has one win, five top-five and six top-10 finishes in six attempts. His team is bringing a brand new Cup chassis (RK-440) to Atlanta that has only seen action in the wind tunnel.

      17. Carl Edwards (Points Behind Leader: -170): Edwards became the first driver in NASCAR history to win his first career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series races on the same weekend in Atlanta in March 2005. He went on to sweep Atlanta that year in the NEXTEL Cup Series, becoming the sixth driver to sweep Atlanta since the track opened in 1960. In this event last year, Edwards finished 40th after an early pit-road collision caused heavy damage to his car. This was his first finish outside the top seven at AMS. The No. 99 team is bringing chassis RK-270, which was last raced at California in February where it finished 29th.

      18. Clint Bowyer (Points Behind Leader: -171): Bowyer holds an average finish of 26.0 in his two starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This weekend he will race a new a DIRECTV NASCAR HotPass paint scheme on chassis No. 152. This car last raced at Texas in May, 2005 where it started 12th, finished 19th.

      20. Joe Nemechek (Points Behind Leader: -187): Nemechek will attempt to make his 27th career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. His best finish with Ginn Racing (seven races) came in the 2004 fall race when he finished fourth. Overall, Nemechek has captured three top fives, seven top 10s and has led six times for 137 laps. He led 57 of those laps en route to his best finish of second (with Hendrick Motorsports) in the 2002 fall race.

      21. Bobby Labonte (Points Behind Leader: -187): Six of Labonte's 21 career wins have come at Atlanta Motor Speedway with Joe Gibbs Racing. His last win came in the 2003 spring race and his last of 13 top 10s came later that year in the fall, when he finished fifth. Last year in this event, Labonte led 13 laps before losing an engine, resulting in a 43rd-place finish in his first track start with Petty Enterprises. He finished 12th in the fall.

      23. Kurt Busch (Points Behind Leader: -214): Busch captured his first superspeedway win at Atlanta Motor Speedway back in the 2002 rain-shortened event. In the 2004 fall race, the championship tightened after Busch exited the race only 51 laps in when the engine in his No. 97 Ford let go. Busch was credited with his worst finish at AMS (42nd) and second DNF in 12 overall starts. Busch's only finish of 32nd or better in the last five races at Atlanta came in the 2004 spring race when he came home 12th and last fall when he finished 14th. Busch's AMS debut with Penske Racing last March started off well up until lap 126 when the No. 2 Dodge was booted into the wall. Prior to the incident, Busch qualified ninth and led 22 laps. This weekend Busch will return in the car (chassis PRS-090), nicknamed "Rusty" that won the spring Bristol race in 2006.

      24. Johnny Sauter (Points Behind Leader: -225): Sauter started 39th and finished 30th in his only NEXTEL Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The start came back in 2004 with Richard Childress Racing.

      25. Tony Raines (Points Behind Leader: -231): Raines, who will start his sixth race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, hopes to get his first top-15 finish driving a brand new car (chassis No. 018) that Joe Gibbs Racing built.

      26. Jamie McMurray (Points Behind Leader: -239): In his last attempt at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Jamie McMurray ended a streak of four top-15 finishes with a 40th-place finish. McMurray, who has yet to lead a lap at AMS, saw his best finish at the track come in the fall of 2005 when he placed sixth with the Ganassi team. Last year in this event, McMurray finished 14th in his first track start with Roush Racing. McMurray will look to score his second consecutive top 10 of the season at AMS driving the same car (chassis RK-428) that competed in Las Vegas last weekend.

      27. Martin Truex, Jr (Points Behind Leader: -245): Truex Jr. has an average finishing position of 33.3 in four starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished 19th and 37th, respectively, last year.

      28. Dale Earnhardt Jr (Points Behind Leader: -250): Earnhardt Jr. is working on a string of three straight top five finishes and will make his 16th career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday. He visited victory lane in 2004 and has a total of nine top-10 finishes.

      29. Ricky Rudd (Points Behind Leader: -255): In 56 career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Rudd has one victory as well as well as seven top five and 22 top ten finishes. His average finishing position is 17.5. This weekend will mark his seventh start with Robert Yates Racing at the track. His best finish with the team came in 2001 when he finished sixth.

      30. Sterling Marlin (Points Behind Leader: -259): Career start number 45 is on tap for Marlin on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he’s finished in the top five four times with 13 top ten finishes to his credit. He has a 27.0 average finish in his two AMS starts with his current team, Ginn Racing.

      31. Reed Sorenson (Points Behind Leader: -267): Sorenson has three career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a top 10 to his credit.

      32. Dale Jarrett (Points Behind Leader: -267): Jarrett has gone to victory lane once in his 38 career starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway and has eleven top fives and 18 top 10s as well as a pole position to his credit. This weekend will mark his first track start in a Toyota where he hopes not to use a provisional to start the race.

      33. Kyle Petty (Points Behind Leader: -277): Petty will be making his 53rd career Atlanta Cup start Sunday and has two top fives and eleven top 10s to his credit. Petty’s average finishing position is 21.8.

      34. Casey Mears (Points Behind Leader: -279): Mears has struggled in his eight starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with an average finishing position of 23.4. He hopes to turn that luck around by making his first start at the track in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 25, a car that has done fairly well in the past at AMS.

      36. Kasey Kahne (Points Behind Leader: -282): Last year’s spring winner, Kahne will be making his seventh career NEXTEL Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Kahne has four top fives and also a pole to his credit.

      38. Scott Riggs (Points Behind Leader: -334): Riggs has one top-10 finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway in five career starts.

      40. Dave Blaney (Points Behind Leader: -351): Blaney has 14 career NEXTEL Cup starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway and although he does have two top-10 finishes, his average finishing position is just over 23rd. This weekend he will make his first track start in a Toyota.

      41. Brian Vickers (Points Behind Leader: -361): In seven career NEXTEL Cup starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Vickers has two top-10 finishes. He will be looking to qualify his No. 83 Toyota on Friday in hopes of giving the team its first track start.

      43. Ken Schrader (Points Behind Leader: -382): Schrader will make his 46th career NEXTEL Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. He has one win, three top five and eight top-10 finishes to his credit.

      49. Ward Burton (Points Behind Leader: -461): Burton hasn’t made a NEXTEL Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway since 2004. Burton’s last top-10 finish came in 2002 and he carries an average finishing position of 15.0 into the weekend.

      50. Michael Waltrip (Points Behind Leader: N/A): If Waltrip makes the field, and that’s a big if these days around MWR, he’ll bring a spotty Atlanta track record into Sunday’s race. His average finish is 21.4

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A few early plays I made yesterday for Sundays race

Took a little on B Labonte 100/1 and made a normal play on B Labonte Top 5 19/1

C Edwards 20/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1

Greg Biffle   18/1

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SCENEDAILY

With rain predicted for Friday in Atlanta, some drivers who desperately need to qualify could be out of luck.

One of those is Ward Burton, who had hoped that a recent deal could have helped him in such a situation.

Burton's Morgan-McClure Motorsports team struck a deal with Phoenix Racing between California and Las Vegas to get the points from Mike Wallace's fourth-place finish at Daytona.

Phoenix Racing owner James Finch is now listed as the owner of the No. 4 Morgan-McClure car in the owner rankings, and Larry McClure is listed as the car owner of the No. 09 Phoenix Racing car. Both cars are listed as having made two attempts this year.

During the first five races of the season, the top 35 in owners points from the previous year get the top 35 spots if qualifying is rained out. Former driver and owner race winners from the previous and current year get the next spots, followed by past champion drivers.

Current point standings are then used to fill out the field, first with those in the top 35 in current owner points and then by those who have made the most qualifying attempts, with ties broken by current owner points.

Using that criteria and the current entry list and provided that none of the teams missed the entry deadline, Burton would not get in because he has only two attempts and sits outside the top 35 in owners points (38th).

If rain does wash out qualifying, those not in the top 35 in 2006 owners points who would get in the race likely would be Brian Vickers (Talladega race winner from 2006), Dale Jarrett (past champion), Bill Elliott (past champion), Joe Nemechek (20th in current owner points), Johnny Sauter (24th in current owner points), Sterling Marlin (30th in current owner points), Paul Menard (three attempts, 37th in current owner points) and David Reutimann (three attempts, 43rd in current owner points).

Missing the field would be Kenny Wallace, Mike Bliss, Jeremy Mayfield, AJ Allmendinger, Kevin Lepage, Michael Waltrip, Burton and Scott Wimmer.

The National Weather Service's Web site predicts a 60 percent chance of rain for Friday with the rains ending in the afternoon. Qualifying is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EDT.

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A few early plays I made yesterday for Sundays race

Took a little on B Labonte 100/1 and made a normal play on B Labonte Top 5 19/1

C Edwards 20/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1

Greg Biffle   18/1

Labonte looked god and is starting 6th  wink

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Johnson fastest, Newman encounters trouble
SCENEDAILY

HAMPTON, Ga. - Defending series champion Jimmie Johnson came away with a top speed of 189.234 mph during Saturday's first hour-long session in the Hendrick Motorsports No. 48 Chevrolet to lead the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series' second practice session at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Pole winner Ryan Newman wasn't as fortunate, as his Penske Racing No. 12 Dodge lost an engine during the session. Newman will now start tomorrow's Kobalt Tools 500 from the rear of the field due to the engine change.

"It started tightening up coming off Turn 4 and we had a pretty good amount of oil in one of the spark plugs," Newman said. "Something was wrong. This is the best race track if you have to go to the rear. Obviously we don't want to do it, but we've got a great car.

"... I think we can get back out in the second practice and shake down the new engine and go with it."

Teams are scheduled for a final practice, from 1:20-2:20 p.m. today.

Greg Biffle (Roush Fenway Racing Ford) was second at 188.957 mph, followed by Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards (188.430) and Matt Kenseth (188.270). Rounding out the top five was Scott Riggs at 187.818 mph in the Valvoline Evernham Motorsports No. 19 Dodge.

Meanwhile, Elliott Sadler, the No. 2 qualifier for tomorrow's race, was only 30th fastest in the Evernham Motorsports No. 19 Dodge.

Sunday's race will be carried by Fox. Coverage is scheduled to begin at 1:30 p.m.

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Kobalt Tools 500: No Whining In Atlanta
by Brian Gabrielle

Enough whining, let's get to Atlanta.

The Smokeless Set complained before last weekend's Vegas race, and they complained after. The track was too slick, the tires were too hard, it was too dangerous to race side-by-side. Boo. Hoo.

Enough. Now we're at Atlanta, a time-honored track that's also dangerous as hell because of its speeds, but which everyone likes because it's got tradition. It's not that races don't get any less strung-out here, or that the speeds aren't just as death-defying, or cars won't get mind-numbingly loose to the point where they'll wreck themselves. It's just that everybody will smile and say what a fun place Atlanta is to race.

And remember, Atlanta is a clear parallel to Charlotte and Texas, so we can look at historical data from all three when we make our selections. Let's get to it!

Last Week: I picked the race winner, but because of the way we're currently allocating units, it was still a losing week. Because Kevin Harvick was bad and Dale Earnhardt Jr. was pretty good, we lost our head-to-head bet (on which we currently place six times as many units as our straight-up bets), so the fact that we had Jimmie Johnson, the winner, for 1/6th of a unit at just +650 wasn't enough to overcome the H2H loss. Alas, that means -.25 units for Week 3 of the Nextel Cup season, though we're still at a positive 1.23 units (or a 27.3% return) for the year. (Note that if you'd like to change your betting style and simply gamble one unit on every pick, in an admittedly small sample size so far this year we're up 14.62 units.)

Take Jimmie Johnson (+475), 1/6th unit. Johnson is the prohibitive favorite again on Sunday, because he's racing very well right now, and because he's amazing on the Atlanta-Charlotte-Texas triumvirate. While Charlotte is his real best track, Atlanta Motor Speedway ain't bad: in his last seven AMS events, J.J. has come 2nd, 6th, 16th, 2nd, 1st, 4th and 3rd. He probably didn't have the absolute best car at Vegas last weekend, but that's a measure of a team's excellence: put the right tires on at the right time, make the right adjustments, and eke ahead of the competition when it counts. These are extremely low odds, obviously; think of it as a hedge against the race's most likely outcome.

Take Jeff Gordon (+750), 1/6th unit. Unlike Johnson, I think Gordon actually was the fastest car at Vegas last week. He led the most laps, and he was maybe 10 laps from holding on for his first win of '07. That milestone could very well come this week. Gordon was very good in practice Friday, and he qualified fifth (Johnson qualified third). The #24 team currently sits second in points, and as soon as Mark Martin (+1650) sits out the next two races, Gordon will likely have the lead. He's won at Atlanta on four occasions, most recently in the fall of 2003, and he's got three straight finishes in the top six here. Most importantly, if you take the last two races together, Gordon has pretty clearly had the best downforce program in the young 2007 season.

Take Dale Earnhardt Jr. (+1550), 1/6th unit. We're getting Junior at higher odds because he practiced (19th) and qualified (22nd) poorly on Friday, and this track's history dictates that the race winner usually comes from inside the top 10 starting positions (that's been the case in seven of the last eight Atlanta events where qualifying hasn't been rained out). Still, Little-E has a history of coming from mediocre starting positions and producing good finishes at this track. In this race last spring, Junior started 26th and finished third with his car completely banged-up from multiple wrecks; in the fall '05 Atlanta event, he came fourth after starting 17th; and in the spring of '03, he started 37th and finished third. Hey, it's not an optimal arrangement; you're not normally going to get odds like this on Junior at this venue. But I think it's a chance worth taking.

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A few early plays I made yesterday for Sundays race

Took a little on B Labonte 100/1 and made a normal play on B Labonte Top 5 19/1

C Edwards 20/1

Dale Earnhardt Jr 12/1

Greg Biffle   18/1

Lots of money showing up on Edwards down to 8/1 at TheGreek  yikes

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Driver Updates - Atlanta
March 17, 2007
By Micah Roberts
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Top Rated Atlanta Cars after all qualifying and practice sessions:

1) Jimmie Johnson
2) Tony Stewart
3) Kasey Kahne
4) Mark Martin
5) Matt Kenseth

Best Long Shots with an actual chance to WIN

1) Martin Truex Jr 40/1 or higher
2) Casey Mears 40/1 or higher
3) Denny Hamlin 22/1 or higher

Drivers to look for in matchups that should have good day

1) Brian Vickers
2) David Stremme
3) Clint Bowyer
4) Sterling Marlin

Drivers to go against in matchups that may have poor runs

1) Ryan Newman
2) Kevin Harvick
3) Kyle Busch

Drivers that looked poor in practice but will run well in race (plus money in matchups)

1) Jeff Gordon
2) Dale Earnhardt Jr
3) Clint Bowyer

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Heavy fav wins for the second week in a row which is never good for me  tongue

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Spread Experts pick another winner. I should start listening to our handicappers instead of myself

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Spread Experts pick another winner. I should start listening to our handicappers instead of myself

I need to as well  :-","xx

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  RacingOne Rewind: Atlanta
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A look back at Jimmie Johnson's 25th career NEXTEL Cup in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway including news, notes and observations by RacingOne's own Pete Pistone and Jeff Wackerlin.

Inside Line
Jimmie Johnson scored his second straight NEXTEL Cup Series victory on Sunday by winning the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Keys to Victory Lane
Johnson worked around Tony Stewart on the inside line with three laps to go and pulled away to score the win, his third straight top-five finish of the season. Complete Results

Zero to Hero
Jeff Burton, fresh off his Busch Series win on Saturday, started 32nd but brought his Cingular Wireless Chevrolet home to a third-place finish.

Hero to Zero
Ryan Newman broke out of his pole-winning drought, but a changed engine forced him to start from the rear of the field. He ultimately finished 23rd. Last year's race winner Kasey Kahne was caught up in the day's only real accident and credited with a 39th-place finish.

Rookie of the Race
Juan Pablo Montoya ran as high as third and kept with the leaders much of the day. He settled for his best career NEXTEL Cup finish in fifth.

Notables
Clint Bowyer and Carl Edwards maintained their early season strength with sixth and seventh place finishes, respectively. Jamie McMurray started back in the 37th spot but climbed up to finish 15th.

Lug Nuts
    * Stewart's comments about Johnson giving him room to race were strange. He's the last guy who should ever talk about giving anyone room on the racetrack.
    * For the conspiracy theorists out there, yes the Kobalt Tools car won the Kobalt Tools 500. Using that logic, whoever has the Food City one race sponsorship deal next week is a shoo-in at Bristol - but wait, it's Ward Burton, so maybe not.
    * Regan Smith, the seat has been warmed for you.
    * Wonder what Mark Martin will be barbequing next Sunday?
    * We think those creepy women from the TV commercial might have hunted down and killed Kasey Kahne's driving ability.
    * Clint Bowyer will win a NEXTEL Cup race this season.
    * So will Juan Pablo Montoya, and it may not be at Watkins Glen or Infineon.

Garage Talk
    * "He (Johnson) was faster than us right there. I just wish he would’ve given us enough room to race him for it," - Tony Stewart
    * "It is really cool and I guess it’s kind of a storybook way to go out after chasing those points so hard for the last 20 years. It’s definitely the way to do it." - Mark Martin
    * "I can't say that I've driven a race car that hard before. It really was challenging internally in my own head to drive that hard and get on the gas pedal that early and to try to chase Tony down and get by him so just a great, great race." - Jimmie Johnson
    * "I think this is probably bigger than the win in Mexico. Mexico, yeah, it was great and everything, but we do two road courses a year and 34 ovals, so I think this was a big step forward for the team." - Juan Pablo Montoya
    * "I was driving down the straightaway and all of a sudden I got hit from behind. I'm not sure what happened, but I think that's the first time I've been wrecked on a straightaway." - Brian Vickers
    * "The 00 right-reared me at the end of the backstretch and turned me in the fence. I guess it’s payback from California, I don’t know." - Greg Biffle, about the same accident

RacingOne Rating
On a scale of one to ten basketball nets (since the NCAA Final Four will be held in Atlanta), we'll give Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at six. A fast race, slowed by only six cautions for mostly debris, but the letdown of a big finish was disappointing. Atlanta has come to be known for the fantastic ending, but once Johnson got past Stewart the drama was gone and the race was over. The middle part dragged and overall it wasn't a memorable day. Now that might change in a hurry when we go to Bristol next week, always an exciting place but now with the intrigue of the Car of Tomorrow thrown in for good measure. Let's hope the weather's better than last year and we are spared the sight of anyone making snow angels on the frontstretch.

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