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Earnhardt up front

Qualifying is complete for Sunday’s 2010 Kobal Tools 500 as Dale Earnhardt Jr. won the pole for this weekend’s race.

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Despite the lineup being set, the odds to win haven’t been changed much, as Jimmie Johnson remains the favorite with the same odds to win.

Johnson is a 9/2 favorite to win the race according to odds makers at the online sports book Sportsbook.com. Other short odds to win are Mark Martin (6/1), Jeff Gordon (8/1), and Kyle Busch (8/1), and Kevin Harvick (8/1).

Johnson won this event in 2007 and he holds three career victories on this track to go along with nine top 5’s and 11 top 10’s. His average finish on this track is 10.7 and his driver rating is 110.1, which ranks first among active drivers. Despite his two wins, Johnson is fifth in the standings, 63 points behind Harvick. Johnson will start 16th in Sunday’s race.

Martin has won twice on this track but not won this specific event. He does hold 14 top 5’s and 23 top 10’s in Atlanta in his career. His average finish is 13.7 and his driver rating is 95.4, which ranks sixth in the series. Martin currently sits third in the standings and has not finished worse than 12th in any of the three races this year.  Martin qualified fourth for the race.

Gordon is a two-time winner of this event and a four-time winner on this track. He also holds 14 top 5’s and 23 top 10’s in his career in Atlanta. His average finish is 12.3 while his driver rating is 102.2, which ranks third in the series. Gordon sits 13th in the standings with two finishes outside the top 15 this year. Gordon will start from the fifth position on Sunday.

Kyle Busch won this event in 2008 and is his lone victory on the track. He holds two top 5’s and two top 10’s in Atlanta. His average finish is 17.7 while his driver rating is 90.3, which ranks 10th in the series at this track. Busch is 12th in the standings right now as he has finished 14th or 15th in all three races this season. Busch will start second on Sunday, as he finished half a second behind Earnhardt Jr.

Harvick will start 35th on Sunday, yet his odds jumped from 12/1 to 8/1 over the week. The points leader won this event in 2001 and he has four top 5’s and five top 10’s in 18 races on this track. His average finish is 20.4 and he has a driver rating of 82.4 at Atlanta.

Earnhardt Jr. saw his odds go from 30/1 to 15/1 with his pole victory.

The Kobalt Tools 500 will take place Sunday, March 7 from Atlanta Motor Speedway at Noon ET. For complete odds and track information on this year’s event, see below.

Odds to win the Kobalt Tools 500 – 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 Atlanta Motor Speedway – March 7, 2010

Jimmie Johnson 9/2    

Mark Martin 6/1    

Kyle Busch 8/1    

Jeff Gordon 8/1    

Kevin Harvick 8/1    

Juan Pablo Montoya 10/1    

Kurt Busch 15/1    

Greg Biffle 15/1    

Carl Edwards 15/1    

Tony Stewart 15/1    

Dale Earnhardt Jr 15/1    

Matt Kenseth 15/1    

Jeff Burton 18/1    

Denny Hamlin 20/1    

Clint Bowyer 20/1    

Kasey Kahne 20/1    

Joey Logano 40/1    

Brian Vickers 40/1    

Ryan Newman 40/1    

David Reutimann 60/1    

Martin Truex Jr 75/1    

David Ragan 100/1    

Jamie McMurray 100/1    

Marcos Ambrose 100/1    

Elliott Sadler 100/1    

Brad Keselowski 200/1    

Sam Hornish Jr 300/1    

Regan Smith 500/1    

Scott Speed 500/1    

Paul Menard 500/1    

Travis Kvapil 500/1    

AJ Allmendinger 500/1    

Bobby Labonte 500/1  

Field (Any Other Driver) 300/1    

Qualifying Results

1 Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88)

2 Kyle Busch (18)

3 Juan Pablo Montoya (42)

4 Mark Martin (5)

5 Jeff Gordon (24)

6 Kasey Kahne (9)

7 Ryan Newman (39)

8 Elliott Sadler (19)

9 David Reutimann (00)

10 Carl Edwards (99)

11 Kurt Busch (2)

12 Marcos Ambrose (47)

13 Greg Biffle (16)

14 Matt Kenseth (17)

15 Tony Stewart (14)

16 Jimmie Johnson (48)

17 David Ragan (6)

18 Clint Bowyer (33)

19 Martin Truex Jr. (56)

20 Denny Hamlin (11)

21 Bobby Labonte (71)

22 Jeff Burton (31)

23 Paul Menard (98)

24 Jamie McMurray (1)

25 AJ Allmendinger (43)

26 Brian Vickers (83)

27 Dave Blaney (66)

28 Brad Keselowski (12)

29 Joey Logano (20)

30 Mike Bliss (36)

31 Max Papis (13)

32 Scott Speed (82)

33 Joe Nemechek (87)

34 Bill Elliott (21)

35 Kevin Harvick (29)

36 Sam Hornish Jr. (77)

37 David Gilliland (38)

38 Regan Smith (78)

39 Robby Gordon (7)

40 Travis Kvapil (34)

41 Kevin Conway (37)

42 Boris Said (26)

43 Michael McDowell (55)

44 Aric Almirola (09) DNQ

45 Terry Cook (46) DNQ

46 Casey Mears (190) DNQ

DNQ - Did Not Qualify

2010 Kobalt Tools 500 Information

Race Date: Sunday, March 7

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton Geo.

Pre-Race: 12:00PM ET

Green Flag: Approx. 1:16PM ET

TV Coverage: FOX

Radio Coverage: MRN

Track Type: Oval (325 laps)

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Posted: 3/5/10 10:00PM ET

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