Kobalt Tools 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
This is the fourth race of the season. Those not in the top 35 that are in the race are: 78 Joe Nemechek, 10 Patrick Carpentier, 55 Michael Waltrip, 2 Kurt Busch, 00 David Reutimann, 84 Mike Skinner in for A J Almendinger, 83 Brian Vickers. And 44 Dale Jarrett takes a past Champion provisional. Those not making the race are: 27 Johnny Benson in for Jacques Villeneuve, 08 Bernie Lamar, 34 John Andretti, 21 Bill Elliott, and 49 Ken Schrader. 17 Matt Kenseth had to change the transmission and will start from the rear.
The 18 of Kyle Busch is Snickers today. The 20 of Tony Stewart is black today. It snowed yesterday and canceled the Nationwide qualifying. But there were only forty-three cars entered, so they all raced. Today was a nice, sunny day, and not nearly as cold as yesterday. 24 Jeff Gordon is the pole sitter with a speed of 185.251. Starting second is 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with a speed of 184.807. So, here we go!
88 leads the first lap. 99 Carl Edwards gets by the 1 of Martin Truex, Jr. for fourth. 55 slaps the wall. Mike Bliss is standing by for 22 Dave Blaney who is sick, in case Dave can’t make it the whole race. 78 got into the wall. 18 gets ahead of 24 for second. 99 Carl Edwards gets by 24 for third. 99 today is a sickly green Aflack. The leader 88 starts catching traffic on lap twenty-three. 29 Kevin Harvick and 24 battle for position. 29 gets by. 96 J J Yeley is two laps down. 88 is setting a blistering pace.
The first caution comes out for debris somewhere on the track. 83 Brian Vickers is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back. It’s 88, 18, 99, 29, 24 out of the pits. 9 Kasey Kahne missed the commitment cone and had to get back onto the track and led a lap. But it puts him at the end of the lead lap. 18 gets loose and almost gets into the wall. But he recovers to take the lead. 88 didn’t push it to keep 18 from taking the lead because he didn’t want to push his car that hard. 20 Tony Stewart gets by 12 Ryan Newman. 12 lets him by. 99 gets loose and 88 gets by. 29 gets by 99 for third. 26 Jamie McMurray and 96 were caught speeding.
The second caution is again for debris. Green flag stops were coming up. 15 Paul Menard is the Lucky Dog. The leaders all pit. This time they show the debris. Out of the pits, it’s 18, 88, 11 Denny Hamlin, 29, 24. 11 gets by 88 for second. 88 gets back by 11. 99 gets by 24 for sixth. The third caution comes out for 9 spinning through the grass. He was about to go a lap down. 17 Matt Kenseth is the Lucky dog. Everyone is pitting. 11 has a long stop for many adjustments. 48 Jimmy Johnson gets by 99. 88 and 29 battle for second. 07 Clint Bowyer gets by 29 for second. 18 scrapes the wall. 07 catches 18, and takes the lead.
48 is about to go a lap down, and pits. Green Flag Pitting begins. 99 takes the lead when 07 pits. 24 takes the lead when 99 pits. After everyone pits, the 07 is back into the lead. 48 gets lapped by 07 and passed by 7 Robby Gordon. The fourth caution is again for debris on the apron. 83 Brian Vickers is again the Lucky Dog. Twelve cars are on the lead lap. Out of the pits, it’s 07, 18, 99, 29, 24. 41 Reed Sorenson is in the pits with the hood up. 18 takes the lead. 99 and 07 battle for second. 99 takes the spot. 88 and 20 battle for sixth.
The fifth caution comes out during the commercial. 19 Elliott Sadler spins and saves it. Everyone is pitting. 16 Greg Biffle is the Lucky Dog. 99 had trouble in the pits. We get the Green flag with 100 to go. 12 was in fifth place and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya was a lap down when they get together and 12 gets a tire rub as a result. 99 gets by 07. The sixth caution is 19 getting into the wall again. 48 Jimmy Johnson is the Lucky Dog. There is a quickie yellow, so everyone gets to pit instead of the leaders pitting first, followed by the lap cars.
99 and 24 battle for second. 18 and 24 had stayed out, so everyone else has fresh tires. 99 and 18 battle for the lead. 99 takes the lead. 1 gets by 07. 24 and 42 (a lap down) battle, and 88 gets by both of them. 16 led a lap. 48 gets lapped. 24 and 29 battle. 29 gets sixth. The seventh caution comes out for 19 spinning for the third time. 48 Jimmy Johnson is the Lucky dog again. 99 is smoking, but it could be just a tire rub. 99 and 18 battle for the lead. 18 takes the lead. 99 takes the lead back. 99 is smoking and it’s not a tire rub and gets black flagged.
The eighth caution comes out during the commercial. It is to clean up the oil 99 left on the track when 99’s transmission failed. 2 Kurt Busch is the Lucky dog. There are thirteen cars on the lead lap. 16 and 20 battle for second. They are still battling. 16 takes the position. 07 and 24 battle. 20 gets by 16. 18 knocks 44 out of the way on the bottom to put him a lap down when he had the whole track on top to get by. And 18 Kyle Busch wins.
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