Race Review

by

Pep Boys Auto 500

Atlanta Motor Speedway

Hampton, Georgia

Welcome race fans to the thirty-third race of the season and the seventh race of the Chase. Qualifying was rained out on Friday again, and the Line-up is again by Owner Points. 40 Bryan Clauson  couldn’t make his debut. And 02 Joey Logano also had to go home. 84 is again Scott Speed, who got in on the cars points. 47 is Marcos Ambrose from the NASCAR Nationwide Series, getting ready for his Rookie year next year. He is using the points of the 00 car. 10 again is AJ Almendinger. Reed Sorenson will be in the car next year. 45 is Chad McCumbee. 48 Jimmy Johnson is leading the points and will start on the pole. 16 Greg Biffle starts second. 325 laps on this 1.5 mile fast track is 500 miles. Atlanta is the fastest unrestricted track in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
So, here we go. 48 leads from the pole.The first caution comes out on lap three when 77 Sam Hornish, Jr. turns 21 Bill Elliott and they both spin out to the inside wall. They both pit before pit road is open and will have to restart 42nd and 43rd. 18 Kyle Busch gets by 88 Dale Earnhardt, Jr. 16 gets by 99 Carl Edwards for second. 99 gets by 16 for second. 18 and 88 get by 29 Kevin Harvick. 17 Matt Kenseth and 29 battle, 17 gets by. 8 Mark Martin gets by 29 for ninth. 99 is catching 48. 48 and 99 battle for the lead. 99 takes the lead on the bottom. 24 Jeff Gordon gets by 16 for third. 88 is up to fifth. 55 Michael Waltrip started 29th and is up to 16th. 88 gets by 16 for fourth. 99 laps 78 Joe Nemechek. 88 gets by 24 for third.
The second caution comes out when 66 Scott Riggs gets into the wall, after contact from 19 Elliott Sadler. 78 Joe Nemechek is the Lucky Dog and gets his lap back. 77 is a lap down and 21 is five laps down. The leaders all pit. 48 has his rear tire on the line, but I guess that is ok, because the Officials don’t say anything about it. 99 pitting behind 48 almost has to wait for him to leave before he can. Leaving the pits, 18 gets into his brother Kurt in the 2, who forces 29 into the grass. 88 had to wait on 22 Dave Blaney, and looses spots. Back to Green, 83 Brian Vickers, 07 Clint Bowyer and 26 Jamie McMurray are three wide. 99 takes the lead. 55 scrapes the wall.
2 gets by his brother 18. 17 is up to third. 17 takes second from 48. 24 and 48 battle. 24 gets by for third. Hendrick cars 24, 48, 88 are 3rd, 4th and 5th. 88 and 48 battle. 88 gets by. 9 Kasey Kahne and 07 battle. 07 gets by for twenty-second. 2 gets by 48 for fifth. 55 and 42 Juan Pablo Montoya get by 5 Casey Mears. 48 slides as 2 gets by. 99 laps 44 David Reutimann. 19 is pitting on lap 87 to start Green Flag Pitting. 88 leads, then pits. 48 is too fast entering the pits and has to pass through as a penalty, putting him a lap down. 55 is up to 12th. 9 gets sideways.
The third caution comes out during the commercial. The Leaders all pit. 17 comes out first. We are not told what the caution was for, nor who was the Lucky dog. We go back to more commercials. 99 had trouble in the pits. 48 comes out first of those a lap down and fights with the Leader 17 to get his lap back, but falls back. The fourth caution comes out again during the commercial. The Pace car picks up the field, they go around again and we come back from the commercial as the leaders are coming on to pit road. 48 Jimmy Johnson is the Lucky Dog. 88 has a tare-off bunched up on his wind sheild, but I’m not sure if that was the caution or something else. It did fly off at one point. Out of the pits, it’s 17, 99, 24, 88, 2. And we go to more commercials.
48 gets by 20 Tony Stewart for seventeenth. 55 gets into the wall again and is off the pace. 2 scrapes the wall. He was in third. The Leaders need to pit, but we’ll come back to that after the commercial. 18 starts Green Flag Pitting when we get back. 66 is back on the track, 126 laps down. 17 leads, pits, and is still in the lead! 84 Scott Speed led in there somewhere, but we didn’t see that. 42 is running well, in seventh. 55 and 26 battle. 48 gets by 88. 17 laps 16. 99 catches 17. The fifth caution comes out when 55 gets into the wall and his tire explodes, so there is debris all over the track on lap 209. 16 Greg Biffle is the Lucky Dog. It’s 2, 17 out of the pits and we go back to commercials. 99 comes out of the pits, nearly hitting 11 coming out and 48 still pitting. 2 and 17 battle for the lead. They battle side by side and 17 finally takes the lead.
18 and 29 battle for seventh. 88 gets by 1 Martin Truex, Jr. 18 and 26 get by 29. 11 gets by 2 for second. The sixth caution is for debris on the front straight away. 6 David Ragan is the Lucky Dog. 31 Jeff Burton is smoking with a tire rub. He got into 96 Ken Schrader coming out of the pits. 18 gets by 42. 18 and 24 battle. 18 takes the spot. 11 is leading. 42 and 88 battle. The seventh caution comes out when 55 spins with 37 laps to go. The leaders all pit. 88 gets in the middle of 42 and 99 out of the pits and gets hit by both. 31 Jeff Burton is the Lucky Dog. 24 and 48 battle.
The eighth caution comes out when the tape holding 55 together comes off with pieces flying. NASCAR decides this will be a quickie caution so everyone can pit at the same time. 07, a lap down gets into 42 on the lead lap in the pits. We go green with twenty-three to go. The ninth caution is the big one. 22 falls back and catches 31. 31 turns 22, who spins into the wall, taking 31. 41 Reed Sorenson has nowhere to go and gets into 22. 42 gets into 41. They all go down the track and 78 gets collected, trying to get out of the way by going low. 99 takes the lead. He bumped 11 to do it on the restart. 24, 48, 88 are three wide. 26 gets by 24 and 16 by going through the middle of them.
48 gets by 18 for fourth. Three laps to go. 48 and 17 battle for third. 48 takes the spot. 48 battles 11 for second. 11 gets loose and 48 gets by. 99 Carl Edwards wins the race and does his back flip. 48 finishes second after going a lap down. The Busch brothers finish 5th and 6th. 31 was 18th, the last car on the lead lap. 10 Almendinger had a good day, finishing fourteenth.

Brought to you by Sheila Hawley

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