Welcome NASCAR fans to my NASCAR blog. This week the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in Hampton, Ga. at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. This 1.54 mile track is about 30 miles south of Atlanta. Last year, Kurt Busch won the Kobalt Tools 500 after Mark Martin won the pole.
Qualifying was on Friday late afternoon. Kasey Kahne wondered why they didn’t start qualifying about 20-30 minutes later so that the sun wasn’t a problem. I have often wondered why racing with the sun in their eyes so they can’t see going into the turn is considered exciting. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. in his #88 car captured the Coors Light Pole Award with a blistering 192.761 speed. This track is FAST! He knocked Kyle Busch, driving the #18 off the pole position. Kyle will start second.
The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series is also at Atlanta this weekend. They raced Saturday after qualifying in the morning. Ron Hornaday in his #33 truck was on the pole, with #18 Kyle Busch beside him. 33 and 18 got into each other early in the race, allowing #88 Matt Crafton to take the lead. But the first caution was 33 blowing that tire and getting into the wall. 88 got loose and into #30 Todd Bodine. They both got into the wall. 30 went on racing. 88 got back into the wall again and had to go to the garage later for repairs.
Kevin Harvick in his own #2 truck was dominant in this race and 18 couldn’t catch him. After a late caution, 81 David Starr had no tires, so got fuel only, but Harvick came out of the pits the leader, with 18 in third. 2 chose the outside for the restart even though he was better on the bottom. Because he felt 81 would slow up 18 at the restart. And he guessed correctly. Harvick now has a win in all three NASCAR Series’ with this win. He won in Winston Cup three weeks after taking over the ride after Dale Earnhardt lost his life at the end of the Daytona 500 in 2001.
NASCAR Nationwide driver, Steve Wallace made his first Truck appearance in the #15 Truck. He ran near the front all day and finished fourth. Austin Dillon in the #3 truck, grandson to Richard Childress, finished the race in tenth. Former Motocross superstar Ricky Carmichael in his #4 Truck (his number and sponsor in motocross) finished sixth.
The Kobalt Tools 500 starts on Sunday at 1:00 on FOX. I’ll be back to give a review of the race. We’ll see if Junior can contend for the win. The fan favorite had a lousy 2009. Hopefully he’s back. Let’s hope Kyle doesn’t feel he has to take Junior out to win the race. Just my opinion. We’ll see what happens.
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