A little more to chew on while waiting for Sunday's green flag at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
Kahne shows strength as Dodges soar
Kasey Kahne, who won the spring race at Atlanta last season, led the way in Saturday’s final practice as Dodges posted the three fastest speeds and four of the top five. Kurt Busch was second fastest, David Stremme third and Reed Sorenson fifth. Clint Bowyer and Michael Waltrip both scraped the wall during the final practice. Dale Earnhardt Inc. teammates Martin Truex Jr. and Dale Earnhardt Jr. led the way in the morning session. Kahne was third.
RYAN NEWMAN: Breaks his winless streak after coming close the past two weeks.
DALE EARNHARDT JR.: Another story line to steal attention from Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon.
UP - “THE CARL” At least we got a cool new nickname out of the Matt Kenseth-Carl Edwards spat.
UP - GREG BIFFLE - Once again, he's parking at the end of the season.
DOWN - POINTS RACES Will there be any titles to decide during “Championship Weekend” at Homestead, Fla.? Biffle hoping for different story ending
Greg Biffle has no illusions about the focus in the final races of the season.
“I’ll say it now and I’ve said it before, if you don’t make the Chase, you’re kind of left out, you’re on the outside,” said Biffle, who won the pole for Sunday’s race.
“That’s what you’ve got to do is you’ve got to make the Chase to be one of the guys that’s going to get talked about all the time.”
Although not in the Chase, Biffle is appreciative his team has returned to its competitive nature in recent weeks.
“It’s fun to come here and mess with these guys because we’ve got the race cars and the team to be in the Chase,” he said. Sunday’s race
Pep Boys Auto 500
WHERE: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday.
WEATHER: Sunny. High: Low 70s.
TV: Coverage begins at 1 p.m. on ABC.
RADIO: Performance Racing Network.
RACE DISTANCE: 325 laps or 500.5 miles.
TRACK LENGTH: 1.54 miles.