Folks who work for Atlanta Motor Speedway have started building a case for moving this race to later in the spring when the weather is better. Sure, that would give Atlanta a chance to sell more tickets. But you can't have 36 races in April. I'm not so sure it would make that much of a difference, anyway. Atlanta is just a terrible, terrible sports market.
Kyle Busch just seems to be faster than everybody else in Truck and Nationwide series races. The only explanation I have is that Busch is driving the dickens out of those cars and trucks.
It's becoming more apparent to me with each broadcast that Fox and ESPN announcers are under some kind of edict to mention Sunoco a certain number of times each show. I don't know if NASCAR has asked them to do it or whether the networks are getting a little "taste" for those efforts.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. hasn't won a points race since May 6, 2006, at Richmond, Va. That's a 65-race winless streak. After he finished second last week at Las Vegas, I've thought all week he'd snap that slide today at Atlanta, and I still think that. WINNER: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Not long ago Kasey Kahne ruled the 1.5-mile speedways, but the organization's dominance on those tracks disappeared last season. This season, Kahne has finished worse than ninth. So why not make his return to Victory Lane this weekend? WINNER: Kasey Kahne
3 things to watch
Carl Edwards goes for a third straight Sprint Cup victory today at the track where he got his first series win in 2005. Despite the controversy over his penalties at Las Vegas, Edwards' Ford looks fast enough to be a contender again today.
Jimmie Johnson won both races at this track a year ago, but he'd won two straight at Las Vegas, too, and the No. 48 car ran terribly last week. Will the two-time reigning champion's team rebound with a strong run this week?
Bobby Labonte won six Atlanta races between 1996 and 2003, but he hasn't finished better than 12th in his past eight tries. He will start fifth today in the No. 43 Dodge, the third straight year he's started sixth or better.
Just The Facts
Kobalt Tools 500
WHERE: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga.
TRACK TYPE: 1.54-mile trioval with 24-degree banking in the turns.
RACE DISTANCE: 325 laps (500 miles).
WHEN: 2 p.m. Sunday.
WEATHER: Sunny, near 50 degrees.
RADIO: Performance Racing Network.
|2.||88||D. Earnhardt Jr.||Chevy||184.862|
|3.||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevy||183.807|
|33.||77||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||180.047|