KAHNE WINS PEP BOYS AUTO 500

Maybe they should run two races in Atlanta every year. In a season full of disappointments - rainouts, low ratings and attendance, drug scandal - the first Labor Day weekend night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway proved to be a pleasant success. It looked like it would actually be fun to go to. When's the last time anyone said that about a race in Atlanta? (Or, for that matter, an anything in Atlanta?)Kasey Kahne won the Pep Boys Auto 500, moving from 11th to 6th in the Chase standings with one ra ...

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WILL BUSCH OR VICKERS MAKE THE CHASE?

Only two races remain before the Chase field is set. Kyle Busch and Brian Vickers, who sit in 13th and 14th place, will be pushing 12th-place Matt Kenseth hard for the final spot in Atlanta and Richmond over the next two weekends.So which of these outsiders has the advantage? This weekend Vickers returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he made his Cup debut in 2003, and has performed well throughout his career. In 12 series starts there he has finished in the top 10 five times. His first top ...

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PAUL MENARD’S 100TH RACE

There are many milestones that flat-out floor me. Keith Richards hitting 60. "According To Jim" getting renewed. But Saturday night in Atlanta, Paul Menard might take the cake. Menard will make his 100th NASCAR start. Only 177 drivers have ever worn that figurative blazer. But when you look at the numbers, you may ask the same question I did: How the *bleep* did this happen?In 99 career starts, Menard has one top-five finish, a runner-up at Talladega, where anything can happen, as t ...

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ATLANTA CRASH VIDEOS

 After a much-needed and well-deserved weekend off, the Sprint Cup heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday for the Pep Boys Auto 500.  Just like the last race at Bristol, this event will be run under the lights and is sure to dish out plenty of excitement.  Take a look at some of the crashes from past events after the jump.  Junior crashes with three laps to go 2007 Fire on pit road Nationwide crash 2004 Steve Park practice crash 1998I apologize for the ra ...

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