Sunday, March 8, 2009

It's Kurt's turn now!

Kurt Busch drove to a dominating victory today at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He led 234 of the 330 in the Kobalt Tools 500. Busch, driver of the #2 Miller Light Dodge, survived a couple of scrapes with the wall and a late caution. His margin of victory was only 0.332 seconds over Jeff Gordon. Mark Martin, who had the pole for the race, had another disappointing day. He cut a tire, smashed into the wall, and finished 31st and 14 laps down. Want to know how dominating Kurt was today? He led more laps today then he did all of last season. For his victory lap, he got the checkered flag and drove background around the 1.54-mile quad-oval. In Victory Lane Kurt said “This car was unbelievable. I guess good things come to those who wait.” If that’s the case, maybe Jeff Gordon will get his victory soon. He hasn’t won since 2007. However, he is still on top of the Sprint Cup standings after another strong run. The most dramatic moment of the day came on lap 67 when a tire rolled away from Marcos Ambrose’s pit box and Jimmy Watts, gas man, took off after it. He ran halfway onto the grass to retrieve it causing NASCAR officials to throw a yellow flag and toss Watts out of the pits for the rest of the race. There were no serious wrecks today. The first multi car clash didn’t come until 204 when Sam Jr lost control into turn 2 and collected Bill Elliott. It was a very tough day for the locals. Reed Sorenson, from Peachtree City, spun on the second lap of the race and finished 33rd, completing just 264 laps. Martin Truex, Jr was back behind the wheel just a day after being taken to the ER with kidney stones. Martin Jr passed the stone late last night and drove to a solid 10th place finish. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is off next week. They race again on 3-22 at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Top 10:
1. Kurt Busch
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Carl Edwards
4. Kevin Harvick
5. Brian Vickers
6. Clint Bowyer
7. Kasey Kahne
8. Tony Stewart
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Martin Truex, Jr

Other noteables:
11. Dale Jr
13. Denny Hamlin
18. Kyle Busch
30. Joey Logano

Another stat of the day: 13 lead changes among 8 drivers and 11 caution flags for 54 laps.


Genna said...

While it was still a Busch, it was at least the lest hateful and annoying Busch. haha

I looove that Tony finished 8th after the day he had! Shows that he's possibly the best driver of our day.