As NASCAR moves to the ‘Peach State,” the race to make the Chase continues to get closer. Tensions will be flaring on Sunday evening as Tony Stewart will be on the edge of his seat attempting to keep himself within the top ten in points.
Kasey Kahne is on a hot streak though. The driver of the No. 5 Chevy Impala for Hendrick Motorsports has been on a hot streak throughout the past few races including no finish worse than 14th which came at Somona in June. Kahne has come on strong after his weak start and is hoping to crack the top ten where he can put himself in the Chase.
If Kahne can’t overtake Stewart for the coveted tenth position in points, that would leave he and Kyle Busch as the two wild card drivers. Busch hasn’t had the best of seasons. Mechanic issues have dreaded his Joe Gibbs Racing team throughout the entire year which may prevent the Las Vegas native of making a run at the title. At Busch’s rate, the M&M’s characters on his door-panel’s may win a championship before he does.
Returning to Atlanta may be what some of the wild card contenders need though. Carl Edwards, Ryan Newman, Marcos Ambrose, as well as Jeff Gordon all have a shot to win at the high bank speedway. Gordon and Edwards lead the way with a combined eight wins and 34 top ten’s. Edwards hasn’t won a race since the beginning of last season where he was victorious at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway and Gordon is attempting to turn his momentum around after his third place finish Saturday night at the newly repaved Bristol Motor Speedway.
The high speeds at Atlanta should prove to be rough on the engines. But, the wild card drivers are determined to make it into the Chase, it’s just a matter of being a perfectionist this weekend during the Advocare 500 with additional momentum heading towards Richmond next weekend.