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Kasey Kahne is Ready to Roll Right into the NASCAR Chase at Atlanta

Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Last week Kasey Kahne drove his way into the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup at Bristol Motor Speedway. He was careful and finished the race second but more importantly Kahne drove his way into the chase. This week Kasey wants to solidify his standings there and get the bonus points from his two wins. This week Kahne and NASCAR are at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the ADVOCARE 500.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway used to be the fastest nonrestrictor plate track in NASCAR. It isn’t as fast as those tracks that have been most recently paved but the new Generation Six cars have been setting records everywhere so who knows.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway is another of those 1.5 mile staples in NASCAR. It is said all the time that they are all the same but in reality they only look the same via the satellite. This track has 24 degrees of banking in all four turns and five degrees on the front and backstretch. The race is 325 laps or 500.5 miles. This track is also known for its abrasive track surface that eats tires. Watch for tire strategy to be a key to doing well in this race.

Kasey Kahne doesn’t have the best driver rating at this track but his two wins on a very tough track show for sure he has what it takes. The only other drivers who have done better are Jimmie Johnson, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch who all have three wins. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five wins but over two decades.

It is a good thing Kahne likes this track. This just might be the track to make a statement for his whole season.

Since the first time I went there, Atlanta has always been one of my favorite racetracks. It kind of reminds me of racing at Eldora Speedway. When you run the outside at Atlanta right up by the wall, it feels really similar to racing a dirt track in a winged sprint car. I like that feeling you get — that sensation of being beside the wall. And then the tires fall off, and it gets really slippery.”  Kasey added, “Atlanta is just fast and rough. You have a lot of things you’re kind of working through throughout a race run and just trying to get the balance of the car to be good throughout 45-48 laps. It’s tough to get it right. I’ve just always liked racing there, it’s a good one.

Kahne is racing not only for a win but to move up and be tied for third in the seed for the Chase for the Sprint Cup when it starts at Chicagoland Speedway in two weeks. He is also racing to stay in the top ten and get those same bonus points since he is only 20 points into the top ten.

If you can’t get to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday Sept 1st, it will be broadcast live on ESPN starting at 6:30 PM.

Brian Berg Jr. is a NASCAR writer for RantSports.com.

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Top 12 Driver Rating at Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson………………….. 108.3
Jeff Gordon………………………… 104.8
Tony Stewart………………………. 100.2
Carl Edwards……………………….. 99.8
Denny Hamlin……………………….. 99.7
Matt Kenseth………………………… 96.4
Kurt Busch…………………………… 94.6
Dale Earnhardt Jr………………….. 93.3
Kyle Busch…………………………… 92.8
Greg Biffle…………………………… 92.6
Martin Truex Jr…………………….. 90.8
Kasey Kahne………………………… 88.9
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (14 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.