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ADVOCARE 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Prerace Notes

Kevin Liles-USA TODAY Sports

This week NASCAR is at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the ADVOCARE 500. This high speed 1.5 mile per hour track is a driver and fan favorite. The surface is old and rough. Tire management is key to winning this race.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the race. He will lead the field to green on Sunday. This is the first Sprint Cup Series pole for Stenhouse Jr. He was able to get the pole by listening to his team owner Jack Roush.

Stenhouse said, “We were sitting in the trailer after practice and Jack asked me what line I was gonna run in qualifying and having a late draw I told him, ‘Well, whoever is on the pole at that time I’m gonna run where they ran,’ and he said he didn’t want to hear that, he wanted to hear that I was gonna run the bottom because it makes him less nervous when I’m on the bottom.

Kasey Kahne raced his way into the Chase and is now eighth in the standings. He is on a roll and at one of his favorite tracks. This weekend he is racing for his third win of the season which would put him near the top when the standings are reset after the race at Richmond.

Right now Jeff Gordon is not in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. This race at Atlanta Speedway, one of Jeff Gordon’s better tracks, just might be his last chance to win a race and get into the Chase.

Brian Vickers and Denny Hamlin will have to start the race from the back because their teams choose to change engines. This in and of itself is not unusual but both drivers use engines from Toyota Racing Development TRD. This may be a bad sign for the other Toyota drivers. The race is 500 miles on a track that is about as hard on engines as any in the NACAR schedule.

There is going to be rain at Atlanta Motor Speedway. If you are recording the race plan accordingly as it will be rain or track drying delayed.

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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