Here's the latest news and info coming out of Atlanta Motor Speedway as we prepare for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500. We'll be continuously updating this post, so check back often.
• NASCAR will honor Wendell Scott, the first African-American to drive in NASCAR's Cup series, by placing a commemorative sticker on every driver's car. Scott's first start came March 4, 1961 in Spartanburg, S.C. On Dec. 1, 1963, he became the first African-American to win a Cup-level race.
• The gold medal-winning bobsled team from last week's Olympics will be appearing on Sunday. The team rode a Geoff Bodine-backed bobsled, and was the first U.S. team to win gold since 1948.
• Weather at the track is cool but clear, and there's no rain forecast for Sunday.
• Kevin Harvick is extremely confident about his ability to beat the 48 team, and notes that "to be the best, you have to beat the best."
• Kyle Busch greeted the media with a "nice to see you all again." Only the top 12 get invited to the media center for press conferences each week, and it's been awhile since Kyle was in that august group.
• Like Harvick, Kyle praised the 48 team. But he went a step farther: "There's no question the 48 team is the best, probably in history."
• Jeff Burton is calm about the 48: "I'm around a lot of people who get pissed off -- 'How'd he win that?' I'm not ... that's not luck, it's skill. My motivation is not with knocking him off, it's with me getting better."
• Jimmie Johnson laughed about the Kobalt Tools commercial. When asked if he could play a straight man in commercials, he replied, deadpan, "What's a straight man?" (Translation: yes.)
• Mark Martin on the idea of using a larger restrictor plate at Talladega: "I'm not sure it's good for color of hair as drivers. But it's definitely good for fans."