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Aaron's 312 at Atlanta

Status: Final Atlanta Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 5 of 37 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA

  • When:

    March 19, 2005 3:05 pm EST

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1.54 miles

  • Race Length:

    313.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Carl Edwards Won last week's Pocono 500 under caution after an accident involving Bobby Labonte occurred during the "overtime" laps; was his second win of the season, vaulting him five spots to fourth in the series standings; the victory came at the expense of his Busch Series standings lead as he skipped that circuit's event, which was postponed Saturday and rescheduled for Sunday in Nashville; has six top-10s in his first first full season on this circuit after making 13 starts last season; made his Cup debut on this track last season, running 10th in August.
Jimmie Johnson Ran sixth at Pocono Raceway last week for his circuit-high 11th top-10 on the season; has 17 top-10s, including six victories, in the last 20 events dating to last season; is atop the series standings with 2,062 points, 123 ahead of second-place Biffle; has led the standings following 11 straight races; ran fourth in this event last season, his best finish in six career starts on this track; started on the pole here in August when rain canceled qualifying and finished 40th; his only pole position this year also came courtesy of rain canceling qualifying earlier this month; doesn't put emphasis on winning poles: "I remember a remark that Mark Martin made to me in my rookie year in the Busch Series. He said, 'You know, you'll come into this sport and you'll qualify great but you won't race well. Then you'll figure out what you need to feel to race well and your qualifying will go away.' And I guess that's kind of what happened to me."
Elliott Sadler Maintained his spot of third in the standings despite a 21st in the Pocono 500 on Sunday, two days after announcing he will remain with Robert Yates Racing through 2008; was just his third finish outside the top 20 this season and he has not finished worse than 29th; has seven top-10s with a best finish of second from the pole in the Food City 500 at Bristol on April 3; also ran second in the non-points All-Star Challenge last month; has struggled in 12 career starts here, managing only one top-10 finish - a fifth in this event last year.
Tony Stewart Tumbled five spots to 10th in the standings following a 29th in last week's Pocono 500; was his third straight finish of 15th or worse after running second to Kasey Kahne's first career win in Richmond on May 14; finished 24th in this event last year but rebounded to run ninth in the GFS Marketplace 400 in August for his seventh top-10 in 12 career starts on this track; finished second here in August 2002 and won the rain-shortened event June 2000; also won an IROC event at Michigan in August 2001; seeking his first win since August 15 - a span of 28 events: "We've been close a couple times this year but we just haven't been able to capitalize. We've just had a lot of bad luck this year and we're missing something."
Took the checkered flag that last time the circuit visited here, winning the GFS Marketplace 400 on August 22; since then, won the 2004 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway and four of the first 13 events of 2005; had string of four straight top-10 finishes halted with a 30th at Pocono Raceway last week; is second in the points standings, 123 points off the pace set by Jimmie Johnson; also is second in top-10s (9) and tied for second in top-fives (5) this year; was 23rd in the standings entering last year's spring event here, in which he finished 23rd.