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Great Clips 300

Status: Final Atlanta Motor Speedway

Race Capsule

Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 26 of 35 on Nationwide circuit

  • Where:

    Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA

  • When:

    September 4, 2010 7:16 pm EDT

  • Laps:

    195

  • Track Length:

    1.54 miles

  • Race Length:

    300.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $1,076,369

Drivers to Watch

Kasey Kahne Kahne finished in the top 10 in both races at Dover last year, giving him three top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the Monster Mile. Kahne said the key to running well at Dover is "having a car that can still handle well 30-40 laps into a run and staying out of trouble. Dover is an easy place to get in trouble, and once you are in trouble, it's a place that can end your day in a hurry."
Kyle Busch Busch remains third in the standings and is 113 points back but just three out of second place. Busch won at Dover in June 2008 and has five top-five finishes and no other top-10s in 10 starts there. He was 23rd in this race last year and 31st in September. Since that victory in 2008, he has not finished a Dover race higher than 23rd.
Ryan Newman Newman has three wins and 10 top-10 finishes along with four poles in 16 starts at Dover. "No question, the Army team has had some solid runs lately, but we're better than what we've shown," said Newman. "We're getting close to hitting the rhythm that we've been looking for. Dover is one of the tracks where I feel it can all come together."
Carl Edwards Edwards has one win and seven top-10 finishes in 11 starts at Dover. In the last seven races at the Monster Mile, Edwards has one win, two seconds and two thirds as well as a seventh last spring. "The car we are taking ran well at Bristol (sixth) this spring, so hopefully it will run even better at Dover," said crew chief Bob Osborne.
Jamie McMurray McMurray has five top-10 finishes in 14 starts at Dover. "Obviously, Bono (crew chief Kevin Manion) and the No. 1 team have had some great success at Dover in the past (winning with Martin Truex Jr.), so we'll look to continue that with this weekend's run," said McMurray. "He is really pumped up about going to Dover. We've had fast cars every week, and we expect the same this weekend."
Kevin Harvick Harvick has increased his points lead to 110 heading to Dover, where he has no wins, two top-five and six top-10 finishes in 18 starts. He was 17th in this race last year and 12th at Dover in September. He has just one top-10 finish (sixth in September 2008) in his last seven Dover starts. "I think it was two years ago that they had the big wreck coming off of turn 2 at the start of the race," Harvick said. "They just keep piling in and crashing because there is so much banking coming through the corner that you can't really see what's on the exit of the corner. And by the time the spotter says something and you see it, you're in it. And then once you wreck, especially at the beginning of the race, it's like you have nowhere to go on the race track because they come up on you so fast. If you're off the pace, it winds up being a really long day. The toughest part for us has been qualifying for me at Dover. I think if you can qualify good at Dover it makes your day go a lot better."
Paul Menard Menard is still looking for his first top-10 finish at Dover. His best finish in five starts at the track is 19th. Menard will be racing a new car this weekend. "We've run well the past couple of weeks but don't really have the finishes to prove it," said Menard, "so we need to get ourselves back on track and try to make sure we're around at the end of this one."
Joey Logano Logano finished 15th in his Sprint Cup debut at Dover last spring, and that was his best finish in the two races at the Monster Mile in 2009. Logano made the highlight reels for the wrong reason in the fall race as he became airborne after being involved in a multi-car accident. He was unhurt. "I know I will have to hear about it all weekend, but it's not going to affect my focus at all," the 19-year-old driver said.
Brad Keselowski Keselowski will be making his Sprint Cup debut at Dover. He has run well at the Monster Mile in the Nationwide Series with one win and five finishes of seventh or better. "Dover is one of my favorite tracks, and one of the reasons is that it is concrete," said Keselowski. "It requires a different driving style. It tends to 'rubber up' differently, and the adjustments you have to make are different as a result."
Clint Bowyer Bowyer has three top-10 finishes in eight Cup starts at Dover and also has two Nationwide Series wins at the Monster Mile. "We've had our ups and downs there," said Bowyer. "But we always run in the top five. Anything can happen in these races, but if you run in the top five long enough, you're going to get a win. I feel like Dover is a track where we're due for a win on the Cup side."
Matt Kenseth Kenseth dropped one spot in the standings and is 150 points out. He is a former Dover winner (June 2006) and has nine top-five and 14 top-10 finishes in 22 starts there. He has a streak of four straight top-five Dover finishes and six in his last eight Dover starts, including fourth last June and third in September.