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Last Updated Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 1:18 am, EDT

Race Capsule

Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 25 of 36 on Sprint Cup circuit

  • Where:

    Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA

  • When:

    September 6, 2011 11:00 am EDT

  • Laps:

    325

  • Track Length:

    1.54 miles

  • Race Length:

    501.00 miles

  • Purse:

    $6,058,035

Drivers to Watch

Kasey Kahne 15th, 54 points out of the top 10. Gained two spots last week.
Clint Bowyer 12th, 22 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Kyle Busch 1st, same as last week, but in a points tie with Jimmie Johnson. Busch gets the advantage because he has four wins compared to Johnson's one. Busch clinched a spot in the Chase with his win at Michigan two weeks ago. He has clinched a position in the top 10.
Jeff Gordon 6th, same as last race, 48 points out. He has the same amount of points as Kevin Harvick but loses the position because Harvick has three wins to Gordon's two.
Matt Kenseth 3rd, a two-position move upward in one race, 32 points out of the lead. He's another driver who has secured a position in the Chase
Carl Edwards 4th, same as last race, 35 out of first place. Another driver who has clinched a position in the Chase.
Martin Truex Jr. 17th, 65 points out of the top 10. Gained four spots last week.
Ryan Newman 7th, same as last race, 68 out of the lead.
Kurt Busch 8th, same as last race, 81 out of first place.
AJ Allmendinger 14th, 46 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Juan Pablo Montoya 23rd, 89 points out of the top 10. Lost one spot last week.
Denny Hamlin 13th, 38 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. With his one win in 2011, he stands second in the race for the two wild card spots in the Chase.
Brad Keselowski 11th, 21 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week. With three wins, he is all but locked into the Chase. He holds the No. 1 spot in the race for the two wild card spots.
Greg Biffle 16th, 61 points out of the top 10. Lost three spots last week.
Jimmie Johnson 2nd, same as last week, but has the same amount of points as Kyle Busch (830). Johnson is slotted second because he has just one win compared to Busch's four. He clinched a position in the Chase with his performance last week.
Marcos Ambrose 22nd, 83 points out of the top 10. He is only four points out of the top-20. With one win, he must be in the top 20 to have any shot at making the Chase. He is 45 points back of Denny Hamlin, who stands second in the race for the two wild card spots.
David Ragan 21st, 82 points out of the top 10. He is three points out of the top 20. With one win in 2011, he must be in the top 20 to have any shot at making the Chase. He is 44 points back of Denny Hamlin, who stands second in the race for the two wild card spots.
Tony Stewart 10th, same as last race, 120 out of first place but 21 points ahead in the race to the Chase.
Kevin Harvick 5th, a two-position dive in one race, 48 points out of the lead.
Paul Menard 20th, 79 points out of the top 10. Lost two spots last week. He is 41 points back of Denny Hamlin in the race for the second of the two wild card spots in the Chase.
Joey Logano 18th, 68 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Jamie McMurray 26th, 159 points out of the top 10. Gained one spot last week.
Jeff Burton 24th, 138 points out of the top 10.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. 9th, same as last week, 102 points behind leader Kyle Busch. More importantly, he is 39 points ahead of 10th position to make the Chase.
Mark Martin 19th, 77 points out of the top 10. Lost three spots last week.