NASCAR Preview

Last Updated Sunday, Nov 2, 2008 1:46 am, EDT

Race Capsule

Atlanta Motor Speedway
  • What:

    Race 22 of 25 on Camping World Truck circuit

  • Where:

    Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA

  • When:

    October 25, 2008 1:45 pm EDT

  • Laps:


  • Track Length:

    1.54 miles

  • Race Length:

    200.00 miles

  • Purse:


Drivers to Watch

Kyle Busch Has gotten off to a stellar start with Joe Gibbs Racing, placing fourth in both races thus far to take the early lead in the standings, six points ahead of Ryan Newman; had the dominant car and led the most laps at the Daytona 500; is looking to build off a sensational run at Hendrick Motorsports as he moves to JGR and Toyota; finished fifth in the final standings after qualifying for the Chase for the second consecutive season; had 20 top-10 finishes in 36 races last season, including 11 top-fives; lone win came during the first Bristol race - the inaugural Car of Tomorrow event; finished ninth in this race last season.
Denny Hamlin Has gotten off to a slow start this season unlike JGR teammates Kyle Busch and Tony Stewart; started off his third season with a 17th at the Daytona 500 and a 41st at California; avoided the sophomore slump last year after enjoying a breakthrough rookie campaign in 2006, posting 12 top-five and 18 top-10 finishes; won his only race of the season at New Hampshire in July, but could manage only a 15th-place finish at Loudon to start the Chase en route to finishing 12th and last among Chase competitors; followed up the win at New Hampshire by finishing dead last at Daytona after wrecking early in the race with teammate Tony Stewart; ran third in this race last year.
Ryan Newman Snapped an 81-race winless streak by winning the Daytona 500; last win came at the September race at New Hampshire in 2005; got a huge push from teammate Kurt Busch to earn the win, giving Penske Racing its first-ever Daytona 500 victory; followed Daytona victory with a 10th at California; known as a top qualifier; earned the nickname "Rocketman" after winning a series-high 11 poles in 2003; finished 13th in the final standings last year - his second straight season out of the Chase after dropping to 18th in 2006; finished eighth at this race last year.