Drivers took to a cool Atlanta Motor Speedway today for the Kobalt Tools 500. Jeff Gordon coming off an ugly wreck last week was able to win the poll for the race this week.
At the drop of the green flag it was along green flag run with Dale Jr. leading all the laps until a debris caution came out on lap 38. He busted out to over 5 second lead early in the race. Dale Jr. continued to lead green flag lap until Kyle Busch passed him on lap 60.
Green flag racing continued until lap 84 for the second debris caution of the day. The green flag racing then continued until lap 114 as Kasey Kahne spins out in the grass.
This led to a massive long green flag run that saw Kyle Busch slightly hitting the wall causing Clint Bowyer to lead the race. This also led to the first green flag pit stops of the day on lap 164. After green flag pit stops finished Clint Bowyer was back in the lead and putting even more cars a lap down.
Finally the caution came out at lap 198 for debris. With the lucky dog pass only twelve cars were left on the lead lap. At the drop of the green flag Kyle Busch quickly took the lead of the race.
Green flag racing then continued until lap 218 as Elliott Sadler spins out. He also brings out the next caution on lap 232 for a second spin. After the green flag dropped Carl Edwards was able to get the lead of the race from Kyle Busch and bust open to an over five second lead and for the third time in a row on lap 262 Elliott Sadler spins out.
All the leaders pit and Carl Edwards leads all cars off the pit road. A few laps go by and Carl Edwards is smoking big time, goes to the pits with 51 laps to go and ends his race day. This put Kyle Busch back into the lead of the race.
“Bleeding heavily from the engine,” said Carl Edwards. He also stated that he could have won the race.
At lap 282 the caution came out to dry up fluids out on the racetrack. The leaders pit and Kyle Busch led the cars off pit road with Tony Stewart in second. Withy 20 laps to go Kyle Busch had a 3 plus second lead over Tony Stewart. Around 18 laps to go and Greg Biffle moved up to second place, but was still around 3 seconds back to Kyle.
With two laps to go Tony Stewart made a pass on Greg Biffle for second, but Kyle cruised onto the victory of the race. This marks the first win by a foreign made car company since 1954 as Al Keller drove a Jaguar to a road course win in Linden, N.J., in June 1954.
The win is Kyle’s second win this race weekend. He won the truck series race on Friday.
“That’s amazing,” said Kyle Busch. He also talked about how good it was to bring the 18 car back into victory lane since Bobby Labonte dominated at this track.
“Most pathetic racing tire in my career,” said Tony Stewart. “Goodyear can’t build a tire worth a crap.” Tony also said that he did not know how he finished the race in the second place.
“Hard job today,” said Dale Jr. who finished in third.
Greg Biffle who finished in fourth said that he had a great race and that he burnt his tires up racing against Tony.
In points Kyle Busch takes the leads in points with a 73-point lead over Greg Biffle. Brian Vickers and his ninth place finish today moved him up to ninth place in the points while Carl Edwards and his stinky finish fell down to 17th place in the points.