NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver, Aric Almirola will pilot the No. 5 Jordan Truck Sales- Courtesy Ford Wauters Motorsports F150 Friday night in the Jeff Foxworthy's Grit Chips 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Almirola has two NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins with Richie Wauters as the crew chief (Dover, Michigan 2010) and three previous starts at Atlanta's tricky, high-speed quad-oval in the series, with a best finish of third-place position in 2010.
Wauters, in his tenure as a crew chief, has had tremendous success at the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, boasting four wins, five top-5, and seven top-10 finishes in 12 starts at the Hampton, Georgia track.
Sponsors of the No. 5 Ford F150, Jordan Truck Sales & Courtesy Ford, are based in the Atlanta, Georgia area. Rimrock Design, Lake City, Florida and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Center, Georgia will also be on the NASCAR truck for Friday nights event.
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Iowa Speedway officials announced that the final race weekend of the 2012 season, Friday and Saturday, September 14-15, will have a ‘Fan Appreciation’ theme, offering race goers a rare glimpse ‘behind the scenes’ at a major motorsports event, among several new fan attractions.
“We want to thank our loyal fans for their support during our very successful 2012 racing season,” said Iowa Speedway Chief Executive Officer Doug Fritz. “If it weren’t for the fans, we couldn’t present great shows like the ones we have on tap for our final race weekend.”
Special fan amenities, including access to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver’s Meeting, conducted under the north grandstands on Saturday afternoon, and a random draw to send ten fans at each event to Victory Lane, and additional groups of ten on special garage tours, as well as ‘meet and greets’ with NASCAR and ASA officials – including NASCAR Truck Series Director Wayne Auton and ASA President Dennis Huth – will highlight the ‘Fan Appreciation’ weekend theme.
“Everyone with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series appreciates our fans, and the fans here in Iowa are among the most enthusiastic we see all season long,” Auton commented. “Whatever we can do to enhance the fan experience, we’ll do, and we look forward to another great show for the fans at Iowa Speedway.”
In addition to all of the hoopla surrounding the 200-lap Camping World Truck Series show, NASCAR stars Steve Wallace and Johnny Sauter have entered the 150-lap ASA Midwest Tour super late model race on Friday night, September 14, and newly elected NASCAR Hall-of-Famer Rusty Wallace will be on hand on Saturday, September 15 to greet fans and sign autographs.
Two concerts – post-race on Friday evening with Iowa rockers ‘Wikid Likir’, and pre-race on Saturday afternoon with the legendary country music band ‘The Lost Trailers’ – are also designed to enhance the overall fan experience. In addition, a special ‘Pigskin Pub’ tent will be set up near the concert stage, with big screen televisions to view the Iowa-Northern Iowa and Iowa State-Western Illinois games on Saturday afternoon and evening,
“The NASCAR Truck Series and ASA super late models are a powerhouse line-up of racing entertainment,” Fritz noted. “Coupled with all the other amenities and activities we have in store for the fans on September 14 and 15, this will be one memorable weekend.”
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The NASCAR HOTPASS lineup for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is as follows:
DIRECTV Channel 795:
Jeff Gordon and the No. 24 DuPont Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
Jeff Gordon will make his 678th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 39th at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Has five wins (March 1995, November 1998, March 1999, October 2003 and September 2011), two poles (November 2000 and March 2008) and 24 top-10 finishes in 38 starts at Atlanta … The 41-year-old Vallejo, Calif., native has 86 wins and 406 top-10 finishes in 677 Sprint Cup starts … 2011 marks Gordon’s 20th full year in Sprint Cup and he won the driver championship in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2001 … Started 11th and finished third last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Ranks 14th in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 10 top-10 finishes.
DIRECTV Channel 796:
Kevin Harvick and the No. 29 Rheem Chevrolet team of Richard Childress Racing
Kevin Harvick will make his 419th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 22nd at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Has one win (March 2001) and seven top-10 finishes in 21 starts at Atlanta … The 36-year-old Bakersfield, Calif., native has 18 wins and 183 top-10 finishes in 418 Sprint Cup starts …Won 2001 and 2006 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Harvick’s 12th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2010 … Started 13th and finished 15th last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Ranks ninth in Sprint Cup Series points with nine top-10 finishes.
DIRECTV Channel 797:
Martin Truex Jr., and the No. 56 NAPA Shocks and Struts Toyota team of Michael Waltrip Racing
Martin Truex Jr., will make his 250th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 14th at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Has one pole (September 2009) and two top-10 finishes in 13 career Sprint Cup starts at Atlanta … The 32-year-old Mayetta, N.J., native has one win and 69 top-10 finishes in 249 Sprint Cup starts … 2012 marks Truex’s seventh full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of 11th in 2007 … Won 2004 and 2005 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … Started 15th and finished 11th last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Ranks fifth in Sprint Cup Series points with 13 top-10 finishes.
DIRECTV Channel 798:
Dale Earnhardt Jr., and the No. 88 National Guard/Diet Mountain Dew Chevrolet team of Hendrick Motorsports
Dale Earnhardt Jr., will make his 460th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start and his 25th at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Has one win (March 2004), two poles (November 2001 and March 2010) and 10 top-10 finishes in 24 starts at Atlanta … The 37-year-old Kannapolis, N.C., native has won 19 races and has 178 top-10 finishes in 459 Sprint Cup starts … Won 1998 and 1999 NASCAR Nationwide Series championships … 2012 marks Earnhardt’s 13th full year in Sprint Cup with a career-best points finish of third in 2003 … Started 16th and finished 12th last week at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway … Ranks third in Sprint Cup Series points with one win and 16 top-10 finishes.
The raceway in Sonoma will hosts its 2ndannual Accelerating Sustainable Performance Summit on Friday, Sept. 7, bringing together industry leaders from the business, motor sports, engineering, research and media communities to explore prospects for sustainable automotive development and performance.
This year’s summit, which will be hosted in the raceway’s Simraceway Performance Driving Center, will be headlined by two topics:
- The presentation of the beta-version of a Sustainable Performance Ranking Metric. The raceway, in collaboration with Dominican University of California’s Green MBA program, has developed a new rating system for vehicles that combines the factors most closely associated with BOTH sustainability and performance. The metric, which has undergone preliminary vetting in both the industry and academic communities, provides a ranking of the top 100 selling consumer vehicles, as well as popular hybrid and alternative-fuel models.
- The State of Sustainable Racing will also be discussed by a panel representing sanctioning bodies, manufacturers, competitors and the media. The raceway, along with Dominican University, produced a comprehensive research report which examines 16 case studies in alternate fuel and electric racing. The report examines race series such as NASCAR and INDYCAR, as well as the Veolia World Solar Challenge.
The summit begins at 9 a.m. with an address from Steve Page, president and general manager of the raceway in Sonoma.
“We are very excited with the lineup for our second ASP summit,” said Page. “Last year, we introduced the concept of linking sustainability and performance and dealt with issues on a very broad level. In the year since we’ve been able to move the effort in a much more substantive and practical direction and have drawn in a very impressive cast for this summit to help us drill down even further.”
Neil Duffy will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Duffy’s professional career spans 25 years in the sports and entertainment industry with the last five years having been focused on the “space” at the intersection of sport and sustainability. He has held senior executive leadership positions including President of Octagon Europe, Middle East Africa and was the Chief Marketing and Sustainability Officer for the 34th America’s Cup.
The day will also include several on-track demonstrations by high-performance sustainable vehicles, highlighted by KleenSpeed establishing the raceway’s electric-vehicle lap time record. Other on-track demos include Fisker (electric performance vehicle), Yokohama (Orange Oil Tires), CalSol (solar powered racecar), Mission Motors (electric motorcycles) and Alliance Auto (natural gas police car), among others.
Partners on the program include Amyris, Panasonic, PG&E, Safety-Kleen, Yokohama, Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc., Fuel 21, KleenSpeed and Dominican University’s Green MBA program.
For more information on the 2nd annual Accelerating Sustainable Performance Summit, visit www.acceleratingsustainableperformance.com.
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It’s understandable that Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of Eddie Wood’s favorite race tracks. His family’s team leads all others with twelve Atlanta victories and has nine poles and 33 top-five finishes in 101 starts.
Wood, a second-generation member of the Wood Brothers team, has been going to Atlanta since 1969, when NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough, driving the No. 21 Mercury Cyclone, got the third of his seven Atlanta wins. Additionally, it was at Atlanta that another Hall of Famer, Walter “Bud” Moore, taught Eddie and his brother Len how to use a slide rule so they could calculate the results of dynamometer tests. Another memorable occurrence at Atlanta was during the 1993 Motorcraft Quality Parts 500. Hall of Famer, Rusty Wallace, gave the Woods a tip on which left-front shock to use on their car. Morgan Shepherd went out and won that race riding on the shock Wallace suggested, while Wallace finished third.
Shepherd also delivered the Woods’ current crew chief, Donnie Wingo, an Atlanta victory in 1990, when both were working on Bud Moore’s No. 15 Motorcraft Ford.
“We’re looking forward to getting back to Atlanta,” said Wood, whose team didn’t race there in 2011. “It’s one of my favorite tracks. We’ve had a lot of success there with a lot of different drivers.”
It is a little surprising to hear how the current driver of the Good Sam/Camping World No. 21 Ford Fusion feels about the 1.54-mile quad-oval.
“I’ve never run a Sprint Cup car there, but it’s my favorite track,” said Trevor Bayne. “I’ve always run well there in the Nationwide Series.”
Bayne figures that given his team’s speed in recent races on similar intermediate-length tracks, he’ll get up to speed in a hurry when practice starts on Friday for Sunday night’s AdvoCare 500.
“Hopefully we can figure it out pretty quickly,” he said. “The car’s been really good here lately. Even at the two-mile track at Michigan we were really fast, and at Indy we were quick”.
“I think the Wood Brothers team has really got the cars dialed in pretty good.”
Bayne also believes he can tap into the resources of his fellow Ford team members over at Roush Fenway Racing.
“Roush is definitely getting their program better, and we’re feeding off that a good bit,” he said. “I think we’ll be pretty good at Atlanta.”
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Circle Sport, LLC, today announced that Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc. (OPSEC) will sponsor the team’s No. 33 Chevrolet driven by 2012 Rookie-of-the-Year contender Stephen Leicht in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Leicht, making his 12th start of the season, will pilot the No. 33 OPSECteam.org Chevrolet Impala under the lights at AMS in the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday night. The OPSEC name and logo will adorn the hood and quarter panels of the No. 33 along with the organization’s web site www.OPSECteam.org to drive attention to the online documentary film “Dishonorable Disclosures.”
“We are honored that Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund has chosen to partner with Circle Sport as they look to bring awareness to their cause by connecting with the NASCAR fan base,” stated Circle Sport team owner Joe Falk. “NASCAR is a powerful medium – just as is OPSEC’s use of social media to promote its online documentary – and we hope to drive their message to the millions of NASCAR fans. It is also fitting that Scott Taylor has chosen the Labor Day weekend to broadcast OPSEC’s message to a nationwide audience in NASCAR’s premier series.”
Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc. (OPSEC) is a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization and is composed of former members of U.S. special operations forces and intelligence community. The organization’s goal is to educate the public on the importance and necessity of Operational Security in today's environment. OPSEC will use its NASCAR presence to promote its message and bring attention to the “Dishonorable Disclosures” documentary that went viral with more than 3.2 million views on YouTube since its release on August 15.
“We’re looking forward to reaching the 75 million NASCAR fans and spreading our message about how important it is to protect our country’s national security,” said Scott Taylor, OPSEC's president and a former Navy SEAL. “NASCAR fans are known for their patriotism, and we believe that whether you’re on the race track or the battlefield it’s important that you don’t give away your strategy.”
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Rev Racing's K&N Pro Series East team will celebrate Labor Day Monday by saluting NASCAR Technical Institute's 10 year anniversary at Greenville-Pickens Speedway.
Featuring NASCAR Tech’s 10th anniversary celebration logo on the No. 2 Toyota Camry of Ryan Gifford in Monday's Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140, General Manager, Derik Crotts said that this team is proud to support this valuable partner of Rev Racing.
“Since 2011 NASCAR Technical Institute has been an integral part of Rev Racing's success,” said Crotts. “Not only by producing top performing engines for our NASCAR K&N Pro Series East teams, but also supplying us with knowledgeable graduates who play key roles as members of our race team.”
One decade ago, NASCAR Technical Institute -- a branch of Universal Technical Institute -- became the first exclusive educational partner of NASCAR. The 146,000-square-foot training facility located in Mooresville, N.C., opened in July 2002 as the first technical school of its kind to combine automotive training and a NASCAR-approved technologies curriculum into one program. The campus has received many awards including the 2010 NASCAR Diversity Affairs Award and 2010 Motorsports Industry Award from the North Carolina Motorsports Association. Since 2011, NASCAR Tech students have built engines for NASCAR Drive for Diversity and Rev Racing, producing a total of seven NASCAR K&N Pro Series East victories in 22 races.
“We are fortunate to have such exceptional partnerships with NASCAR and teams like Rev Racing that offer our graduates opportunities to wake up every day and work in industries that they love and are passionate about,” said Jennifer Waber-Bergeron, campus president for NASCAR Technical Institute.
Trying to make this team's partner proud, Ryan Gifford, driver of the No. 2 Universal Technical Institute/NASCAR Technical Institute Toyota Camry, said that he hopes to feature this celebratory design in victory lane on Monday.
“My team has been working hard this season and I believe this design might be just the good luck charm that we need for a strong finish in the Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140,” said Gifford.
Gifford will join his Rev Racing teammates, Bryan Ortiz, Kyle Larson, and Jorge Arteaga in Monday's, NASCAR K&N Pro Series East, Kevin Whitaker Chevrolet 140 at Greenville-Pickens Speedway. Media opportunities are available with all four drivers.
The 10th Anniversary NASCAR Technical Institute logo will be featured on a Rev Racing NASCAR K&N Pro Series East Toyota Camry throughout the remainder of the 2012 season.
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Fans have come to expect plenty of speed, danger and fun on the track at Charlotte Motor Speedway, but on Oct. 13 they’ll be looking up – way up – for an aerial show that’s sure to delight during the Bank of America pre-race show presented by Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
World famous tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who made headlines earlier this year when he traversed a 1,500-foot span across Niagara Falls on live television, will bring his high-wire thrill show to Charlotte Motor Speedway.
In 1977, Charlotte Motor Speedway became the first race track to host elaborate pre-race shows. Through the years, fans have enjoyed a reenactment of the Battle of Grenada; a three-ring circus; numerous world-record automobile stunts; a 5,000-member marching band; and an assemblage of 5,000 firefighters honoring the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001.
“We always strive to give fans an unforgettable race day experience,” said Marcus Smith, president and general manager at Charlotte Motor Speedway. “This year, Nik wowed us all at Niagara Falls, and now fans can see him in action at the greatest place to see the race. Whether it’s on the track or in the air, the Bank of America 500 will be a combination of entertainment and thrills that only Charlotte Motor Speedway can deliver.”
No previous show has risen to the heights that will be achieved during this year’s Bank of America 500, when Wallenda, a six-time Guinness World Record holder for various acrobatic achievements, takes to the high wire. Wallenda will descend from above the frontstretch grandstands over a span of more than 750 feet to a crane set up behind Victory Circle, all while balancing on a tiny 5/8-inch cord. At times the cord will hang more than 100 feet – 10 stories – above the ground, and his total walk will equal the length of two-and-a-half football fields.
This year’s performance marks the 26th anniversary of The Flying Wallendas’ high-wire act at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 1986, when Nik’s predecessors walked from the grandstands down to pit road as part of a circus-themed prerace show.
“I’m honored to continue the great Wallenda family tradition performing at Charlotte Motor Speedway,” Wallenda said. “The speedway has always set the bar for pre-race entertainment and excitement, and I’m looking forward to raising that bar to new heights this year.”
Wallenda said he is excited about the opportunity to showcase his talents at one of the world’s premier entertainment venues and to add his name to the growing list of world-renowned performers who have thrilled audiences during pre-race events here over the past 35 years.
“NASCAR drivers are used to driving on the edge, and in my job, it’s really no different,” he said. “It takes an extreme level of focus and commitment to your craft to be successful, and there’s really nothing quite like the thrill of being out there and performing.”
Below is a current list of driver and show car appearances in the area for the upcoming AdvoCare 500 race weekend. For the most up-to-date weekend schedule involving the AdvoCare 500, visitwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com:
Thursday, Aug. 30
Tim George Jr. – Appearance at Applebee’s Restaurant at 792 Glynn Street, Fayetteville, Ga. 30214, 12:00 p.m.
Brad Keselowski – Appearance at Wal-Mart at 11465 Tara Blvd., Lovejoy, Ga. 30228, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Eric McClure – Appearance at Wal-Mart at 11465 Tara Blvd., Lovejoy, Ga. 30228, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m.
Tim George Jr. – Appearance at Applebee’s Restaurant at 815 Industrial Boulevard, McDonough, Ga. 30253, 4:00 p.m.
Friday, Aug. 31
Kyle Busch – Appearance at Wal-Mart at 135 Willow Lane, McDonough, Ga. 30253, 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Cole Whitt – Appearance at Wal-Mart at 135 Willow Lane, McDonough, Ga. 30253, 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Justin Lofton, Cale Gale and Max Gresham – Appearance at Team Chevy Stage, Fan Zone, 2:00 p.m.
Tim George Jr., Ty Dillon and Joey Coulter – Appearance at Team Chevy Stage, Fan Zone, 2:30 p.m.
Ron Hornaday Jr. – Appearance at Team Chevy Stage, Fan Zone, 2:45 p.m.
Elliott Sadler – Appearance at OneMain Financial at 3150 Highway 34 East, Suite 203 Newnan, Ga. 30265, 4:00 p.m.
Cale Gale – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 4:00 p.m.
Travis Pastrana – Appearance at Boost Mobile at 1138 W. Taylor Road, Griffin, Ga. 30223, 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Travis Pastrana – Appearance at Boost Mobile at 11386 Tara Boulevard, Suite F, Hampton, Ga. 30228, 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Todd Bodine, Timothy Peters and Parker Kligerman – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 1
Elliott Sadler – Appearance at Bad Boy Buggies Display, Fan Zone, 11:30 a.m.
Cole Whitt – Appearance at Team Chevy Stage, Fan Zone, 12:15 p.m.
Jeff Burton – Appearance at Bad Boy Buggies Display, Fan Zone, 1:00 p.m.
Travis Pastrana – Appearance at Boost Mobile Experience, Fan Zone, 1:15 p.m.
Jeff Gordon – Appearance at Team Chevy Stage, Fan Zone, 1:15 p.m.
Austin Dillon – Appearance at AdvoCare Display, Fan Zone, 1:40 p.m.-1:55 p.m.
Kyle Fowler – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 1:45 p.m.
No. 3 AdvoCare Nationwide Series Pit Crew – Appearance at Team Chevy Display, Fan Zone, 2:00 p.m.
No. 3 AdvoCare Nationwide Series Pit Crew – Appearance at AdvoCare Display, Fan zone, 2:30 p.m.
Georgia Racing Hall of Fame – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 3:00 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 2
Georgia Racing Hall of Fame – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 12:00 p.m.
Jeff Burton and Richard Childress – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 2:45 p.m.
AMS President Ed Clark – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 3:00 p.m.
David Ragan – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 3:15 p.m.
Tony Stewart – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 3:45 p.m.
Denny Hamlin – Q&A at Coca-Cola Fan Stage, Fan Zone, 4:30 p.m.
Mark Martin – Appearance at Aaron’s Display, Fan Zone, 4:30 p.m.
Kevin Harvick – Appearance at Bad Boy Buggies Display, Fan Zone, 4:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
No. 42 Sprint Cup Series Pit Crew – Appearance at Team Chevy Display, Fan Zone, 5:00 p.m.
As the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series “regular season” comes to a close, the drama and excitement of The Chase takes to the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. The upcoming event in Atlanta is all that remains before “The Road to Richmond” culminates atRichmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 8 with the Federated Auto Parts 400—“One Last Race to Make The Chase.”
After last weekend’s race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Greg Biffle, Jimmie Johnson, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have clinched top-10 spots in this year’s Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Matt Kenseth also clinched himself a postseason berth and is guaranteed at least a “Wild Card” position.
This week, every driver currently in the top 10 can clinch a top-10 spot at Atlanta. This turns the focus to the “Wild Card” hunt. As it stands, any driver ranked 11th-24th still has a shot at making the Chase. Notable drivers looking to race their way into the Chase with a “Wild Card” berth include: Kyle Busch (13th in points and the provisional holder of the last “Wild Card” spot), Jeff Gordon (14th), Ryan Newman (15th), Marcos Ambrose (16th) and Joey Logano (18th). Not mentioned in that group is Carl Edwards. Edwards is ranked 12th in points, but still needs a victory to become eligible for a “Wild Card” spot.
With so many drivers teetering on the bubble, here’s a look at some facts about some notable Chase hopefuls and how they have fared at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
Carl Edwards Atlanta Motor Speedway is arguably one of Edward’s strongest tracks.Edwards scored his first NSCS victory at the 1.54-mile track in the spring of 2005 and repeated that fall. On top of his three career wins, Edwards also has 10 top-10 finishes. His driver rating this week is fourth-best at 101.8. A trip to victory lane for Edwards would certainly shuffle up the “Wild Card” picture heading into Richmond.
Jeff Gordon This weekend last year, Gordon won his 85th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. So far, it’s been a tough 2011 season for Gordon, and as it stands now, he is on the outside looking in for the final “Wild Card” position. Currently sitting 14th in points with one win on the season, he needs a good finish and a bad day for Kyle Busch. This week he’s 2nd on the driver rating list at 104.1 to go along with his 5 career victories at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Busch Kyle is currently the provisional holder of the last “Wild Card” spot behind Kasey Kahne. At Atlanta, Busch has one career win and comes in with an 11th-best driver rating of 90.6. A victory this weekend would make it tough for the rest of his competitors to knock him out of that last spot.
Expect these drivers to be in the thick of the “Wild Card” hunt as “The Road to Richmond” ends at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, September 8, for the Federated Auto Parts 400 “One Last Race to Make The Chase.” Once the checkered flag flies, the field will be set for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Only those in the top 10 and two “Wild Card” drivers will be eligible for the championship over the final 10 races of the season.