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Even Hendrick Not A Magical Fix For Mark Martin, Dale Earnhardt, Jr.

No matter how many cars you have running on the Sprint Cup circuit these days, it’s difficult to get more than one to run competitively each week. For proof, look no further than Penske Racing, whose lead driver Kurt Busch simply dominated Sunday’s race, while teammates David Stremme and Sam Hornish, Jr. both struggled and failed to run better than 23rd. Occasionally throughout history, there’s an exception to the rule of thumb; back in 2005, Jack Roush pulled the miraculous feat of getting all five of his cars to make the Chase, and Richard Childress Racing went three for three in 2007 and ‘08.

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Bubble Breakdown: TRG Making Miracles With David Gilliland While Mark Martin Just Hanging On

The Kobalt Tools 500 marked the fourth race in the 2009 season, meaning there is just one more event to get into the top 35 in owner points before NASCAR shifts to this year’s standings to determine who is or isn’t locked into the starting grid each week. This made the race at Atlanta critical for many, as no one wants to have to go to Bristol under pressure to post a stellar finish -- the race in Thunder Valley is one of the more unpredictable races on the circuit. So, to see which big name teams fell short at AMS and will head to Tennessee a nervous wreck -- as well as which smaller teams have surprised everyone by driving safely into the top 35 -- read on in this week’s edition of the Bubble Breakdown.

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Rotten Peaches and Sour Cream For Joey Logano, Scott Speed in Atlanta

*Joey Logano:* *Start: 42nd; Finish: 30th* *Summary:* Throughout Sunday’s telecast of the Kobalt Tools 500, we heard several times how the Atlanta Motor Speedway was racing just like its neighbor about 300 miles to the north, Darlington Raceway. The way the surface was eating through tires forced crews to bring their driver in for fresh rubber almost every chance they had. Well, it was no wonder why rookie Joey Logano thought that this was the week to put the Darlington stripe on the right side of his Home Depot Camry.

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Tracking the Trucks: 2009 American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta

*In a Nutshell:* Kyle Busch took the checkered flag 0.122 seconds ahead of Kevin Harvick to win the American Commercial Lines 200 Saturday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch overcame gear problems on a late race pit stop to rocket to the front and score his fourth win in five starts at Atlanta. Todd Bodine, Mike Skinner, and Terry Cook rounded out the Top 5.

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2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Recap: Kurt Busch Dominates, Tires Tough on Many

Kurt Busch must have been watching his brother Kyle drive Saturday, because Sunday’s Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway resembled the prior day’s Truck race in many ways. Many cars went down a lap early, there was a big wreck, the few competitive cars put on a good show at the end of the race, pit strategy played a role in the finish, and a Busch overcame troubles and stormed to victory. In the Cup race, the older sibling Kurt came out far on top.

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Big Six: 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta

Who… gets my shoutout of the race? It’s no small feat to finish in the top 10 in a NASCAR Sprint Cup race. But to do it less than 24 hours after being rushed to the hospital for a painful kidney stone is even tougher. Yet that’s exactly what Martin …

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Quick Hits From The Atlanta Motor Speedway Garage

*Todd Bodine keeps Trucking:* Todd Bodine has had a strange 2009 in the Camping World Truck Series to date. After winning in Daytona and finishing 2nd at Auto Club Speedway, the 2006 Truck Series champion finished 3rd in the American Continental Lines 200. Finishes of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd leave the No. 30 Germain Racing team only 25 points behind leader Kyle Busch in the standings. But will the team even be running for the season championship this year? Bodine himself is still not sure.

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Truck Series Update: Rowdy on the Pole, Green to Drop at 2:19 EST

Taking advantage of an early qualifying draw that saw the sun obscured by low cloud cover, Kyle Busch rocketed to the Camping World Truck Series pole this morning in Atlanta, continuing his and the No. 51 team’s momentum from their dominating win at Fontana. Starting alongside Busch was none other than Series’ veteran Rick Crawford, who is making not only his 300th Truck start this weekend, but his 300th with owner Tom Mitchell and the Circle Bar racing team.

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Concern Shifts from Engines to Tires at Atlanta

Many drivers seemed to downplay the current engine dilemma. Kyle Busch said that “Mark Cronquist does such a good job at Joe Gibbs Racing that I don’t believe we’ll have engine failures – that’s never in the back of your mind.” Ryan Newman attributed the current upswing in failures to simply being “just the way things cycle.” Where concern is shifting to yet again in Atlanta is to the tires that will be run this weekend. Expectations were high after Greg Biffle and Juan Pablo Montoya both provided rave reviews of Goodyear’s newest Eagle following a preseason tire test, but so far they do not seem to be living up to the hype.

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Eight Years Ago In Atlanta

“I just hope Dale’s okay.” Three weeks earlier, Darrell Waltrip’s words in FOX’s first broadcast of the Daytona 500 had become unintentionally immortalized, spoken in concern after the Goodwrench No. 3 Chevrolet came to rest peacefully on the infield grass, in a vision that would be burned in the minds of NASCAR fans forever. To say that Dale Earnhardt’s untimely death struck the motorsports world like a sledgehammer blow to the head would be an understatement. NASCAR Nation was badly shaken in the wake of the Intimidator’s passing. Despite Dale’s departure from this earth in a way that one could have seen happening—the proverbial “he died doing what he loved”—it still put us all into a state of incredulous shock. It seemed so _wrong_. Earnhardt was happier than he had ever been, looking forward to another season of racing. He was supposed to retire comfortably, run his new team until reaching a ripe old age, and see his son follow in his footsteps. It wasn’t supposed to be over so suddenly before his 50th birthday.

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