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Golden Corral 500 - Atlanta Motor Speedway

Edwards Sweeps Atlanta to Garner First Career Wins
Carl Edwards won the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring his career-first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in only his 17th career start. Edwards won both the NASCAR Busch Series and the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend. Joe Nemechek was the last driver to win both races in a weekend, when he swept both races at Kansas in October 2004. Edwards now becomes the first driver ever to post both his career-first NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victories on the same weekend. Much like the Busch Series event on Friday, Jimmie Johnson appeared to be the man to beat all day but it was Edwards’ day, or should I say Edwards’ weekend? Johnson led the most laps in Sunday’s race, (just as he did in the race on Saturday) leading eight times for a total of 156 laps, taking home the bonus points for leading the most laps. Edwards led a total of nine laps but led the one of most importance, lap 235, the final one. Johnson had the lead at the end of the race and appeared headed for a victory, until Edwards put on a hard charge at the end of the race, taking the white flag in second place. On the final lap, Edwards edged out Johnson at the start/finish line by a mere .028 seconds to claim the hard-earned victory. Johnson came home in second, while Edwards’ teammate Greg Biffle finished in third. Mark Martin finished in the fourth position, marking his 19th top-ten finish in 39 starts at Atlanta. Sophomore Kasey Kahne brought his Dodge to a fifth-place finish.

Golden Corral 500 Notes
· Race Results
· Ford Post-Race Quotes
· Dodge Post-Race Quotes
· Chevrolet Post-Race Quotes Quotes
· Rookie Post-Race Quotes
· Point Standings
· Starting Lineup
· Dodge Qualifying Quotes
· Chevrolet Qualifying Quotes
· Ford Qualifying Quotes
· Qualifying Results
· Final Practice
· Chevrolet Friday Quotes
· Rookie Friday Quotes
· Practice 1
· Qualifying Order
· Entry List
· Race Notes
· Weekend Schedule
· Raybestos Rookie Notes
· Bill Elliott Notes
· Eric McClure Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· John Andretti Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Michael Waltrip Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Robby Gordon Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes

Newman Wins Second-Straight Pole Position
Who said the new Qualifying procedures would hurt Ryan Newman’s chances at winning many more poles? Ryan Newman went out on Saturday evening and proved all of those naysayers wrong, winning his second consecutive pole position, with one coming on the old qualifying format and the other was won under today’s impound procedure. Newman won the Bud Pole for the Golden Corral 500, at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a fast lap of 28.476 seconds, at an average speed of 194.690 mph. This is Newman’s fifth Bud Pole in seven races at Atlanta – all in the past five races. The most recent driver to win six consecutive Bud Poles was Bill Elliott at Talladega (1985-87). This is Newman’s sixth front-row start in seven Nextel Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He started second in his first race here in March 2002. His worst here was sixth in October 2002, when qualifying was canceled. Bobby Hamilton Jr., posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.609 seconds, 193.785 mph – and will join Newman on the front row for the Golden Corral 500. This is Hamilton Jr’s career-first top-10 start. His best start in his previous 34 races was 11th at Charlotte last October. Jimmie Johnson qualified third and posted his fifth top-10 start in eight races at Atlanta. Carl Edwards will start fourth while Kasey Kahne will start fifth, his first top-10 start in three races at Atlanta.

 

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