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Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 - Atlanta Motor Speedway

How Sweep Flip is for Edwards in Atlanta
There was some sweeping to be done in Atlanta and with tomorrow being Halloween, Carl Edwards had an array of brooms to pick from. He sure picked the right one today and made it scary for the competition. Edwards won the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, scoring his third NASCAR NEXTEL Cup victory in only his 46th career start, sweeping the season’s events at the track, the first sweep at Atlanta since Bill Elliott swept both races in 1992. Edwards now becomes the third driver this season to complete a sweep, joining Hendrick teammates Jeff Gordon (Martinsville) and Jimmie Johnson (Charlotte). The 26-year-old Edwards used the high line, or “the quote-unquote Darlington line,” as crew chief Bob Osborne referred to it, right at the top of the track to dominate the second half of the race. Unlike his first career NEXTEL Cup win on this track in March when he beat Jimmie Johnson by 0.028 seconds, Edwards would be able to win this one going away without any challengers whatsoever. When the final caution flag of the day flew on lap 284 for debris, it erased a lead of over six seconds held by Edwards. This would be no problem for Edwards. After ensuing pit stops, Edwards would retain his lead with teammate Matt Kenseth in second. Kenseth ducked underneath the No. 99 on the restart and led one lap but Edwards was back around him in a flash, leading the remaining 36 laps. Edwards would cruise to a 2.712-second win, scoring his third victory of the 2005 season and performing his patented back-flip on the frontstretch. His last victory came at Pocono in June, 19 races earlier. In only three trips to Atlanta, Edwards has two wins and a third-place finish. Edwards led eight times for a total of 115 laps, while Dale Earnhardt Jr. led 142 laps, leading the most laps for the first time this season; prior to today’s race he had led only 27 laps total this season. The last time he led the most laps in a race was at Phoenix last November. Edwards scored the fifth victory for car owner Jack Roush at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This was Roush’s 87th victory as a car owner and the 13th in 33 races this season. Edwards climbed from fifth to fourth in the point standings, now 107 points behind point leader Tony Stewart. Jeff Gordon continued his resurgence with a second-place finish, while Mark Martin bounced back from last week’s 34th-place finish with a solid third-place effort. Earnhardt ended up fourth after a strong performance in the first half of the race and Kenseth rounded out the top-five positions in the finishing order. Tony Stewart finished ninth at Atlanta, remaining the leader in the 2005 Chase for NEXTEL Cup and is now 43 points ahead of second-place Jimmie Johnson.

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· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Johnny Benson Notes
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· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Rusty Wallace Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Brian Vickers Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Jeff Green Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes
· Scott Wimmer Notes

Newman Wins Sixth Straight Pole at Atlanta
The Rocketman struck yet again at Atlanta. Ryan Newman rocketed to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Bud Pole for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday evening. Newman lapped the 1.54-mile D-shaped oval in 28.588 seconds, at an average speed of 193.928 mph, to capture his 34th career Bud Pole in 149 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts. Newman extended his record consecutive Bud Poles at Atlanta to six. Buddy Baker posted three consecutive Bud Poles at Atlanta (fall 1979 - fall 1980), while no other driver has posted more than two consecutive poles here. This is the most consecutive Bud Poles since Bill Elliott posted six straight at Talladega (spring 1985 - fall 1987). The all-time record for consecutive Bud Poles at a track is held by David Pearson with 11 at Charlotte (Oct. 1973 - Oct. 1978). This is Newman’s sixth pole position in only eight races at Atlanta and it is his seventh front-row start here. His worst start here was sixth in October of 2002. This is Newman’s series-leading seventh Bud Pole and series-leading 27th top-10 start in 33 starts this season. Carl Edwards posted the second-quickest qualifying lap of 28.663 seconds, at an average speed of 193.420 mph – and will join Newman on the front row. Edwards posted his third top-five start in as many races at Atlanta and his ninth in 2005. Elliott Sadler will start his RYR Ford from the third position, posting his fifth top-10 start in 14 races at Atlanta, all in the past six races here. Mark Martin qualified in the fourth position, his 25th top-10 start in his 40 races at Atlanta, but just his third in the past eight. Dave Blaney will roll off fifth, grabbing his sixth top-10 start in his 12 races at Atlanta but his first in the past seven. Only four of the 10 Chase drivers qualified in the top 10: Newman, Edwards, Martin and Tony Stewart in 10th. The last race won form the Bud Pole at Atlanta was by Bobby Labonte in the 1996 season finale NAPA 500.


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