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Kobalt Tools 500 - Atlanta Motor Speedway

Johnson Wins in Hotlanta, Scores Second Straight Victory
Jimmie Johnson passed Tony Stewart with three laps to go Sunday to win the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Johnson, defending NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champion, chased Stewart down and passed him after a restart with less than 15 laps remaining. Stewart drove the wheels off his Home Depot Chevrolet, slapping the outside retaining wall in the waning laps with Johnson nipping at his heels. The brush with the wall forced Stewart to back off a little and Johnson drove away down the stretch. Johnson's win was his second this season. He won at Las Vegas last week. Trailing Johnson and Stewart were former champion Matt Kenseth, resurgent Jeff Burton and the amazing Juan Pablo Montoya. This was Montoya’s first time at the Atlanta track and he kept his car in contention throughout the brisk, sunny, Sunday afternoon. Montoya, too, grazed the outside retaining all a few laps from the finish. His fifth-place position was his best since joining the NASCAR circuit this year. Trailing Montoya was Clint Bowyer, Carl Edwards, Martin Truex Jr. Reed Sorensen and Mark Martin. Sorensen's ninth-place finish gave Chip Ganassi racing two cars in the top 10. Four-time champion Jeff Gordon wound up 12th. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th. Kurt Busch finished 11th after a pit road speeding penalty sent him to the rear of the field. Johnson, Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Gordon, Sorensen, Burton and Earnhardt ran at or near the front during the first half of the 325-lap race over the 1.5-mile tri-oval. Johnson, Kenseth, Busch, Gordon and Stewart seemed to be the class of the field. Montoya continued to impress fans, bringing his Texaco/Havoline dodge to 10th before the second round of pit stops. Montoya finished eighth in Saturday’s NASCAR Busch series race. It was the first time the former Formula 1 star from Colombia had raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Fan favorite Mark Martin, who led the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point race for several weeks, made his last appearance for the Ginn Racing team until the Texas race. Martin is not running the full schedule this season. Rookie driver Regan Smith will take over the U.S. Army Chevrolet next week at Bristol.

Kobalt Tools 500 Notes
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· Entry List
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· Raybestos Rookie Notes
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· Scott Wimmer Notes
· Jeremy Mayfield Notes
· Ward Burton Notes
· Ken Schrader Notes
· David Reutimann Notes
· Dave Blaney Notes
· Mark Martin Notes
· Jeff Gordon Notes
· Jeff Burton Notes
· Jimmie Johnson Notes
· Matt Kenseth Notes
· Kevin Harvick Notes
· Kyle Busch Notes
· Denny Hamlin Notes
· J.J. Yeley Notes
· Elliott Sadler Notes
· David Stremme Notes
· Tony Stewart Notes
· Ryan Newman Notes
· Greg Biffle Notes
· Carl Edwards Notes
· Clint Bowyer Notes
· David Ragan Notes
· Joe Nemechek Notes
· Bobby Labonte Notes
· Juan Pablo Montoya Notes
· Kurt Busch Notes
· Johnny Sauter Notes
· Tony Raines Notes
· Jamie McMurray Notes
· Dale Earnhardt Jr. Notes
· Ricky Rudd Notes
· Sterling Marlin Notes
· Reed Sorenson Notes
· Dale Jarrett Notes
· Kyle Petty Notes
· Casey Mears Notes
· Kasey Kahne Notes
· Paul Menard Notes
· Scott Riggs Notes

Newman Wins Seventh Career Pole Position in Atlanta
Ryan Newman won the Bud Pole for the Kobalt Tools 500, his 38th Bud Pole 192nd career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races. This is his first start better than 19th in 2007 and his first Bud Pole since New Hampshire last July. This is Newman’s seventh Bud Pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He posted six straight Bud Poles here, sweeping 2003 through 2005. Newman has started from the top 10 in 10 of his 11 Atlanta races, including nine starts from the front row. There have been four different Bud Pole winners in the first four races of 2007. Seventy-four of the 95 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races at Atlanta have been won from the top-10 starting positions, including nine of the last 12. Mike Bliss was the fastest of the 16 drivers that had to make the field on time and qualified for his first race of 2007. His last race was at Homestead in the 2006 season finale. None of the three races this season have been won by a top-10 starter. The best start by a race winner to this point in 2007 is 23rd by Jimmie Johnson at Las Vegas. Only six of the 30 top-10 starters have finished in the top 10 in the first three races of 2007.

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