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DATE: Sunday, September 4th
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1960) -- Hampton, Georgia
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval - 2,332 feet (Frontstretch); 1,800 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 52nd
TELEVISION: ESPN
ANNOUNCERS: Allen Bestwick, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 7:30 p.m. (et)/Green Flag: 7:46 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tony Stewart
RUNNER-UP: Carl Edwards
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (Finished 43rd)
LAPS: 325
MILES: 500.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Geoffrey Bodine, 1997 (197.478 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Labonte, 1997 (159.904 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $6,058,035
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $357,198; 2nd Place - $239,323; 3rd Place - $213,078
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Tony Stewart56Kurt Busch11
2Carl Edwards47Clint Bowyer14
3Jimmie Johnson78Ryan Newman2
4Jeff Burton269Juan Pablo Montoya8
5Kyle Busch310Marcos Ambrose32
2010 Advocare 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 129.041 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 52 minutes, 43 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 1.316 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 53 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 7 drivers
POLE WINNER: Denny Hamlin (187.380 m.p.h.)
Past Advocare 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Tony Stewart (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 129.041 m.p.h.
2009 -- Kasey Kahne (2nd) -- Dodge -- 134.033 m.p.h.
2008 -- Carl Edwards (4th) -- Ford -- 134.272 m.p.h.
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (6th) -- Chevrolet -- 135.260 m.p.h.
2006 -- Tony Stewart (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 143.421 m.p.h.
2005 -- Carl Edwards (2nd) -- Ford -- 146.834 m.p.h.
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 145.847 m.p.h.
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (19th) -- Chevrolet -- 127.769 m.p.h.
2002 -- Kurt Busch (8th) -- Ford -- 127.519 m.p.h.
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (39th) -- Pontiac -- 151.756 m.p.h.
2000 -- Jerry Nadeau (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 141.296 m.p.h.
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (37th) -- Pontiac -- 137.932 m.p.h.
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (21st) -- Chevrolet -- 114.915 m.p.h.
1997 -- Bobby Labonte (21st) -- Pontiac -- 159.904 m.p.h.
1996 -- Bobby Labonte (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 134.661 m.p.h.
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (11th) -- Chevrolet -- 163.633 m.p.h.
1994 -- Mark Martin (5th) -- Ford -- 148.982 m.p.h.
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (20th) -- Pontiac -- 125.221 m.p.h.
1992 -- Bill Elliott (11th) -- Ford -- 133.322 m.p.h.
1991 -- Mark Martin (4th) -- Ford -- 137.968 m.p.h.
1990 -- Morgan Shepherd (20th) -- Ford -- 140.911 m.p.h.
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 140.229 m.p.h.
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (1st) -- Pontiac -- 129.024 m.p.h.
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1st) -- Ford -- 139.047 m.p.h.
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4th) -- Chevrolet -- 152.523 m.p.h.
1985 -- Bill Elliott (3rd) -- Ford -- 139.597 m.p.h.
1984 -- Dale Earnhardt (10th) -- Chevrolet -- (134.610 m.p.h.
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (15th) -- Chevrolet -- 137.643 m.p.h.
1982 -- Bobby Allison (9th) -- Buick -- 130.884 m.p.h.
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (5th) -- Ford -- 130.391 m.p.h.
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 131.190 m.p.h.
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (4th) -- Mercury -- 137.643 m.p.h.
1978 -- Donnie Allison (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.312 m.p.h.
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (8th) -- Chevrolet -- 110.052 m.p.h.
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2nd) -- Dodge -- 127.396 m.p.h.
1975 -- Buddy Baker (3rd) -- Ford -- 130.900 m.p.h.
1974 -- Richard Petty (2nd) -- Dodge -- 131.651 m.p.h.
1973 -- David Pearson (5th) -- Mercury -- 130.211 m.p.h.
1972 -- Bobby Allison (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 131.295 m.p.h.
1971 -- Richard Petty (3rd) -- Plymouth -- 120.061 m.p.h.
1970 -- Richard Petty (6th) -- Plymouth -- 142.712 m.p.h.
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (2nd) -- Ford -- 133.001 m.p.h.
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (5th) -- Mercury -- 127.068 m.p.h.
1967 -- Dick Hutcherson (8th) -- Ford -- 132.286 m.p.h.
1966 -- Richard Petty (5th) -- Plymouth -- 130.244 m.p.h.
1965 -- Marvin Panch (2nd) -- Ford -- 110.120 m.p.h.
1964 -- Ned Jarrett (17th) -- Ford -- 112.535 m.p.h.
1963 -- Junior Johnson (2nd) -- Chevrolet -- 121.139 m.p.h.
1962 -- Rex White (5th) -- Chevrolet -- 124.896 m.p.h.
1961 -- David Pearson (5th) -- Pontiac -- 125.230 m.p.h.
1960 -- Bobby Johns (5th) -- Pontiac -- 134.596 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called Atlanta 500 (1960), Dixie 400 and 500 (1961-79), Atlanta
Journal 500 (1980-90), Hardee's 500 (1991), Hooters 500 (1992-94), NAPA
500 (1995-2002), Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (2003-06), Pep Boys Auto 500
(2007-09), Emory Healthcare 500 (2010). Race changed from 400 to 500
miles (1967).
 
Past Advocare 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 43rd
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 26th
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Greg Biffle -- 22nd
2006 -- None -- Weather
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 23rd
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 17th
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 29th
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 7th
2000 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4th
1999 -- Kevin Lepage -- 17th
1998 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 16th
1997 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 33rd
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1st
1995 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 16th
1994 -- Greg Sacks -- 39th
1993 -- Harry Gant -- 28th
1992 -- Rick Mast -- 28th
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1990 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9th
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 13th
1988 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1st
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1st
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 3rd
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 8th
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 2nd
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 29th
1982 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 25th
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 20th
1980 -- Bobby Allison -- 38th
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 39th
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 8th
1977 -- Sam Sommers -- 28th
1976 -- Buddy Baker -- 5th
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 2nd
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 14th
1973 -- Richard Petty -- 33rd
1972 -- David Pearson -- 3rd
1971 -- Buddy Baker -- 25th
1970 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 22nd
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 7th
1968 -- Buddy Baker -- 36th
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 18th
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 24th
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 23rd
1964 -- Junior Johnson -- 27th
1963 -- Marvin Panch -- 3rd
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 10th
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 3rd
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 34th
Last Race Results
RACE: IRWIN Tools Night Race (August 27th)
SITE: Bristol Motor Speedway -- Bristol, Tennessee
MILES: 266.5
LAPS: 500
WINNER: Brad Keselowski
RUNNER-UP: Martin Truex Jr
THIRD: Jeff Gordon
FOURTH: Jimmie Johnson
FIFTH: Jamie McMurray
POLE WINNER: Ryan Newman (Finished 8th)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 45 minutes, 16 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 96.753 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.951 second
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 42 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 22 among 10 drivers
LAP LEADERS: R. Newman 1-4; J. Gordon 5-33; B. Keselowski 34-37; M. Kenseth
38-105; B. Keselowski 106; J. Johnson 107-182; J. Gordon 183-238;
B. Keselowski 239; J. McMurray 240-241; Kyle Busch 242-245; J.
Logano 246-247; D. Starr 248-249; M. Kenseth 250-266; J. Gordon
267-305; B. Keselowski 306; M. Kenseth 307-325; J. Gordon
326-363; B. Keselowski 364; M. Kenseth 365-370; J. Gordon
371-414; B. Keselowski 415; M. Truex Jr. 416-420; B. Keselowski
421-500.
Advocare 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
00David Reutimann (Zephyrhills, FL)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Dodge/Miller Lite
4Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Toyota/Red Bull
5Mark Martin (Batesville, AR)Chevrolet/GoDaddy.com
6David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Ford/UPS
7Robby Gordon (Orange, CA)Dodge/Speed Energy
9Marcos Ambrose (Launceston, Australia)Ford/Kwikset
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/Charter Communications
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Toyota/GEICO
14 *Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Office Depot/Mobil 1
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/3M
17Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Ford/Crown Royal
18Kyle Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Toyota/Pedigree
20Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Toyota/Home Depot
22Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Dodge/Shell/Pennzoil
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/Drive to End Hunger
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Quaker State
29Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Budweiser
30David Stremme (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/TBA
31Jeff Burton (South Boston, VA)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/FAS Lane Racing
33Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Chevrolet/TBA
34David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/A&W All American Ford
35Geoffrey Bodine (Chemung, NY)Chevrolet/Luke & Associates
36Dave Blaney (Hartford, OH)Chevrolet/Golden Corral
37To Be AnnouncedFord/TBA
38J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Ford/Vampt
39Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/U.S. Army Reserve
42Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Target
43A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Ford/Best Buy
46Scott Speed (Manteca, CA)Ford/Property Masters
47Bobby Labonte (Corpus Christi, TX)Toyota/Bush's Baked Beans
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
50T.J. Bell (Reno, VA)Chevrolet/Green Smoke
51Landon Cassill (Cedar Rapids, IA)Chevrolet/Phoenix Construction
55Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Ford/TBA
56Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts
60Mike Skinner (Susanville, CA)Toyota/Big Red
66Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Toyota/HP Racing
71Andy Lally (Northport, NY)Ford/Interstate Moving Services
78Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Furniture Row Racing
83Brian Vickers (Thomasville, NC)Toyota/Red Bull
87Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FL)Toyota/ATBD
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Amp Energy/Nat'l Guard
95David Starr (Houston, TX)Ford/AdvoCare
99Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Ford/Aflac
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Tony Stewart4th2nd9th9thWon30th17th11thWon
Carl Edwards------3rdWon7th2ndWon37th2nd
Jimmie Johnson22nd3rdWon16th2ndWon2nd36th3rd
Jeff Burton12th23rd6th8th13th5th18th34th4th
Kyle Busch------43rd12th27th20th5th13th5th
Kurt BuschWon8th42nd36th14th8th6th38th6th
Clint Bowyer------------25th6th20th29th7th
Ryan Newman10th29th17th23rd30th37th16th9th8th
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------34th40th3rd9th
Matt Kenseth9th11th41st5th4th4th4th12th11th
Martin Truex Jr------37th40th37th31st15th26th12th
Jeff Gordon6thWon34th2nd6th7th9th8th13th
Jamie McMurray7th15th8th6th40th26th7th28th15th
David Reutimann------------------28th4th16th
Regan Smith------------------30th---17th
Mark Martin8th39th2nd3rd36th43rd22nd5th21st
Dale Earnhardt Jr5th6th33rd4th3rd25th11th17th22nd
Brad Keselowski------------------------25th
Joey Logano---------------------22nd27th
Kasey Kahne------5th35th38th9th33rdWon32nd
Kevin Harvick40th20th35th22nd31st15th13th2nd33rd
Paul Menard---------------27th31st15th35th
Greg Biffle---34th10th7th5th22nd10th10th36th
Denny Hamlin---------19th8th24th3rd6th43rd
Brian Vickers---43rd7th15th19th10th21st7th---
 
Mover of the Week
Martin Truex Jr - Started in the 27th position and finished 2nd
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Carl Edwards
Darkhorse - Dale Earnhardt Jr
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Kyle Busch) - Finished 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Kurt Busch) - Finished 17th
 
NOTES:
Following a win in 2006, Tony Stewart responded with three lackluster performances in Atlanta, placing outside the top-10 in all three races. That all changed last year, as he snapped a 31-race winless streak in the Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stewart led 176 of 325 laps, but the two-time NASCAR Cup champion had to pass Carl Edwards for the lead just after a restart with 25 laps remaining.

The eighth and final caution occurred on lap 303. Then defending champion Kasey Kahne made contact with Kurt Busch after he was hit from behind by Ryan Newman. Kahne cut a tire and shredded debris on the track. After the final restart with 18 laps to go, Stewart quickly pulled away and then held off Edwards by 1.3 seconds.

Winless this season, Stewart has nine top-10's in 24 starts and is 10th on the points list, as the Race for the Chase nears. Kyle Busch and Jimmie Johnson are tied atop the points list, but eight drivers stand within 81 points of the lead.

Five of the 12 spots in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup have been clinched. Here's who's in: Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kevin Harvick. Harvick has clinched at least a Wild Card spot, and will likely lock up a top-10 spot this weekend.

Though unlikely, the rest of the top-10 spots can mathematically be clinched. Jeff Gordon, Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch are the most likely candidates. All three control their own destiny.

Never a serious contender in Atlanta, Kasey Kahne raced to victory in 2009, as he defeated Kevin Harvick for his 11th and last Sprint Cup title. Kahne started second on the grid and led for the first time on lap 39. Battling with Harvick throughout the race, Kahne reclaimed the lead for the sixth and last time on lap 315 and held on for a 1.766 seconds victory. Pole sitter Martin Truex Jr led three times for a race-high 68 laps, but faded to 26th. 37 of the 43 entrants finished the race, with 21 on the final lap.

Prior to 2009, Carl Edwards had dominated this race, just as Jimmie Johnson has done previously. Edwards defeated Johnson by over two seconds in 2008, winning this race for the second time in four years. In seven trips around the Atlanta track, Edwards has two wins, two seconds, a third, a seventh and a 37th-place finish. In 2008, Edwards reclaimed the lead with 26 laps remaining to post a 2.684 seconds victory. Edwards led six times for 98 laps, while Johnson, who started on the pole, led twice for 28. Matt Kenseth, who finished fourth, led five times for a race-high 128 laps.

In 2007, Johnson captured this race for the second time in four years, as he held off Edwards for his eighth win of the 2007 season and the 31st of his Sprint Cup career. Johnson, a one-time winner this year, owns 54 titles.

Edwards crossed the finish line 2.712 seconds ahead of Jeff Gordon for his third win of 2005. Edwards, who led several times during the race, reclaimed the lead on lap 290 of the 325-lap event and held on the rest of the way for the third of his 19 career Sprint Cup titles. Pole sitter Ryan Newman finished 23rd while Dale Earnhardt Jr, who led for a race-high 142 laps placed fourth.

Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was a 1.5-mile paved speedway, holding its first Sprint Cup race on July 31, 1960. AMS has been re-configured twice, once in 1970 to 1.522 and again in 1997 to its present length of 1.54 miles. There have been 103 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Speedway, two races per year except 1961, which had three.

The pole sitter has only won this race three times, the last coming in 1996 when Bobby Labonte turned the trick. Over the years, the pole winner has won 14 times in Atlanta. Labonte won the 2001 fall race from the 39th starting position, the deepest in the field a race winner has started. Labonte is a six-time winner in Atlanta, the most of all active drivers. The top five starting positions have won 59 of the 103 races, while the top-10 spots have captured 81.

The 2011 Sprint Cup Series "regular season" concludes on September 10th with the Wonderful Pistachios 400 at Richmond International Raceway. Denny Hamlin won last year's race there.

08/30 15:40:45 ET

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