Good Day In Atlanta For RCR

You wouldn't blame Richard Childress Racing for looking ahead to October's return visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway

RCR enjoyed a solid outing in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 with all three of its drivers posting top ten finishes.

Clint Bowyer led the way with a sixth place finish in an outing that saw the No. 07 Chevy in front for much of the race's middle portion.

Suspension adjustments on pit road didn't work in Bowyer's favor and he faded from the top spot but was still able to notch the top-10 finish.

We just got behind on that one stop and stayed, wasn't the right thing to do,” Bowyer said. “But we had a lot of fun out there. It was a good day for us. We got things turned around, and I am happy.”

“We were really strong there in the middle of the race, for whatever reason, maybe the way the track conditions were,” Bowyer said. “We just could never get it to back that up, the way the car handled. We learned a lot, gained a lot and that is what we need.”

Kevin Harvick's seventh place finish was his third straight top-10 run in 2008. and first at AMS since 2001.

The finish moved Harvick to third place in the Sprint Cup Series standings.

"It was a good day for us today with our Shell-Pennzoil Chevrolet," Harvick said. "We got another solid finish and had a good points day. Like everybody else, we went from tight to loose and on that last run at the end, we just got so loose and couldn't do anything with the guys in front of us."

Veteran Jeff Burton rounded out the RCR effort with a 10th-place run in the AT&T Chevrolet.

The team battled a loose car for most of the 500-mile grind and were forced to make adjustments throughout the day.

"For the majority of the race we were really, really loose," Burton said. "The AT&T Chevy was all over the place. We made adjustments throughout the race and nothing really seemed to work. We were tight for a little bit toward the end which is where we seemed our best. On the last restart, we put on a set of tires that didn't help the handling of the car. It was a good points day for the AT&T Racing team and we'll keep digging and doing our homework."

RCR hopes to take the Atlanta momentum to this week's Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway, where the trio has enjoyed success in the past.

Harvick was the 2005 race winner and has the second best finishing average at 10.5.

Burton finished second in the 500-lap race last year.

And Bowyer has two consecutive top 10s at the high-banked, half-mile track.

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