Racingone Rewind: Atlanta

    A look back at Kyle Busch's historic fifth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, including news, notes and observations from the RacingOne staff.

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    Inside Line
    Busch cruised to Toyota's historic first Cup victory and led Joe Gibbs racing to a 1-2 finish.

    Key to Victory Lane
    After bouncing off the wall in the early going, Busch was able to reel his Camry back in and drove to the front in dominating fashion.

    Zero to Hero
    Tony Stewart came from the 32nd position, racing on what he called "bad" quality Goodyear tires, to finish second in the Home Depot Toyota.

    Hero to Zero
    Carl Edwards looked like he was on his way to a third straight Cup Series win until a blown engine knocked him out on lap 274.

    Rookie of the Race
    Another tough outing for the rookie class with Sam Hornish Jr.'s 25th-place finish the best of the bunch.

    Stewart charged from the 32nd starting spot to a runner-up finish. Matt Kenseth started from the rear after a mechanical change and came home eighth. Brian Vickers began the day 35th, but he brought the Team Red Bull Toyota home in ninth place.

    Kobalt Tools 500 Loop Data Leaders
  • Average Running Position: Kyle Busch - 1.7
  • Fastest Early In a Run: Kyle Busch - 175.337 mph
  • Fastest Late In a Run: Clint Bowyer - 166.310 mph
  • Fastest Laps Run: Carl Edwards - 66
  • Fastest on Restarts: Kyle Busch - 177.311 mph
  • Most Passes During Green Flag Conditions: Kurt Busch - 75

    Pit Stops
  • Kyle Busch captured his fifthth career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win in his 118th start. Detailed Active Driver Wins
  • Busch won the 59th race for car owner Joe Gibbs. Detailed Active Car Owner Wins
  • Busch became the fourth driver to win at Atlanta from the sixth position. He also became the 90th driver overall to win a race from that position. Starting Position Facts
  • Busch won the first Cup Series race for Toyota. All-Time Manufacturer Wins
  • Stewart's second-place finish was his second top-five finish of the season.
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr. scored his eighth top-five at Atlanta after finishing third.
  • Greg Biffle moved into second-place in the standings after finishing fourth.
  • Jeff Gordon's fifth-place finish was his 13th top-five at Atlanta.
  • Clint Bowyer's sixth-place run was his first top-10 of the season.
  • Kevin Harvick captured his first top-10 at Atlanta since 2001 with a seventh-place finish.
  • Matt Kenseth (eighth) has now finshed in the top-10 at Atlanta in the last four races.
  • Brian Vickers' ninth-place run was his first top-10 of 2008.
  • Jeff Burton (10th) now has three-straight top-10s at Atlanta with RCR.
  • The 325-lap race saw 26 lead changes among nine drivers and an average speed of 140.975 mph.
  • Eight caution flags were thrown for 35 laps.
  • The Kobalt Tools 400 lasted 3 hours, 33 minutes, 10 seconds.

    Lug Nuts
  • That sound you heard was Joe Gibbs' heart skipping a beat when Shrubby nearly ran over Dale Jarrett on the final lap.
  • Mike Helton will be a guest on Tony Stewart's Sirius radio show this week. Wonder if we'll hear the first live penalty and fine on-the-air?
  • Wonder if Bridgstone/Firestone officials are looking for the NASCAR phone number?
  • Move this race back four weeks for heaven's sake and give the brave Atlanta fans a fighting chance for better weather.
  • Which would you have not believed more on February 1st? Jimmie Johnson 13th in the point standings or Chevy without a win after four races?

    Garage Talk
  • "I just went out there and we all had the same tire. They're going to pay somebody to win the race. And so that's what I focused on, was just trying to go out there and be the one that they were going to pay to win the race. I just drove the thing to the best my ability. - Kyle Busch
  • "Steve Addington, that 18 car, they've been through some, you know, real tough hard couple of years. I really appreciate those guys hanging tough, too." - Joe Gibbs
  • "This was just a bad combination, this tire at this track." - Dale Earnhardt Jr.
  • "I guess I can't say it's surprising because, I mean, they (Goodyear) got run out of Formula One, they got run out of CART, the IRL, they got run out of World Outlaw Sprint cars, they got run out of USAC divisions because they couldn't keep up and make a quality enough product." - Tony Stewart
  • "(Juan) Montoya couldn’t hold the steering wheel straight going down the back straightaway and drove up into me and knocked my fender in." - Ryan Newman
  • "That felt like the longest race of my life." - Mark Martin
  • “I don’t know what happened, but the oil tank lid was on. I just appreciate my fans for sticking with us this week. It’s been a long week with a lot of stuff said, but I think we showed them here today, other than something coming apart in the engine. - Carl Edwards

    RacingOne Rating
    On a scale of 1 to 10 Giant Kobalt Wrenches, like the one Kyle received in Victory Lane, we'll give Sunday's Kobalt Tools a six. You probably heard about the tire problems that made passing a premium, but we kind of liked the way the drivers had to wrestle the loose cars. As long as it's not a safety issue, driving cars that slide around a little should be part of the game and the new Sprint Cup car certainly was a handful in its Atlanta debut. Speaking of a handful, next stop Bristol. Say no more.

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