NASCAR AdvoCare 500 Preview
External imageThe drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will next head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday night. Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag last time out in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway. Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon followed Keselowski across the finish line at Bristol, with Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five drivers. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, and Marcos Ambrose made up the rest of the day’s Top 10. Keselowski is now second only to Kyle Busch with three victories on the season, and he’s sitting in one of the Wild Card berths along with Denny Hamlin for the Chase. Kyle Busch, Johnson, Kenseth, Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Gordon, Newman, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart are the current Top 10 in the driver standings. Stewart won this race last season, and he has three career Cup wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway on his resume. Gordon has won four Cup races at Atlanta, while Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Edwards have three wins apiece there. Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin have each won two Cup races at Atlanta in their careers, and Kyle Busch, Earnhardt Jr., and Harvick have all won once on the track. Bobby Labonte has won six times at Atlanta, most recently in 2003. After racing in Atlanta the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will move on to Richmond International Raceway for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on September 10. The Chase then begins in the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18.