Atlanta Motor Speedway
Kobalt Tool's 500
March 7, 2010

Official Results from
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NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES OFFICIAL RACE REPORT No. 4

KOBALT TOOLS 500

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Hampton, Ga. – March 7, 2010

1.54-Mile Oval

500.5 M – 325 L – Purse: $4,948,689

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Fin.      Str.         Car                                                                                                                                         NSCS       Bonus      Driver

Pos     Pos         No.      Driver                            Team                                                                          Laps       Points       Points      Rating          Winnings  Status___

 1         11           2       Kurt Busch                  Miller Lite Dodge                                                     341          190             *5       133.3       $176,498  Running

 2         14         17       Matt Kenseth              Valvoline Ford                                                         341          170                       107.9         170,151  Running

 3           3         42       Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet                                                     341          170             *5       118.0         149,306  Running

 4           6           9       Kasey Kahne              Budweiser Ford                                                       341          170         **10       138.1         146,890  Running

 5         23         98       Paul Menard               CertainTeed/Menards Ford                                    341          160             *5         88.7         100,750  Running

 6         25         43       AJ Allmendinger        Best Buy/Insignia Ford                                           341          150                         99.9         120,926  Running

 7         26         83       Brian Vickers             Red Bull Toyota                                                       341          146                         89.6         117,623  Running

 8         13         16       Greg Biffle                  U.S. Census Ford                                                    341          142                         94.3           88,525  Running

 9         35         29       Kevin Harvick            Shell/Pennzoil Chevrolet                                        341          138                         66.7         127,776  Running

10        32         82       Scott Speed               Red Bull Toyota                                                       341          134                         71.2           97,398  Running

11        12         47       Marcos Ambrose       Lance/Tom's Toyota                                               341          130                         84.9         106,973  Running

12        16         48       Jimmie Johnson       Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevrolet                          341          127                       103.6         128,178  Running

13        15         14       Tony Stewart              Office Depot Chevrolet                                           341          124                         99.3         114,198  Running

14        38         78       Regan Smith              Furniture Row Racing Chevrolet                           341          121                         53.0           84,925  Running

15          1         88       Dale Earnhardt Jr.     AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet                341          118                         88.0           92,425  Running

16        34         21       Bill Elliott                    Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford   341          120             *5         56.3           73,575  Running

17          7         39       Ryan Newman           Tornados Chevrolet                                               341          112                         67.3         103,604  Running

18          5         24       Jeff Gordon               DuPont/National Guard Chevrolet                         341          109                         97.2         119,426  Running

19          8         19       Elliott Sadler              Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford                                       341          111             *5         60.4           83,450  Running

20        22         31       Jeff Burton                  Caterpillar Chevrolet                                               341          108             *5         75.1         111,815  Running

21        20         11       Denny Hamlin            FedEx Office Toyota                                               341          105             *5       106.4           91,200  Running

22        21         71       Bobby Labonte           TaxSlayer.com Chevrolet                                       341            97                         54.0           74,575  Running

23        18         33       Clint Bowyer              BB&T Chevrolet                                                       341            99             *5         64.3           83,225  Running

24        30         36       Mike Bliss                   Wave Energy Drink Chevrolet                               341            96             *5         49.4           70,775  Running

25          2         18       Kyle Busch                 M&M's Toyota                                                          341            93             *5         72.8         125,556  Running

26        37         38       David Gilliland          Charter Air Transport/Taco Bell Ford                   341            90             *5         54.6           92,710  Running

27        19         56       Martin Truex Jr.         NAPA Toyota                                                           341            82                         79.9           79,275  Running

28        36         77       Sam Hornish Jr.        Mobil 1 Dodge                                                         340            79                         62.7           81,025  Running

29        24           1       Jamie McMurray        Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevrolet                       340            76                         63.1         107,479  Running

30        40         34       Travis Kvapil              Long John Silver's Ford                                        339            73                         39.3           74,200  Running

31        41         37       Kevin Conway #        Extenze Ford                                                           334            70                         30.5           88,698  Running

32        42         26       Boris Said                  Sacred Power/Southern Pride Trucking Ford      333            67                         31.5           77,525  Running

33          4           5       Mark Martin                Hendrickcars.com/GoDaddy.com Chevrolet       331            64                         58.5           90,650  Accident

34        31         13       Max Papis                  GEICO Toyota                                                         329            61                         33.2           69,375  Running

35        29         20       Joey Logano             Home Depot Toyota                                                323            58                         43.0         105,580  Running

36        28         12       Brad Keselowski        Mopar/FLO TV Dodge                                            322            55                         76.5           96,065  Accident

37        17           6       David Ragan              UPS Ford                                                                 211            52                         53.1           77,270  Running

38        33         87       Joe Nemechek           FrontRowJoe.com Toyota                                     175            54             *5         37.6           69,235  Clutch

39        10         99       Carl Edwards             Scotts Ford                                                              170            46                         53.0         105,023  Parked

40          9         00       David Reutimann       Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota                            167            43                         63.9           99,566 Overheating

41        27         66       Dave Blaney               PRISM Motorsports Toyota                                      48            40                         31.9           69,115  Brakes

42        43         55       Michael McDowell     PRISM Motorsports Toyota                                      37            37                         28.4           69,065 Transmission

43        39           7       Robby Gordon          Warner Music Nashville/Blake Shelton Toyota        3            34                         25.3           80,702  Accident

# Raybestos Rookie of the Year Contender.   ** Includes race leader/most laps led bonus. * Includes race leader bonus.

Failed to qualify: (3) #09 Aric Almirola, #90 Casey Mears, #46 Terry Cook.

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 85,000, Kurt Busch won the Kobalt Tools 500, his 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup victory. To start the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 16 (backup car); Nos. 14, 39 (engine change).

 

TIME OF RACE:  3 hours, 59 minutes, 59 seconds                          AVERAGE SPEED: 131.294 mph                          MARGIN OF VICTORY:  0.482 seconds

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD: Dale Earnhardt Jr. (192.761 mph, 28.761 secs.)

DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE RACE AWARD: Brian Pattie (crew chief for Juan Pablo Montoya)

GOODYEAR GATORBACK BELTS FASTEST LAP AWARD: Kyle Busch (187.215 mph, Lap 2)

MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER OF THE RACE AWARD: Kasey Kahne

MOBIL 1 “COMMAND PERFORMANCE DRIVER OF THE RACE” AWARD: Kurt Busch

MOOG CHASSIS PARTS PROBLEM SOLVER OF THE RACE AWARD: Richard Labbe (crew chief for Paul Menard)

NASCAR SPRINT CUP LEADER BONUS: No winner; rolls over to $50,000 at Bristol++

O’REILLY AUTO PARTS POSITION IMPROVEMENT AWARD: Kevin Harvick (26 places)

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE RACE AWARD: Kevin Conway

SUNOCO DIAMOND PERFORMANCE AWARD: Kurt Busch

TISSOT “PIT ROAD PRECISION” AWARD: Martin Truex Jr. (349.623 sec.)

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD: Kasey Kahne (144 laps)

CAUTION FLAGS: 11 cautions for 53 laps. [Beneficiary] 5-8 (#7-Accident Turn 1 [None]); 36-39 (Debris [13]); 41-43 (#12, 20, 99-Accident Turn 1 [33]); 80-83 (Debris [33]); 116-119 (#5-Spin Frontstretch [71]); 159-164 (#20-Accident Turn 2 [78]); 226-229 (Debris [1]); 289-292 (Debris [38]); 294-298 (#13, 19-Accident Frontstretch [5]); 324-331 (#12, 99-Accident Frontstretch [11]); 333-339 (#1, 5, 11, 18, 33, 38, 56-Accident Turn 4 [39]).

LAP LEADERS: 31 lead changes among 13 drivers. Earnhardt-pole, Ky. Busch 1-13, Kahne 14-35, Ky. Busch 36, Nemechek 37, Kahne 38-39, Ky. Busch 40-47, Kahne 48-79, Hamlin 80, Sadler 81, Ku. Busch 82-116, Gilliland 117, Ku. Busch 118-147, Hamlin 148-159, Bliss 160, Hamlin 161-171, Montoya 172-174, Kahne 175-211, Hamlin 212-213, Burton 214, Elliott 215, Kahne 216-225, Ku. Busch 226, Kahne 227-229, Ku. Busch 230-243, Kahne 244-276, Menard 277, Hamlin 278-283, Kahne 284-288, Ku. Busch 289-327, Bowyer 328-331, Ku. Busch 332-341.

++Rollover money awarded at year’s end, amount not included in race winnings.

 


NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES TOP 12 (Wins)

 1 –Kevin Harvick                       644           (0)

 2 –Matt Kenseth                         618           (0)

 3 –Greg Biffle                             585           (0)

 4 –Jimmie Johnson                   570           (2)

 5 –Clint Bowyer                         558           (0)

 6 –Jeff Burton                             538           (0)

 7 –Mark Martin                           521           (0)

 8 –Tony Stewart                         510           (0)

 9 –Paul Menard                          505           (0)

10–Kurt Busch                             502           (1)

11–Jeff Gordon                           482           (0)

12–Scott Speed                          482           (0)

 

O’REILLY AUTO PARTS POSITION

IMPROVEMENT AWARD

                                      Car #            Pts.

Kevin Harvick                 (#29)              2

Greg Biffle                      (#16)              1

Jeff Burton                     (#31)              1

 

MOOG PROBLEM SOLVER OF RACE

AWARD                         Car #            Pts.

Todd Berrier                   (#31)              1

Richard Labbe               (#98)              1

Lance McGrew               (#88)              1


MANUFACTURERS' CHAMPIONSHIP

                                   Pts        Wins

Chevrolet                     31              3

Ford                             21              0

Dodge                          19              1

Toyota                         17              0

 

MOBIL 1 COMMAND PERFORMANCE AWARD

                                      Car #            Pts.

Kurt Busch                     (#  2)              2

David Reutimann         (#00)              1

Jamie McMurray          (#  1)              1

 

COORS LIGHT POLE AWARD

Kurt Busch                                           1

Dale Earnhardt Jr.                                1

Mark Martin                                          1

Jamie McMurray                                   1

 

RAYBESTOS ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Kevin Conway                                33

Terry Cook                                       4

 

SUNOCO DIAMOND PERF. AWARD

                                Car #          Pts.

Jimmie Johnson           (#48)            2

Kurt Busch                   (#  2)            1

Jamie McMurray           (#  1)            1

 


GOODYEAR GATORBACK BELTS FASTEST

LAP AWARD                  Car #          Pts.

Jeff Gordon                    (#24)              1

Kyle Busch                     (#18)              1

Kasey Kahne                 (#  9)              1

 

MAHLE CLEVITE ENGINE BUILDER AWARD

                                    Car #              Pts.

Earnhardt/Childress      (#29)                50

Hendrick                       (#48)                42

Roush Yates                (#17)                42

 

WIX FILTERS LAP LEADER AWARD

                                        Car #          Pts.

Kevin Harvick                   (#29)              1

Jeff Burton                       (#31)              1

Tony Stewart                    (#14)              1

 

DIRECTV CREW CHIEF OF THE YEAR

                                        Car #          Pts.

Gil Martin                          (#29)              2

Greg Zipadelli                   (#20)              1

Brian Pattie                      (#42)              1

 

TISSOT “PIT ROAD PRECISION” AWARD

                                    Car #              Pts.

Martin Truex Jr.            (#56)                  2

Jeff Gordon                  (#24)                  1

Juan Pablo Montoya    (#42)                  1


UNOFFICIAL RESULTS posted after the race
from NASCAR Statistics
OFFICIAL RESULTS WILL be posted ABOVE sometime Monday

NASCAR Race Number 4
Unofficial Race Results for the Kobalt Tools 500
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Hampton, GA - 1.54 Mile Paved
Total Race Length - 341 Laps - 525.14 Miles - Purse: $4,965,089

Fin Str Car# Driver Sponsor
Manu
Laps
Run
Points Bonus
Pts
Total
Award
Status Times
Led
Laps
Led
1 11 2 Kurt Busch Miller Lite Dodge 341 190 5 133.3 $176,498 Running 6 129
2 14 17 Matt Kenseth Valvoline Ford 341 170   107.9 $170,151 Running    
3 3 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevy 341 170 5 118 $149,306 Running 1 3
4 6 9 Kasey Kahne Budweiser Ford 341 170 10 138.1 $146,890 Running 8 144
5 23 98 Paul Menard CertainTeed/Menards Ford 341 160 5 88.7 $100,750 Running 1 1
6 25 43 A J Allmendinger Best Buy/Insignia Ford 341 150   99.9 $120,926 Running    
7 26 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 341 146   89.6 $117,623 Running    
8 13 16 Greg Biffle U.S. Census Ford 341 142   94.3 $88,525 Running    
9 35 29 Kevin Harvick Shell/Pennzoil Chevy 341 138   66.7 $127,776 Running    
10 32 82 Scott Speed Red Bull Toyota 341 134   71.2 $97,398 Running    
11 12 47 Marcos Ambrose Lance/Tom's Toyota 341 130   84.9 $106,973 Running    
12 16 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's/KOBALT Tools Chevy 341 127   103.6 $128,178 Running    
13 15 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot Chevy 341 124   99.3 $114,198 Running    
14 38 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row Racing Chevy 341 121   53 $84,925 Running    
15 1 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. AMP Energy/National Guard Chevy 341 118   88 $92,425 Running    
16 34 21 Bill Elliott Motorcraft/Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Ford 341 120 5 56.3 $73,575 Running 1 1
17 7 39 Ryan Newman Tornados Chevy 341 112   67.3 $103,604 Running    
18 5 24 Jeff Gordon DuPont/National Guard Chevy 341 109   97.2 $119,426 Running    
19 8 19 Elliott Sadler Hunt Brothers Pizza Ford 341 111 5 60.4 $83,450 Running 1 1
20 22 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevy 341 108 5 75.1 $111,815 Running 1 1
21 20 11 Denny Hamlin FedEx Office Toyota 341 105 5 106.4 $91,200 Running 5 32
22 21 71 Bobby Labonte TaxSlayer.com Chevy Chevy 341 97   54 $74,575 Running    
23 18 33 Clint Bowyer BB&T Chevy 341 99 5 64.3 $83,225 Running 1 4
24 30 36 Mike Bliss Wave Energy Drink Chevy 341 96 5 49.4 $70,775 Running 1 1
25 2 18 Kyle Busch M&M's Toyota 341 93 5 72.8 $125,556 Running 3 22
26 37 38 David Gilliland Charter Air Transport/Taco Bell Ford 341 90 5 54.6 $92,710 Running 1 1
27 19 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Toyota 341 82   79.9 $79,275 Running    
28 36 77 Sam Hornish Jr. Mobil 1 Dodge 340 79   62.7 $81,025 Running    
29 24 1 Jamie McMurray Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Chevy 340 76   63.1 $107,479 Running    
30 40 34 Travis Kvapil Long John Silver's Ford 339 73   39.3 $74,200 Running    
31 41 37 Kevin Conway # Extenze Ford 334 70   30.5 $88,698 Running    
32 42 26 Boris Said Sacred Power/Southern Pride Trucking Ford 333 67   31.5 $77,525 Running    
33 4 5 Mark Martin Hendrickcars.com/GoDaddy.com Chevy 331 64   58.5 $90,650 Accident    
34 31 13 Max Papis GEICO Toyota 329 61   33.2 $69,375 Running    
35 29 20 Joey Logano Home Depot Toyota 323 58   43 $105,580 Running    
36 28 12 Brad Keselowski Mopar/FLO TV Dodge Dodge 322 55   76.5 $96,065 Accident    
37 17 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 211 52   53.1 $77,270 Running    
38 33 87 Joe Nemechek FrontRowJoe.com Toyota 175 54 5 37.6 $69,235 Clutch 1 1
39 10 99 Carl Edwards Scotts Ford 170 46   53 $105,023 Parked    
40 9 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 167 43   63.9 $99,566 Overheating    
41 27 66 Dave Blaney PRISM Motorsports Toyota 48 40   31.9 $69,115 Brakes    
42 43 55 Michael McDowell PRISM Motorsports Toyota 37 37   28.4 $69,065 Transmission    
43 39 7 Robby Gordon Warner Music Nashville/Blake Shelton Toyota 3 34   25.3 $80,702 Accident    

Race Comments: Before an estimated crowd of 85,000, Kurt Busch won the Kobalt Tools 500, his 21st NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory.

To start the race, the following cars dropped to the rear of the field for the reasons indicated: No. 16 (backup car); Nos. 14, 39 (engine change).

Failed to Qualify: (3) 09 Aric Almirola, 90 Casey Mears, 46 Terry Cook #.

Time of Race: 3 Hrs, 59 Mins, 59 Secs.
Average Speed: 131.294 MPH
Margin of Victory: 0.482 Seconds

Caution Flags: 11 for 53 laps: Laps: 5-8 (#7 accident turn 1 [None]); 36-39 (Debris [13]); 41-43 (#12, 20, 99 accident 1 [33]); 80-83 (Debris [33]); 116-119 (#5 spun frontstretch [71]); 159-164 (#20 accident turn 2 [78]); 226-229 (Debris [1]); 289-292 (Debris [38]); 294-298 (#13, 19 accident frontstretch [5]); 324-331 (#12, 99 accident frontstretch [11]); 333-339 (#1, 5, 11, 18, 33, 38, 56 accident turn 4 [39]). Lead Changes: 31 among 13 drivers: Kyle Busch 1-13; K. Kahne 14-35; Kyle Busch 36; J. Nemechek 37; K. Kahne 38-39; Kyle Busch 40-47; K. Kahne 48-79; D. Hamlin 80; E. Sadler 81; Kurt Busch 82-116; D. Gilliland 117; Kurt Busch 118-147; D. Hamlin 148-159; M. Bliss 160; D. Hamlin 161-171; J. Montoya 172-174; K. Kahne 175-211; D. Hamlin 212-213; J. Burton 214; B. Elliott 215; K. Kahne 216-225; Kurt Busch 226; K. Kahne 227-229; Kurt Busch 230-243; K. Kahne 244-276; P. Menard 277; D. Hamlin 278-283; K. Kahne 284-288; Kurt Busch 289-327; C. Bowyer 328-331; Kurt Busch 332-341.

Coors Light Pole Award : Dale Earnhardt Jr, #88 192.761 mph
DIRECTV Crew Chief of the Race : Juan Pablo Montoya, #42 crew chief Brian Pattie
Goodyear Gatorback Fastest Lap : Kyle Busch, #18 187.215 mph, Lap 2
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder of the Race : Kasey Kahne, #9
Mobil 1 Command Performance Driver of the Race : Kurt Busch, #2
Moog Chassis Parts Problem Solver of the Race : Paul Menard, #98 (R. Labbe, 0.140 sec)
O'Reilly Auto Parts Position Improvement Award : Kevin Harvick, #29 26 places
Raybestos Rookie of the Race : Kevin Conway, #37
Sunoco Diamond Performance : Kurt Busch, #2
Tissot Pit Road Precision : Martin Truex Jr, #56 349.623 seconds
WIX Filters Lap Leader : Kasey Kahne, #9 144 Laps

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