NASCAR Sprint Cup Series – Full Race – 2014 Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta


WE THANK YOU FOR THE FREEDOM TO
BE HERE TONIGHT. WE ASK YOUR BLESSING ON THE MEN
AND WOMEN OF OUR ARMED FORCES WHO ARE STANDING GUARD OVER THE
FREEDOM EVEN NOW. WE ASK YOUR HAND OF SAFETY AND
PROTECTION OVER EACH OF THESE DRIVERS.
OVER EVERYBODY INVOLVE THIS THIS RACE.
LORD, WE THINK YOU FOR THE PRIVILEGE OF BEING HERE AND ASK
FOR YOUR PRESENCE IN THIS PLACE. WE GIVE YOU OUR HEARTS AND THIS
PRAYER. EVERYBODY SAY TOGETHER.
AMEN.>>HERE TO PERFORM OUR NATIONAL
ANTHEM, PLEASE WELCOME WILL CHASE.
M O SAY, CAN YOU SEE BY THE DAWN’S EARLY LIGHT M
M WHAT SO PROUDLY WE HAILED AT THE TWILIGHT’S
LAST GLEAMING? M M WHOSE BROAD STRIPES
AND BRIGHT STARS THROUGH THE PERILOUS FIGHT M
M O’ER THE RAMPARTS WE WATCHED
WERE SO GALLANTLY STREAMING? M
M AND THE ROCKETS’ RED GLARE
THE BOMBS BURSTING IN AIR M
M GAVE PROOF THROUGH THE NIGHT
THAT OUR FLAG WAS STILL THERE M
M OH, SAY, DOES THAT STAR-SPANGLED BANNER
YET WAVE M M O’ER THE LAND
OF THE FREE M M AND THE HOME
OF THE BRAVE M>>>DRIVERS INCLUDING TONY
STEWART READY TO BOARD THEIR MACHINES FOR 500 ACTION.
THE STATE IS SET. KESELOWSKI LOOKING FOR A BIG
WIN.>>THE STAGE IS SET.
READY TO GO RACING. LOTS OF STORY LINE.
FINAL THOUGHTS?>>I’VE GOT TO BE WATCHING TONY
STEWART. HE’S BEEN GONE FOR THREE WEEKS.
I WANT TO SEE HOW HE DOES. I WANT TO SEE HOW HE’S GOING TO
HANDLE THAT 900 HORSEPOWER RACE CAR.
THOSE THINGS ARE WICKED TO DRIVE.
>>FOR ME IT’S THE YOUNG ROOKIE. HE’S BEEN SO CLOSE SO MANY
TIMES. KYLE LARSON.
HE STARTS THIRD TONIGHT. THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY FOR
HIM BECAUSE HE LOVES TO SLIP AND SLIDE ON THE RACETRACK.
>>SO MANY DRIVERS WITH SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES TONIGHT.
WE’RE GOING TO BE PAYING ATTENTION OVER THE NEXT 3.5
HOURS. THE GUYS WHO WILL BE CALLING THE
RACE HAVE THE BEST VIEW UP TOP.>>MIKE, THANK YOU.
WHEN YOU READ THE PRERACE PRESS RELEASES OUR TALK TO THE DRIVERS
IN THE GARAGE, DRIVER AFTER DRIVER AFTER DRIVER ALL SAYS THE
SAME THING. THIS IS ONE OF THEIR FAVORITE
RACETRACKS. THEY LOVE TO RACE HERE.
WHY?>>DRIVERS LIKE MOST NEW THINGS
LIKE NEW TIRES. BUT THEY LOVE THIS RACING
SURFACE WHICH IS BASICALLY WORN OUT.
THEY’RE GOING TO BE SEARCHING FROM THE BOTTOM TO THE MIDDLE TO
THE TOP TRYING TO FIND THE MOST GRIP THEY COULD FIND.
BUT THE BEST THING IS TAKING CARE OF THESE TIRES.
HOW ARE THEY GOING TO DO THAT?>>THIS IS A DRIVERS RACETRACK.
I CAN TELL YOU ONE THING IT’S TOUGH FOR THE CREW AND CREW
CHIEFS. THEY’RE GOING TO BE CHANGING
TIRES A LOT TONIGHT AND THE CREW CHIEFS TRYING TO KEEP UP WITH
THE ADJUSTMENTS. THAT CAR IS GOING TO BE SLIDING
AND THEY’RE GOING TO BE COMPLAINING ABOUT SOMETHING ALL
NIGHT LONG. SOMETIMES THE DRIVER MIGHT TELL
YOU THE CAR IS DOING SOMETHING AND YOU MAY ADJUST AND MAKE IT
GO THE WRONG WAY.>>WE TALKED ABOUT RESTARTS.
IF YOU FOLLOW NASCAR RACING, THEY’RE A CRITICAL PART OF THE
SPORT HERE IN 2014. HERE IN ATLANTA, A DIFFERENT
TWIST TO THEM.>>THAT’S NOT GOING TO BE THE
CASE HERE. THE OUTSIDE LANE IS THE HARD
CASE TO GET GOING. DIFFICULT TO MANAGE THIS.
>>WE HAVE SEEN THE RESTARTS HERE.
THIS MIGHT BE MY FAVORITE. CURT BUSCH RESTARTED THIS.
ONE SET OF CORNERS. LOOKS LIKE A VIDEO GAME.
THERE ARE SOME OPPORTUNITIES ON THE RESTARTS AND WE’LL SEE
SOMEBODY TAKE ADVANTAGE TONIGHT.>>WE’LL KEEP AN EYE ON THE
CAUTION FLAG AND THE RESTARTS AS WE GO THROUGH THE DIFFICULT 500
MILES IN ATLANTA TONIGHT.>>IT’S HOT, 88 DEGREES AS THE
RACE GETS STARTED AND A FULL NIGHT’S WORK AHEAD FOR THE
DRIVES. WE KNOW THE CREW CHIEF IS HAPPY.
>>THE ORAL-B USA 500 ATLANTA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY ORAL-B.
AVAILABLE AT WALMART. NATIONWIDE INSURANCE, NATIONWIDE
IS ON YOUR SIDE. GOOD YEAR, CHOSEN BY EXPERTS FOR
SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE AND VIAGRA.>>>A BEAUTIFUL STEAMY NIGHT
HERE AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEED WAY FOR THE ORAL-B U.S. 500.
RACING ON A TRACK THE DRIVERS LOVE TO COMPETE ON.
THE DRIVES HAVE STRAPPED IN. LET’S GET IT STARTED.
>>RACE FANS, IT’S TIME! PLEASE WELCOME TONIGHT’S GRAND
MARSHAL, MICHAEL FINLICK.>>RACERS, START YOUR ENGINES!
>>READY!>>IMPRESSIVE.
>>A GREAT WAY TO GET A GREAT RACE STARTED TONIGHT.
CHECK OUT NASCAR.COM. LIVE TONIGHT HERE AT THE ATLANTA
MOTOR SPEEDWAY. AFTER A TOUGH RACE LAST WEEK,
OUR ESPN RACER NEEDS TO WIN TO GET INTO THE CHASE TONIGHT.
KASEY KAHNE READY TO GO. WE’LL TALK TO HIM NEXT.
>>>BACK IN ATLANTA WHERE THE ENGINES ARE FIRED AND ABOUT TO
BEGIN. THE START OF TONIGHT’S ORAL-B
500. THE SPRINT CUP SERIES IS THE
SECOND TO LAST RACE BEFORE THE CHASE GRID IS SET.
AS YOU LOOK AT THE SEATING. THE CRITICAL FACTOR, THE DRIVERS
WITHOUT A WIN TRY TO FIND A WAY TO GET INSIDE THE TOP 16 AFTER
SATURDAY NIGHT. KASEY KAHNE IS 33 POINTS BEHIND.
THAT’S A LOT TO ASK OVER TWO RACES TO GET IN ON POINTS.
HE KIND OF NEEDS TO WIN TONIGHT OR NEXT WEEKEND IF HE’S GOING TO
GET IN.>>WE JUST TALKED ABOUT THAT.
>>WE HAD A LOT OF REQUESTS AND QUESTIONS FROM YOUR FANS OUT
THERE. MOST WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE
CHASE. BUT WE CHOSE THE QUESTION FROM
BRAD IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA. SAYS WITH TWO RACES TO GO,
LOOKING MORE LIKE A WIN. HOW DOES THIS CHANGE YOUR
APPROACH TO THIS TRACK?>>WELL, DEFINITELY DOING WHAT
WE GOT TO DO. ATLANTA IS A GOOD TRACK FOR US.
IT HAS BEEN OVER THE YEARS. SO HOPEFULLY WE CAN CALL IT A
NIGHT HAVING A REALLY GOOD FORM. SEE WHAT HAPPENS HERE, HOW IT
PLAYS OUT. BUT I’M EXCITED TO BE HERE.
>>I HAVE SEEN YOU RUN EXTREMELY WELL HERE AND EVERYTHING.
MY QUESTION TO YOU IS YOU KNOW THIS AND IN MANAGING YOUR TIRES,
BUT KNOWING HOW IMPORTANT THESE RESTARTS ARE TO GET EVERYTHING
THAT YOU CAN GET AT THAT TIME, HOW DO YOU MANAGE HOW HARD YOU
CAN GO AT THAT POINT AND STILL HAVE SOME TIRES LEFT FOR THE END
OF A RUN?>>RESTART IS BIG EVERY SINGLE
WEEK. ATLANTA, THE FRONT STRETCH
SEEMED LIKE THE OUTSIDE WAS PRETTY TOUGH.
ONCE YOU GET TO ONE AND TWO, THERE’S LOTS OF ROOM.
YOU GOT TO GET THE MOST YOU CAN EACH TIME AND JUST TRY TO
CAPITALIZE. IF YOU DON’T THE GUYS WILL
DEFINITELY GET YOU FROM BEHIND.>>I KNOW THAT IN A DRIVER’S MAN
AND EVEN WITH THE HIGH SEEDS HERE, CAN YOU ALLOW YOURSELF TO
GET AGGRESSIVE IF YOU FIND YOURSELF IN THAT POSITION LATE
IN THIS RACE?>>YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.
THAT’S OUR ONLY SHOT. WE GOT TO WIN.
WE’RE GOING TO DO WHATEVER WE CAN.
HOPEFULLY I CAN MOVE ALL OVER THE RACETRACK AND FINE WITH THE
GRIP. IT’S A LONG WAY TO SEE HOW IT
PLAYS OUT.>>THANKS FOR TALKING WITH US.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO TALKING WITH YOU LATER ON TONIGHT.
>>THANK YOU.>>KASEY KAHNE.
READY TO GO FROM THE STARTING POSITION RIGHT HERE AT ATLANTA
SEEKING THAT VERY PRECIOUS VICTORY.
>>FANS GETTING A GOOD SHOW. DRIVES WILL GET AN UPCLOSE LOOK.
THEIR COMPETITION IS MOVING RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM.
KEVIN HARVICK CARRYING OUR JIMMY JOHN’S ONBOARD.
CASEY KAHNE CARRYING THE SPRINT ONBOARD.
JEFF GORDON HAS THE CHEVY AND KYLE LARSON WITH THE GOODYEAR
ONBOARD AND JIMMY JOHNSON WITH OUR SPRINT AND KEVIN HART, JR.
HAS THE DIET DEW.>>TO SAY THAT TONY STEWART
RETURNING TO THE RACETRACK TO BE AN EMOTIONAL ONE WOULD BE AN
UNDERSTATEMENT. FROM THE TIME HE STEPPED BACK
THIS THE GARAGE HE WAS WELCOMED WITH OPEN ARMS.
I TALKED TO HIS CREW CHIEF, CHAD JOHNSON WHO IS UP ON THE PIT BOX
RIGHT NOW, HE TOLD ME HIS APPROACH THIS WEEKEND IS TO DO
WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN DOING ALL YEAR LONG, FOCUS ON THE TASK AT
HAND AND THAT IS WINNING THE RACE.
HE SAYS SO FAR, IT HAS WORKED. BETWEEN TONY AND THE CAR THEY
BROUGHT HERE, HE FEELS THIS IS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY THEY HAVE
HAD TO WIN A RACE ALL YEAR LONG. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE, A WIN FOR
TONY WOULD BE A BRIGHT SPOT IN WHAT’S BEEN A DARK THREE WEEKS.
ALAN.>>JAMIE, THANKS.
THIS IS PROBABLY A MOMENT THAT TONY HAS BEEN READY FOR ALL
WEEKEND. JUST TO GET THIS RACE STARTED.
>>I THINK HE’S BEEN READY FOR I.
THE WEEKEND HAS BEEN GOOD FOR HIM.
YOU CAN SEE THE CHANGE IN HIM. HE’S RIGHT NOW TRYING TO CONTROL
HIS EMOTIONS SO HE COULD GET FOCUSED ON THE TASK AT HAND.
>>WHAT HE’S LEARNED ABOUT ATLANTA AND THIS TEAM, MAYBE
THIS WILL BE A GOOD CHANCE FOR HIM TONIGHT.
>>CERTAINLY ONE OF THE FOCUS AREAS OF THE NIGHT, THE DRIVES
TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO GRAB A WAY IN THE PLACE.
>>ONE ROOKIE HAS MADE IT AND THAT WAS HAMLIN EIGHT YEARS AGO.
LARSON HAS TO WIN AND HE’S IN. BUT THE ROOKIE HAS TO REMEMBER
HE’S 26 POINTS OUT OF AN AT LARGE CHASE.
HE’LL ATTACK IF HE THINKS HE CAN WIN.
BY KYLE LARSON HAS TO REMEMBER THIS, HE NEEDS TO STILL BE THIS
THIS CONVERSATION WHEN WE GET TO RICHMOND NEXT WEEK.
>>JIM, BIFFLE HAS HAD NINE TOP TEN FINISHES BUT THE WINS HAVE
NOT COME AND THE CHEW CHIEF TOLD ME HE WOULD BE WILLING TO RISK
TONIGHT TO GET FURTHER NORTH OF THE POINT’S CUTOFF LINE.
>>JAMIE McMURRAY HAS NEVER MADE THE CHASE.
HE’S GOT TO DELIVER BIG IN THIS NEXT TWO WEEKS.
60 POINTS OUT OF THE CHASE. THEY DESPERATELY NEED A VICTORY.
THEY HAVE BEEN ROCK SOLID THIS WEEKEND HERE IN ATLANTA.
CREW CHIEF TOLD ME A MOMENT AGO WE’RE CONFIDENT BUT THEY
DEFINITELY HAVE TO WIN THE RACE IF THEY’RE HAVING TO PULL OFF
THAT TONIGHT AND SECURE ONE OF THOSE CHASE SPOTS.
>>ABSOLUTELY. McMURRAY WITH A COUPLE OF NASCAR
NATIONWIDE WINS. HE KNOWS HOW TO GET IT DONE AT
THIS RACETRACK. THE SPEEDWAY MEASURES 1.54 MILES
AROUND. SO IT DOESN’T COME OUT TO AN
EVEN 500 MILES. 500.5 AND 325 LAPS TO GET THAT
DONE. SO HALF A LAP FROM THE START
TONIGHT.>>TAKE IT EASY ON IT AS FIRST.
JUST LIKE YOU ALWAYS DO, HAVE A GOOD DAY.
>>GUYS BE CAREFUL AND SAFE DOWN THERE.
APPRECIATE EVERYTHING.>>TONY STEWART STARTING IN
FRONT POSITION. SUNSET IN A LITTLE WHILE.
RACING INTO THAT SETTING SUN. VISIBILITY ALWAYS TRICKY IN THE
OPENING MOMENTS IN ATLANTA. THE CLOUD COVER HELPS JUST A
BIT. 325 LAPS.
500.5 MILES.>>HARVICK IS GOING TO LEAD.
STEWART IS PUTTING ON A SHOW.>>JUST UNREASONABLE.
>>THEY DIDN’T THINK HE WANTED TO COME AND RACE.
MADE A BAD MISTAKE. LOOK AT THIS.
GOOD LORD. THAT SOUNDED LIKE SOMETHING SHOT
OUT OF A ROCKET.>>7.
>>USUALLY THE HIGH LINE IS SOMETHING YOU HOLD ON TO FOR
LATER IN THE RUN. MAKING YOUR WAY UP.
TONY WENT RIGHT THERE.>>NOW PART OF THAT, THAT WORK
FOR STEWART WAS SET UP BY THE GUY IN FIRST PLACE IN THE
OUTSIDE ROW AND NOT BEING ABLE TO GET GOING ON THE START.
THAT’S KESELOWSKI, TOO.>>IT’S SO HARD.
IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE.>>THE DRIVER STARTING ON THE
OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT ROW CANNOT GET GOING.
YOU TRY TO MAKE IT HAPPEN AND TRY TO GO HARD AND ANTICIPATE
AND YOU CANNOT MAKE IT HAPPEN AND IT JAMS EVERYTHING UP FROM
BEHIND. AND YOU CAN SEE RIGHT HERE HE’S
TRYING TO GET — EASE UP THERE A BIT WHERE HE’S NOT GETTING IT
ALL AT ONCE. THE THROTTLE TO IT.
ALL THE DRIVERS KNOW THAT’S A CHALLENGE.
THEY’RE PLANNING FOR IT.>>STILL, NOTHING YOU CAN DO.
>>BRAD TRYING TO MAKE UP A SPOT.
43. KESELOWSKI TRYING TO GET BY HIM.
STEWART CLOSING IN FROM THE BACK.
>>WHEN YOU WALK AROUND THE GARAGE AREA AT RACE DAY AND YOU
ASK THE CREW CHIEFS WHO HAVE ALL THE DATA AND THE LAP TIMES AND
SPEEDS, I’LL MENTION KEVIN HARVICK, BUT A LOT MENTION JEFF
GORDON AND KESELOWSKI AS A FEW TO KEEP AN EYE ON.
STEWART PICKING UP ANOTHER STOP AROUND THE ROW FOR 6.
>>THERE WAS ONE OTHER NAME I HEARD.
A DRIVER THAT LED HERE LAST YEAR.
THAT WAS CLINT BOWYER. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAID HIS CAR WAS
GOOD THROUGHOUT A LONGER RUN.>>HERE’S GORDON, 24, LOOKING
FOR 3rd PLACE.>>YOU CAN’T COUNT MATT OUT ON A
TRACK LIKE THIS. HE IS SO GOOD WITH THE THROTTLE.
IF THIS CAR IS CLOSE FOR HIM AT THE END HE’S HAVE A CHANCE.
>>NOW KESELOWSKI CONTINUING TO TRY AND REGAIN LOST GROUND FROM
THE SLIP AT THE START.>>A LITTLE BIT OF LABOR.
THE POINT OF THE RESTART. A LOT OF PLACES WE CAN SAY WELL
THE BANKING HERE. THIS IS A FLAT STRAIGHT AWAY AND
IT’S IMPOSSIBLE AND THE INSIDE LINES DOESN’T HAVE THE PROBLEM.
IT’S SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IF I COULD FIGURE OUT AND TELL
THE DRIVERS I COULD PROBABLY MAKE A LOT OF MONEY.
>>HAVE SOMETHING TO SELL?>>YEAH, I GUARANTEE.
>>HARVICK. LARSON, GORDON, KESELOWSKI,
STEWART. TOP SIX.
HERE COMES CARL EDWARDS. THAT THING GOT SHUT OFF.
>>IN A HURRY.>>IT WILL BE INTERESTING TO SEE
AS THIS RACE PROGRESSES AND WE SEE KYLE LARSON, JEFF GORDON —
TAKING THAT SECOND SPOT AWAY HERE.
>>WHO IS GOING TO BE GOOD LATER AT THIS RACETRACK?
>>WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT HOW THEY TRACK PERFORMANCE IN PRACTICE,
THEY MAKE GRAPHS OF THEIR LAP TIMES.
LOOK AT HOW SLEEK THE GRAPH IS IT.
DOES NOT FALL OFF VERY MUCH. LOOKS LIKE GORDON HAS ONE OF THE
BEST CARS IN THAT RESPECT. MAYBE NOT THE SINGLE TIME BUT
HIS CAR DOES HOLD ON ONE.>>MENTIONED JAMIE McMURRAY IN
THAT ONE. OWEN IS IN.
>>ONE WAY TO GET BUY.>>IT IS.
>>IT MAY HAVE BEEN A SLIGHT TUCK.
YOU CAN GET A CAR REALLY LOOSE AT THIS RACETRACK.
HE’S ALREADY LOOSE.>>McMURRAY HE COULD SAY HE DID
GET THERE.>>THE DRIVER THING WOULD COME
INTO THAT.>>THIS IS PRETTY SOLID.
>>THE NUMBERS THAT CAME UP MOST OFTEN AROUND THE GARAGE WERE
RUNNING 1-2-3. NUMBERS 4, 24 AND 2 ARE GORDON
AND KESELOWSKI.>>LAST NIGHT —
>>THERE WERE 195 LAPS IN THE NASCAR NATIONWIDE SERIES RACE.
KEVIN HARVICK LED 159 NIGHT OF THEM.
THE LAST. SOMEBODY ELSE LED THE OPENING
AND IT WAS HARVICK FROM THEN ON TO THE FINISH.
>>HE’S OUT IN FRONT EARLY TONIGHT AGAIN.
>>>JUST UNDERWAY TONIGHT FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES,
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY. THE WHITE AND BLACK CAR OF
HARVICK. HE STARTED AND LED ALL OF THE
LAPS SO FAR. GORDON TRYING TO CLOSE IN.
UP TO SECOND PLACE. NUMBER 24.
WITH KESELOWSKI IN THIRD PLACE. A FEW SECONDS BEHIND GORDON NOW.
IN HIS YELLOW NUMBER 2. SO THERE’S HARVICK, GORDON.
HERE COMES KESELOWSKI AND A NEW FOURTH PLACE RUNNER, TONY
STEWART, JUST PICKING UP HIS EIGHTH SPOT IN THE RACE AND UP
TO A NUMBER FOUR POSITION.>>GREAT START TO THIS RACE FOR
TONY STEWART. TALKING ABOUT HOW HARVICK HAS
BEEN SO GOOD. HE’S GOT SOMETHING HERE AT THE
RACETRACK.>>TONY HAS DONE ALL OF HIS
PASSING ON THE HIGH SIDE OF THE RACETRACK, HARVICK RIGHT ON THE
BOTTOM.>>KEVIN HARVICK.
HARVICK EXITING TURN NUMBER TWO RIGHT THERE.
ALREADY CATCHING SOME LAP TRAFFIC AND PUTTING SOME AT THE
TAIL END OF THE FIELD. 32 J.J.
FEW LAPS AGO SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE SEEN BEFORE BUT WE RARELY
SEE AND PROBABLY A GOOD THING WHEN KEVIN HARVICK HAD SOMETHING
FLASH BEFORE HIS EYES LITERALLY.>>ALMOST HIT A CAT.
A CAT JUST RAN RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME.
>>I THOUGHT I SEEN IT ALL.>>IT WAS A BLACK ONE.
>>YOU COULD SEE.>>YEAH.
I DON’T KNOW HOW IT GOT THERE, BUT —
>>HE WAS PROBABLY WONDERING THE SAME THING, THE CAT.
>>THAT’S WHAT IT WAS.>>THAT’S WHAT HARVICK SAY IT
WAS. HE GOT A GOOD LOOK AT IT.
>>WELL THE CAT HAD GOOD INSTINCTS TO GET OUT OF THE WAY.
AT 200 MILES AN HOUR GOING OFF INTO TURN 1.
RYAN NEWMAN, 11 HAMLIN, 22, LOGANO.
>>ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS KNOWS HOW TO USE THAT THROTTLE.
THAT’S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO. TAKES CARE OF HIS TIRES.
YOU CAN ALREADY SEE HOW THEY’RE SLOWING DOWN AND THAT’S WHENEVER
YOU SEE THE DRIVERS THAT LIKE THIS TYPE OF RACING REALLY START
COMING TO THE FRONT.>>THIS IS A PART WHERE THINGS
CHANGE. YOU’RE GOING TO SEE WHO HAS THE
SETUP. STARTING TO FLOAT TO THE TOP OF
THE STANDINGS AND LOOKS LIKE HARVICK’S CAR IS HOLDING OUT
WELL. IT KIND OF STALLED.
>>WE’RE BEYOND THE NUMBER OF LAPS ANYBODY RAN CONSECUTIVELY
IN PRACTICE. WE’RE INTO FINDING OUT WHAT YOU
THOUGHT YOU KNEW FROM A DRIVER AND TEAM PERSPECTIVE.
DALE, JR. MOVING UP.>>THINKING YOU CAN PROJECT THAT
OUT. YOU DON’T KNOW WITH THIS TRACK
BECAUSE OF THE WAY WITH THE WEAR ON THE TIRES.
YOU MAY THINK YOU HAVE A GOOD CAR, AND IT TURNS UP YOU HAD A
GOOD 15 LAP RUN CAR BUT MAYBE NOT A GOOD 40 LAP RUN CAR.
>>DALE, JR. DID NOT QUALIFY ALL THAT WELL.
THOUGHT HE HAD A BETTER RACE CAR THAN THAT.
WE’LL SEE. AGAIN ONLY MOVED UP TWO
POSITIONS SINCE THE START OF THE RACE.
SUNSET NO LONGER A FACTOR FOR THE DRIVERS.
CLOUD COVER HELPED THEM OUT. HARVICK DOESN’T NEED ANY HELP
OTHER THAN WILD CATS RUNNING AROUND.
>>>USA 500 LIVE FROM THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY ABOUT TO
HIT THE 50 MILE MARK OF THIS ONE.
CAUTION-FREE SO FAR. HARVICK HAS LED ALL OF THE LAPS
IN THE EARLY GOING. DON’T FORGET TOMORROW FINAL
ROUNDS OF THE DRAG RACE OF THE YEAR.
FROM THE RACE WAY IN INDIANAPOLIS.
THEY’RE ON ESPN ON LABOR DAY.>>THAT’S THE BIG GO UP THERE IN
INDY.>>NEXT WEEKEND THE ACTION MOVES
ON TO RICHMOND WITH GREAT SHORT TRACK RACING.
AT 7:00 EASTERN ON ESPN2 AND NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT WE’RE ON
ABC. OUR TELECAST PRESENTED BY AUTO
ZONE. WHO MAKES THE CHASE?
WHO DOESN’T? WE’LL FIND OUT STARTING AT 7:00
EASTERN TIME. THAT COULD SHAPE UP WITH YOU’RE
IN AND YOU WIN ARE.>>COULD BE A GOOD ONE.
>>KEVIN HARVICK ADDING A BIT TO HIS LEAD ON JEFF GORDON WHILE
YOU WERE AWAY. IT’S UP TO FIVE SECONDS NOW OVER
GORDON. KESELOWSKI IS 11 SECONDS BACK IN
THIRD. WE MIGHT HAVE ANOTHER SIGHTING
OF WILD LIFE IN THE AREA.>>I WOULD NOT DOUBT IF THEY
THREW A CAUTION UP HERE. IT’S KIND OF RUNNING AROUND OUT
THERE. THEY TRIED TO CATCH IT BEFORE
THE RACE. JUST KEEP THAT IN MIND.
>>WHAT IS IT?>>IT’S A SQUIRREL.
BUT IT’S NOT ONE OF THEM SQUIRRELS, A REAL SQUIRREL.
>>THAT WAS A CAT THAT RAN OUT IN FRONT OF HARVICK.
>>IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE IF IT WERE A MOUSE THAT WERE OVER
THERE.>>YEAH.
>>IT MIGHT BE ONE OF THOSE, TOO.
>>KEVIN HARVICK IS PUTTING ON SOME LAP TIMES AND PUTTING A LOT
OF FOLKS IN THIS QUICK RUN. A COUPLE OF LAPS TO GO OFF OF
TURN FOUR.>>THE ONLY THING THAT SLOWED
HIS PROGRESS ANY WHATSOEVER IS JUST —
>>THAT’S WHAT YOU DON’T WANT TO SEE WHEN YOU GOT A CAR THAT GOOD
WHEN SOMETHING HAPPENS RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOU.
>>WHEN YOU HAVE A FIVE SECOND LEAD YOU CAN BACK OUT.
>>WHAT IS THAT ON JIMMY JOHNSON’S CAR?
>>SOME KIND OF DEBRIS. NOT SURE WHERE IT CAME FROM.
>>ON THE HOOD. TALK ABOUT BEING DISTRACTED.
>>YEAH, THAT WOULD BE.>>A RUBBER STRAP OR SOMETHING
THAT’S GOING AROUND IN THE WIND THAT HE’S PICKED UP.
>>THAT GIVES YOU A GOOD IDEA OF THE AIR FLOW OF THE CAR.
>>I DON’T KNOW HOW YOU CONCENTRATE WITH THAT.
>>HIS FOURTH PLACE CAUTION IS OUT.
>>I BELIEVE I HEARD RACE CONTROL SAY THE DEBRIS ON THE
RACETRACK. I’LL CONFIRM THAT.
>>SQUIRRELS, CATS.>>DID SHARAPOVA WIN TONIGHT?
JUST ASKING. MIGHT BE THE SOURCE OF DEBRIS
RIGHT HERE. WATCHING THE RIGHT REAR TIRE AS
IT COMES OFF.>>THAT THERE MIGHT BE WHERE
JIMMY JOHNSON PICKED UP HIS LITTLE PASSENGER.
>>MIGHT BE WHERE SOME OF THE OTHER DEBRIS IS FROM.
>>THE TRACK IS KIND OF GREEN AND WE WERE TALKING ABOUT
SOMEBODY THAT HAD A CAR MAYBE IMBALANCED.
THAT ONE WORKED THE RIGHT REAR JUST A LITTLE HARD.
>>KEVIN HARVICK LED ALMOST HALF THE FIELD IN THAT FIRST RUN.
>>22ND PLACE, AUSTIN DILLON. THE LAST CAR.
DANICA PATRICK, THE 10 CAR IS THE FIRST LAP DOWN IN 23rd
PLACE.>>WELL NIGHT FOR THE CREWS.
A HOT DAY. GOING TO MAKE A LOT OF PIT
STOPS. THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO BE
REPLACING TIRES AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY.
>>IT’S STILL 86 DEGREES OUT. THESE CREWS HAVE BEEN AT WORK
ALL DAY LONG. THEY’RE GOING TO BE WORKING HARD
ALL NIGHT LONG. YOU SEE THE FLASHING RED LIGHTS
RIGHT SIDE OF YOUR SCREEN. PIT CREW.
WHILE THE FIELD IS ALL GATHERED UP AND SORTED IN THE PROPER
ORDER. THE PIT STOPS WILL COMMENCE.
TONY STEWART RUNNING FOURTH.>>HE’S GAINED EIGHTH POSITION
AND DOESN’T SOUND LIKE HE’S MISSED ANY RACES AT ALL.
BACK TO FOCUSING ON THE CAR AT HAND.
HE SAID HE NEEDS HELP AT BOTH ENDS OF HIS CAR.
HE SAYS IT GAVE UP A BIT. THEY WANT TO MAKE AN ADJUSTMENT IN
THE RUN. THE CAR IS PRETTY GOOD.
JUST BE AN AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR TIRES WHEN HE
DOES PIT.>>JAMIE, THANKS.
>>TONY STEWART FROM 12th TO 4th.
A LOT OF THAT WHEN HE WENT THREE WIDE TO THE TOP.
>>YOU COULD HEAR ABOUT BOTH THE ENDS OF THE CAR GIVING UP.
THAT’S WHY IT’S SUCH A CHALLENGE TO GET THE RIGHT ADJUSTMENT
HERE. WHAT HAPPENS IS YOU KIND OF USE
UP ONE END AND THE OTHER END STARTS GIVING YOU TROUBLE.
IT’S HARD FOR THE DRIVER TO DISSECT WHERE THE CAR NEEDS TO
BE ADJUSTED. THAT’S WHY I APPRECIATE THIS
CHALLENGE TO TRY TO GET THE THINGS RIGHT.
>>SEEING THAT DEBRIS FLAPPING AROUND ON JIMMY JOHNSON’S CAR.
>>WHATEVER IS STUCK ON MY CAR APPEARS TO BE HOOKED AROUND THE
FRONT, A PIECE OF TIRE OBVIOUSLY.
I THINK IT WILL COME OFF.>>MAYBE HE’LL GET THE CHANCE TO
REMOVE THAT HERE. THEY ARE WAITING TO SORT OUT
WHETHER CASEY MEARS WILL AWAIT. DAN PA PATRICK WILL BET THE
PASS. HERE THEY COME DOWN TO PIT ROW.
>>ALL ABOUT TIRES TONIGHT. YOU TALKED TO THE CREW CHIEFS.
THEY EXPECT TEN PIT STOPS TONIGHT.
THESE HOW LONG AND GRUELING THIS RACE IS GOING TO BE.
SAYING NEEDING HELP TO DRIVE OFF.
AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT. FOUR TIRES.
THEY WORK ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE. MEANWHILE, AS I MENTIONED AIR
PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT FOR STEWART.>>JEFF GORDON’S CAR, REALLY
GOOD BUT A BIT MORE — LITTLE LESS LOOSE OFF THE CORNER FOR
HIM.>>OUR TRACK POSITION JUST
CHANGED HANDS. HAMLIN’S TEAMS.
WITH EXCELLENT STOPS. TO PICK THEIR DRIVES UP SIX
SPOTS.>>>STILL UNDER CAUTION IN THE
USA 500. YOU CAN CHECK OUT
NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY FOR ACTION TONIGHT.
ALL THE ON CAMERAS AND MORE AVAILABLE FOR YOU THERE.
>>IT’S AN EVENTFUL TRIP DOWN PIT ROAD.
CARL EDWARDS IS LEAVING PIT LANE AFTER BEING CALLED DOWN PIT ROAD
BY NASCAR FROM FIFTH POSITION. THERE’S A SCORING TRANSPONDER
MOUNTED ON THE SIDE OF THE TRUCK IN THE BACK OF EACH CAR.
NASCAR ASKED EDWARD’S TEAM TO REPLACE THE TRANSPONDER.
THERE’S THE CREW DOING THAT. HE’LL BE GIVEN HIS POSITION BACK
ON THE RACETRACK AFTER FULFILLING THAT REQUEST FROM
NASCAR. SOME TRACK POSITION THAT CHANGED
HANDS, YOU WOULDN’T THINK PIT ROW WOULD GET TIGHT BUT IT DOES.
>>NOT ONLY IS THE TRACK SLICK, BUT STALLS ARE SLICK ALSO.
TAKE A BIT OF THE CAUTION TO GET OUT AROUND
THE 31.
>>LOSING A SPOT IN PART BECAUSE OF HAVING TO GET AROUND TRAFFIC.
JIMMY JOHNSON’S CAR, THE DEBRIS.>>GAINING A BUNCH OF SPOTS ON
THE STOPS.>>HE SAID HE GAINED
THREE
SPOTS. THAT’S KENSETH.
>>HE’S GOT THE VERY FIRST PIT BOX AS YOU COME IN.
>>HE DOES THAT A LOT. THAT’S A PREFERENCE OF MATT’S
SOMETHING HE LIKES TO DO. GET IN AND HE CAN WORK HIS WAY
OUT OF THERE.>>SO MATT UP TO THIRD.
GOOD STOPS FOR THE RACING TEAM. YOU SEE EDWARDS HAS RESUMED IN
FIFTH POSITION WITH STEWART OUTSIDE OF HIM IN SIXTH.
ON THE FRONT ROW, HARVICK, AND GORDON FINDS HIMSELF IN THAT
SLIPPERY POSITION OF HAVING TO GET THAT OUTSIDE LINE GOING ON
THE RESTART.>>I BELIEVE WE’VE SEEN HIM IN
THIS POSITION BEFORE AND IT CREATED A BOTTLED UP SITUATION
AND SOME PEOPLE GOT DAMAGE.>>LAP 30 OF LAST YEAR’S RACE.
>>HE’S WELL AWARE OF THE POSITION HE’S IN AND I’M SURE
HE’LL SEARCH AROUND AND TRY TO FIND IT AND WORK THE THROTTLE AS
GINGERLY AS HE CAN WITHOUT LOSING TOO MUCH.
WE’LL SEE.>>GOT A BIT OF A ROLLING START
THERE. DOWN INTO TURN ONE.
JAMIE McMURRAY THE ONE TRYING TO USE THE RESTART.
KEEPING HIM FROM TRYING TO BLAST AROUND THROUGH THE FIRST COUPLE
OF CORNERS.>>WHAT TONY DID EARLY ON,
WHETHER IT WAS THEM SEEING UP AHEAD OF THEM.
>>EDWARDS, FIFTH PLACE. STEWART AND LOGANO NEXT IN LINE.
>>THE DRIVER COULD ADJUST, HOW MUCH DIFFERENT IS —
>>IT’S A HUGE DIFFERENCE. YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS THE TIME
YOU CAN MAKE SOME TIME. ONCE AGAIN, YOU HAVE TO REMIND
YOURSELF TO BE VERY CAREFUL. YOU HAVE TO RUN 20 HARD LAPS
HERE AND THOSE LAST 25 LAPS I’M GOING TO RUN I’M GOING TO BE OUT
OF CONTROL.>>WE ALWAYS GET SOME LONG GREEN
FLAG RUNS IN THIS RACE. THE MORE DAMAGE YOU DO IN THE
EARLY LAPS JUST HAPPENS TO BE ONE OF THOSE GREEN FLAG RUNS THE
HARDER YOU’RE GOING TO FALL LATER ON.
>>KYLE LARSON WAS ONE THAT STRUGGLED WITH HIS CAR.
DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT TAKES OFF VERY WELL HERE ON FRESH TIRES.
JUST THE SETUP. HE DID RUN STEADY THROUGHOUT
THAT FIRST RUN.>>SEE HIM JERKING THAT BOTTOM
LANE. THROWING SPARKS OFF THE SPLITTER
BAR.>>ANOTHER OF THE DRIVERS JUST
TOO FAR BACK ON POINTS. IN FACT, THERE ARE THREE OF
THOSE CARS RIGHT THERE. 55, 42 AND 1.
RACING FOR 11th, 12th AND 13th AS DENNY HAMLIN IN THE 11 MOVES
UP TO THIRD POSITION.>>LARSON WAS IN POSITION TO TRY
AND GAIN A CHASE PLACE ON POINT. HAD A TERRIBLE TIME LAST WEEKEND
AND DROPPED HIM ENOUGH GROUND BACK THAT HE KNOWS IT’S PROBABLY
WIND TO GET IN. JIM, RIGHT NOW HE’S IN 12th
SPOT.>>REMEMBER, HE STARTED THIRD.
THE PROBLEM WAS EVER SINCE — AFTER FINAL PRACTICE, THEY MAKE
CHANGES TO TRY TO TIGHTEN THE CAR UP.
WAY TOO TIGHT. COULD BARELY GET AROUND THE
RACETRACK. HE CAN’T RUN THE HIGH RUNS.
THEY MADE A BIG WEDGE ADJUSTMENT ON THE FIRST PIT STOP.
WE’LL SEE IF THAT HELPS THE 42.>>REMEMBER HE STARTED IN THIRD
POSITION. SEE HIM RACING.
LOOK AT THE THERMOMETER WE HAVE INSIDE LARSON’S CAR.
CHECK THAT OUT. YOU THINK IT’S WARM IN YOUR
OFFICE?>>153 DEGREES.
>>JUST AN IDEA OF WHAT THESE DRIVERS GO THROUGH.
I CAN TELL YOU ON DAYS AND NIGHTS LIKE THIS, I WOULD
GENERALLY LOSE TEN OR 11 POUNDS IN A RACE.
THE ONE AFTER A RACE SIMILAR TO THIS, I LOST 17 POUNDS.
THAT SHOWS YOU WHAT THESE DRIVERS GO THROUGH.
>>WOW.>>AS YOU WATCH LARSON, SETS THE
MILES PER HOUR NUMBER INTO THE CORNER.
196 MILES AN HOUR. AT 154 DEGREES.
WRAPPED IN LONG JOHNS. HE’S GOT FIRE PROOF, FIRE
RESISTANT LONG UNDERWEAR ON UNDER THAT SUIT WHICH HAS AT
LEAST TWO LAYERS WITH FIRE RESISTANT MATERIAL PLUS HE’S GOT
THE GLOVES, THE HELMET. THAT’S A LOT TO BE WEARING IN
156 DEGREE TEMPERATURES.>>YOU JUST ADD THE TEMPERATURE
TO THAT BY HAVING ALL THE STUFF THAT IS NECESSARY FOR YOU TO
WEAR. LARSON ON THE BOTTOM SIDE OF THE
RACETRACK. MADE THE ADJUSTMENT TO THE CAR.
NOT WHERE HE REALLY LIKES TO BE. HE WOULD RATH BE UP AGAINST THE
WALL. THERE HE GOES TO THE WALL NOW.
>>KASEY KAHNE RACING LARSON. SOMEONE WHO HAS HAD A LOT OF
SUCCESS IN ATLANTA, CURT BUSCH IN THAT 41 CAR.
>>HE’S WON HERE THREE TIMES. HE STARTED 22nd TODAY AND UP 10
SPOTS TO 12th. I WAS TALKING TO THE CREW CHIEF
BEFORE THE RACE TODAY AND HE SAID HE HAD ALREADY TAKEN FOUR
ASPIRIN. THAT WOULD GIVE AN INDICATION OF
HOW DIFFICULT A RACE THIS IS NOT JUST FOR THE DRIVERS BUT FOR THE
CREW CHIEF IN GIVING THE DRIVER, NAMELY CURT BUSCH, THE KIND OF
CAR HE NEEDS, THE FEEL HE NEEDS. IT’S A CHALLENGE FOR THE DRIVE
HERE AND A REAL CHALLENGE FOR THE CREW CHIEFS AS WELL.
>>CURT TRYING TO GET A LEFT POSITION FROM VICKERS.
NOT QUITE ABLE TO CLOSE THE DEAL IN THAT SET OF CORNERS.
A LITTLE SHY OF 100 MILES TONIGHT HERE IN ATLANTA MOTOR
SPEEDWAY. EVERY LAP HAS BEEN LED BY THE
CAR THAT STARTED, KEVIN HARVICK. HE IS BREAKING FAST IN THIS ONE.
>>>THE STORY OF THE WEEKEND HERE AT THE MOTOR WAY SPEEDWAY
TONY STEWART RETURNS. RISING OVATION FROM THE FANS.
A ROUSING START TO THE RACE FOR STEWART.
ROARING THREE WIDE IN THE FIRST TWO LAPS SETS OF CORNERS.
MOVING UP FROM HIS 12th STARTING SPOT INTO THE TOP 5.
STEWART FALLING BACK A BIT ON THE PIT SPOT.
HE’S MOVED BACK IN FIFTH POSITION MATCHING KENSETH AND
CARL EDWARDS IN THE LAST SERIES OF LAPS.
STEWART RUNNING 10.6 SECONDS BLIND HARVICK WHO WAS ONE OF
THOSE DRIVERS WHO WE TALKED ABOUT AT THE TOP OF OUR
BROADCAST, PEOPLE COMING IN AND SAYING THIS WAS THEIR FAVORITE
TRACK, KEVIN WAS RIGHT THERE TALKING ABOUT ATLANTA BEING ONE
OF HIS VERY FAVORITE RACETRACKS AND HOW MUCH HE LOVES RUNNING
HERE. IF PASSION HAS ANYTHING TO DO
WITH IT, IT’S CERTAINLY SHOWING UP.
>>HE’S JUST FOUND A FEEL FOR THIS RACETRACK THAT A LOT OF US
HAVEN’T — I THINK THEY TRY A ROT BUT THEY SEE WHAT KEVIN IS
DOING. BUT DOING THAT AND KNOWING THE
FEEL THAT HE HAS FOR HIS RACE CAR AND BEING ABLE TO WORK THE
PEDALS INSIDE HIS RACE CAR, HE’S JUST INCREDIBLE.
>>BURNS IS COVERING THE RACE LEAD FOR US TONIGHT.
>>I TALKED TO KEVIN’S CREW CHIEF TONIGHT ABOUT LAST NIGHT.
HE LAUGHED WHEN I ASKED ABOUT WHEN KEVIN LED 81% OF THE LAPS.
HE SAID HE KNOWS IT’S WHAT HE WANTS.
I SAID AND YOU? AND KEVIN HERE AND HE SMILED
AGAIN AND SAID IF THIS THING GOES GREEN FOR LONG PERIODS OF
TIME YOU MIGHT SEE WHAT YOU SAW LAST NIGHT.
SO FAR THAT IS TRUE.>>RODNEY AT THE FAR END HIDDEN
BEHIND THE RACE ENGINEERS. KEVIN HARVICK IS 1,000 LED LAPS
THIS SEASON. FIRST TIME IN HIS CAREER THAT
HE’S LED 1,000 LAPS IN A YEAR. HE’S BEEN PHENOMENAL RIGHT FROM
THE START OF THE SEASON.>>PUTTING TOGETHER A GOOD GROUP
AROUND HARVICK. THEY HAVE MESHED EXTREMELY WELL.
IT’S PROBABLY SHOWING UP MORE HOW TALENTED KEVIN IS.
>>TALKING ABOUT HOW DRIVERS — IT’S NOT GOING TO BE THEIR
FAVORITE ANYMORE. IT’S GOING TO BE HIS.
>>THERE’S AN EVAN FLOW TO A SEASON.
KEVIN AND HIS TEAM STARTED OFF HOT.
GOT THEIR TWO WINS FAIRLY EARLY ON.
LATELY HAVE RUN WELL BUT FINISHED SECOND A LOT AS WE
APPROACH NASCAR’S CHASE. THIS SPORTS VERSION OF THE
PLAYOFFS HOW IMPORTANT ARE THE EBB AND FLOW OF THINGS GETTING
PAST THAT SECOND PLACE THING HE’S BEEN STUCK ON?
>>I THINK THAT IS IMPORTANT. I THINK THAT WILL STEP DOWN
RIGHT WHERE THEY WANT TO BE IF THEY CAN GET BACK TO VICTORY
LANE IN ONE OF THESE NEXT TWO WEEKS AND NEXT WEEK IN RICHMOND.
I ALSO KNOW THAT TALKING TO KEVIN, THEY’RE GOING EXACTLY
WHAT THEY FEEL LIKE THEY NEED TO DO.
TO BE READY WHEN THE CHASE STARTS.
THEY KNOW HOW IMPORTANT IT’S GOING TO BE TO BE READY FOR THE
CHASE TO START. YOU ONLY GOT THREE RACES TO HAVE
THREE GOOD RACES. OTHERWISE YOU MIGHT BE ON THE
SIDELINES OR OUTSIDE LOOKING IN.>>THEY STARTED OUT THE SEASON
HOT AS A FIRE CRACKER AND THEY’RE A NEW TEAM SO THEY HAD
TO GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER A BIT. YEAH THAT COULD HAVE WON MORE
RACES IF CIRCUMSTANCES HAD CHANGED.
IF YOU GO AND TALK TO EVERYBODY, WHAT’S THE FASTER CAR IN HERE
RIGHT NOW, IT’S THE 4 CAR. I THINK THEY’RE IN A GOOD
POSITION TO DO THAT.>>A LOT OF PEOPLE WATCHING THAT
4 CAR’S PERFORMANCE TONIGHT AND SCRATCHING THEIR HEAD.
>>AND BRAD IS ONE OF THEM RUNNING FOURTH RIGHT NOW.
THIS IS HIS RADIO COMMUNICATION.>>THE LEADERS ARE RUNNING 60 TO
70.>>I DON’T KNOW HOW TO GET THAT
CALL. I DON’T KNOW WHERE THAT’S AT.
>>IT’S OUT THERE, I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO ASK FOR OTHER THAN
OVERALL GRIP TO GET IT.>>WORKING ON —
[ INAUDIBLE ]>>HIS FATHER WENT ON TO TELL
HIM YOU THINK YOU’RE RUNNING LOW.
HE’S TRYING TO GET THE TIRES ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE YELLOW
LINE. HARVICK IS GETTING BELOW THE
YELLOW LINE AND BRAD SAID MY CAR IS NOT TOUGH ENOUGH.
I NEED MORE GRIP.>>BOWYER IS ANOTHER DRIVER
MARVELING WHAT HARVICK IS DOING RIGHT NOW.
WHERE IS KEVIN DRIVING? HE IS DRIVING SO MUCH DEEPER
INTO THE TURNS THAN ANYBODY ELSE.
IT’S NOT FUNNY. HE SAID THESE LEADERS INCLUDING
HARVICK ARE FLYING IN A MUCH DIFFERENT WORLD HIS REPLY WAS
PROBABLY SOMETHING WE CAN’T TELL YOU ABOUT.
HE WAS TOLD WHEN HE HIT THAT SAME HARVICK LINE HE’S ONE OF
THE FASTEST CARS ON THE TRACK.>>WE APPRECIATE THE LIVE
EDITING HERE, JIM.>>THAT WAS IT RIGHT THERE.
THAT CORNER. THAT’S BASICALLY WHAT HARVICK IS
DOING. IT’S A MATTER OF INCHES WHAT
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. HE’S GETTING BELOW THAT YELLOW
LINE.>>I’M GOING TO DISPUTE WHAT HIS
FATHER WAS RELAYING JUST A BIT. KEVIN’S GOT TO LOOK LIKE HE
DRIVES IT WAY UP IN THERE. HE USES VERY LITTLE BRAKE HERE.
IT LOOKS LIKE THE CAR SAILS OFF INTO THE CORNER.
HE DOESN’T JUMP OUT OF THE GAS. HE DRIVES IT DOWN AND ROLLING
OUT OF THE THROTTLE. HIS CAR IS STILL PULLING.
BUT HE’S GOT A SET AND DRIVES IT AROUND THE CORNER WITH THE
THROTTLE. YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH HE’S
WORKING THE THROTTLE.>>YOU CAN SEE HOW MUCH LONGER
HIS TIRE IS BELOW THAT YELLOW LINE.
WE SEE THE OTHER CARS GET TO THAT LINE BUT HE STAYS ON IT
LONGER THAN ANYONE. LOOK HOW LONG HE STAYS.
>>MORE THAN 151 MILES AN HOUR. KEVIN HARVICK.
>>100 MILES. HARVICK HAS LED ALL THE LAPS SO
FAR. WE’RE WORKING THE 75th LAP OF
THE NIGHT. DICK’S SPORTING GOODS WEEK KICK OFF OFF.
TRAVELING
TO LOUISVILLE. MONDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 EASTERN ON
ESPN.>>>CAUTION OUT FOR THE SECOND
TIME TONIGHT HERE IN ATLANTA. JEFF GORDON RUNNING SECOND INTO
THE WALL AT TURN NUMBER THREE AND PRETTY GOOD DAMAGE TO THE
RIGHT SIDE OF THIS 24 CAR.>>SEE RIGHT HERE AS HE GOES
DOWN INTO TURN THREE, WILL NOT TURN.
HAS THE MAKINGS AND LOOKS OF A TIRE GOING DOWN.
>>LEFT FRONT TIRE GUYS.>>LEFT FRONT?
>>INTERESTING. SO HERE COME THE LEADERS.
PIT ROAD IS OPEN. DENNY HAMLIN BEHIND HARVICK.
>>FIST PIT BOX IS — REAR GRIP MUCH BETTER.
THEY’RE GOING TO GO A HALF ROUND ON THE TRACK BAR FOUR TIMES.
JAMIE.>>IT WAS AN AIR PRESSURE
ADJUSTMENT. BRAD SAID HE DIDN’T FEEL MUCH OF
A DIFFERENCE. JIM.
>>FOUR TIRES, HAMLIN SAYS HIS CAR GETS BETTER AS THE TRACK
CHANGES. SEND HIM ON HIS WAY.
>>HARVICK, AIR PRESSURE INTO THE RIGHT FRONT.
HAMLIN WENT UP PIT ROW BUT KEVIN’S CAR WENT LOOSE.
>>THE FIRST TIME SOMEBODY OTHER THAN HARVICK HAS LED ALL NIGHT.
DENNY HAMLIN’S PIT CREW GETS IN THE NUMBER ONE SPOT.
JEFF GORDON IN TROUBLE AND THE CAUTION IS OUT FOR THE SECOND
TIME IN THIS RACE.>>>BACK LIVE UNDER CAUTION AT
THE ORAL-B USA 500 REACHING IT’S 1/4 MARK.
JEFF GORDON HIT THE WALL IN TURN THREE AFTER THE LEFT FRONT TIRE
ON HIS CAR WENT DOWN. NEW LEADER IN THE RACE, DENNY
HAMLIN AS WE CHECK OUT THE FASTEST PIT SPOT IN THE RACE
BROUGHT TO YOU BY SPRINT. IT WAS THE ONE JUST DONE BY
HAMLIN’S TEAM. LOOK AT THE NUMBER.
11.2.>>GUESS WHAT?
11.8. HE’S YET TO MAKE OVER 12
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>>STARTED 17th. PASSED FIVE GUYS JUST ON PIT
STOPS.>>COMPARISON THERE WITH
HARVICK’S TEAM.>>A DRIVER’S BEST FRIEND RIGHT
THERE, THE PIT CREW.>>HARVICK NOT LEADING FOR THE
FIRST TIME ALL NIGHT.>>ALL GOOD.
>>NOT REALLY. BUT OKAY.
>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY HAVE GOT GOING ON.
THEY PICKED UP SIX SPOTS.>>WELL, THEY BEING HAMLIN’S
TEAM ARE DOING A GOOD JOB. CLINT BOWYER’S CAR, HE WAS JUST
GETTING TO PIT ROAD AND NOW WE FIND OUT WHY.
>>MY SHIFT IS BROKE. SON OF A [BLEEP].
>>IT’S IN MY HAND. IT’S WOBBLY.
>>SO THE SHIFTER LEVEL BROKE. JIMMY JOHNSON.
WAS THAT MICHIGAN?>>MICHIGAN.
>>THIS IS MORE SERIOUS THOUGH BECAUSE THEY WILL NEED TO GO
INTO HIGH GEAR. HE COULD HAVE KEPT RUNNING.
THEY DID NOT NEED THIS. THEY WERE RIGHT INTO THE CUTOFF.
>>BOWYER 15th IN THE CHASE GRID.
JUST 31 POINTS AHEAD OF 17, THE JOB FOR THEM BASICALLY GET
THROUGH TONIGHT WITHOUT HAVING ANY PROBLEMS AND THEY WERE GOING
TO BE OKAY. WELL, THEY HAVE GOT PROBLEMS
NOW.>>SURE DO.
PUTS A WHOLE NEW LIGHT AND FOCUS FOR CARL LARSON AND HIS RACE
TEAM.>>YES IT DOES.
>>ALONG WITH KASEY KAHNE.>>WHILE BOWYER’S CREW WORKS
BACK IN THE GARAGE, WE’RE GOING RACING AGAIN OUT ON THE TRACK.
KEVIN HARVICK HAS BEEN THE BOTTOM ALL NIGHT.
LET’S SEE HOW HE DOES IN THE OUTSIDE LANE.
>>TAKING CARE OF THEM FROM THE BOTTOM SIDE.
DOES GET A NICE RUN TO GET BACK TO THAT SECOND SPOT.
>>MAYBE HAMLIN COULD HOLD HIM OFF.
>>HE’S NOT GOING TO LET HIM HAVE IT THOUGH, IS HE?
>>PRETTY GOOD UP TOP, TOO.>>BOTTOMED OUT RIGHT THERE GOOD
THOUGH.>>SURE DID.
NOW I KNOW WHY HE DOESN’T GO UP THERE.
>>BY ABOUT THE SAME DISTANCE HE BEAT JEFF GORDON WAY BACK HERE
IN 2001.>>THE LAST TIME GUYS THESE WERE
RACING IT DID TURN OUT GOOD FOR DENNY HAMLIN.
>>THIS IS NOT GOING TO TURN OUT GOOD EITHER BUT A LOT BETTER
THAN THE RESULTS OF LAST WEEK.>>HE WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO STAY
THERE.>>HE’S A REALLY GOOD CAR.
HE’S NOT GIVING THIS UP EASY AT ALL.
SOMETIMES THE DRIVER GETS FORCED INTO SOMETHING THAT THE CAR MAY
LIKE AND HAMLIN JUST MAY HAVE FOUND THAT.
>>HE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING ELSE. HE MAKES HARVICK AWARE THAT HE
HAS A FAST RACE CAR AND THAT ON RESTARTS OR SOMETHING SHOULD
COME ABOUT LATE IN THE RACE THAT HE’S GOING TO BE THERE TO DEAL
WITH.>>HARVICK, NOW KENSETH AND
EDWARDS. KESELOWSKI.
LARSON, BUSCH, TONY STEWART.>>EIGHTH, NINTH AND TENTH.
>>THE PIT CREW HAS WATCHED A COUPLE OF SPOTS FOR HIM BUT HIS
CAR DOESN’T LOOK LIKE IT’S QUITE AS GOOD NOW.
PROBABLY THE RACETRACK STARTING INTO A CHANGING CYCLE.
STARTING TO COOL DOWN SOME AND GOT MORE RUBBER THAN AT THE
BEGINNING OF THIS RACE.>>JAMIE?
>>WELL, TO YOUR POINT ABOUT THE PIT STOP.
TONY CAME ON THE RADIO AND SAID HE WAS FRUSTRATED WITH RYAN
NEWMAN. HE’S RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM AND
STOPPING SHORT AND CAUSING TONY TO WASTE A COUPLE OF SECONDS ON
EXIT. HIS CAR IS A LITTLE BIT LOOSE TO
START. GETS A LITTLE BIT TIGHT AND MADE
AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT ON THE LAST STOP.
>>GOOD POINT. REMEMBER THAT BACK TO THE FIRST
ONE. DIDN’T SEE THE SECOND ONE THERE.
THE CREW WAS GETTING THE JOB DONE.
VERY FRUSTRATING AS A DRIVER TO GET WITH YOURSELF IN THAT
POSITION. AGAIN, THESE BOXES ARE PRETTY
SMALL. YOU SEE TONY STOPPING AT THE
VERY BACK. RYAN NEWMAN, THE RIGHT REAR OF
HIS HUNG OUT. THAT’S GOING TO MEAN A SHARP
TURN SO YOU CAN’T GET THIS THE GAS THE WAY YOU WANT TO.
CARS COMING ON THE OUTSIDE. LET’S SEE WHAT HAPPENS RIGHT
HERE. HAVING TO BE CAREFUL BECAUSE OF
ALL OF THAT.>>TONY STEWART BACK TO WHERE HE
STARTED RUNNING IN 12th PLACE.>>CLINT BOWYER’S PROBLEMS
EARLIER, PUTTING HIMSELF BACK ON THE CHASE BUBBLE.
THE PROBLEM FOR BOWYER, OPPORTUNITY NOT ONLY FOR LARSON,
BUT FOR KASEY KAHNE AS WELL. LARSON WAS 26 POINTS BEHIND
BIFFLE AND KAHNE WAS 33 POINTS BEHIND BIFFLE.
NOW LOOK WHERE THEY STAND. BIFFLE IS IN 23rd PLACE.
SO THAT WHOLE BUBBLE THAT WE THOUGHT SPREAD OUT SO MUCH LAST
WEEK WITH ONE — ALL OF SUDDEN COLLAPSES RIGHT BACK TOGETHER
AGAIN.>>GOING TO BE A NAIL-BITING
TIME IF IT CONTINUES LIKE THIS. KASEY KAHNE STARTED UP TOWARDS
THE FRONT. WENT BACK TO 19th AND NOW MAYBE
INSIDE THE TOP 10 AGAIN.>>NOT A GREAT NIGHT FOR GREG
BIFFLE IN THE 16. STARTED 18th.
HASN’T GONE ANYWHERE.>>NO.
THE TIMES THAT YOU HAVE SEEN THIS CAR STRUGGLE THE MOST
THROUGHOUT THE YEAR ARE PLACE THAT IS DON’T HAVE GRIP.
YOU GET TO PLACES LIKE MICHIGAN AND LIKE KANSAS THAT HAS A LOT
OF GRIP, THEY HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HAVE SOME SUCCESS BUT IT’S BEEN
DIFFICULT FOR THEM AND I THINK IT’S SHOWING UP AGAIN FOR THEM
TONIGHT.>>THEN IN THE LAST RUN THE CAR
VERY, VERY LOOSE AS WELL. HE WAS IN THE LUCKY DOG POSITION
FOR A BIT BUT THEN FELL OUT. THEY MADE ADJUSTMENTS FOR HIM.
IT STARTED OUT TOO TIGHT AT THE BEGINNING WITH NO RIGHT REAR
GRIP. A STRUGGLE ALL NIGHT LONG FOR
GREG SO FAR AND IT’S NOT GETTING A LOT BETTER.
>>BIFFLE WILL GET BACK IN 23rd PLACE.
THE FOURTH CAR AT THE MOMENT. KEVIN HARVICK DOMINATED EARLY.
FIGHTING HARD ON THE RESTART. HAMLIN HAS PREVAILED AND OUT
FRONT BY HALF A SECOND NOW.>>>SKYLINE OF DOWNTOWN ATLANTA.
THE ORAL-B USA 500 APPROACHES IT’S 1/3 MARK.
PAST 150 MILES IN THIS ONE. WE HAVE BASEBALL MATINEE FOR YOU
AT TURNER FIELD. THE PHILLIES TO TAKE ON THE
BRAVES. BRAVES CONTINUING TO STRAP FOR A
PLAYOFF SPOT IF THEY CAN. THEN AFTER THAT MICHAEL BRANTLY
IN MOTOR CITY TO FACE THE TIGERS.
WILL HE BE IN THE LINEUP OR NOT? THAT’S TOMORROW AT 4:00 EASTERN.
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL LABOR DAY. LIVE ON ESPN AND ON WATCHESPN.
HERE IN ATLANTA. A QUICK REMINDER ABOUT
NASCAR.COM/RACEBUDDY. WITH ALL THE RACE VIEWS FOR YOU.
THAT’S WHERE YOU’LL FIND IT. DENNY HAMLIN, SECOND LEADER OF
THIS RACE. KEVIN HARVICK, DOMINANT EARLY.
FOR THE FIRST 1/4 OF THE RACE. HARVICK LED EVERY LAP AND THEN
ON A ROUND OF PIT STOPS HAMLIN’S CREW GOT AHEAD OF HARVICK.
HAMLIN PREVAILED AND HAS BEEN ABLE TO GET A GAP BACK TO
HARVICK NOW. 1.3 SECONDS BETWEEN FIRST AND
SECOND PLACE.>>YOU THINK THAT THEY SWITCHED
THE NUMBERS ON THE CARS.>>I KNOW.
WORKING REALLY WELL.>>OTHER STORIES OF THE NIGHT,
BOWYER HAS JUST COME BACK ON THE RACETRACK.
22 LAPS DOWN IN 42N’T PLACE. ONLY ONE CAR OUT OF THE RACE
TONIGHT. AFTER THE 23rd LAP.
BOWYER IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE A HERO BECAUSE HE’S OUT THERE ON
FRESHER TIRES THAN SOME OF THESE GUYS.
TONY STEWART, EDWARDS, THEY WERE RACING FOR 4th AND 5th.
5th AND 6th EARLIER.>>I THOUGHT MAYBE THAT THE
TRACK HAD COME TO HIM. IT LOOKED LIKE MAYBE IT’S A
SITUATION THEY TIGHTENED THAT RACE CAR UP FOR SOMETHING AND
THE FRESH TIRES HAD HIM GOING FORWARD.
HE’S NOW PAYING THE PRICE.>>AND THAT FOUR LETTER WORD
THAT EVERYBODY IS IN SEARCH OF HERE IN ATLANTA TONIGHT AND NOT
FINDING, THIS FROM CARL EDWARDS. FLIP.
>>WHEELING IT AROUND HERE NOW.>>THERE IS A POINT OF GETTING
TOO FAR DOWN. ESPECIALLY YOU GET THAT LEFT
FRONT TIRE THERE. IT CROOKS IT BAD THEN AND DOES
EXACTLY WHAT CARL — HE DID A NICE JOB OF SAVING THAT.
>>IT’S JUST A MATTER OF INCHES OUT THERE.
>>THAT’S AT 150 MILES AN HOUR.>>HARVICK HAS GOT THE RUN.
>>KEVIN HARVICK BACK OUT IN FRONT AS WE CUT INTO THIS RUN.
HAMLIN IS GIVING UP SOME SPEED.>>THAT HAPPENED IN A HURRY.
>>24 LAPS INTO THIS RUN THAT HAMLIN — THAT’S A PRETTY GOOD
STRETCH. PROBABLY MADE AN ADJUSTMENT.
>>YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF HE DOESN’T HAVE A TIRE GOING DOWN
NOW.>>OR THE RIGHT REAR LIKE WE
SAW.>>YES.
>>YOU’RE EXACTLY RIGHT. BECAUSE WE SAW JUST LIKE THREE
LAPS ABOVE THAT, THE SECOND AND THIRD LEAD AND NOW HE’S IN
SECOND PLACE, JIM.>>YEAH, BUT WE HAVE BEEN
MONITORING THAT. THE ONLY THING WE HEARD WAS THE
RADIO SELECTION YOU JUST PLAYED. HE’S COMMUNICATING WITH CREW
CHIEF — THE INTERIM CREW CHIEF. THIS IS HIS FIFTH RACE.
ONE MORE RACE BEFORE GRUB COMES BACK.
RIGHT NOW THEY ARE STRUGGLING.>>STRUGGLING WITH THE RACE CAR
IS AN ALL-NIGHT LONG THEME HERE IN ATLANTA.
EVERY LAP. EVERY RACE.
>>EVEN WHENEVER THE TIRES ARE BRAND NEW AND GOOD, IT’S STILL A
STRUGGLE TO RUN THE FAST LAPS THAT YOU NEED TO.
AFTER HANDLING 26 LAPS. HARVICK IS BACK OUT IN FRONT.
AS WE CROSS THE 1/3 MARKED OF THIS RACE.
BOWYER WITH A TRANSMISSION PROBLEM SENDING HIM BACK INTO
THE GARAGE. 22 LAPS, HAS PUT HIM BACK ON THE
BUBBLE. JUST OUTSIDE OF A CHASE
QUALIFIED POSITION AS THEY RUN NOW.
THE OTHER MAJOR STORY OF THE NIGHT, TONY STEWART HAS RETURNED
TO RACING MISSING THE LAST THREE WEEKS OF THE TRAGIC ACCIDENT OF
TAKING THE LIFE OF KEVIN YOUNG, JR.
RUNNING AS HIGH AS THIRD POSITION IN THE RACE AND NOW
FINDS HIMSELF BACK THIS THE 11 SPOT.
TONY MAKING HIS FIRST AND ONLY PUBLIC COMMENTS FRIDAY HERE
EXPRESSING SYMPATHY AND THOUGHTS TO THE WARD FAMILY AND
EXPRESSING THANKS TO THE RACING FAMILY AND SAYING BEING BACK IN
THE RACE WILL HELP HIM GET THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME AND
THE OFFICIALS IN UPSTATE NEW YORK SAID THE INVESTIGATION INTO
THAT ACCIDENT WILL CONTINUE FOR A COUPLE MORE WEEKS.
DENNY HAMLIN CONTINUING TO SLIP BACK.
INTO THE CLUTCHES OF THIRD PLACE BRAD KESELOWSKI.
>>HE’S JUST WEARING THAT TIRE OUT.
PROBABLY RUNNING AND TRYING TO STAY ON THE BOTTOM.
EASY TO DO.>>HE TOOK THE LEAD AND FELT
LIKE IT WAS IMPORTANT TO HOLD THAT LEAD.
LIKE THE TIRES JUST PAY THE PRICE AND SEE THE MIDDLE PART OF
THE RUN.>>RAN 37 LAPS THEN RAN 34 LAPS
WITH THREE CAUTION FLAGS. RIGHT NOW WE’RE AT 30 LAPS OF
GREEN FLAG RACING. KEVIN HARVICK BACK OUT IN FRONT.
>>>LET’S SEE IF HAMLINS GUYS CAN DO ANOTHER 11 SECONDS US HIS
STOP.>>WE PASSED THAT 30 LAP MARK
AGAIN AND ANOTHER CAUTION HAS COME OUT.
THIS TIME TRUEX HAS SPUN. THE CONE IS FLATTENED.
TRUEX HAS CONTINUED AFTER A STOP FOR FRESH TIRES ON THE FIFTH
LANE. HERE COME THE LEADERS.
>>KENSETH NEEDS A LITTLE MORE LATERAL GRIP.
THEY’RE GOING TO GO BACK ON THE PREVIOUS TRACK ADJUSTMENT.
FOUR TIRES. JAMIE.
>>HE’S A LITTLE TIGHT IN TRAFFIC BUT BETTER THE LONGER
THEY RUN. DIDN’T WANT TO MAKE ANY CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENTS HERE.>>LOOSER ON THAT RUN, WILL GIVE
HIM TRACK ADJUSTMENTS AND TRY TO SNUG HIM UP.
DAVE.>>CAR WAS TIGHT TO THE CENTER.
WILL GET A WEDGE AND AIR PRESSURE ADJUSTMENT.
HERE COMES HAMLIN. HARVICK.
HAMLIN AGAIN.>>THAT’S INTERESTING.
HAMLIN’S CREW CONTINUING TO BE SPOT ON TONIGHT HERE IN ATLANTA.
>>ANOTHER 11.2 SECOND STOP.>>HERE’S THE REASON FOR THE
YELLOW.>>JUST UP IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
RACETRACK, LIKE IT GOT LOOSE. DID THE RIGHT THING.
LOCKED IT DOWN OUT OF HARM’S WAY.
>>NO HARM EXCEPT TO THE CONE.>>YEAH, THE CONE.
>>AND THEN ON PIT ROW.>>BACK HIM UP, BACK HIM UP.
>>GOOD BY THE ROOKIE THERE.>>KYLE LARSON HAS GOT GROUND TO
MAKE UP NOW.>>>WE HAD A CAT.
DON’T THINK IT HAD A FIDDLE. IF WE HANG ON THIS SHOT AND SEE
A COW JUMP OVER THE MOON, I KNOW WE’RE IN NURSERY RHYME LAND.
WE COME BACK TO THE USA 500. READY TO GO BACK RACING WITH
DENNY HAMLIN BACK IN THE LEAD. LOOK AT THE WORK THE OTHER TEAM
IS DOING.>>THAT IS SOME EFFICIENT PIT
WORK ON A TOUGH NIGHT, TOO. GUYS DOING A GREAT JOB.
>>KEVIN HARVICK BACK TO SECOND AGAIN.
>>I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO ABOUT THAT THOUGH.
>>ALL GOOD.>>HARVICK’S TEAM IS DOING A
GREAT JOB, TOO. HADN’T COMPLAINED TOO MUCH ABOUT
THAT.>>LITTLE BOTTLENECK IN THAT
OUTSIDE LINE.>>STRUCK BIG TIME ON THAT
OUTSIDE LANE.>>WHOA.
INTO THE WALL. STEWART LOOKED LIKE SOME CONTACT
WITH BUSCH.>>JUST GOT RUN OVER BIG TIME.
>>FOR THE LEAD KENSETH. CURT BUSCH RIGHT THERE IN THE
41. THERE’S KENSETH.
NOW THE NUMBER ONE SPOT. WATCH HIGH IN TURN TWO, STEWART
14, KYLE.>>YOU SEE KYLE BUSCH TRYING TO
EXIT THE CORNER THERE. JUST SLIPPED UP.
I THINK HE KNEW THE SUPPORT TEAM WAS THERE BUT COULDN’T HOLD HIS
CAR DOWN.>>COMING STRAIGHT TO YOU.
>>MARCOS AMBROSE GOING RIGHT BEHIND THE WALL.
TRAILING A LONG STREAM OF LIQUID BEHIND THE 9 CAR.
>>IF YOU HAVE FIVE LAPS ON YOUR TIRES AND THE CAUTION COMES OUT
ARE YOU GOING TO COME DOWN PIT ROW AND THEY SAID YES.
SAID THEIR CUTOFF WAS LIKE TWO LAPS.
THEY HAVE RUN FIVE LAPS ON THE GREEN.
>>WE KNOW TONY STEWART IS COMING IN.
PROBABLY THE 18, KYLE BUSCH.>>AMBROSE AFTER DISAPPOINTMENT
COMING UP A SPOT SHORT. AJ ALLMENDINGER KNEW HE HAD TO
TRY AND WIN TONIGHT OR RICHMOND TO MAKE THE CHASE.
>>HE PULLED OUT OF LINE. KNEW HE HAD SOMETHING GOING
WRONG.>>BOWYER.
>>YEAH.>>YOU’RE ALL GOOD.
YOUR ALL GOOD.>>ENGINE FAILURES HERE IN
ATLANTA HAVE BEEN A THEME. A LOT OF THEM AFTER HALFWAY.
SOME BY DRIVERS LEADING THE RACE PARTICULARLY LAST YEAR.
BUT WE’RE NOT QUITE TO HALFWAY IN THIS ONE TONIGHT.
AMBROSE HAS HAD A MAJOR PROBLEM IN THE 9 CAR.
>>GOING TO HAVE A BIT OF TIME PROBABLY UNTIL THEY GET THE ROAD
CLEANED UP TO MAKE THAT DECISION.
THEY GOT A BIG MESS DOWN THERE.>>LAID A BUNCH OF OIL DOWN.
>>PIT ROAD IS CLOSED. WHILE THEY WORK ON THAT.
WHILE WE WAIT, WE’LL CHECK WITH JAMIE.
>>MARCOS AMBROSE STOPPED IT RIGHT HERE.
ANY INDICATION THAT LED TO THIS?>>A LITTLE BIT OFF BEFORE
REACHING IN. LOST A LOT OF OIL.
DIDN’T WASN’T TO RUIN ANYONE’S PIT LINES.
IT’S DONE.>>TOUGH NIGHT.
MEANWHILE WE DO HAVE TONY STEWART ON PIT ROW.
>>STEWART AND BUSCH NOW WAITING TO COME IN AND GET SOME AID TO
THE RIGHT SIDES OF THEIR CARS.>>THE DAMAGE TO THE RIGHT SIDE
OF BOTH OF THOSE CARS. YOU SEE THAT.
DRIVES TRYING TO GET EVERYTHING THEY CAN.
TONY WIGGLED BACK IN THE CENTER BUT WAS UP THERE IN THE HIGH
LANE. SEEN KYLE BUSCH PROBABLY ALONG
WITH HIS CAR GOING, HE WAS CHASING IT UP THERE BUT JUST
MISJUDGED A BIT THINKING HE WAS IN FRONT OF THE 14.
SO HARD TO JUDGE THAT. YOU GO STRICTLY BY YOUR SPEED
THAT YOU’RE DOING. NOW YOU CAN —
>>YEAH. I HAD NOT SEEN THAT BEFORE.
>>YOU HIT THOSE SEAMS AND THAT’S WHAT KYLE BUSCH WAS ON
WITH HIS LEFT REAR TIRE. YOU LOSE CONTROL AND THE BACK
END SLIDES OUT FROM UNDER YOU.>>TONY STEWART IN THE WRONG
PLACE AT THE WRONG TIME.>>WORKING ON GETTING THAT 14
SQUARED AWAY.>>CHAD JOHNSON AND CREW CHIEF
SAID IT’S GOING TO TAKE A FEW PIT STOPS TO FIX.
THEY WERE CHECKING UNDERNEATH AND CHECKING THE COMPONENTS,
MAKING SURE SUSPENSION IS OKAY. THEY’RE GOING TO TRY TO PULL
THAT FENDER OUT MORE AND WORK ON THE DAMAGE.
HE HAD TO PULL OUT WITH THAT OIL RIGHT OUTSIDE OF HIS BOX.
>>THEY WORKED ON THE CAR, THE DAMAGE.
THEY DIDN’T CHANGE THE TIRES. THEY’RE GOING TO WAIT UNTIL THEY
GET THE CAR FIXED. THEY DO HAVE TEN SETS IN THE
PITS WHEN THIS RACE STARTS. MOST TEAMS THINK THEY MIGHT BE
AT THE LIMIT OF WHAT THEY MIGHT USE.
THEY DON’T WANT TO WASTE A SET NOW.
>>THEY GOING TO HAVE A NUMBER OF CAUTION LAPS TO GET READY FOR
THE FULL SET OF PIT STOPS. IT IS A MESS ON THE PIT LANE
AFTER MARCOS AMBROSE HAD THOSE PROBLEMS.
BACK TO THE STUDIO.>>WELCOME TO THE QUICKEN LOANS
STUDIO. SO MUCH TO DISCUSS AS WE
APPROACH HALFWAY. HARVICK APPEARS TO HAVE THE
STRONGEST CAR. DO YOU SEE ANYBODY WHO CAN RUN
WITH HIM?>>WE KEEP LOOKING AT HAMLIN.
HE HAS GOOD SHOTS OF EXCELLENCE OUT THERE I CALL IT.
AS LONG AS KEVIN CAN HOLD THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK, EVERY
TIME HE GETS UP HIGH, THE NUMBER 4 SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM.
WHEN DENNY GETS TO THE BOTTOM, DENNY GETS GOING BUT SEEMS LIKE
HIS PERIOD THAT HE COULD RUN FAST IS DEFINITELY SHORTER THAN
KEVIN’S. HAMLIN SHOOTS OUT, LEADS AND
THEN HARVICK SEEMS TO RUN HIM DOWN AS THE RUN GOES ON.
>>CAN I ANSWER YOUR QUESTION? NO.
I’M JUST KIDDING. WE SAW HAMLIN.
AS TIME WENT ON AIR PRESSURE BUILT UP.
HARVICK SEEMED TO GET AWAY FROM HIM.
I WAS IMPRESSED WITH HAMLIN. HE SHOWED A LOT OF SPEED.
AFTER WE GET THIS PITCH SPOT IT’S GOING TO BE INTERESTING TO
SEE WHO COULD MAKE THE ADJUSTMENT.
>>AS YOU TALK ABOUT THE ADJUSTMENTS, LOTS OF WORK GOING
ON ON PIT ROAD. RIGHT NOW TRYING TO CATCH UP
WITH THAT 4 CAR WHICH IS AWFULLY DOMINANT.
MORE TO COME FROM THE ATLANTA SPEEDWAY.
>>>PIT ROAD STILL CLOSED. TOMORROW YOU COULD SEE THE BIG
FINAL ELIMINATIONS OF THE CHEVY PERFORMANCE U.S. NATIONALS
BIGGEST DRAG RACE OF THE YEAR ON ESPN2.
THE ACTION MOVES ON TO VIRGINIA’S CAPITOL.
THE NATIONWIDE SERIES FRIDAY NIGHT AND THE CHASE DECIDING
RACE, A TELECAST PRESENTED BY AUTO ZONE ON ABC AT 7:00 EASTERN
TIME WITH CLINT BOWYER’S PROBLEMS EARLIER TONIGHT.
MAKING THE POSITIONS ON POINTS PICTURE A WHOLE LOT INTERESTS
GOING INTO THAT RACE. IF SOMEBODY CAN WIN THAT HASN’T
WON YET THIS SEASON, THEY’RE IN. BEGINNING THE FOLLOWING WEEK AT
CHICAGO SPEEDWAY. STILL WAITING FOR PIT ROW TO BE
OPEN. DENNY HAMLIN’S TEAM HAVE GOTTEN
THEIR DRIVER THE LEAD OVER KEVIN HARVICK ON PIT LANE.
WE GET MORE FROM DAVE BURNS.>>HARVICK HAS A GOOD PIT CREW
BUT NOT HAPPY ABOUT THE SITUATION.
CREW CHIEF GIVES HIM AN IDEA OF WHY THIS MIGHT BE HAPPENING.
>>KEEP COMPOUNDING PROBLEMS. CAN’T START ON THE OUTSIDE HERE.
TWO OR THREE SPOTS, I KNOW YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT BUT
ABSOLUTELY UNACCEPTABLE. 11.8 IS GOOD FOR US.
WE’RE NOT GOING TO BEAT THESE GUYS ON THEIR GUNS.
>>OUR GUNS AND THEIR GUNS. SOMETIMES YOU CAN HAVE THE BEST
GUYS ON PIT ROAD OR THE BEST GALS ON PIT ROAD BUT TECHNOLOGY
CAN GET AHEAD OF THIS GAME AND IT SOUNDS LIKE MAYBE 11 IS
AHEAD.>>I HEARD THEY HAD SOME SPECIAL
PIT GUNS. THEY KNOW HOW TO USE THEM, TOO.
>>YEAH. YOU CAN HAVE GOOD ONES BUT YOU
GOT TO KNOW WHAT YOU’RE DOING WITH THEM.
>>THAT’S RIGHT.>>UP TWO SPOTS WITH KENSETH
LEADING HAMLIN. AND NOT CONTROLLING THE RESTART.
THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED ON THIS LAST RESTART.
AFTER A LOSS OF TRACK POSITION.>>IT’S FORTUNATE TO HAVE A FAST
RACE CAR THAT HE MINIMIZES THAT DAMAGE WITH THAT AS HE’S ABLE TO
COME BACK. BACK THERE ONCE AGAIN BETWEEN
THE 18 AND 14.>>THEY HAVE GOT THE OIL DRY AND
SWEPT UP AS BEST CAN BE AT THIS POINT.
PIT ROW IS GOING TO BE OPEN HERE.
>>STILL HAVE LAPS LEFT ON THESE TIRES.
>>WHAT’S IT GOING TO BE?>>I ACTUALLY AM SURPRISED THE
LEADER STAYED OUT.>>JIMMY JOHNSON IN FROM 6th
PLACE, THE FIRST ONE.>>JAMIE?
>>AND JIMMY JOHNSON, BALANCE JUST HASN’T BEEN QUITE RIGHT ALL
WEEKEND. HE SAID WE’RE TRYING TO WORK IN
DIFFERENT AREAS BUT OUR SEED ISN’T GREAT EITHER.
SO THEY’RE PUTTING TIRES ON HERE.
TRYING TO ADJUST FOR TIGHT CONDITIONS ON 48.
JEFF.>>KYLE LARSON HAS BEEN TIGHT ON
THE LAST RUN. THEY GOING TO GIVE HIM FOUR
TIRES, MAKE A CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT.
KYLE LARSON IS AWAY.>>I THINK WE’RE GETTING SET UP
HERE FOR A LONG RUN SITUATION.>>TRUEX GOING TO BE FIRST OUT.
WE’LL SEE WHERE HE IS GOING TO START OUT.
KYLE BUSCH CONTINUE TO CLIMB. AFTER THEIR CONTACT JUST A BIT
EARLIER.>>>SKYLINE OF DOWNTOWN ATLANTA.
HOT TRULY TODAY. TEMPERATURE ABOUT 90 DEGREES.
AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY WHERE WE’RE GETTING READY TO
RETURN TO RACING. TONY STEWART’S RETURN INVOLVED
AN INCIDENT WITH KYLE BUSCH. CLINT BOWYER, ONE OF THE DRIVERS
ON THE BUBBLING POINT IN THE GARAGE WITH A TRANSMISSION
PROBLEM AND JEFF GORDON HIT
THE WALL.
FIRST OFF PIT ROW WITH FRESH TRIES, TRUEX.
THIS IS GOING TO BE INTERESTING.>>IT IS.
THEY HAVE GOT THE FIRST — ON SOMEWHAT USED TIRES BUT NOT AS
FRESH.>>McMURRAY MAKING A BIG MOVE TO
THAT ONE CAR.>>HE’S ONE OF THE ONES ON FRESH
TIRES.>>CURT BUSCH CHALLENGING
KENSETH WITH RACE SPEED.>>BUSCH DIDN’T HAVE A VERY GOOD
QUALIFYING EFFORT. ALWAYS SO GOOD AT THIS
RACETRACK. HE TAKES THE LEAD AWAY.
DOESN’T MATTER WHAT HE’S BEEN ABLE TO DRIVE HERE.
HE’S WON IN RACES. HE’S WON UP FRONT IN CAR THAT IS
A LOT OF TIMES WEREN’T THAT GOOD TO BE UP FRONT.
HE PUT THEM THERE.>>CURT TALKED ABOUT WHEN THEY
WENT TO THE NIGHT RACING GEAR IT CHANGED THINGS FOR HIM.
>>HE SEEMS TO BE DOING PRETTY WELL TONIGHT AND CURT BUSCH OUT
TO LEAD THIS RACE. THAT SMOKE IS COMING FROM THE
INFIELD SOMEWHERE. DON’T HAVE AN EXACT SOURCE FOR
YOU. BUT IT’S NOT ON THE RACETRACK.
SO WE STAY OUT OF THE GREEN FLAG.
IT’S NOT A RACING SOURCE THAT THAT MIGHT BE COMING FROM.
>>YOU GET THE DRIVERS ATTENTION, THEY’RE BEING
REASSURED THERE’S NOTHING GOING ON.
YOU STILL SEE IT.>>SECOND PLACE, KEVIN HARVICK
WORKING ON KENSETH. JAMIE McMURRAY IS IN 7th PLACE
RIGHT NOW.>>TRYING TO TAKE A SPOT AWAY
FROM HAMLIN. THAT FIFTH SPOT.
GOOD RUN FOR VICKERS TONIGHT. HE’S ONE OF THOSE DRIVERS THAT
NEEDS TO WIN.>>THREE DRIVERS THERE THAT
PITTED AND TOOK FRESH TIRES. TRUEX WAS THE FIRST OF THE CARS
OFF THE PIT LANE. LOSING SOME SPOTS.
CASE KAHNE, FIVE.>>KASEY KAHNE DID NOT GET
TIRES. HE’S ONE OF THE LAST CARS IN THE
RUNNING ORDER THAT DID NOT CHANGE TIRES.
HE’S THE ONE THAT GETS TO RACE WITH THE GUYS ON TWO TIRES
FIRST. THAT’S NEVER FUN.
>>NO.>>DANICA PATRICK BACK ON THE
LEAD. GOT A FREE PASS TWO CAUTIONS
AGO. BACK AT LAP 116.
>>KYLE LARSON. 42 CAR HANGING ON THERE.
>>LARSON BACK IN 16th PLACE TRYING TO
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF
BOWYER IN THIS ONE. PERHAPS QUALIFY FOR THE CHASE.
>>THEY DID COME DOWN PIT ROW.>>MAY HAVE A FLAT TIRE.
>>MAY HAVE JUST ANGERED PAUL MENARD.
>>MAY HAVE JUST OVERHEATED THE REAR TIRE.
>>LARSON IN 18th PLACE. BOWYER IN 31st.
LARSON ENTERING THE NIGHT, 26 POINTS BEHIND THE BUBBLE SPOT
THEN OCCUPIED BY BIFFLE.>>LARSON AND HIS TEAM AND CREW
CHIEF IN PARTICULAR, THIS IS A ROOKIE TRYING TO GET HIMSELF IN
POSITION TO MAKE HIM UNDERSTAND WHAT THIS NIGHT IS ABOUT NOW.
15 HAS HAD THAT TROUBLE. 16 STRUGGLING EVEN THOUGH BIFFLE
IS BACK ON THE LEAD LAP. THIS COULD BE A HUGE NIGHT FOR
HIM TO FIND HIMSELF IN THE CHASE.
>>NEW TIRES, OLDER TIRES, EDWARDS PASSING RYAN NEWMAN.
EDWARDS IN THE GROUP. PITTED AT 131.
NEWMAN DID NOT.>>THE 31 CREW CHIEF, I ASKED
THE QUESTION, WOULD YOU COME BACK DOWN PIT ROW AND GET TIRES.
HE SAID YES BUT HE DIDN’T ABOUT NOW HE’S PAYING THE PRICE.
THAT WAS PROBABLY A LOT BASED ON WHAT HE SAW IN FRONT OF HIM
HAPPENING THINKING THAT MAYBE EVERYONE PRETTY MUCH WAS GOING
TO STAY OUT THERE.>>THREE WIDE HERE.
TRUEX, 78 SLIDING AROUND.>>KASEY KAHNE HAD DRIVEN INTO
ABOUT THE SIXTH SPOT. LOOKED LIKE A RUN OR TWO THERE
THAT HE’S — HIS CAR — STAYING OUT THERE ON THESE TIRING IS NOT
TO HIS LIKE.>>HE JUST RATED OWED IN DON’T
DO THIS TO ME AGAIN. THEY WERE ON THE BUBBLE SPOT IN
THE LINEUP IN THE 8th POSITION WHERE SOME GUYS WERE GOING TO
COME BEHIND HIM AND THE ONES THAT DID GOT AROUND HIM AND HE
WOULD RATH HAVE FRESH TIRES BUT YOU GOT TO MANAGE THE SET WELL
THROUGH THE EVENING AND THIS IS A LONG NIGHT.
>>ABSOLUTELY IT IS. SOME TEAMS FREE, OTHER TEAMS
FORCED.>>JIMMY JOHNSON TOOK TIRES ON
THE YELLOW. MAKING HIS WAY INTO THE TOP TEN.
JOHNSON PICKED UP A PIECE OF TIRE CASING OFF ANOTHER CAR THAT
WAS ON THE WINDSHIELD OF HIS 48.>>STILL JUST NOT WHERE WE
EXPECT JIMMY JOHNSON AND THIS 48 CAR TO BE RUNNING.
HE HAS TIRES, FRESHER TIRES ON AND THAT SHOULD BE A HUGE
ADVANTAGE HERE. FOR HIM NOT TO BE ABLE TO RUN
BACK UP, I BELIEVE HE MIGHT HAVE RESTARTED 11th HERE.
>>SO BACK TO THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MOMENTUM AND HOW MUCH YOU
FEEL IT’S WORTH IT GOING INTO THE CHASE AND THE EBB AND FLOW
OF A LONG SEASON. HAD THIS DISCUSSION AND THEY
CAME ON THE CHASE AND WERE GANG BUSTERS.
JIMMY SAID, NINE OF THEM ARE PROBABLY NINE OF HIS BEST TRACKS
WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHERE THIS 48 IS NOW.
YOU EXPECTING HIM TO TURN IT ON OR DO YOU HAVE RESERVATIONS
ABOUT WHERE THEY MIGHT BE?>>HE SHOULD BE READY IS WHAT I
THINK.>>I THINK IF WHAT I’M SEEING
BECAUSE THE CARS ARE DIFFERENT, THE SETUPS ARE DIFFERENT, THE
COMPETITION IS DIFFERENT, I THINK THIS TEAM HAD A BIT OF A
STRUGGLE EVEN THOUGH THOSE ARE SOME VERY GOOD TRACKS AT THE
BEGINNING. HE’LL PROBABLY FIGURE OUT ENOUGH
TO GET HIMSELF THROUGH THERE.>>DON’T COUNT HIM OUT.
>>I’M NOT COUNTING HIM OUT. I THINK THERE’S MORE TROUBLE
THIS YEAR THAN WHAT WE HAVE SEEN IN THE PAST.
>>NEW CHASE FORMAT. DON’T FORGET.
>>I KNOW.>>IT’S STILL JIMMY JOHNSON.
>>GOING FOR 7th CHAMPIONSHIP IN NINE YEARS.
WILL IT BE A SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER/NOVEMBER TO
REMEMBER FOR JIMMY JOHNSON OR WILL THE CHAMPIONSHIP WIND UP IN
OTHER HANDS THIS FALL?>>>JUST SHY OF HALFWAY IN THE
USA 500 FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES.
SUNDAY NIGHT LABOR DAY RACING AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
77 DEGREES. THE AIR TEMPERATURE.
THE RACE FOR THE LEAD IS HOT AS COULD BE.
MATT HENRIK TRYING TO TAKE IT.>>MATT’S ONE OF THOSE DRIVES
WHO DOES A GREAT JOB OF TAKING CARE OF HIS TIRES.
DOESN’T ABUSE THE CAR. YOU CAN SEE THAT PAYING OFF FOR
HIM HERE.>>THAT RACE HEATED UP QUICKLY
AND COOLED OFF JUST AS QUICKLY. LET’S CHECK ON JOEY AND BRIAN
VICKERS RACING FOR 6th AND 7th. A CHALLENGE FOR A SPOT AT THE
VERY FRONT OF THE PACK. HERE’S A TEAM THAT GOT A BIG WIN
LAST WEEK AND HAD BEEN CONTENDING FOR THE LAST COUPLE
MONTHS. HERE GOES THE RACE FOR CAN LEAD AGAIN.
THIS TIME KENSETH IS GOING TO FINISH.
MATT KENSETH BACK FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS RACE.
HERE COMES KEVIN HARVICK AND TRYING TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT.
>>IT’S REALLY CRAZY TO THINK THE AIR COULD BE AS DISTURBING
TO THESE CARS WHEN YOU SEE A CAR LIKE HARVICK BE DOMINANT OUT
FRONT AND RUNNING AWAY FROM EVERYBODY AND HE GETS BACK IN.
HAMLIN, HOW LONG IT TOOK HIM TO GET THERE AND HERE HE IS BACK TO
4th.>>THESE CARS MAKE A
TREMENDOUS — THEY GOT BIG — VERY LOW TO THE GROUND, THEY
RELY ON WHERE YOU ARE LOSING SO MUCH GRIP MECHANICALLY.
MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE IN HOW MUCH THE CAR CAN HOLD THE LINE.
>>WORKING ON SEEING IF THERE’S A CHASE TO THE FORM.
NEXT SEASON MIGHT MAKE IT A LITTLE LESS EMPHATIC.
BUT IN ANY FORM OF RACING NOW IT’S GOING TO BE HARD TO
OVERCOME IN ANY FORM OF RACING. STEWART A LAP DOWN AS HE
STRUGGLES WITH THAT BEATEN UP RACE CAR FROM THE INCIDENT
EARLIER. CHECK IN ON SECOND PLACE HARVICK
WHO HAS STILL TO THIS POINT LED THE MOST LAPS TONIGHT.
>>WHEN HE UPDATED HIS CREW FIVE LAPS AGO HE TOLD THEM THE CAR
WAS TOO LOOSE ON THE EXIT, TOO TIGHT TO THE CENTER AND HE ADDED
TRACK POSITION IS EVERYTHING. SO BACK TO EVERYTHING YOU TALKED
ABOUT.>>THE CAR WAS LOOSE ON THE
EXIT. I ALWAYS SAID THESE TRACKS LIKE
THIS REALLY GIVE UP GRIP. I WANT TO FIX THE FIRST THING
THE CAR IS DOING. IF IT’S TIGHT, I WANT TO FIX
THAT. IT USUALLY WILL MAKE THE CAR
TIGHTER ON EXIT.>>THAT’S A GOOD POINT.
>>IT IS.>>A LOT OF TIMES AS A DRIVER
BECAUSE YOU THINK ABOUT MAKING THAT SEAM YOUR FIRST INCLINATION
IS TO SAY YOU GOT TO HELP ME ON THIS EXIT, I NEED TO BE ABLE TO
MAKE MORE GAS. YOU MIGHT REALIZE THAT’S
CREATING THE SECOND ISSUE.>>THEN IT WILL AFFECT THE
SECOND ONE. SOMETIMES FIX IT.
>>JIMMY JOHNSON PASSING McMURRAY.
>>NOT AS BIG OF A DEMAND AS I THOUGHT IT WOULD BE.
I THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE IN MORE TROUBLE AND THESE CARS WOULD
HAVE MORE ADVANTAGE BUT IT HASN’T PROVEN OUT.
>>THE RACE HERE A YEAR AGO, THE SAME SITUATION HAPPENED WITH THE
OPPOSITE RESULTS. CARL EDWARDS AND A COUPLE OTHERS
CHOSE NOT TO PIT WITH FIVE LAPS OF RACING ON TIRES.
AS HARVICK APPROACHES KENSETH FOR THE RACE LEAD.
THE NEXT SET OF PIT STOPS CAME OUT EDWARDS WAS RUNNING 18th.
>>I REMEMBER THAT. THIS RUN IS STILL NOT OVER YET.
WE MIGHT SEE IT AT THE END OF THE RUN WE MIGHT SEE THE
ADVANTAGE COME BACK INTO PLAY.>>YOU CAN SEE WHAT A GOOD POINT
OF WHAT ANDY WAS TALKING ABOUT WITH THE FORCES YOU RELY ON, AS
SOON AS YOU CAN GET TO THE BUMPER AND TAKE THE DOWN FORCE
AWAY.>>AS WE CROSS THE HALFWAY MARK
OF THIS RACE, BACK IN COMMAND IT’S KEVIN HARVICK.
DOMINATING EARLY AND BACK IN COMMAND AT THE USA 500 IN
ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY.>>>THE ORAL-B USA 500 IN
ATLANTA IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY COCA-COLA.
THE OFFICIAL SOFT DRINK OF NASCAR.
OPEN HAPPINESS.>>CENTENNIAL PARK DOWNTOWN
ATLANTA AROUND WHICH MUCH OF THE 1996 SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
UNWRAPPED. SOUTH OF TOWN, THE USA 500 LED
BY KEVIN HARVICK OVER KENSETH AND KESELOWSKI.
HERE’S HARVICK UNDER THE GREEN FLAG FOLLOWED BY CURT BUSCH WHO
HAS GOT A BIG PROBLEM ON THE RIGHT REAR.
>>YOU SEE THE DAMAGE. LET’S TALK ABOUT KENSETH.
BUSCH, YOU SAW THE DAMAGE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR.
FOUR TIRE CHANGE. DAVE.
>>KEVIN HARVICK REVVING THE ENGINE THE LAST TIME HE WAS DOWN
PIT ROW. HE’S GOT THE ENGINE FIRED.
A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT.>>THE DAMAGED CAR OF TONY
STEWART NOW MORE DAMAGED. INTO THE WALL.
CAUTION FLAG IS OUT.>>SO TONY STEWART’S NIGHT
DIDN’T START OUT SO WELL. SIDE TRACKED.
KYLE BUSCH MADE CONTACT WITH HIM AND NOW COMPLETELY DERAILED WITH
THIS RIGHT FRONT TROUBLE AND INTO THE WALL IN TURN NUMBER
TWO.>>SORRY GUYS, YOU DESERVE
BETTER THAN THAT.>>STEWART’S IN THE GARAGE.
>>THAT WAS A LONG RUN. WE SAW CURT BUSCH HAVE A PROBLEM
WITH HIS AND THIS CAR BEING DAMAGED.
PROBABLY ABUSIVE ON THE TIRES AS WELL.
TOUGH BREAK FOR TONY.>>I WAS WATCHING CURT BUSCH.
I COULDN’T TELL WHAT HAPPENED. I SAW THE CAR GO TOWARDS THE
WALL. BUT YOU COULD SEE AS IT TURNED
OUT IT WAS THE RIGHT REAR TIRE THAT WENT DOWN ON HIS.
>>YOU SAID LONG RUN. THAT PARTICULAR RUN WAS ONLY 38
LAPS. BUT FOR SOME OF THESE GUYS WHO
DIDN’T PIT BEFORE IT WAS A BIT LONGER ON THE SET OF TIRES.
>>YEAH. THEY HAD A FIVE LAP RUN ON THEIR
TIRES BEFORE THAT LAST RUN STARTED.
THIS WAS THE LONGEST STRETCH ANYBODY HAD RUN ON TIRES.
>>STEWART’S CAR HAD DAMAGE FROM THE PREVIOUS INCIDENT.
EVEN THOUGH YOU THINK YOU GET THE — A LOT OF TIMES IT CREATES
ISSUES FOR YOU.>>STEWART BACK IN THE GARAGE.
AND PIT ROW AT ABOUT TO BE OPENED HERE FOR THE ELITE LAP
CARS. THIS YELLOW IS GOING TO SHUFFLE
UP THE ORDER. PEOPLE LIKE HARVICK AND KENSETH
HAD BEEN ON THE PIT ROW BEFORE THE YELLOW FLAG CAME OUT.
>>MATT AND HARVICK WILL BE ABLE TO STAY OUT.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, THE RACE LEADER FOR THE MOMENT, HE’LL BE
COMING TO PIT ROAD HERE. AS WILL MOST EVERYBODY ELSE
JAMIE?>>BRAD KESELOWSKI HAD SCUFF
TIRES THAT LAST RUN HE SAID HE LOST THE DRIVE OFF.
THEY’RE GOING TO PUT FOUR TIRES ON HERE.
NO ADJUSTMENTS.>>DENNY HAMLIN, WINDSHIELD
TEAR-OFF AND FOUR TIRES.>>LOGANO GAVE UP FOR FOUR TIRES
AND WEDGE ADJUSTMENT AND AIR PRESSURE.
>>DENNY HAMLIN FIRST OFF THE PIT LANE, NO SURPRISE, HIS TEAM
HAS BEEN SUPERB ALL NIGHT. KENSETH AND HARVICK WILL GO TO
THE LINE HERE. TONY STEWART BACK IN THE GARAGE.
>>>AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
SUNDAY NIGHT, LABOR DAY RACING. TONY STEWART BACK.
AN EVENTFUL NIGHT IN THE EARLY GOING.
SOME CONTENDERS RESPOND TO THE CHASE NASCAR AND STEWART AFTER
HAVING A SOLID RUN IN THE EARLY GOING GETTING TANGLED UP WITH
KYLE BUSCH AND HAVING THE RIGHT FRONT GO DOWN ON HIS CAR AND
HITTING THE WALL AND PUTTING SEVERE DAMAGE ON THAT NUMBER 14
MACHINE. YOU SEE TONY TALKING TO DREW.
WHILE THE CREW HAS A LOOK AT THE CAR AND MAKES A DECISION ABOUT
WHERE THEY’RE GOING NEXT AND WHETHER IT’S GOING TO GET
PREPARED AND PUT BACK IN THE RACE OR RETIRED FOR THE NIGHT.
>>OTHER STRINGS OF EVENTS IN WHAT HAS BEEN A LONG NIGHT FULL
OF THEM. DALE, JR. GETTING GRILL REPAIRS
ON HIS 88 CAR. WATCH THIS.
>>YOU SEE A LOT OF DEBRIS FLYING AROUND.
SOMEONE TOOK THE GRILLE OUT.>>JUNIOR NOT HAVING A STELLAR
NIGHT HERE. BUT NOW HAS —
>>WE NEED TO ROLL. EVERYBODY OUT OF THE WAY.
YOU’RE FINE, DON’T SPEED, YOU’LL BE JUST FINE.
>>DAMAGE TO THAT 88 CAR. CURT BUSCH LEAVING THE PIT ROAD
AFTER GETTING THAT 41 MACHINE BACK INTO SHAPE.
WHERE DO WE BEGIN. SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED.
LET’S SET THE SITUATION WHERE IT STANDS RIGHT NOW.
LEADERS ALL CAME RUNNING DOWN PIT ROAD, A NUMBER OF THEM JUST
AS CURT BUSCH HAD HIS PROBLEM BUT BEFORE TONY STEWART DID.
THEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT FOR STEWART AND IT KIND OF SPLIT THE
FIELD. ALL COMING BACK TOGETHER AGAIN
BECAUSE OF THE TIMING AND THE WAY THE CAUTION CAME OUT.
BUT KENSETH AND HARVICK ARE CYCLING BACK TO FIRST AND
SECOND. THEY WERE ON PIT ROW LEGALLY
WHEN THE CAUTION CAME OUT. THEY DIDN’T PIT.
CYCLED BACK TO THE FRONT SPOT. THEN THE GUYS WHO MADE THE STOPS
UNDER THE YELLOW FLAG, KESELOWSKI, HAMLIN, LINED UP
BEHIND KENSETH AND HARVICK. SOME WHO PITTED UNDER THE GREEN
BUT DIDN’T STAY UNDER THE LEAD LAP.
STAYED ON THE TRACK AND BE ELIGIBLE TO TAKE THE WAVE AROUND
HERE AND THAT WOULD INCLUDE KASEY KAHNE, ALLMENDINGER AND
TRUEX, JR.>>GOOD JOB.
THAT WAS A LOT TO EXPLAIN. GOOD JOB.
>>TAKE IT FOR A MINUTE. I’VE GOT TO CATCH MY BREATH.
>>IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT KENSETH HAD FALLEN BEHIND
HARVICK BEFORE THEY MADE THE PIT STOPS WILL BE IN FRONT OF HIM
HERE.>>LET’S CHECK BACK IN THE
GARAGE.>>WE REQUESTED AN INTERVIEW AND
TONY RESPECTFULLY DECLINED BUT WE DO HAVE HIS CREW CHIEF.
CHAD, WHAT A WEEKEND IT’S BEEN FOR YOU EYES.
WHAT HAS IT BEEN LIKE FOR YOU JUST BEING BACK WITH TONY AND
HAVING HIM BACK IN THE CAR?>>IT’S BEEN GOOD.
WE QUALIFIED WELL. WENT IN TODAY WITH SOME PRETTY
GOOD HOPES THAT FINISHING WELL AND POSSIBLY COMING OUT OF HERE
WITH A WIN. JUST DIDN’T WORK OUT IN OUR
FAVOR. GOT A LITTLE TROUBLE AND GOT
INTO THE OUTSIDE WALL, KNOCKED THE TOE OUT OF IT.
RIGHT SIDE DAMAGE AND WE WERE JUST TRYING TO FIX THAT AND
SALVAGE WHAT WE COULD OUT OF THE DAY.
AND RIGHT BEFORE THAT CAUTION CAME OUT.
IT’S GOOD TO HAVE HIM BACK. WE’RE HAPPY TO HAVE JOHNNY
MORRIS HERE AND RUSTY RUSH AND THE GUYS FROM CODE 3 TO BE HERE
TO SUPPORT HIM ON KIND OF HIS HOME COMING BACK.
WISH WE HAD A BETTER EFFORT FOR HIM.
>>THEY HAD HIGH EXPECTATIONS COMING IN BUT THEY WILL BE BACK
NEXT WEEK AT RICHMOND.>>JAMIE, THANKS.
HERE WE ARE DOUBLED UP FOR THE RESTART.
A LOOK AT THE RESTART ORDER FOR YOU.
WITH MATT KENSETH AND KEVIN HARVICK SHARING THE FRONT ROW.
DENNY HAMLIN IN TWO AND LOGANO IN ROW 3.
19 CARS ON THE RELAP.>>HARVICK WILL JUST NOT GET UP
TO SPEED BUT ONCE HE GETS IT GOING, THINGS ARE ROCKING.
KESELOWSKI GETS BACK AROUND HAMLIN TO SECOND PLACE.
KESELOWSKI SQUEEZING BY HAMLIN FOR THIRD.
>>I THOUGHT HE WAS GOING TO GO BACK THIRD OR FIFTH.
BOY, DID HE HAVE A RUN GOING.>>ONCE HE GETS DOWN TWO AND
STAYS WIDE OPEN, HE MAKES UP A LOT OF GROUND.
IT’S JUST THAT INITIAL RESTART.>>THERE’S SOMETHING YOU HADN’T
SEEN ALL NIGHT.>>HARVICK TOOK THE WIDE LINE
AND HAMLIN — NOT HAMLIN, KENSETH WENT UP IN FRONT OF HIM.
99 LOOKING TO GET AROUND HAM ILL nd — HAMLIN AND PICK UP FOURTH
PLACE IF HE DOES. HARVICK LOOKING TO FIND AN OPEN
LANE.>>TAKING THAT BOTTOM LEAD AWAY
FROM HIM HERE.>>HARVICK WENT UP TO THE MIDDLE
TRYING TO GET SOME CLEAN AIR TO HIS NOSE.
IT’S THE BIGGEST THING HE WAS TRYING TO ACCOMPLISH THERE.
>>LOGANO WORKING ON HAMLIN. HE WAS FIRST OFF THE PIT LABOR.
RESTARTED THIRD. HE MIGHT GIVE UP FIFTH HERE AS
HARVICK GETS THAT RUN ON KENSETH ON ONE AND TWO.
>>UNDERSTANDING AND KNOWING THAT HARVICK IS FASTER AND
KENSETH BEING SMART AND LOGANO TRYING TO TAKE THE SPOT AWAY.
KENSETH KNOWS HOW IMPORTANT THIS IS.
IF HE PUTS HIMSELF INTO A POSITION TO WIN OR LOCK HIMSELF
IN THE CHASE POINTS WISE.>>WHICH CAN BE DONE TONIGHT BY
THE DRIVER OF THAT 20 CAR. SO LOGANO CLEARS HIM.
JIMMY JOHNSON, 48. SEVENTH PLACE NOW, LOOKING FOR
SIXTH. RUSTY TALKED ABOUT ON COUNTDOWN
EARLIER THAT OUTSIDE PASS. JIMMY DIDN’T MAKE THE PASS ON
THE OUTSIDE BUT USED THE OUTSIDE TURN TO GET THE PASS ON HAMLIN.
>>MOVING FORWARD HERE.>>EDWARDS AND LOGANO.
>>WE SEE UP THERE IN THIRD FOURTH AND FIFTH ARE THE ONES
HAVE WON THIS YEAR ALL MULTIPLE TIMES.
>>LOGANO AND KESELOWSKI, MULTIPLE WINNERS.
EDWARDS AS WELL FOR THE TEAM. FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD.
GETTING BACK TO FOURTH, FIFTH AND SIXTH.
>>YOU SEE HOW EDWARDS IS REALLY — KIND OF LIKE HOW WE
SAW HARVICK DOING. DRIVING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
RACETRACK.>>SAW HIM DOING IT THREE, FOUR
NOW AND SEEING HIM DO IT ON BOTH ENDS.
>>EDWARDS AT A TRACK WHERE HE’S HAD A GREAT DEAL OF SUCCESS
EARLIER IN HIS CAREER. EDWARDS GETTING BOTH HIS FIRST
NATIONWIDE WIN. TALKING WITH HIS CREW CHIEF
MAKING SPECULATION ABOUT JIMMY AND WHAT HIS PLANS ARE BEYOND
THIS YEAR. JIMMY CONFIRMING TO ME THAT HE
WILL BE DONE AS A NASCAR SPRINT CUP CREW CHIEF AT THE END OF
THIS SEASON. HE’S TALKING ABOUT ANOTHER ROLE
WITHIN THE ORGANIZATION. BUT WISHING SO MUCH SUCCESS.
THINKING BACK TO THE DAYS WITH BOBBY ALLISON.
AND ON THROUGH THE YEARS. BUT JIMMY WITH 40 WINS AS A
NASCAR PRINT CUP CREW CHIEF GOING TO CALL IT A CAREER AT THE
END OF THIS SEASON.>>I HAVE KNOWN HIM MY WHOLE
CAREER. LOOKED UP TO HIM.
HE’S HUNG IN THERE A LONG TIME, TOO.
40 WINS.>>I DON’T KNOW IF THERE’S
ANYBODY ELSE IN THE GARAGE AREA TODAY THAT HAS SEEN AS MANY
CHANGES THROUGH THE CARS AND EVERYTHING AS WHAT JIMMY HAS AND
WON ALL OF THOSE CHANGES WITH SO MANY DIFFERENT DRIVERS.
>>EDWARDS GIVING UP GROUND THERE AS JOHNSON LED BY HIM.
AND NOW GORDON TRYING TO MAKE UP SOME GROUND.
24 IS A COUPLE OF LAPS DOWN AFTER GETTING INTO THE WALL
EARLIER. ON HIS WAY BACK IN THE 23rd
POSITION. WE HAVE SEEN EDWARDS AND JOHNSON
PUT ON SOME PRETTY GREAT RACES BEFORE.
IT WAS FOR THE WIN. IT WAS A FEW YEARS AGO.
BUT IT WAS ONE OF THOSE FANTASTIC FINISHES THAT MIGHT
HAVE CAME TO BE LABELED. EDWARDS OUTSIDE.
JOHNSON INSIDE. AND BY THAT MUCH.
EDWARDS GOT THE CHECKERED FLAG HOLDING IT THERE.
>>>AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY, 200 MILES TO GO IN THE
USA 500. THE RACE LEADER IS KEVIN HARVICK
AS IT HAS BEEN MUCH OF THE WEEKEND HERE AT THIS TRACK.
HARVICK DOMINATING THE RACE CAR SERIES LAST NIGHT.
HARVICK SET A PRETTY HEALTHY ADVANTAGE IN THAT CATEGORY AS
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HAMLIN AHEAD OF HARVICK TWICE TONIGHT.
HE’S GOT SHUFFLED BACK AT RESTART BUT NEVER FAR.
CHECK OUT THE PROGRESS OF THE RACE AT 300 MILES.
WE BEGIN WITH DAVE.>>KEVIN HARVICK LOOKING FOR HIS
THIRD WIN OF THE SEASON. HE’S ALREADY IN THE CHASE.
SO IT IS SIGNIFICANT? THE CREW CHIEF BELIEVES VERY
MUCH SO. WE NEED MOMENTUM GOING INTO THE
CHASE. THEY HAVEN’T WON SINCE APRIL AND
THEY WANT TO WIN BEFORE THEY START THIS LAST RACE RUN.
>>AND MOVING INTO THE SECOND POSITION.
THEY HAD A GOOD HANDLING RACE CAR, KESELOWSKI, TONIGHT THE CAR
HAS BEEN BALANCED REALLY WELL. LAST TWO STOPS NO ADJUSTMENTS
AND GETTING FASTER AS WE GO, VINCE.
>>RUNNING BEHIND KESELOWSKI IS MATT KENSETH.
THEY’RE LIKELY GOING TO BE IN THE CHASE.
THE GOAL, FINISH TOP FIVE THIS WEEK AND NEXT TO HAVE MOMENTUM
GOING TO CHICAGO. DAVE.
>>HAVING FOLLOWED KEVIN HARVICK ALL NIGHT, LOGANO, HE FEELS HE’S
A YEAR BEHIND. HARVICK HAS IT SO GOOD.
BUT HE FEELS LIKE HE’S JUST A LITTLE BEHIND TONIGHT SO FAR.
JAMIE.>>AND THE 48 IS A LITTLE BEHIND
TOO. I TALKED TO JIMMY JOHNSON.
HE SAID WE DIDN’T WANT TO GO FOR THE PURE RAW KEYS.
WE HAD TO GO THE THE CADILLAC FEEL.
THE CAR HAS BEEN PRETTY DECENT TONIGHT.
BEHIND HIM, CARL EDWARDS, ALAN, YOU TALKED ABOUT HIM MOVING ON
NEXT YEAR TO ANOTHER ROLE. HE TOLD ME IT’S BEEN A GREAT
RIDE. I ASKED HIM ARE YOU STILL HAVING
FUN, RYAN NEWMAN MAKING THE PASS ON THE OUTSIDE.
JIMMY SAYING HE’S HAVING A GREAT TIME WITH CARL.
LOOKING FORWARD. AND RYAN NEWMAN WHAT A WEEKEND.
YOU SEE A WIGGLE THERE. SAYING THEY’RE FOCUSED ON MAKING
THAT SAVE. THEY FEEL LIKE THEY DESERVE TO
BE IN IT. THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON HIS
CAR AND IT’S SHOWING. TIM.
>>HAMLIN IS THE PAST WINNER AT THIS RACETRACK BACK IN 2012.
BUT HE’S GOING TO NEED ANOTHER ONE OF THOSE SUB-12 SECOND PUT
STOPS. HE IS FOLLOWED BACK ON THE RUN.
LOOSE HAS BEEN THE CONDITION. THAT’S A TOUGH THING FOR A CREW
CHIEF TO FIX. LARSON WAS MUCH BETTER.
HIS FRONT END WAS STARTING TO TURN.
HE HAS GIVEN UP HOPE. WILL IT BE ENOUGH.
WILL THIS BE ENOUGH TO KEEP HIM IN THE CONVERSATION?
AND THAT 140 LAPS OR SO WILL TELL THAT TAIL.
DAVE.>>DANICA PATRICK, NOT BAD.
THEY WERE ONE OF THE ONE THAT IS CAME DOWN PIT ROW.
AND TONY BACK AT THE TRACK AND FOR THE FIRST TIME BACK IN THE
DEBRIEF MEETING. SAYING THEY WERE GREAT.
TONY WAS SPOT ON WITH ADVICE. DANICA ASKED LOTS OF QUESTIONS
THAT TONY ANSWERED AND ONE OF THE REASONS WHY SHE FEELS SHE
HAD A GOOD CHANCE TONIGHT. BEHIND HER, KASEY KAHNE.
THEY STRUGGLED FOR GRIP. BUT CASEY TRYING TO GET THE WIN
TO GET IN TO MAKE IT HAPPEN TONIGHT IN ATLANTA.
>>27, PAUL MENARD HAVING ANOTHER GOOD RUN.
FOURTH IN MICHIGAN AND SOLID AGAIN TONIGHT.
ESPECIALLY THE CAR HAS GOTTEN THE DRIVE OFF HE HAS BEEN
SEEKING EARLIER IN THE RACE. CREW CHIEF TELLING HIM HE HAS
TIME WITH THE LEADERS. GOT TIME TO MAKE UP.
>>A SURVIVAL RACE. STILL RUNNING OUTSIDE THE TOP
TEN. TO WORK THEIR WAY IN BY WAY OF A
WIN. THEY WERE ON THE EDGE COMING IN.
NOT SURE WHERE IF POINTS FALL RIGHT NOW.
BUT TRYING TO HANG ON TO THE POINTS POSITION FOR THE CHASE.
>>GETTING A FREE PASS TO GET BACK ON.
THERE YOU LOOK AT THE BUBBLE PICTURE.
CLINT BOWYER WILL TRANSMISSION PROBLEMS EARLIER IN THE RACE
THAT SENT HIM BACK INTO THE GARAGE FOR 22 LAPS.
BRINGING EVERYBODY ELSE BACK INTO THE POINT PICTURE.
WE KNOW THERE’LL BE AT LEAST THREE PLACES ON POINTS NEXT
WEEK. PENDING THE OUTCOME OF TONIGHT.
AS THEY RUN, KENSETH AND NEWMAN WOULD WALK IN TO TWO OF THOSE
PLACES IN POINTS. AS THEY RUN NOW.
LONG WAY TO GO BUT WE COULD HAVE THAT ONE SPOT AND THAT VERY
CLOSE GAP AT RICHMOND NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT UP FOR GRABS
PENDING THE OUTCOME OF THE FINAL COUPLE 100 MILES OF THIS ONE.
>>KASEY KAHNE TRYING TO GET AROUND DANICA PATRICK AND GET
BACK INTO THE TOP TEN. ONE OF THOSE DRIVES WHO IS
POINTS PICTURE CHANGE DRAMATICALLY EARLIER IN THE RACE
WHEN BOWYER HAD THE PROBLEM WITH THE SHIFTER AT LAP 80.
EVERYBODY STILL CHASING KEVIN HARVICK.
IN DEMAND TONIGHT IN ATLANTA.>>>PIT STOPS UNDERWAY AT
ATLANTA SPEEDWAY. MATT KENSETH A LITTLE FREE ON
ENTRY. SLUGGISH ACROSS THE CENTER.
JAMIE.>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, THEY HAD TO
PUSH HIM BACK. HE WANTS A PROTEIN DRINK.
THERE IT IS A WEDGE ADJUSTMENT. FOUR TIRES.
>>DAVE LOGANO NEEDS TO TURN BETTER.
HARVICK CAN STAND A LITTLE FACE-OFF FROM THE LEAD.
HE WILL RETAIN THE LEAD. UNLESS KENSETH GETS HIM.
I THINK HE DID.>>SURE DID.
RACING TEAMS AS WE DISCUSSED EARLIER.
KEVIN DOWN ON PIT ROAD.>>A LOT OF GRIP TRYING TO GET
OUT OF THERE.>>AND BRAD KESELOWSKI WITH A
DISASTROUS 19 SECOND PIT STOP COST HIM GROUND.
WATCH THE CAUTION FLAG.>>PRETTY HEAVY.
>>SO DEBRIS FROM THE 5 CAR. HE JUST MISSED IT.
>>YEAH.>>SLIDES THROUGH.
>>>BEAUTIFUL LABOR DAY SUNDAY NIGHT AS WE GET READY TO START
THE ORAL-B USA 500 AND COME DOWN TO THE FINAL 150 MILES OR SO OF
THIS RACE. MATT KENSETH IS THE RACE LEADER
OVER HARVICK, JOEY LOGANO, DENNY HAMLIN AND JOHNSON.
OUR MIDAS GOLDEN TOUCH GOES TO HAMLIN PIT CREW.
>>INCREDIBLE STUFF.>>EVERYTHING STOPPING.
THAT’S JUST IMPRESSIVE OR WHAT.>>IN A SECOND WITH THE
SATELLITE DELAY, THEY’LL SEE THEIR WORK FOR THEMSELVES.
THERE IT IS.>>THAT’S THEIR JOB.
>>YEAH.>>THAT’S RIGHT.
IT’S WHAT WE DO.>>SO DENNY HAMLIN GOING TO
RESTART HERE FROM 4th POSITION AND MATT KENSETH GOING TO
RESTART AS THE LEADER FROM THIRD PLACE.
HARVICK COMES IN AS THE LEADER AND FINDS HIMSELF RESTARTING ON
THE OUTSIDE OF THE FRONT ROW FOR THE FIFTH TIME TONIGHT.
HE’S LOST THE LEAD IN THE FIST.>>MATT KENSETH IS ALWAYS GOOD.
MATT IS ALWAYS GOOD GETTING TO — I BELIEVE HARVICK IS
HAVING A HARD TIME LEAVING HIS PIT.
THOSE FIRST TWO PIT BOXES ARE ASPHALT.
HE DOESN’T SEEM TO BE ABLE TO GET ANY GRIP WHATSOEVER.
>>JOEY LOGANO UP TO SECOND PLACE.
AND GOING FOR MORE.>>THE STRONGEST WE HAVE SEEN
HIM TONIGHT.>>KIND OF GETTING THINGS PUT
TOGETHER AT THE RIGHT TIME. JOEY IS DOING A NICE JOB OF
WORKING HIS WAY FORWARD AND BEING VERY PATIENT KNOWING IT’S
A LONG RACE.>>KYLE LARSON DRIVING FOR FIFTH
PLACE.>>SUDDENLY THE HIGHEST HE’S
BEEN IN QUITE A WHILE, KYLE LARSON.
>>A POTENTIAL FOR A BIG NIGHT. REVITALIZING HIS HOPES OF MAKING
THE CHASE HERE. BRAD KESELOWSKI TRYING TO MAKE
UP LOST GROUND. WE SHOWED YOU THE REPLAY OF HIM
MISSING HIS PIT BOX. WENT FROM 2nd TO 16 AND THAT’S A
LOT OF TRACK POSITION TO GIVE UP.
WITH ONLY 150 MILES OR SO TO GO.>>THAT’S THE KIND OF MISTAKE
YOU CAN’T MAKE. YOU CAN MAKE THEM RIGHT NOW BUT
YOU’RE NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO MAKE MISTAKES LIKE THAT WITH THE
ELIMINATION PROCESS WE’RE GOING TO HAVE IN THE CHASE.
>>SETTING OFF IN PURSUIT OF KENSETH.
20 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. KYLE BUSCH IS BACK ON THE LEAD
LAP. JEFF GORDON IN THAT 24 RIDING
THE HIGH LINE THERE. GORDON RUNNING SECOND IN THIS
RACE EARLIER ON AND ONE OF THE FEW THAT COULD STAY WITH HARVICK
WHEN THE LEFT FRONT TIRE WENT DOWN AND THREW HIM INTO THE WALL
IN TURN THREE. PUTTING THE 24 CAR TWO LAPS
DOWN. HE’S BEEN TWO LAPS DOWN THE
ENTIRE DISTANCE SINCE BUT RUNNING COMPETITIVE LAP TIMES AS
YOU SEE RACING HERE WITH A DAMAGED CAR WITH ALL THESE CARS
THAT ARE UP TOWARD THE FRONT OF THE PACK.
>>HE’S HAD LAP TIMES COMPARABLE TO THE LEADERS.
IT’S ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO GET THAT BACK HERE WITH THE WAY THIS
TIRE FALLS OFF. NOT ABLE TO TAKE A WAVE AROUND
TO GET THE LAPS BACK.>>WHERE THEY CAN TRY TO STAY
OUT A BIT LONGER AND GET BACK TO ONE LAP DOWN, HE FACTORED IN THE
TWO CARS, BUT HE CAN’T GET HIMSELF IN THAT SITUATION.
>>DILLON, ONE LAP DOWN. RACING CARL EDWARDS HERE AND
TAKING SIXTH POSITION FROM HIM.>>HE’S DOING THAT AND ANOTHER
DRIVER FINDING HIMSELF MOVING A BIT CLOSER.
STILL SITTING RIGHT NOW ABOUT 20 POINTS OUTSIDE OF THAT 16th SPOT
BUT WOULD GIVE THEM HOPE GOING TO RICHMOND OTHER THAN WINNING
HERE TONIGHT.>>SEE THE SCORING PROGRESS FOR
MENARD THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT.>>I WAS REALLY SURPRISED HE
STRUGGLED ALL WEEKEND. LOOKED LIKE HE GOT A HANDLE ON
IT AT THE RIGHT TIME HERE AS THE RACE CLOSES DOWN.
>>DENNY HAMLIN THERE AROUND EDWARDS.
HAMLIN RUNNING AS HIGH AS THE LEAD EARLIER IN THE RACE.
HAD IT WHERE THE HANDLE GOT OFF. HASN’T BEEN ABLE TO HOLD A LOT
OF THAT TRACK POSITION SINCE ABOUT LAP 150 OR SO.
>>YEAH. MADE AN ADJUSTMENT EARLY IN THE
RACE. I THINK AFTER THAT IT HURT THIS
CAR. I DON’T THINK —
>>HAMLIN THE WINNER EARLIER THIS YEAR.
HAS A PLACE IN THE CHASE SECURED FOR HIMSELF ALREADY.
ON SUSPENSION AFTER SOME TECHNICAL VIOLATIONS EARLIER IN
THE SUMMER.>>RUNNING THAT MIDDLE GROUP.
NOT EVEN UP THE HIGHER. JUST RUNNING THE MIDDLE MAYBE TO
MAKE A BIG RUN AND TAKE THE FIFTH SPOT AWAY FROM LARSON.
>>LOVE THE DRIVERS THAT WEAR THE LIGHT COLOR GLOVES.
YOU CAN SEE MENARD’S HANDS WORKING THAT WHEEL.
THERE’S THE RACER LEAD. AT THE ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY.
ONE THAT EATS UP TIRES. THEY SLIP AND SLIDE AROUND A
LOT. BUT BECAUSE OF THAT OFFERS
MULTIPLE RACING GROOVES FOR THE DRIVERS, GIVES AN OPPORTUNITY TO
HUNT FOR GRIP. RIGHT NOW HARVICK IN THE FOUR
TRYING TO HUNT FOR SOME GRIP AND KENSETH IN THE LEAD.
THE STORY HAS BEEN PIT STOPS AND RACING TEAMS HAVING TO COME UP
WITH A SLIGHT ADVANTAGE. SENDING HARVICK TO A
DISADVANTAGE ON THE PIT LANE. RIGHT NOW IT IS HARVICK CHASING
AND TRYING TO RECLAIM THE LEAD.>>HARVICK TRYING TO MOVE AROUND
ON THE TRACK. HE LOVED TO FIND GRIP BUT
LOOKING FOR SOME AIR TO GET TO THE NOSE OF THAT CAR.
TO THE ENTIRE CAR REALLY. SO HE CAN MAKE A BIG RUN.
I THINK HE’S GOT THAT RUN GOING RIGHT NOW ON TURN FOUR.
>>SO KEVIN HARVICK BACK OUT IN FRONT HERE IN ATLANTA.
THERE’S STILL A LOT OF RACING LEFT TO GO ON A STEAMY NIGHT IN
GEORGIA.>>>WELCOME BACK TO THE ATLANTA
MOTOR SPEEDWAY WHERE IT HAS BEEN AN EVENTFUL EVENING SO FAR.
93 LAPS REMAINING. TONY STEWART HAS MADE HIS RETURN
AND LOOKED STRONG EARLY ON. HE HAD A STRONG RACE CAR BUT
ENCOUNTERED SOME PROBLEMS HERE.>>YES KYLE GOT LOOSE AND SWUNG
UP AND GOT STEWART. GOT HIM IN THE WALL.
HE BLEW A RIGHT FRONT TIRE, HIT THE WALL.
NOW TONY STEWART IS OUT OF THE RACE.
>>NOT THE ENDING HE WAS HOPING FOR.
IT WILL NOT END IN A STORY BOOK FASHION FOR HIM.
NOR WILL IT FOR CLINT BOWYER. BOWYER CAME INTO THIS RACE NEAR
THE BUBBLE, NEAR THE CHASE CUTOFF.
WELL THE NIGHT HAS NOT GONE SMOOTHLY FOR HIM.
>>NO IT’S NOT. 22 LAPS DOWN.
HAD A SHIFTER PROBLEM. BOWYER SAT IN THE GARAGE AREA
QUITE SOME TIME.>>LOTS OF DRIVERS HOPING TO
SCORE THE HAIL MARY WIN TONIGHT PERHAPS TO GET THEMSELVES INTO
CHASE. MARCOS AMBROSE WAS ONE OF THEM.
>>HE BLEW AN ENGINE. HE RAN SO WELL, WAS DOING A HAIL
MARY TRYING TO WIN THAT RACE AND GET THIS THE CHASE.
THIS IS ANOTHER TRACK HE RUNS GOOD AT.
BUT TAKE A LOOK AT THIS RIGHT HERE.
THIS IS A BIG STORY. WE HAVE BEEN TALKING ALL DAY
ABOUT THE FRONT OF THE PACK, HOW STRONG THEY ARE.
LOOK AT THE 16th AND 17th PLACE RUNNERS.
LARSON AND BOWYER ARE TIED FOR THE POINTS.
THIS IS A BIG, BIG RACE. THESE GUYS ARE DRIVING HARD TO
GET IN THE TOP 16 IN POINTS.>>I THINK THE PRESSURE IS ON
LARSON. HE NEEDS A GREAT FINISH BECAUSE
NEXT WEEK WE GO TO RICHMOND WHERE BOWYER HAS TWO WINS AND
HE’S GOING TO THROW A HAIL MARY THERE AND GIVE IT UP TONIGHT.
>>KYLE LARSON IS WORKING TRAFFIC TRYING TO PULL HIMSELF
UP AS HIGH AS HE CAN. HE’S CURRENTLY INSIDE THE TOP
TEN LOOKING FOR MORE.>>LARSON.
DROPPING A SPOT IN THE LAST LAP OR TWO.
RUNNING IN 9th SPOT. BIFFLE RIGHT BEHIND HIM IN TENTH
PLACE. ANOTHER DRIVER IN 23rd POSITION.
BIFFLE WILL PICK IT UP NOW.>>THAT’S A HUGE COMEBACK FOR
BIFFLE AND HIS TEAM. THEY WERE SITTING BACK IN THIS
23rd SPOT. MADE GOOD ADJUSTMENTS.
I’M SURE GRIP HELPED THEM OUT.>>ALL OF THIS MADE POSSIBLE BY
THE SHIFTER PROBLEM THAT BOWYER HAD EARLIER SETTING HIM BACK TO
39th IN THE RUNNING ORDER RIGHT NOW.
>>ALL THESE DRIVERS AROUND THAT AREA THAT WE WERE TALKING ABOUT,
THEY’RE PULLING FOR KEVIN HARVICK TO WIN THIS RACE OR
SOMEBODY THAT HAS WON. THEY WOULD LIKE FOR THOSE FOUR
SPOTS TO STILL BE THE SPOTS AVAILABLE EVEN THOUGH MATT
KENSETH COULD WIN WILL NOT AFFECT THAT EITHER.
>>KEVIN HARVICK DOMINATING TONIGHT.
AS MUCH AS HE DID LAST NIGHT BUT NOT NEARLY HAVING AN EASY TIME
OF IT WHEN IT COPS TO PIT STOPS. IT’S BEEN THE STORY OF THE
NIGHT. ADVANCING THE DRIVERS TO THE
HEAD OF THE PACK.>>THINK ABOUT THAT IF WE HAVE A
LATE RESTART, THESE CARS COME DOWN PIT ROW, MATT KENSETH ABLE
TO MAINTAIN CONTACT WITH HARVICK.
>>WE TALK ABOUT JUST HOW CALM, COMPETITIVE THINGS ARE ON THE
RACETRACK. IT’S MORE SO PROBABLY ON THAT
PIT ROAD. YOU WERE JUST TALKING ABOUT MORE
TIME MAKING A HUGE DIFFERENCE IN WHAT YOUR DAY OR NIGHT COULD BE.
DAVE.>>KEVIN AND CREW CHIEF WERE
DISCUSSING THAT VERY THING UNDER CAUTION LAST TIME.
>>I WOULD TAKE THAT FIRST PIT STOP BECAUSE OF THE CAMERA BEING
SO FAR AWAY.>>EXACTLY WHAT I WAS JUST
THINKING.>>ASPHALT IS TERRIBLE.
IT SPINS. THAT DOWN THERE IS WHERE THE
DRAG STUFF IS. THEY GOT THE TIRE GRIP THEY PUT
OUT.>>WHETHER IT’S A NEW TECHNOLOGY
FOR THE GUYS CHANGING TIRES OR THE PIT STALLS, AGAIN A
SITUATION WHERE THE LAST PIT STOP MAY BE THEIR ACHILLES HEEL
TONIGHT. WE’LL SEE.
>>BOTH TIMES THERE WAS A RACING TEAM THAT TOOK ADVANTAGE AND
WON. OUR PLAY TONIGHT, WE STILL HAVE
84 LAPS FROM FINDING OUT.>>>USA 500 NOW 3/4 OF THE WAY
DONE AND KEVIN HARVICK THE RACE LEADER.
KEVIN OUT IN FRONT OF KENSETH BY 4.7 SECONDS WITH LOGANO AND
JOHNSON AND HAMLIN MAKING UP THE REST OF THE TOP FIVE.
20 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP. WE HAVE HAD FIVE LEADERS OF THE
NIGHT. BUT THE DOMINANT LEADER ON THIS
ONE HAS BEEN HARVICK WITH KENSETH PICTURED THERE LEADING
THE SECOND MOST LAPS. SIX CAUTION FLAGS FOR 38 LAPS.
ONLY THREE CARS OUT OF THE RACE. TONY STEWART WHO IS DONE FOR THE
NIGHT AFTER BEING INVOLVED IN A CRASH EARLIER.
ONBOARD WITH HARVICK. AS WE REMIND YOU TO GO TO
NASCAR.COM FOR ALL YOUR LATEST NASCAR INFORMATION.
GETTING SOME OF THE FIGURES FROM TONIGHT’S ORAL-B 500.
THERE’S FIRST. THERE’S SECOND.
>>AND THIRD.>>LOGANO CLOSING IN ON KENSETH
FOR A SPOT. JIMMY JOHNSON NOT FAR BEHIND.
>>JUST HIT 32 LAPS OF GREEN FLAG RACING.
LONGEST STRETCH WAS 38 LAPS, THE OPENING LAPS OF THE RACE.
SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED ABOUT EVERY FIVE, DEBRIS ON THE
RACETRACK FROM PEOPLE HAVING PROBLEMS.
>>I EXPECT TO SEE GREEN FLAG POPPING ANY TIME NOW.
JIMMY JOHNSON GOING BY.>>FEW LAPS NOW.
>>ONE OF THE CONTENDERS FOR THE NASCAR CHAMPIONSHIP AND MAKES
HIS NASCAR SPRINT CUP SERIES DEBUT HERE.
ALWAYS GOT TO BE AN EYE OPENER NO MATTER WHAT YOU THINK YOU
KNOW.>>YEAH.
>>PROBABLY RIGHT ABOUT NOW HE’S TRYING TO GRAB A LOOK AT THE
SCORE BOARD AND SAYING IS THIS THING DONE YET.
>>MAN, IT’S LONG. THAT’S WHAT HE’S THINKING.
>>CURT RUNNING UP IN THE TOP FIVE EARLIER WHEN THE RIGHT REAR
WENT DOWN ON HIS CAR BACK AT LAP 171.
THEY MANAGED TO STAY ON THE LAP. YOU SEE ALL THE BANDAGES ON THE
RIGHT SIDE OF THE CAR. HERE COMES CURT TRYING TO WORK
HIS WAY BACK THROUGH. 13th PLACE AND IS TRYING TO GET
12th AWAY FROM LARSON IN THE 42.>>LARSON HAD GOTTEN HIMSELF UP
THERE IN A GOOD SPOT AROUND THE 5th AND 6th SPOT WHICH WAS NICE
FOR HER POINTS-WISE. NOT ABLE TO HOLD THE HANDLE IN
THIS 42 CAR.>>THIS LONG GREEN FLAG RUN HAS
GONE ON.>>WE’RE APPROACHING THE LONGEST
GREEN FLAG WE HAVE HAD TONIGHT.>>REALLY SLIDING BACK OFF OF
HARVICK NOW, KENSETH.>>A RACETRACK A MILE AND HALF
AROUND.>>SO FAR THIS YEAR IN THE FIRST
FIVE RACES ARE MILE AND HALVES. PENSKE RACING AND HENRIK MOTOR
SPORTS HAVE WON ALL FIVE.>>LOGANO DRIVING THE FORD
POWERED BY ENGINES BUILT BY DOUG YATES.
ROBERT YATES WAS IN THE HOSPITAL AGAIN THIS WEEK HAVING SOME
FLUID DRAINS AND I UNDERSTAND FROM DOUG THAT SEEMS TO BE DOING
OKAY. BUT JUST GIVE ROBERT YATES OUR
BEST WISHES.>>ONE OF THE SMARTEST MEN I
HAVE EVER BEEN AROUND.>>AND ONE OF THE HARDEST
WORKING GUYS.>>HE WORKED AT IT HARD.
HE DIDN’T LET ANYBODY GET AN ADVANTAGE ON HIM.
>>NOT AT ALL.>>SO WE’RE GETTING TO THE POINT
NOW THAT WE HAVE HIT OFFICIALLY THE LONGEST GREEN FLAG OF THE
RACE, ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE’S LOTS OF REPORTS COMING IN FOR
DEBRIS.>>PROBABLY SEE — THERE’S ONE
RIGHT THERE MAYBE COMING APART. HARD TO TELL RIGHT THERE.
YEAH, MAYBE.>>YES, ON THE LEFT.
JUST AS HE TURNED THAT CORNER.>>CURT BUSCH ON PIT ROW ON THE
GREEN FLAG. CURT BUSCH, AT ONE TIME HE CAME
IN FIVE TIMES TO REPAIR DAMAGE ON THE RIGHT REAR.
THEY HAVE GOTTEN THAT TAKEN CARE OF.
HE’S BRIEFING UP BACK TOWARDS THE TOP TEN.
NO ADJUSTMENTS HERE. LITTLE FREE IN AND OFF.
>>THAT LAST MILE RUN BLEW A RIGHT REAR TIRE.
I’M SURE THAT’S WHY THEY WANTED TO GET ON PIT ROAD BEFORE THEY
HAD ANOTHER PROBLEM.>>DISCRETION.
AUSTIN DILLON HOPING HE MIGHT HAVE TRAILED CAUTION.
NOW CURT BUSCH HAS BEEN OVERTAKEN BY THE RACE LEADER.
THAT BECOME AS RACE FOR POSITION THERE FOR DILLON TO TRY AND STAY
IN FRONT OF CURT.>>THAT ONE WON’T LAST LONG.
>>KYLE BUSCH, LAST CAR ON THE LEAD LAP.
>>LOOK AT CURT BUSCH.>>YOU CAN JUST SEE HOW MUCH
THESE THINGS SLOW DOWN. THEY GET A LOT OF LAPS ON THEN.
>>WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT MANAGING TIRES, IT’S WHAT THE GUY BEHIND
THE WHEEL DOES WITH HIS FEET AND HANDS.
>>YOU CAN MAKE THE TIRES MAD EVEN THOUGH YOU MAY HAVE A GOOD
SETUP UNDER YOUR CAR. THERE’S SO MANY THINGS YOU DO.
THIS IS ONE OF THOSE — EVEN THOUGH THERE’S A LOT OF PLACES
YOU LIKE TO HOP THE CAR INTO THE CORNER BUT THAT’S GOING TO EAT
UP YOUR TIRES. BUT THEN YOU CAN HEAT UP THE
FRONT TIRES. KEVIN HAS FOUND A WAY TO GET
AROUND HERE.>>A WAVE OF PIT STOPS HERE.
KEVIN HARVICK TRYING TO GET A LOAD UP.
>>BARELY. LARSON, NEW MAN, AUSTIN DILLON,
ALL ON THE PIT LANE. JIM.
>>FOR KYLE LARSON THE PROBLEM WAS THEY TRIED TO MAKE THE PIT
SHORT RUNS. HE GOT WORSE AND WORSE AND SAID
GUYS, I DON’T WANT TO SEE IT OUT ANY LONGER THAN I HAVE TO.
>>DEBRIS ON THE BACK STRAIGHT AWAY.
THE RACE CONTROLS.>>WELL, THAT’S AN INTERESTING
TURN OF EVENTS. PEOPLE SCRAMBLING UNDER THE
GREEN FLAG.>>GETTING OVER TO HIS PIT BOX.
>>PUT HIM IN A BAD SPOT. BUT KENSETH SHOWED WHO WAS BOSS
BEFORE THAT WAS ALL OVER.>>SO WAITING FOR THE PACE CAR
TO PICK OFF THE RACE LEADERS. DENNY HAMLIN IS THE LEADER.
AND I’M ALSO WATCHING THE SCORING MONITOR HERE WHILE YOU
WATCH THE PACE CAR PICK UP THE FIELD TO SEE WHO MADE THE YELLOW
FLAG ON THE LEAD LAP AND WHO DID NOT.
LOOKS TO ME LIKE HARVICK, KENSETH, LOGANO AND JOHNSON
STAYED ON THE LEAD LAP. BUT CURT BUSCH, KYLE LARSON,
McMURRAY WERE ALL PINNED AND HAVE TO TAKE A WAIVE OUT AND
COME BACK BEHIND THOSE GUYS.>>IT WILL ALL WORK OUT AFTER
THEY MAKE A PIT STOP.>>HERE COME THE LEADERS TO THE
ENTRANCE TO PIT ROW. THOSE WHO HAVE NOT STOPPED YET
ARE COMING IN HERE.>>WHAT A NIGHT IT’S BEEN FOR
PAUL MENARD. HE STARTED 33rd AND WORKED HIS
WAY UP. HE JUST NEEDS MORE GRIP.
THESE THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN. MORE TIRES AND AIR PRESSURE.
>>AND THE 99, EDWARDS SAYING TOO TIGHT CENTER ON THE RUN.
THAT’S WHAT WAS HURTING HIM. AND BRAD KESELOWSKI, PRETTY
DECENT THIS RUN. TRYING TO MAKE UP FOR THE BAD
PIT STOP LAST TIME.>>FOUR TIRES FOR HAMLIN WHO GOT
LOOSE THE LAST TEN LAPS OF THE RUN.
IT’S NOT A SUB-12 SECOND STOP FOR HIM BUT HE’S DOWN AND AWAY.
>>HAD A LITTLE RESET ON A RUNNING ORDER AND RESTART COMING
UP. HARVICK IS GOING TO BE IN
CONTROL OF THIS UPCOMING ONE.>>>DICK’S SPORTING GOODS
KICKOFF WEEK CONTINUES TOMORROW AT 8:00 EASTERN.
TRAVELING TO LOUISVILLE PRESENTED BY CAPITOL ONE.
PART OF THE EVER SHIFTING LANES IN COLLEGE THESE DAYS.
EVER SHIFTING LANES HERE IN ATLANTA.
HARVICK HAS BEEN SOMEWHAT OF A CONSTANT BUT THE RUNNING ORDER
GOING TO SHUFFLE UP BY A CAUTION IN THE MIDDLE OF A SERIES OF
GREEN FLAG PIT STOPS. 18 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP TAKING
WAIVER ROUNDS TO GET BACK ON THE LAP ARE CURT BUSCH, KYLE LARSON,
JAMIE MICK MURRAY, NEWMAN AND ALMIROLA.
>>WITH THE AMOUNT OF LAPS, STILL GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A
PIT STOP. WHEN THEY MAKE IT, IT’S GOING TO
BE INTERESTING.>>YES.
>>GOT 63 LAPS TO GO. SOMEBODY MAKES THE SHORTSTOP IN
THIS RUN.>>KENSETH REALLY SPINNING HIS
TIRES.>>LOOK AT THE JAMUP IN THAT
OUTSIDE LANE.>>EDWARDS HAS A HUGE RUN OFF OF
TURN FOUR TO PASS KENSETH.>>HE’LL MAKE THAT THING GO AND
PRESS TIRES. I’M NOT SURE IF HE’S USING THEM
UP OR THAT’S THE WAY THE CAR WAS SET UP.
HE’S GOT A LOT OF FEED EARLY ON.>>LOOK AT THAT THING GO.
>>ALL RACETRACK AND MOST OF HIS TIRES, THE PROBLEM WOULD BE,
REALLY PAID A PRICE.>>HE GAVE THAT CAR THE OPPORTUNITY AND JUST DIDN’T TAKE
IT.>>KESELOWSKI TRYING TO DIG OUT
OF THE HOLE FROM THE PIT STOP EARLIER.
PICKING UP A SPOT. DALE EARNHARDT, JR. SLIDING
BACK. HERE COMES KASEY KAHNE.
HEADING INTO ONE.>>HAS BEEN A KIND OF HOT AND
COLD ALL NIGHT LONG. SEEMS LIKE THEY GET SOMETHING
AND THEN THEY HAVE A PROBLEM.>>GOT REALLY LOOSE.
BOUNCED OFF OF JUNIOR I BELIEVE.>>HE TURNED OFF.
I DON’T KNOW THAT THERE WAS EVER ANY CONTACT.
JUST THAT HE THOUGHT THERE WAS GOING TO BE.
>>ALL THE WAY.>>YEAH, THERE WAS.
>>INSIDE DRIVER, GET THAT RIGHT FRONT TIRE HIT.
JUST A BIT OF CONTACT AS YOU’RE TURNING.
>>AT THE SPEEDS THEY’RE DOING HERE.
>>THAT’S THE STRAIGHT AWAY. NOT LIKE HE HAD THE BANKING TO
SAVE OR ANYTHING.>>THE QUESTION BECOMES THE
DAMAGE TO THE FRONT TIRE. THE FENDER AND BIFFLE WHO HAS
WORKED SO HARD NOW FINDS HIMSELF IN 12th PLACE AND WITH A
QUESTION MARK.>>RIGHT BEHIND BIFFLE DANICA
PATRICK HAVING A SOLID NIGHT. WHAT A GOOD JOB.
>>SHE HAS BEEN VERY SOLID HERE TONIGHT.
>>FIGHTING TO GET BACK TO THE TOP TEN NOW.
AT 13th PLACE. TRYING TO MAKE UP SOME LOST
ROUND. ON THE WRONG END OF THAT PIT
STOP. NEWMAN HAD PITTED UNDER THE
GREEN FLAG BUT LOST A LAP FOR THE RACE LEADERS THEN A CAUTION
CAME OUT. AND CAME AROUND AND RESTARTED
THE BACK END OF THE LINE. NEWMAN IN DECENT SHAPE, NOT
QUITE THERE TO ROCK HIS PLACE IN THE CHASE END TONIGHT ON POINTS.
BUT HE’S CLOSE TO IT.>>WE WERE HOPING THEY COULD
MAKE THAT HAPPEN WITH JUST A GOOD SOLID RUN.
>>HE’S NOW STILL A LAP DOWN. IN THE FREE PASS POSITION.
HE’S ONLY ONE LAP DOWN.>>HARVICK LEADING.
54 TO GO. HAS TAKEN A WAIVER.
>>I DON’T THINK HE DID.>>I FEEL A GREAT CHANGE.
>>>75 MILES TO GO IN THE ORAL-B USA 500.
TWO RACES TO GO UNTIL THE CHASE GRID IS LOCKED IN.
TONIGHT’S RACE IS HAVING AN IMPACT ON THAT GRID.
BOWYER ONE OF THE DRIVES LOOKING FOR A FINAL PLACE IN THE CHASE
HAD PROBLEMS EARLIER ON THAT HAS TIGHTENED UP THE RACE FOR 16th
PLACE WHICH IS THE FINAL ONE TO GET IN.
BROUGHT KASEY KAHNE, LARSON AND THE OTHERS MUCH CLOSER TO HIM AS
THINGS FINISH AND RICHMOND RACE SHOULD BE INTERESTING.
KEVIN HARVICK HAS DOMINATED. JEFF GORDON HIT THE WALL.
JEFF RUNNING SECOND EARLIER. TWO LAPS DOWN.
ABLE TO RUN WITH THESE TOP FIVE CARS.
JOHNSON RACING FOR FIFTH POSITION.
JEFF IS TWO LAPS DOWN. THE OTHER MAIN STORY ON THE
NIGHT, TONY STEWART HAD A SOLID RACE BUT GOT RUN OFF INTO THE
WALL BY KYLE BUSCH WITH CONTACTS.
BUSCH’S CAR SLIPPED AFTER A RESTART AND PUT STEWART INTO THE
WALL AND TONY IS DONE FOR THE NIGHT AND HE’S GOING TO FINISH
21st RACE. KEVIN HARVICK HAS LED 176 OF THE
279 LAPS THAT HAVE BEEN RUN SO FAR.
STILL ONE MORE PIT STOP TO GO. THE QUESTION IS WHEN WE
RESTARTED WITH 60 LAPS TO GO OR SO.
WHEN DO YOU MAKE THAT FINAL STOP?
>>PROBABLY TRY TO SPLIT THIS THING IN HALF.
>>20 OR 30 LAPS REMAIN, YOU’LL SEE WHAT’S HAPPENING.
>>THAT’S WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT.
AN OPPORTUNITY HERE TO PUT THIS THING UP AND TAKE A CHANCE.
WE’RE TALK ABOUT GAMBLING HERE. YOU CAN GAMBLE ON MAKING A
SHORTSTOP UNDER GREEN AND HOPING IT WORKS OUT ON YOUR FAVOR
CAUTION-WISE. YOU CAN SEE TO MAKE THAT EARLY
STOP, YOU CAN GAIN A LOT OF TIME FOR QUITE A FEW LAPS AND LEAP
FROGS YOURSELF INTO A POSITION THAT WOULDN’T BE ABLE TO GET
INTO.>>THE RISK OF STOPPING SHORT IS
IF YOU STOP AND GO A LAP DOWN MAKING THAT STOP AND THEN THE
CAUTION COMES OUT, YOU’RE DONE.>>YEAH.
>>LAST NIGHT WE SAW IN THE NATIONWIDE RACE THESE TWO
DRIVERS HAD A SITUATION WHERE LOGANO WAS FIVE BACK AND PITTED
AND CAME BACK OUT ONE SECOND BEHIND.
THAT’S WHERE HARVICK AND HIS TEAM WILL HAVE TO STAY ON TOP OF
THE GAME AS THESE OTHERS START MAKING THEIR PIT STOP.
>>BIG, BIG NIGHT FOR KASEY KAHNE.
STARTED THE NIGHT 33 POINTS BEHIND A CHASE QUALIFIED SPOT AS
YOU JUST SAW THERE. RUNNING TO FIVE POINTS OUT OF A
CHASE QUALIFIED POSITION. WHAT A DRIVE AND RALLY FOR THIS
TEAM TONIGHT.>>ANDY, WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU’RE
WORKING ON YOUR RACE CAR, IT HOPEFULLY GETS BETTER.
>>OFTEN TIMES IT DOES AS THEY HAVE WORKED HARD ON THIS RACE
CAR TONIGHT. HE PICKED UP EIGHT SINCE THE
RESTART. KEVIN SAID KIND OF A WEIRD LINE
BUT IT’S WORKING. JASON IS ON THE MOVE.
>>ONE THING I THINK ABOUT KASEY, IT SEEMS LIKE HE’S NOT A
FACTOR IN THE BEGINNING OR MIDDLE PART OF THE RACE BUT HE
SEEMS TO BE ABLE TO FINISH WELL. HE’S DOING THAT TONIGHT.
>>WHAT MAKE THAT IS HAPPEN? IS THAT THE TEAM OR THE DRIVER
WHO BUILDS TOWARD THE FINISH? IS IT A NIGHT OWL WHO DOESN’T DO
WELL EARLIER IN THIS DAY?>>COULD BE ALL OF THAT.
I’M NOT SURE.>>DALE, JR., 88.
VICKERS, 55. JUNIOR HAD SOME PROBLEMS EARLIER
WITH A PIECE OF DEBRIS ON THE TRACK.
THEY MADE A NICE RALLY.>>THEY HAVE GOTTEN THEMSELVES
BACK INSIDE THE TOP TEN HERE ONCE AGAIN.
IT’S AN IMPORTANT RACE FOR A LOT OF THESE CONTENDERS FOR THE
CHASE. YOU TALK ABOUT CHICAGO BEING THE
FIRST RACE OF THE CHASE. PRETTY WORN OUT SURFACE THEY’LL
ENCOUNTER THERE, TOO. EVEN THOUGH IT’S NOT QUITE AS
BAD. STILL SOME THINGS THAT YOU CAN
LEARN FROM THIS RACE THAT YOU CAN APPLY THERE.
EVEN HAD TEAMS THERE TESTING THIS PAST WEEK.
THIS COULD BE A PREVIEW OF THAT.>>I THINK HE’S BEEN GOOD THERE
TOO.>>HE’S BEEN PRETTY GOOD HERE IN
ATLANTA ALL WEEKEND LONG. DOMINATED LAST NIGHT AND HAD
CERTAINLY DONE MOST OF THE LEAD TONIGHT.
IT HASN’T BEEN ALL SMOOTH SAILING.
A FINAL ROUND OF PIT STOPS COMING UP.
WHO IS GOING TO WIN IT? WE STILL HAVE TO FIND OUT.
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>>KEVIN HAS HAD A DOMINANT WEEKEND SO FAR.
LOOK AT THE NUMBER LAST NIGHT. THAT WAS 159 OF 195 IN THE RACE.
HE’S LED 190 OF 293 TONIGHT. OUT IN FRONT ON SEVEN DIFFERENT
OCCASIONS LOOKING FOR THE WEEKEND SWEEP HERE AT THE
ATLANTA SPEEDWAY. BEGINNING TO SEE SOME MOVES TO
PIT ROAD HERE. UNDER THE GREEN FLAG WITH 32 TO
GO. JAMIE.
>>BRIAN VICKERS HAS HAD A GREAT NIGHT.
THEY HAVE BEEN IN THE TOP TEN THE WHOLE TIME.
MEANWHILE, THE 88, DAILY EARNHARDT, JR. BROUGHT A CAR
HERE. TESTING IT OUT TO SEE HOW IT
WILL RUN. THE 99, EDWARDS IS HAVING A
PROBLEM WITH THE RIGHT FRONT TIRE.
HAPPY TO GET THE NEW SET OF TIRES ON.
VINCE.>>THE 27, MENARD COMING IN.
WHAT A STRONG NIGHT IT HAS BEEN FOR PAUL.
THEY HAVE BEEN FIGHTING THROUGHOUT THE COURSE OF THE
NIGHT. CHASSIS ADJUSTMENT THERE.
FOUR TIRES AND FUEL. NOW KYLE BUSCH, WHAT A NIGHT IT
HAS BEEN THE KYLE. HE HAD CONTACT WITH TONY STEWART
EARLIER IN THE RACE AND MANAGED TO HAVE A SOLID NIGHT.
FOUR TIRE CHANGE FOR KYLE.>>NOW THE PRESSURE BEGINS TO
FALL ON THE HEAD OF THE CREW CHIEF OF KEVIN HARVICK’S NUMBER
4. HE HAS TO WATCH AND DECIDE WHEN
IS THE RIGHT TIME TO CALL HIS DRIVER IN FOR THE PIT STOP.
MATCHING THAT, THE TIRE DEGRADATION NUMBERS AGAINST THE
CAUTION PROBABILITY NUMBERS. AND IN NINE OF THE LAST 12 RACES
WE HAVE HAD A CAUTION AROUND 25 AND 20 TO GO.
AGAINST THE WALL. THERE’S THE CAUTION.
>>HE MAY HAVE BLOWN A LEFT FRONT TIRE, TOO.
22 IS ON PIT ROAD I BELIEVE.>>AND LARSON.
>>I BELIEVE THE TIRE WAS –>>IN CONTACT WITH ANOTHER CAR.
>>MIGHT IT BE THE 11? COULD HAVE BEEN.
>>YEAH LOOKS LIKE SOME OF THESE CARS ARE THINKING ABOUT GOING IN
ON PIT ROAD AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SLOW DOWN.
>>THAT CREATED THE ISSUE BEHIND THERE.
>>HAD A CAR IN THE WAY.>>THEN YOU CAN SEE WHERE THE 2
CAR GOT THE DAMAGE ON THE LEFT FRONT.
TOO BAD FOR BRAD. HE HAD A REALLY FAST CAR.
>>THE 26 CAR WAS FULL WIDTH. BRAD KESELOWSKI THERE.
AND THE CAUTION DOES COME OUT WITH 28 LAPS TO GO NOW.
THE CAUTION IS THROWN IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROUND OF PIT STOPS.
>>KEVIN IS NOT GONG TO RESTART AS THE LEADER OF THIS RACE.
>>IT’S GOING TO CREATE SOME PROBLEMS FOR HIM.
>>IT LOOKS LIKE IT WILL BE LOGANO.
>>SAYING HE’S ON THE SPLITTER FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE RUN
AND LESS STABILITY. THEY’RE GOING TO MAKE A CHASSIS
ADJUSTMENT AND FOUR TIRES.>>HAMLIN, THEY’RE GOING TO SEE
IF THERE’S ANY DAMAGE. THEY’LL GIVE HIM FOUR TIRES.
>>STRONG ENOUGH RUN FOR KASEY KAHNE.
A SLIGHT WEDGE ADJUSTMENT TO MAKE HIM STRONG IN THE SHORT RUN
AT THE END. SENDING HIM AWAY.
HE WILL NOT WIN THE RACE OFF PIT ROW.
THAT WILL BE DENNY HAMLIN AGAIN.>>A LITTLE BIT OF A SLOWER
STOP. YOU SEE LOGANO BACK ON AND OFF
THE PIT ROAD. BACK IN THE GARAGE AND OUT OF
HIS CAR, KESELOWSKI. .
>>>25 TO GO IN THE ORAL-B USA 500.
BIZARRE TWIST OF EVENTS. JOEY LOGANO LOOKING LIKE HE WAS
IN FINE SHAPE BEFORE THE CAUTION CAME OUT.
THERE WAS A PROBLEM ON HIS GREEN FLAG STOP THAT FORCED HIM TO
STOP AGAIN UNDER THE YELLOW.>>HE WAS GOING TO BE IN GOOD
SHAPE. GET BACK ON THE RACETRACK.
DIDN’T PLUG IN UNTIL LATE IN THE STOP.
EVIDENTLY DIDN’T GET ENOUGH.>>HE CARRIED THE RIGHT FRONT
TIRE AROUND.>>NEVER GOING TO HAVE A CHANCE
TO WIN.>>WE’LL RECOVER.
HUSTLE THROUGH IT.>>THEY’RE GOING TO START 7.
>>IT’S INTERESTING WHY THEY DO SOMETHING TOTALLY DIFFERENT ON A
PIT STOP.>>DIDN’T NEED A LOT OF FUEL.
JUST NEEDED A CAN, MAYBE LESS THAN ONE CAN TO MAKE IT OR MAYBE
A BIT MORE.>>INSTEAD OF LOGANO BEING A
LEADER HE’S GOING TO BE IN 7th PLATE.
HAMLIN WITH HARVICK TO HIS OUTSIDE.
WE HAVE SEEN THIS A FEW DIFFERENT TIMES TONIGHT AND IT
HASN’T ALWAYS WORKED OUT.>>IT HASN’T.
WE HAVEN’T SEEN ANYBODY BE ABLE TO RESTART FROM THE SECOND SPOT
THERE. BUT HARVICK HAS STRUGGLED.
HE’S GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE HIS BEST RESTART HERE.
>>HUNGRY GUYS ON THIS LEAD TOO. YOU HAVE GOT KASEY KAHNE.
HE NEEDS TO WIN.>>SAW MATT KENSETH AS THE
LEADER AND NOW BACK IN 5th PLACE.
>>THEY HAD A PROBLEM ON THE PIT STOP.
THE LEFT FRONT, THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE TIRE READY TO BE PUT ON.
THAT WAS THE FIRST MISTAKE THEY MADE ALL NIGHT ON THE PIT ROAD.
>>23 LAPS TO GO. 16 CARS.
>>A HUNGRY DRIVER NEEDING TO WIN.
>>HARVICK SECOND, HAMLIN BACK TO THIRD, KAHNE IN THE LEAD.
>>CAN KASEY HOLD OFF KEVIN WHO HAS BEEN THE DOMINANT ONE
TONIGHT?>>WOW, HARVICK HAD THAT ONE.
>>HE WAS HANGING IT.>>SCRAPING THE RIGHT REAR ON
THE WALL.>>STILL WORRIED ABOUT MAKING
YOUR TIRES –>>RIGHT NOW CASEY CAN’T WORRY
ABOUT ANYTHING. YOU’VE GOT TO GO.
RIGHT NOW YOU’RE NOT GOING TO PASS HIM BACK.
>>STAY DOWN ON THAT INSIDE. THAT’S WHERE HARVICK IS AT HIS
BEST. HE CAN KEEP THAT AIR DIRTY
BEHIND HIS CAR AND MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT.
USE UP SOME TIRES TRYING TO GO AROUND THE OUTSIDE.
HARVICK HAS TO DO MORE WORK WITH HIS RACE CAR AND THE TIRES.
KAHNE DOING A GREAT JOB.>>FIRST TIME KASEY KAHNE HAD
CLEAR AIR, TOO.>>TRYING TO HANG ON TO THAT
NUMBER ONE SPOT. NEWMAN WITH FREE PASS OF
CAUTION. WAVING AROUND TO GET BACK ON THE
LAP. CARL EDWARDS, KYLE BUSCH, KYLE
LARSON AND MARTIN, JR. SEVEN CARS ON THE LAP.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI HAS BEEN RETIRED FROM THE RACE.
>>THIS RIGHT NOW AS WE GET BACK — GREG BIFFLE, WHAT A
GREAT COMEBACK FOR THIS TEAM. IN THE 7th SPOT RIGHT NOW.
THAT’S A HUGE AMOUNT OF POINTS FOR THIS 16 TEAM.
>>ON TOP OF THAT THE POINTS. THIS IS LIKE KASEY KAHNE WITH A
CHANCE TO ONE THE RACE. THAT IS MAKING PEOPLE NERVOUS.
AND KENSETH IS PROBABLY GOING TO LOCK IN HERE TONIGHT.
>>SQUEEZING THE BUBBLE TIGHTER. THERE’S THAT BUBBLE.
REMEMBER THAT ALL CHANGES IF KASEY KAHNE WINS AND THEN YOU
TAKE HIM OFF THE LIST. AND YOU MAKE IT JUST 14, 15 AND
16 AVAILABLE ON POINTS NEXT WEEK AND IF KENSETH WALKS IN, TOO,
IT’S GOING TO BE TIGHT.>>GOING TO HAVE TWO SPOTS
POSSIBLY AVAILABLE NEXT WEEK AT RICHMOND.
NICE JOB BY KASEY KAHNE. THERE WAS A TIME I THOUGHT HE
WAS REALLY COMING BACK MIDWAYS IN THE RACE.
IT WAS LIKE THEY LOST IT AGAIN AND HE WAS BACK IN 15th AND
COULDN’T MAKE UP ANY GROUND WHATSOEVER.
KENNY MADE AN ADJUSTMENT BEFORE THE PREVIOUS PIT STOP.
HE DROVE HIS WAY UP CLOSE TO THE TOP FIVE BEFORE THE ROUND OF PIT
STOP HAPPENING.>>TRYING TO FIND A WAY TO CLOSE
GROUND ON KAHNE. WE DIDN’T WANT TO LOOK AWAY FROM
THIS RESTART UNDER THE CAUTION AND GETTING YOU SQUARE ON THAT
BEFORE THE GREEN. JAMIE CAUGHT UP WITH BRAD
KESELOWSKI BEFORE THE YELLOW ENDED.
>>BRAD KESELOWSKI, WHAT AN EFFORT.
YOU RALLIED BACK FROM 16th UP TO 3 AND THEN WHAT DID YOU SEE?
>>I HATE TO SAY IT. I GUESS IT’S ONE OF THOSE RACES
THAT THE CARS WERE PITTING AND I KNEW 11 WAS PITTING BUT FIGURED
HE WOULD FOLLOW. BUT INSTEAD HE MADE A DECISION
TO PIT FROM THE MIDDLE LANE AND PRETTY MUCH RUINED OUR DAY.
JUST HATE TO SEE THAT.>>HAD A REALLY STRONG NIGHT.
RESULTING IN A BAD NIGHT WHEN YOU SEE THE RUNDOWN BUT
CERTAINLY HE WAS A PRESENCE TONIGHT HERE IN ATLANTA.
>>HARVICK HAS DOMINATED. HE MAY STILL WIN.
BUT KASEY KAHNE, WHAT A JOB. THE WAY THEY ADJUSTED THE CAR.
NAILED IS THAT LAST RESTART.>>THAT WAS PERFECT, THE RESTART
HE MADE FROM THAT THIRD POSITION, GETTING THE GOOD
RESTART AND GETTING TO THE OUTSIDE OF 11 OF HAMLIN IN TURNS
ONE AND TWO AND BEING ABLE TO HOLD HARVICK BEHIND HIM.
WE HAVE SEEN THIS HAPPEN BE OTHER CARS ABOUT 15 TO 17 LAPS
THAT THEY’RE ABLE TO STAY OUT THERE IN FRONT OF HARVICK AND
HE’S THE BETTER CAR THEN.>>STILL GOT A HANDFUL, KASEY
KAHNE DOES TO TRY TO WIN THIS THING.
>>RESTART CAME WITH 22 LAPS TO GO.
>>THAT CLEAN AIR REALLY HELPS I BELIEVE.
>>GOT TO BE CAREFUL, THAT LINE.>>THAT AND JUST THE WILL TO WIN
AND KNOWING WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR THIS.
>>A SITUATION LIKE THIS, DALE, HOW MUCH ARE YOU LOOKING IN THE
MIRROR AND HOW MUCH ARE YOU HITTING EVERY SINGLE MARK?
>>YOU’RE REALLY NOT LOOKING UNTIL YOU EXIT THE CORNER AND
GET ON THE STRAIGHT-AWAY. YOU’LL TAKE A GLANCE TO SEE AM I
KEEPING MY DISTANCE, AM I DOING THE RIGHT THINGS HERE.
OTHERWISE, THE ENTRY TO THE CORNER, YOU’RE TOTALLY FOCUSED
ON WHERE YOU HAVE TO PUT THIS RACE.
HE’S PUTTING IT IN THE RIGHT SPOT AND MAKING HARVICK GO WHERE
HE DOES NOT WANT TO AND THAT’S GOING TO BE THE KEY WIN THIS
RACE.>>PROBABLY GOING TO CATCH SOME
LAP CARS BY THE FINAL MOMENTS OF THIS ONE.
AS THERE ARE SOME SLOWER CARS JUST AHEAD.
THAT WOULD BE KEY, KEEP HIS MOMENTUM UP.
>>STILL YOU’RE DOING PERFECT.>>HAVING FOUR OF HIS ENTRIES
ALREADY QUALIFIED, CERTAINLY THE DISAPPOINTING SEASON AS HARVICK
SLIDES A LITTLE BIT. WITH ONLY TWO TOP FIVE FINISHES
THE WHOLE YEAR. TWO TOP FIVES THE ENTIRE SEASON.
WOULDN’T HAVE PUT THAT ON MY PREDICTION SHEET AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE YEAR FOR SURE.>>THAT’S THE BEAUTY.
>>EXACTLY RIGHT.>>YOU’RE INTO THE PLAYOFFS AND
GOT EVERYBODY HEALTHY AND STARTING AT GROUND ZERO AGAIN
AND SEEING WHAT YOU COULD DO FROM THAT POINT.
YOU JUST GOT TO FOCUS ON THOSE FIRST THREE RACES AGAIN AND
MAKING YOURSELF ELIGIBLE. WHAT A GREAT JOB BY KASEY KAHNE
RIGHT HERE.>>66 AND 83.
TRUEX YIELDING TO THE INSIDE.>>I WONDERED THERE FOR A FEW
LAPS WITH 10 TO 15 TO GO WITH HARVICK.
HE’S GETTING PUT IN BAD SPOTS BY THE LAP CARS.
SEE HOW KASEY KAHNE STRETCHED THAT OUT.
>>THAT MIGHT HAVE JUST DONE IT RIGHT THERE.
WE’RE GOING TO SEE NOW WHAT HARVICK HAS.
WHEN HE GOES BACK TO THE BOTTOM OF THE RACETRACK AND SAVES TIRES
TO MAKE A BIG RUN IN THESE LAST FIVE LAPS.
>>KEVIN WENT BACK TO IT.>>ONCE AGAIN, JUST A LITTLE BIT
FASTER.>>HARVICK REALLY IS TRYING TO
GET EVERYTHING HE POSSIBLY CAN. HE JUST LOVES TO GET TO THE BACK
BUMPER, NOT TO HIT HIM, JUST TO GET HIM LOOSENED UP.
>>USE THAT BUBBLE OF AIR BEING PUSHED OFF THE FRONT OF IT TO
UPSET THE BACK END OF THE CAR IN FRONT OF YOU.
>>HE’S GAINING A LITTLE BIT THIS LAP.
A LITTLE BIT QUICKER HERE.>>I KNOW PEOPLE ALWAYS LIKE TO
DEFLECT THAT YOU’RE NOT DRIVING ANYMORE, YOU CAN TELL US, IS
THAT GUY REALLY NERVOUS RIGHT NOW?
>>REALLY NERVOUS. AND THIS IS EVEN A MORE
NERVE-WRACKING SITUATION PROBABLY THAN A LOT OF OTHERS.
OTHER TIMES YOU JUST — THIS IS THEIR SEASON.
THIS IS 2014 RIGHT HERE IN THESE LAST THREE LAPS FOR THE 5 TEAM.
>>TWO TO GO.>>COMING UP OFF THE CORNER.
HARVICK CLOSED THE GAP A LITTLE BIT MORE ONCE AGAIN.
>>CAUTION FLAG IS OUT.>>YELLOW IS OUT.
>>AND THAT CHANGES EVERYTHING. HIT THE BIG RESET BUTTON ON IT
ALL. WE’RE NOT DONE YET.
>>I’M ASSUMING THOSE NERVES WERE MULTIPLIED EXPEDIENTIALLY.
>>NO DOUBT.>>TRUEX AND KYLE BUSCH INVOLVED
IN THIS ONE. THAT’S RATHER INTERESTING.
>>MARK TRUEX. THEY HAD SOME CONTACT EARLIER.
AND LATER. I DON’T KNOW WHAT THAT’S ALL
ABOUT.>>CERTAINLY CHANGED THE OUTCOME
OF THIS RACE FOR KASEY KAHNE THOUGH.
>>YES IT DID.>>DO THEY HAVE TO COME TO PIT
ROW.>>THEY HAVE WORKED SO MUCH.
I THINK WHOEVER WINS THIS RACE WILL MAKE A PIT STOP RIGHT NOW.
>>WELL, CERTAINLY BIZARRE CIRCUMSTANCES WITH KYLE BUSCH
AND MARTIN TRUEX, JR. THERE. ALTERING THE OUTCOME OF THIS
RACE AND PUTTING OUT THE CAUTION FLAG.
PIT ROW OPENED HERE. 16 CARS ON THE LEAD LAP.
GOING TO BE A TWO LAP SHOOTOUT TO THE FINISH OR AT LEAST ONE.
>>SOMEBODY IS GOING TO STAY OUT HERE.
>>BE INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT THEY DO.
>>PIT STOP IS COMING AT THE SCHEDULED CONCLUSION OF THE
RACE. KASEY KAHNE LEADS THEM IN.
>>AND JOHNSON WORKS HIS WAY INTO HIS PIT BOX.
HERE’S THE NINTH STOP OF THE NIGHT.
>>HAMLIN REPORTED A STEERING PROBLEM.
NOTHING THEY CAN DO ABOUT IT NOW.
SEE WHAT HAPPENS.>>NO FUEL FOR KASEY KAHNE.
LET’S WATCH THE CREWS WORK AND SEE WHO WINS.
THAT’S GOING TO BE HENRIK. WHERE WILL SOME OF THAT COME
OUT?>>WOW, WOW, WOW.
>>BAD TIME TO HAVE A BAD STOP.>>THEY HAD A COUPLE TIRE GUYS.
THIS MIGHT NOT BE THE FINAL RESTART OF THIS.
>>IT MIGHT NOT BE.>>RIGHT.
>>THAT’S TOUGH FOR KASEY KAHNE. YOU CAN’T HELP BUT FEEL BAD FOR
HIM. HE CAN’T SEEM TO CATCH A BREAK
THIS YEAR.>>THAT’S THE WAY THE SEASON HAS
BEEN WHEN THEY PUT THEMSELVES THIS IS THAT POSITION.
>>TALKED ABOUT THE HEAT, TEMPERATURE AND THE NUMBER OF
PIT STOPS THE CREWS MAKE. THE LAST ONE HAS GOT TO BE YOUR
BEST ONE.>>THAT SITUATION DID NOT PLAY
IN THE FAVOR OF KASEY KAHNE.>>STILL TRYING TO FIGURE OUT
WHAT HAPPENED BETWEEN KYLE BUSCH AND MARTIN TRUEX, JR. TO SET
THAT INCIDENT OUT THAT BROUGHT OUT THE CAUTION FLAG.
>>WHAT WAS THAT FOR?>>I DON’T KNOW.
>>WELL, CERTAINLY A TOPIC THAT COULD BE PURSUED AFTER THE
RACE’S CONCLUSION. I’M SURE KASEY KAHNE’S TEAM
WOULD LIKE TO FIND THE ANSWER OUT TO THAT ALSO.
>>THEY MIGHT BE THE FIRST ONES THERE.
>>BUT CASEY I BELIEVE IS GOING TO BE LIKE FIFTH SPOT.
GOING TO AT LEAST BE ON THE INSIDE WITH FOUR TIRES.
>>MAYBE WHEN THE OUTSIDE LANE DIDN’T GET GOING.
>>NOW THE FRONT ROW HAS JUST GOT TWO TIRES.
THAT WILL BE INTERESTING, TOO. WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANYBODY TAKE
TWO TIRES TONIGHT.>>AND THE FRONT ROW HASN’T WON
A RACE YET EITHER.>>OH, YEAH, THERE IS THAT.
>>KENSETH AND MENARD.>>ARE WE SETTING UP FOR ANOTHER
ONE OF THESE? LAST LAP PASSES FOR THE WIN HERE
IN ATLANTA. FAMOUS RUN WITH HARVICK AND
GORDON. SHOWS YOU EARLIER.
INSIDE LANE VERSUS OUTSIDE LANE. THE LOCATION, THE FINISH LINE
AND SO ON. WE’RE ONLY GOING TO HAVE TWO
LAPS OF RACING TO SETTLE IT. FIFTH TIME WE HAVE HAD THE GREEN
CHECKER FINISH HERE IN ATLANTA. THE LEADER AT THE SCHEDULED
DISTANCE MOST TIMES HAS GONE ON TO WIN.
IF THAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN THIS TIME, KASEY KAHNE IS GOING TO
HAVE THAT MAKE THAT BIG RALLY AS HE WAS THE LEADER.
>>NOW WE DOUBLE UP TO THE RESTART.
GOING TO HAVE TWO LAPS TO GO IN THIS ONE UNLESS WE GET A CAUTION
BEFORE THE LEADER TAKES THE WHITE FLAG AND THAT WILL DO IT
AGAIN. SO EXTRA DISTANCE HERE IN
ATLANTA TONIGHT. MATT KENSETH AND PAUL MENARD.
CHANGING TWO TIRES ON THIS TRACK WHERE TIRES HAVE BEEN SO
IMPORTANT. THEN DENNY HAMLIN AND KEVIN
HARVICK, INSIDE/OUTSIDE ROAD, TOO.
LOGANO BACK THERE AND CURT BUSCH AT 41.
WHERE WAS HE LAST YEAR? WENT FROM 10th TO 2nd ON THE
ROAD RESTART. I EXPECT TO SEE HIM WAY UP IN
THAT OUTSIDE LANE ALSO.>>DANICA PATRICK IN THE MIX.
RESTARTING IN THE 7th SPOT.>>WELL, THIS IS THE MOMENT OF
THE RACE. THE MOMENT OF THE RACE BROUGHT
TO YOU BY DAIRY QUEEN, THEY COME TO THE RESTART.
THE GREEN CHECKER.>>CAUTION IS NOW — THAT CAR
CAUSED THE CAUTION. ONE ON THE WALL.
IT IS HARVICK.>>HOLD IT UP THERE.
HOLD IT UP THERE.>>THE NIGHT OF THE DOMINANT
DRIVER AND CAR.>>THOSE ARE HARD TO TAKE RIGHT
THERE.>>YOU HAVE TO WATCH THESE
THINGS UNTIL THEY’RE OVER BECAUSE THEY’RE NEVER OVER UNTIL
THE VERY LAST LAP. NO MATTER HOW GOOD THEY HAVE
BEEN ALL NIGHT.>>MENARD WAS ON THE OUTSIDE.
DIDN’T GET GOING. THINGS JAMMED UP BEHIND HIM.
LOGANO WENT TO THE OUTSIDE. IT LOOKED LIKE HARVICK JUMPED UP
THERE AND HE AND LOGANO MADE CONTACT AND TURNED HARVICK’S CAR
INTO THE WALL AND THAT’S THE RESULT.
WATCH 22 AND 4. HARVICK WAS FORCED UP THERE.
>>YEAH.>>I THINK HARVICK GOT THIS THE
BACK OF MENARD AS HE WAS TRYING TO GET HIS GOING.
I DON’T KNOW IF HE WAS TICKED OFF ABOUT THAT.
>>KEEP COMING. KEEP COMING.
>>CLEAR, CLEAR, CLEAR.>>TWO OUTSIDE.
THREE OUTSIDE. OUTSIDE, OUTSIDE, OUTSIDE.
INSIDE, INSIDE. CAUTION.
>>WE DIDN’T THINK THAT WOULD BE THE LAST RESTART.
>>THIS NEXT ONE MIGHT NOT BE EITHER.
>>22 TRYING TO GET OUTSIDE, OUTSIDE.
4 WIDE. STRAIGHT.
STRAIGHT. YELLOW IS OUT.
>>BE CURIOUS TO HEAR WHAT PAUL MENARD WAS HEARING ON HIS RADIO
BECAUSE HE HAD CURT BUSCH TRYING TO MAKE A RUN TO HIS INSIDE AS
HE MOVED UP. OR WAS IT AFTER?
IT WAS AFTER. OKAY.
>>IT’S OBVIOUS. MENARD NOT GETTING A GOOD START.
IT WAS PROBABLY THE WORST ONE WE’VE SEEN ALL NIGHT.
THE OUTSIDE.>>HARVICK HAD LAID BACK A
LITTLE AND GOT A NICE LITTLE RUN AND BUMPED MENARD JUST A BIT.
>>THAT OUTSIDE — THAT FIRST ROW OUTSIDE JUST CAN’T GET
GOING. CANNOT SEEM TO GET ANY TRACTION.
>>SO WE’RE GOING TO DO THIS AGAIN.
AND THIS TIME KASEY KAHNE WILL BE UP IN THE INSIDE OF ROW TWO.
>>THE FIRST ONE WITH FOUR TIRES.
WELL DENNY HAMLIN HAS FOUR.>>YEP.
>>LITTLE INTERESTING TWIST TO THIS ONE, HUH, VINCE?
>>HOW HAS YOUR CAR BEEN ON THESE RESTARTS FOR THE FIRST
COUPLE OF LAPS?>>IT’S BEEN GOOD WHEN WE HAVE
HAD FOUR TIRES ON IT. YOU KNOW, WE WERE STUCK BACK IN
FIFTH OR SIXTH THERE. OUR ONLY SHOT OF WINNING WAS
TRYING TO DO SOMETHING THE REST WEREN’T.
WE DEFINITELY NEED TO REACH ON THE BOTTOM.
WE KNOW WE GOT OFF PIT ROAD FIRST.
AT LEAST WE GET THAT SPOT.>>THANKS, JASON.
>>JUST AN INTERESTING SIDE BAR, BY TAKING A WAVE AROUND BEFORE
THE GREEN/WHITE CHECKER AND GETTING THE PASS AS THIS
CAUTION, JEFF GORDON IS ON THE LEAD.
>>MADE IT TWO LAPS.>>JUST LIKE THAT.
>>HOW IS THIS ONE GOING TO TURN OUT?
FOR PREDICTIONS WE TURN TO MIKE.>>NONE OF US ARE AFRAID TO
PREDICT. THAT’S THE TRUTH FOR SURE.
BUT WE THOUGHT WE KNEW HOW THIS THING WAS GOING TO END ABOUT A
HALF HOUR AGO. EVERYTHING HAS CHANGED.
WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING NOW?>>YOU GOT DENNY HAMLIN IN THE
OUTSIDE LANE WHICH HAS BEEN TERRIBLE FOR RESTARTS AND KASEY
KAHNE ON THE INSIDE LANE WITH FOUR TIRES.
I PERSONALLY THINK THAT KASEY KAHNE IS GETTING READY TO HAVE
THE RESTART OF HIS LIFE LIKE HIS TEAMMATE JEFF GORDON DID IN
INDIANAPOLIS. THIS COULD BE A BIG RESTART FOR
KASEY. IF HE DOES THIS THING RIGHT, HE
COULD COME OUT CLEAR FOR THESE GUYS.
THAT’S WHAT I’M PREDICTING. I HAVE NO IDEA THAT’S GOING TO
WORK OUT THAT WAY.>>2.5 LAPS AGO.
KASEY KAHNE, I THINK HE HAS THE BEST OPPORTUNITY FOR THE TIRES.
WHAT ABOUT DANICA PATRICK? WHO KNOWS WHAT COULD HAPPEN.
>>LOTS COULD HAPPEN HERE IN THE CLOSING LAPS.
>>CASEY HAS HAD AN AWESOME COME BACK AND GOT ONE MORE RESTART TO
TRY TO GET BACK TO THE FRONT. HOW DOES THIS WORK FOR YOU?
>>WE DIDN’T NEED THAT CAUTION. I THINK WE HAD THE RACE.
BUT THEY HAVE DONE A HECK OF A JOB. WE HAVE GOT FOUR TIRES ON
THE INSIDE. WE’LL SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
GOING TO BE A WILD FINISH.>>WE’LL WATCH WITH YOU.
>>HE’S GOING TO START INSIDE OF ROW TWO.
WITH DANICA PATRICK OUTSIDE OF HIM.
AND IN FRONT OF HIM MATT KENSETH AND DENNY HARVICK.
HASN’T GONE WELL ON RESTARTS. WHEN CASEY GOT THE LEAD BEFORE
IT WAS FROM RESTARTING INSIDE OF ROW TWO.
BROKE TO THE INSIDE AND WENT AROUND.
CAN HE DO IT AGAIN AND GET BACK THE LEAD?
THREE MORE CHECKER ATTEMPT NUMBER TWO.
>>ABOUT 20 FEET WIDE.>>NOW ON A MISSION.
>>THIS COULD GET FEISTY. COMING AROUND THE WHITE FLAG.
WHITE FLAG IN ATLANTA! CHECKER FLAG IN THE AIR.
THE TIMELIEST OF WINS FOR KASEY KAHNE WHO PUNCHES HIS TICKET
INTO THE CHASE.>>THANK YOU.
THANK YOU, BUDDY. THAT WAS A GOOD DRIVE.
AWESOME DRIVING, BUDDY. THANK YOU.
>>WELCOME TO THE CHASE, BABY, NICE JOB!
>>AND HE DOES FINALLY CATCH A BREAK.
HE CAUGHT A BREAK.>>HE MADE IT.
HE MADE IT.>>PROBABLY THE BIGGEST LEAD OF
HIS CAREER. EVEN THE VERY FIRST ONE OF HIS
CAREER.>>17th WIN.
GOING TO SEE SOME EMOTION OUT OF THIS YOUNG MAN I DO BELIEVE.
SUPERIOR FORMER KASEY KAHNE TONIGHT.
WHAT A VICTORY HERE IN ATLANTA.>>BACK IN JANUARY I LOVED THE
IDEA THAT IT’S ABOUT WINNING AND YOU’RE GOING TO SEE A PART OF
THIS. THAT RIGHT THERE JUST SHOWS
THAT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO, JUST STAY IN TIME WITH OUR SPORT
THE WAY THAT IT IS.>>WHAT A CRAZY WAY TO GET
THERE. WHAT A BIZARRE END TO THIS LAP.
MATT KENSETH QUENCHES A PLACE IN THE CHASE ON POINTS TONIGHT WITH
HIS FINISH. AND AS I SUSPECTED THAT IT MIGHT
BE, THERE’S MARTIN TRUEX, JR. AROUND THE 18 OF KYLE BUSCH.
>>ALL RIGHT. LET’S START TO HEAR FROM SOME OF
THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS INCREDIBLE FINISH TONIGHT.
VINCE?>>LITTLE BIT OF GOOD NEWS/BAD
NEWS NIGHT. HE CLENCHES HIS SPOT IN THE
CHANCE FOR POINTS. THE BAD NEWS IS HE DIDN’T GET
THAT WIN. TAKE US THROUGH THE RESTART OF
THOSE FINAL TWO LAPS.>>I HAD A GOOD RESTART THE
FIRST TIME. I WAS KIND OF HOPING IT WENT
GREEN THERE BECAUSE PAUL WAS IN THERE.
STUCK ON THE TOP. THE SECOND ONE WAS OKAY.
WASN’T AS GOOD. JUST SPUN THE LEFT REAR A BIT
AND GOT UP THE MIDDLE THERE AND WAS ABLE TO GET THROUGH ONE AND
TWO WIDE OPEN. AND I HAD HIM CLEAR AND SOMEHOW
GOT MOMENTUM TO GET BACK UP ALONGSIDE ME.
DID ALL WE COULD. I WANT TO THANK HOME DEPOT AND
DOLLAR GENERAL. JASON WORKS EVERY WEEK TO FOR
THESE CARS AND WE HAD THE BEST PICK ON PIT ROW.
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP.>>THE RUNNER UP AND HEADED TO
THE CHASE. JIM.
>>DENNY HAMLIN BRINGS IT HOME THIRD.
YOU HAD AMAZING PIT STOPS BY YOUR TEAM.
DID YOU NOT HAVE ENOUGH MOTOR AT THE END?
>>WE COULDN’T ACCELERATE WITH THOSE GUYS.
YOU KNOW, WE STILL MESSED UP A BIT ON THE SETUP HALFWAY JUST
KIND OF LOST THE HANDLE. GOT COOLED OFF AND LIKE YOU
SAID, MY PIT CREW JUST KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK EVERY STOP.
KEPT GIVING ME AN OPPORTUNITY. I COULDN’T GET THE RESTART.
COULDN’T ACCELERATE. LIKE I NEEDED TO TO KEEP THE
FIVE BEHIND. WHEN HE HITS THE GAS, HE WAS
GONE. WE TRIED TO FIGHT.
WE HAD A DECENT HANDLING CAR. I THOUGHT WE HAD A TOP FIVE CAR
ALL DAY.>>PRETTY GOOD TEAM PERFORMANCE
BY THE 11th TEAM. ALAN.
>>JIM, WELL, IT GOT AWAY AND CAME BACK.
HARD EARNED AND KASEY KAHNE IS IN THE CHASE.
HE’S IN VICTORY LANE IN ATLANTA TONIGHT.
OUR VICTORY LANE PRESENTED BY FIVE-HOUR ENERGY.
>>YOU DID IT! YOU DID IT!
IT TOOK A LOT TO GET HERE.>>IT TOOK A LOT.
WE WERE KIND OF ALL OVER THE PLACE.
BUT THE GUYS STAYED WITH ME, WORKED HARD, YOU KNOW, THOSE
RESTARTS, I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT WOULD HAPPEN BUT I HAD GREAT
RESTARTS ALL NIGHT. THAT’S BIG.
THAT’S ONE OF THE THINGS YOU HAVE TO BE GOOD AT AND IT WORKED
REALLY WELL TONIGHT. REALLY HAPPY AND THANKFUL FOR
FARMERS INSURANCE, CHEVROLET. AND ALL THE FANS.
WE HAVE HAD KIND OF A DOWNER YEAR AT TIMES AND WE STARTED
GOOD. LAST WEEK AT BRISTOL DIDN’T HAVE
A PROBLEM BUT KIND OF ONE THING AFTER ANOTHER.
I HAVE A GREAT GROUP OF TEAMMATES.
AWESOME TO WORK WITH THOSE GUYS AND BE PART OF EVERYTHING THAT
WE’RE GIVEN AND GLAD WE’RE IN THIS CHASE.
>>DO YOU THINK THE NIGHT CAME TO YOU, THE CONDITIONS OF THE
TRACK TONIGHT?>>WELL, NOT REALLY.
I THINK OUR ADJUSTMENT STARTED REALLY BAD AND LOOSE THEN WE GOT
THE DRIVING GREAT. WE WERE 5th, 6th AND ADJUSTED
OUR WAY OUT AGAIN. IT WAS ALL ADJUSTMENTS AND WHAT
WE DID, THE COMMUNICATION. AT THE END KENNY MADE A GREAT
CALL WITH FUEL. THAT HAD A BIG PART OF WHAT OUR
SPLITTER WAS DOING. A TEAM EFFORT.
PRETTY PUMPED TO BE HERE.>>AFTER THE SEASON AND AFTER
THE DISAPPOINTMENT A FEW WEEKS AGO IN INDIANAPOLIS WHAT IS THE
EMOTION YOU’RE FEELING NOW? YOU’RE LOCKED IN THE CHASE.
>>YEAH, WE’RE LOCKED IN. IT COMES DOWN TO THIS ABOUT
EVERY YEAR FOR ME. SOMETIMES WE’RE IN OR OUT.
THANKFUL WE HAVE BEEN IN ALL THREE YEARS.
BUT WE HAVE THE PRESSURE TO RICHMOND.
WE HAVE MADE IT AGAIN. THANKFUL FOR THAT THANKS TO MR.
H. WE STARTED FRIDAY TERRIBLE AND
CAME BACK SATURDAY REALLY GOOD AND RACED PRETTY WELL TONIGHT AT
TIMES. I’M GLAD WE GOT A RESTART.
>>TAKE A DEEP BREATH AND GO FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.
>>SOUNDS GOOD.>>ALAN.
>>HOW COOL.>>GREAT TEAMMATE.
>>YEAH.>>WELL DONE.
>>WELL MR. HENDRICKS GOT ALL FOUR OF HIS CARS IN THE CHASE
WITH KASEY KAHNE’S VICTORY TONIGHT.
LOOK AT THE STANDINGS. THE CHAMPIONSHIP CONCERNED WITH
ONE RACE TO GO. THOSE TOP 13 ARE LOCKED IN AS IS
14th PLACE MATT KENSETH ON POINTS.
THERE’LL BE TWO POSITIONS AVAILABLE ON RICHMOND.
THE ONLY DRIVERS WHO CAN MAKE THE CHASE WITHOUT A WIN AT
RICHMOND ARE NEWMAN, BIFFLE, BOWYER AND LARSON.
BUT OF COURSE SOMEBODY ELSE COULD POP UP AND WIN AT RICHMOND
AND SQUEEZE THAT BUBBLE EVEN TIGHTER.
KEVIN HARVICK DOMINATED TONIGHT. LED 300 MILES OF THIS ONE.
THINGS WENT WRONG AT THE END.>>YOU LOOK AT THE BOX SCORE AND
SEE KEVIN HARVICK, 19. THAT’S CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO
TELL THE STORY. WHERE DID IT GO WRONG?
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE END?>>I MEAN OBVIOUSLY THE 27 AND
20 I HAD TWO TIRES. YOU KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO GET
A BAD RESTART. GOT ON THE OUTSIDE OF 27 AS SOON
AS I COULD. 22 WAS ON THE OUTSIDE OF ME AND
27 KEPT COMING UP AND WE ALL WRECKED.
NOBODY WAS LETTING OFF THE GAS. AND JUST KIND OF THE NATURE OF
THE BEAST I GUESS. FOR ALL OUR JIMMY JOHN’S GUYS
BUT WE HAVE SOME THINGS WE NEED TO WORK ON.
>>WHAT DO YOU NEED TO WORK ON TO BE A CHAMPIONSHIP GAME?
>>OUR CARS ARE FAST IN DOING THE THINGS WE NEED TO DO BUT WE
LOST CONTROL EVERY TIME WE CAME TO PIT ROAD TONIGHT.
WE JUST GOT ABSOLUTELY MURDERED ON PIT ROAD EVERY TIME WE CAME
DOWN BY THE 20. THOSE GUYS ARE OBVIOUSLY DOING A
GOOD JOB, BUT WE HAVE KNOWN THAT ALL YEAR AND NEED TO FIX IT.
>>JAMIE.>>DANICA PATRICK HAS A LOT OF
MEDIA SURROUNDING HER. HER BEST CAREER FINISH, A SIX
TONIGHT. HARD-FOUGHT BATTLE.
HOW DO YOU FEEL. YOU ENDED UP GOOD.
>>IT WAS A LONG NIGHT. MAN, THAT RACE FELL LIKE IT WAS
700 MILES. WHEN YOU’RE RUNNING WHEN THEY
FEEL LIKE THAT YOU’RE HOPING IT STAYS THERE AND KEEPS GOING WELL
AND YOU KEEP IMPROVING AND DON’T LOSE IT.
THERE WERE A COUPLE TIMES LATER IN THE RACE WE FELL BACK.
YOU KNOW THE MIDDLE OF THE RACE THE CAR WAS VERY GOOD AND TOOK A
LITTLE STEP BACK BUT CAME BACK AT THE END AND GIBSON RESET
EVERYTHING WHEN WE WERE RUNNING WELL.
OBVIOUSLY THE PIT STOP AT THE END WAS 11 SECONDS WAS SO GOOD.
THERE WAS A COUPLE OF ROUGH ONES IN THE BEGINNING.
THAT MADE UP FOR ALL OF IT BECAUSE IT PUT A 7 FOR THE
RESTART AND HAD A GOOD LINE ON THE INSIDE AND CAN’T GET CAUGHT
UP ON THE OUTSIDE. I’M HAPPY FOR THE TEAM WHO WE
REALLY HAD PRETTY FAST CARS FOR QUITE A WHILE NOW AND NOT GREAT
FINISHES TO SHOW FOR IT. THIS IS FOR EVERYBODY AND IF GO
DADDY AND I HAVE SUCKED AT RICHMOND EVERY TIME.
SO I SURE HOPE THAT I CAN RUN WELL AT RICHMOND NOW.
>>GOOD NIGHT FOR DANICA PATRICK.
>>AFTER TONIGHT IN ATLANTA WHAT ARE WE GOING TO SEE IN RICHMOND
NEXT SATURDAY?>>ALWAYS EXCITING THERE ANYWAY.
>>THEN ON TO THE CHASE FOR THE NASCAR SPRINT CUP.
NEXT WEEK THROUGHOUT THE FALL THERE’S THE TV SCHEDULE AND HOW
YOU CAN GET TICKETS. NASCAR.COM/TICKETS.
KASEY KAHNE AFTER DOING A GREAT JOB GETTING A LEAD ON A RESTART
SEES HIS ADVANTAGE OVER HARVICK DISAPPEAR WITH JUST A COUPLE OF
LAPS TO GO IN THE RACE. GETS ANOTHER SHOT — ACTUALLY
TWO MORE SHOTS AT A RESTART BUT ON THE SECOND OF THE GREEN CHECK
AND FINDS A WAY TO GET FROM THIRD TO FIRST AND PUNCHES HIS
TICKET TO THE CHASE. YOU WATCH THIS THING ALL NIGHT
AND THINK THERE’S NO WAY KEVIN HARVICK CAN’T LOSE.
YOU KNOW THE RESTARTS ARE COMING.
THAT’S WHERE IT IS TODAY.>>I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THESE
TALENTED DRIVES GET PUT IN A SITUATION WHERE THEY KNOW WHAT’S
AT STAKE. THAT’S WHAT WE SAW FROM KASEY
KAHNE THERE. KASEY KAHNE WAS NOT GOING TO BE
DENIED. WHAT A GREAT JOB BY THIS YOUNG
MAN. A HARD SEASON THAT THAT HAS BEEN
THERE AND THEY DID THE JOB.>>IT’S ON TO RICHMOND WITH
SHORT TRACK RACING NEXT WEEKEND. FRIDAY NIGHT THE NATIONWIDE
SERIES AT 7:00 EASTERN. NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT THE RACING
WILL DECIDE THE FINAL PLACES IN THE CHASE AND THE CHASE SEATINGS
AS WELL ON ABC NEXT SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7:00 EASTERN TIME.
SPORTS CENTER COMING UP NEXT PLUS ALL TODAY’S SPORTING NEWS.
DESIGNED TO WIN AND GET IN. HE HAD TO PLAY HARD TO GET IT
BUT KASEY KAHNE, AN INCREDIBLE VICTORY AT THE ATLANTA SPEEDWAY
AND HE’S GOING TO RACE FOR A CHAMPIONSHIP.

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