What: Kobalt Tools 500
When/where: Today, qualifying, 6:30 p.m. (Speed Channel); Sunday, race, 1:30 p.m. (Ch. 13); Hampton, Ga.
Fast facts: Jimmie Johnson will try to become the first driver to win three straight races at Atlanta. He has posted eight top-five finishes and nine top-10 placings in 13 career starts at the track. Sunday, Johnson was denied a fourth straight victory at Las Vegas. … Tony Stewart bruised his foot 108 laps into Sunday's race when his right front tire failed and he hit the wall. … Ryan Newman is tied with Buddy Baker for most poles at Atlanta with seven, but has not carried any of those into a win. … Carl Edwards swept both Atlanta events in 2005. … Mike Skinner will replace AJ Allmendinger at Red Bull Racing this weekend. He failed to qualify at Las Vegas, making him 0-for-3 on the season. Brian Vickers has made all three races in the other Red Bull car.
Points leaders: 1. Carl Edwards, 491; 2. Kyle Busch, 470; 3. Ryan Newman, 450; 4. Kasey Kahne, 444; 5. Kevin Harvick, 428; 6. Greg Biffle, 427; 7. Jeff Burton, 421; 8. Martin Truex Jr., 371; 9. Elliott Sadler, 368; 10. Dale Earnhardt Jr., 361; 11. Tony Stewart, 355; 12t. Kurt Busch, Brian Vickers, 348.
What: Nicorette 300
When/where: Saturday, qualifying, 9 a.m. (Speed Channel), race, 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2), Hampton, Ga.
Fast facts: No Nationwide driver has won three straight at Atlanta. Mark Martin is the only one to have three wins overall at the track. … Dario Franchitti was sixth at Las Vegas for his career best NASCAR finish. … Tony Stewart's run of two straight wins ended when he wrecked 138 laps into the 200 lap event last week. … Toyotas have won two of the first three races, but Chevrolet (10) and Ford (six) are the only manufacturers with wins at Atlanta. … A NASCAR appeals committee reduced penalties Tuesday for two crew chiefs punished for violations found before the season-opening race. Newt Moore, crew chief for Johnny Sauter, had his suspension reduced from six weeks to two by the three-member National Stock Car Racing Commission. Charlie Wilson, crew chief for Cale Gale, had his $15,000 fine reduced to $5,000 by a separate three-member panel.
Points leaders: 1. Tony Stewart, 472; 2t. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, 430; 4. Carl Edwards, 415; 5. David Ragan, 409; 6. Clint Bowyer, 396; 7. David Reutimann, 369; 8. Mike Wallace, 357; 9. Dario Franchitti, 344; 10. Brad Coleman, 329.
What: American Commercial Lines 200
When/where: Today, qualifying, 4:45 p.m., race, 8:30 p.m. (Speed Channel), Hampton, Ga.
Fast facts: Kyle Busch has won both of his truck starts at Atlanta, in 2005 and last year's fall event. He ran in the top 15 in all but one of the 260 combined laps. … Todd Bodine followed his win in the season-opener at Daytona with a second-place finish last week. He won at Atlanta during his championship season of 2006. … Ron Hornaday Jr. edged Bobby Labonte by 0.008 seconds during the 2005 event, making it the closest truck finish on a superspeedway. Hornaday also lost to Busch by 0.971 seconds last year for the widest margin in the event's seven-year history. … Toyota trucks have won five straight races dating to last year.
Points leaders: 1. Kyle Busch, 365; 2. Todd Bodine, 345; 3. Johnny Benson, 340; 4. David Starr, 284; 5. Rick Crawford, 281; 6. Phillip McGilton, 261; 7. Chad McCumbee, 255; 8. Dennis Setzer, 254; 9. Ron Hornaday Jr., 253; 10. Stacy Compton 250.
Next race: Indy 300, March 29, Homestead.
Next race: Australian Grand Prix, March 16, Melbourne.
Next event: Gatornationals, March 16, Gainesville.
Points leaders: Top Fuel — 1. Tony Schumacher, 191; 2. Larry Dixon, 190; 3. David Grubnic, 130. Funny Car — 1. Robert Hight, 189; 2. Jack Beckman, 162; 3. Cruz Pedregon, 147. Pro Stock — 1. Greg Anderson, 175; 2. Jeg Coughlin, 171; 3. Jason Line, 148.