March 20, 2006

Kasey Kahne Wins at Atlanta

(Filed under: Race Recap)

Kasey Kahne continued his strong start to the 2006 season with a win today in Atlanta. Other drivers continued strong early season showings, including Mark Martin (second) and Jimmie Johnson (sixth). The trifecta of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart all ran well, placing third, fourth and fifth respecitvely, something Chevy fans haven't seen in a while. Paul Menard and Kyle Petty had strong showings with seventh and eighth place finishes--it sure is good to see Petty in the top 10.

But it wasn't such a good day for a few others, including Bobby Labonte (led early but his engine gave out), Carl Edwards (fastest car until he ran into Dave Blaney on pit road and then blew a tire), Greg Biffle (led a race-high 128 laps but then ran out of gas and finished 16th) and, of course, Kurt Busch, who was run into the wall by Kevin Harvick and the two exchanged some choice expletives (what, Busch has a temper?).

Of course the biggest headlines of the day went to Bill Lester who became the first black driver to race in a Cup series event since 1986. He finished six laps down in 38th place, but it was still a historic run. It's good to see more--OK, any--diversity in NASCAR, but it's kind of pathetic that something like this is getting so much attention.

Posted by kevin at March 20, 2006 10:24 PM

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