Trucks at Atlanta Motor Speedway

September 3, 2011
by Lee

The NASCAR Camping World Truck Series kicked off the Labor Day weekend in fine fashion on Friday night with an exciting race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ricky Carmichael captured the pole with Clint Bowyer starting in the second position. Bowyer showed his muscle on the first lap of the race by taking the lead over Carmichael right from the get go. Bowyer was the dominant truck all night long, but the eventual winner of the race was a surprise after having trouble early on.

Ron Hornaday would ride his truck with drops of fuel left to take the checkered flag at the end of the 200 mile event. When Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Ryan Newman had to pit with roughly 30 laps to run in the race, Hornaday opened up a lead of around 22 to 23 seconds over the group that had to pit. Hornaday ran laps roughly two to three seconds slower than the previous leaders to make it all the way to the finish. Bowyer and the crew was closing in on Hornaday, but not enough laps were left for them to recapture the lead. The win gave Kevin Harvick Inc. its fourth straight win in the series.

With the completion of the Truck Series race, we have two huge races to go in NASCAR over the weekend. The Nationwide Series hits the track tomorrow night at Atlanta, while the Sprint Cup Series will run the next to last race prior to the Chase on the same track on Sunday night. All eyes will be on the track Sunday night to see if a driver in the Sprint Summer Showdown can claim the bonus, as well as drivers looking to lock up their spots in the Chase.

On a side note as well, we will also look forward to the IZOD IndyCar Series running its first race on the Streets of Baltimore.

We did not feature any updates or articles this week due a loss in the family. Alan is our brains behind the operation for the back end of the website, as well as contributing to the site with photography and articles. Alan posts all the articles and selects pictures that you see on the site. Alan lost his Uncle last Sunday night, and all of our thoughts and prayers go out to Alan and his family.

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