Atlanta Motor Speedway "Chase" pre-race notes

HAMPTON, Ga. (Sept. 10, 2007) -- The 12 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship contending drivers locked into this year's playoff bring an excellent blend of youth and experience with them as they dial the 2007 NEXTEL Cup ...

HAMPTON, Ga. (Sept. 10, 2007) -- The 12 Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup championship contending drivers locked into this year's playoff bring an excellent blend of youth and experience with them as they dial the 2007 NEXTEL Cup championship trophy in their crosshairs.

As expected, the list of drivers reads like a who's who of motorsports with names like Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon topping the list, but second year drivers Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin and Martin Truex Jr. have their eyes on the title and hope to become the first driver since Dale Earnhardt to win a Cup championship in only their second year of competition. With the depth of talent, two additional drivers in the 2007 Chase and the slate being wiped clean for the start of the 10-race shoot-out, it is anyone's Cup to claim.

One important Atlanta Motor Speedway statistic all Chase contenders need to consider is in the last 10 fall races at AMS, Cup champions have combined to have an average finish of 10th. Kurt Busch recovered from a blown engine and a finish of 42nd in 2004 to claim the title and Jeff Gordon notched a 17th-place finish and still won the championship in 1997. Other than those two races, a champion has never finished worse than 11th at AMS in the fall.

-credit: ams

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Tony Stewart , Kurt Busch , Jimmie Johnson , Martin Truex Jr. , Clint Bowyer , Denny Hamlin