Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - Saturday, March 7, 2009 MORE TIRE DRAMA: While none of the drivers for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 seem particularly satisfied with the tire they'll be racing, none of them seem eager to point the finger at ...
Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - Saturday, March 7, 2009
MORE TIRE DRAMA: While none of the drivers for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 seem particularly satisfied with the tire they'll be racing, none of them seem eager to point the finger at Goodyear, either.
And some of them are really looking for the challenge.
"We have our hands full," Gordon said Friday. "It's gonna be a white-knuckle survival kind of race. I'm actually kind of excited about it."
That's probably because Gordon remembers how much fun it was to race last weekend at Las Vegas, where slipping and sliding through the corners was commonplace.
Polesitter Mark Martin said the track layout at Atlanta will only exaggerate that feeling.
"This thing is so big and so sweeping that when you're sliding for life from turn 4 to turn 1, you're sliding for life for a long time," Martin said.
Three-time Atlanta winner Carl Edwards was practical about situation, noting that all 43 drivers were facing the same challenge.
"It doesn't matter to me what the tires were like as long as we all have the same tires," said Edwards, who was second fastest in the final practice session. "It's easy to have a positive attitude when you're fast. We got the car driving pretty well, but it's still a pretty slippery race track. It's gonna be pretty fun and a good race."
Said like a true dirt-tracker.
SOUNDBITES: Some of the best quips and quotes from the media center so far this weekend:
* David Reutimann on his good start this season, and how it's affecting him: "I'm generally pretty good about finding something to worry about as a general rule. I think I'm a little more at ease (this year). I feel better about what's going on, the product we're producing, and I'm having a lot of fun right now. And I can't say since I've been in the Cup series I've really had much of that."
* Mark Martin: "You can always find a silver lining if you look hard enough, and I'm getting pretty good at that."
TIME OFF: With the upcoming off weekend in NASCAR Sprint Cup racing, several drivers have shared their plans.
* Kyle Busch -- Plans to take a vacation, perhaps to Europe
* Kurt Busch -- Might take in the Gator Nationals NHRA race in Florida (pending approval of the wife)
* Ryan Newman -- Attending charity boxing event in Nashville
* Tony Stewart -- Vacation to an undisclosed location (he doesn't trust us to keep quiet?)