Atlanta: John Andretti preview

John Andretti, Driver of the No. 34 Window World Impala, Atlanta Motor Speedway Fast Facts: * Andretti has made 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway * Andretti's best Sprint Cup finish at AMS is 13th-place (1994, No. 43...

John Andretti, Driver of the No. 34 Window World Impala, Atlanta Motor Speedway Fast Facts:

* Andretti has made 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway

* Andretti's best Sprint Cup finish at AMS is 13th-place (1994, No. 43 Petty Enterprises Pontiac)

* Andretti has one pole at AMS (1998, No. 43 Petty Enterprises Pontiac)

* In Sprint Cup competition, Andretti has an average starting position of 22.7 and an average finish of 24.7

* Andretti has led 45 laps in Sprint Cup competition at AMS

* On intermediate tracks (1 - 2 mi.), Andretti has recorded two top-five finishes, 12 top-10 finishes and three poles

John Andretti Comments on Atlanta Motor Speedway:

"Had our circumstances been different in Las Vegas, we could have easily gotten a top-20. The Window World Chevrolet was definitely quick enough to be in the top-20. We had some bad luck. We picked up a bad vibration. I'm not sure if we lost a wheel weight or what, but the car started vibrating. We had to pit early and then the caution came out, so we had two bad things happen in that run. If that hadn't happened we would have been on the lead lap, everything would have been fine and we could have finished a lot higher. I feel like we made a great stride forward in that race, not just the race team, but me, too. I'm getting good seat time in the new car. I had never driven one around (Las) Vegas (Motor Speedway) before. There's a lot to be learned and we're getting there. I think we took a good step forward last weekend and hopefully we can take another step forward in Atlanta, then we can take full advantage of it and get the results we deserve.

"Atlanta (Motor Speedway) is always a lot of fun. You can always count on there being a lot of lead changes. The track has really evened itself out. It's low in grip, and any time a track is low in grip, you have to search for it. When you have to search for it, it makes the groove stretch from the bottom to the top, similar to California (Speedway). We saw in Vegas the same thing, drivers searching all over for it. Atlanta, though, you can be good on both ends of the race track whether you're racing at the top or the bottom. Sometimes you can be good at the top on one end and be good at the bottom on the other end. You're just always looking. I've seen Kasey Kahne win a race running in the middle of the track. It's a bumpy race track, now with low grip. You'll see a lot of lead changes because you don't have to follow a guy through a groove. You've got plenty of options when you need to make your way around someone. No doubt it's an exciting place to race."

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Kasey Kahne