Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - September 5, 2009 SAME CAR, SAME PLACE: After leading 234 laps en route to winning the spring Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch and his team decided it might not be a bad idea to bring...
Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - September 5, 2009
SAME CAR, SAME PLACE: After leading 234 laps en route to winning the spring Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Kurt Busch and his team decided it might not be a bad idea to bring the same chassis back for this weekend's Pep Boys Auto 500.
"If it can be only three-quarters as strong this time around, we'll have a car plenty capable of winning," crew chief Pat Tryson said.
That chassis, PRS 594, or "Hot Rod", has also finished fifth at California and ninth at Pocono this season.
KENSETH ON STANDBY: Carl Edwards says he's going to be OK to race in today's Degree V12 300 Nationwide race after breaking his right foot Wednesday while playing frisbee, but Matt Kenseth will be on standby just in case.
The team had planned to have Erik Darnell on standby, but team officials wanted him to be able to focus on his Cup debut.
STEWART WRECK: This week was a bad one for Cup drivers. First Carl Edwards broke his foot playing frisbee, then Bill Elliott broke three ribs on a dirt bike. It turns out that Tony Stewart also turned his midget car over at a race in Macon, Ill., on Wednesday. Unlike the other two, though, Stewart was not hurt.
"I landed upside down, but I was more embarrassed than anything else," Stewart said. "It was a pretty lame crash."
THE DRIVER'S TRACK: Tony Stewart reiterated his affinity for Atlanta Motor Speedway Saturday, calling it a "driver's track."
"We like it because the tires give up and there are a lot of different grooves and you can race side-by-side with each other," Stewart said. "You're not gonna stay in one line on the race track all day. That's something we like as drivers; we like that we have the ability to move around and determine our own fate.
"The guys that are true drivers are the ones that run well consistently."
WHO'S BRETT FAVRE?: Mark Martin has occasionally been compared to the legendary NFL quarterback for his inability to fully retire. It's a cute reference, but one that was nearly lost on Martin. According to team sources, Martin admits he never would have known who Favre was if not for former teammate and good friend Matt Kenseth, a diehard Green Bay Packers fan.
Furthermore, Martin does not have a favorite college team, NFL team, NBA team or any other team ... unless it's a race, he's not interested in sports.