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The traveling circus known as NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series rolls into to Atlanta Motor Speedway today for Sunday’s Pep Boys Auto 500.
The race is the seventh out of the 10race Chase for the Cup, and the second of the season for AMS.
Kyle Busch won the spring race, but the first-year Joe Gibbs Racing driver returns well back of points leader Jimmie Johnson, who has won two of the last four races and comes in with a 149-point lead over Greg Biffle.
Johnson has been virtually unbeatable in recent years. He is attempting to become only the second driver to win three straight championships, joining Cale Yarborough, who pulled off the threepeat 30 years ago, as the other.
With a 149-point lead, the odds are in his favor. Johnson’s team, led by crew chief Chad Knaus, is as good as it gets. Despite a slow start by their standards, — the No. 48 team won only one race over the first half of the season, Johnson has heated up at the right time. Since winning the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard in August, Johnson has pulled the Lowe's’ Chevy Impala into Victory Lane four more times and trails only Busch in wins for the season.
But Johnson is quick to point out that he is merely one race over halfway from hoisting another championship and anything can happen over the final four races.
"There's still four races, we can have a flat, get a wheel loose, cut an engine, get caught up in a wreck," he said in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times. “The perfect world is do [well] two or three more times and just lock it up and go to Homestead and hang out, and that would be the perfect world.”
The race also marks the final time twotime Cup champion Tony Stewart will
The action at Atlanta Motor Speedway is as fast as it gets. Jimmie Johnson leads the cast of star drivers as NASCAR enters the seventh race of the Chase Sunday at AMS.