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Road to The Chase Runs Through Atlanta

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

As if racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend and doing so under the lights wasn't enough to look forward to...

Drivers in the Sprint Cup Series points standings are presenting another one. 

The Pep Boys Auto 500 is a week before the final race prior to the 12-driver Chase for the Championship being set, meaning that Atlanta will be a vital race for drivers hoping to either solidify positions in the Chase or move within striking distance of making it into the top 12.

For some drivers, a good race in Atlanta could mean less concern heading to Richmond and less pressure to finish high enough in order to lock up a spot in the Chase. A bad night in Atlanta, meanwhile, could either eliminate chances of qualifying for the Chase or put a driver in a tough position when the checkered flag falls at the Pep Boys Auto 500.

And just by taking a glance at the current points standings, a lot will be on the line in Atlanta for some of NASCAR's biggest stars.

Matt Kenseth sits 11th, just a single point ahead of Roush Fenway Racing teammate Greg Biffle. Both have little margin for error as Kyle Busch is 101 points out of the top 12 and Brian Vickers is 104 back. 

What it all comes down to is that there will be some upset drivers following the race at Richmond when the Chase for the Championship field is set, and that Atlanta Motor Speedway will play a big role in who makes the Chase and who doesn't.

Be sure to witness some of NASCAR's best drivers fight to get into the Chase in person by getting your tickets to the Pep Boys Auto 500. Tickets start at $39 and frontstretch tickets are priced as low as $59! Also, student tickets in the Elliott Grandstand are $19!

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