For the second straight year, Atlanta Motor Speedway is turning out to be a springboard for the cars housed in the Penske Racing stable.
A year ago, Kurt Busch dominated the Kobalt Tools 500, picking up a win that gave the No. 2 team momentum for the rest of the season, a boost that helped it finish the season fourth in the final points standings.
Now, a year later, Atlanta is giving the Penske organization another boost early in the season. Like a year ago, Kurt Busch is riding early season momentum following an Atlanta victory. He had one of the top cars this past weekend in Bristol and led the most laps, eventually finishing third. But the Atlanta success has trickled down throughout Penske Racing.
In last weekend's Nationwide Race at Bristol, Penske swept the top two finishing positions with Justin Allgaier picking up his first Nationwide win and Brad Keselowski finishing second. Then, on Sunday, Keselowski and Sam Hornish Jr. were able to put together strong performances, although Hornish's day ended on a sour note as a result of engine problems. Keselowski finished 13th, a season-high.
Positive momentum is a very important thing in racing. And it's producing a lot of it for drivers at Penske Racing when they race at Atlanta Motor Speedway each spring.