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While it’s still early in the season, one thing that’s already pretty clear is that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is stacked with drivers eager to prove a point.
Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch both missed the Chase for the Championship last year. So before the season even began, there was plenty of pressure on both drivers, not to mention their respective teams.
So far, both have shown that they’re rebounding and doing so quite well. Carl Edwards snapped his winless drought in Phoenix and Busch had a strong car at Las Vegas, finishing the top five and was a factor for much of the race.
And then there are last year’s leading championship contenders, Jimmie Johnson and Brad Keselowski. Sometimes, a hard fight can drain a race team entering the next season. You saw that especially in the case of Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards.
Last year, coming off after a nailbiting race for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship, both saw a drop-off in their results. Stewart won a combined three races, but was winless in the second half of the season, posting four top-five finishes after his July win at Daytona.
Edwards was winless in 2012 and failed to qualify for the Chase.
As for Johnson and Keselowski, neither has missed a beat. Johnson finished first and second in the season’s first two races, was sixth a week ago and most recently had a strong finish undone at Bristol due to a cut tire late in the race.
Keselowski has finished no worse than fourth through four races and currently leads the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points standings. Keselowski's string of four top-five finishes in a row matches the longest stretch in his career within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
Both drivers are wasting little time showing that the road to a championship likely runs through beating them on the track.
Ask The GM
What’s the best way to get a driver autograph during race weekend?
One thing that separates NASCAR from other major sporting events is the chance to interact with some of its biggest stars.
The best way to get a driver’s autograph is to attend an appearance by a driver during race weekend. Appearances are set up by each driver’s race team either at a driver’s souvenir hauler in the AMS Fan Zone or at other nearby locations.
Close to race weekend, the Atlanta Motor Speedway Web site, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com, will post a compiled list of driver appearances during race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
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