Trucks on the fast track in Atlanta
Hampton, GA (Sports Network) - Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck. Date: Friday, September 2. Race: Atlanta 200. Site: Atlanta Motor Speedway. Track: 1.54-mile oval. Start time: 8:00 p.m. (et). Laps: 130. Miles: 200.2. 2010 winner: Kevin Harvick. Television: SPEED. Radio: Motor Racing Network(MRN) /SIRIUS NASCAR Radio.
The Camping World Truck Series will kick off NASCAR's triple-header weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday night.
Kevin Harvick will take a break from the series this week after winning the last three races -- Pocono, Michigan and Bristol. Clint Bowyer is scheduled to drive Harvick's No.2 Chevrolet at Atlanta. Bowyer has finished either first or second in his first three truck races this season. He won at his home track in Kansas three months ago.
Bowyer's only truck start at Atlanta came in 2007. He finished fifth in that race.
"The track is so fast and so slick; racing there is a feeling like no other," Bowyer said. "Atlanta is a lot of fun and very challenging, and I can't wait to get back there."
Bowyer, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman are those Sprint Cup Series regulars competing in this race.
Busch leads all drivers with four truck wins at Atlanta.
Newman is making his first truck start since the March 2009 race at Atlanta. He is driving the No.08 Chevrolet for Turner Motorsports. When Newman made his series debut in 2008 at Atlanta, he became the fourth driver in series history to win in his first start.
Johnny Sauter comes to Atlanta with a seven-point lead over James Buescher and a 15-point advantage over Timothy Peters.
Sauter's second-place finish at Bristol allowed him to gain two points on Buescher and three on Peters. Nine races remain in the season.
"We all know we can make a championship run here, so we've just got to stay clean and make smart decisions all the way around from here on out," Sauter said.
Thirty-seven teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Atlanta 200.
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