Jeff Gordon makes it 2 in a row

Jeff Gordon gets his second win in a row with an impressive performance at the Bass Pro Shop MNBA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway Monday. Gordon held off a late charge by Tony Stewart in the late laps.

The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, which was halted by rain Sunday after just 39 of 325 laps, ended under a caution after pole-winner Ryan Newman was sent spinning into the wall with a tap on the rear bumper by Dale Earnhardt Jr. just as they battled for sixth place four laps from the end.


Gordon past Bobby Labonte, six time winner at Atlanta, for the lead on lap 277 and never looked back and went on to win his 2nd race in same amount of weeks.


Stewart's crew had a problem with an air gun on a pit stop on lap 224. Stewart, who had been fourth, came out of the pits 17th and was 16th when the race restarted on lap 230.

The defending Winston Cup champion appeared to have the fastest car on the 1.54-mile oval. He quickly caught the leaders, moving all the way to fourth by lap 267.


Gordon and Stewart made their final stops under green on lap 286 and Stewart came out second. He pressured Gordon as much as he could but was unable to catch the leader.


Stewart was about five car-lengths behind Gordon in the battle of Chevrolets when the last of 10 cautions waved on lap 322. With NASCAR no longer allowing drivers to race back to the flagstand on a caution that ended Stewart's challenge.


Matt Kenseth continues to dodge bullets when he was involved in a Multi-Car crash on lap 45 involving the cars of Michael Waltrip, Todd Bodine, Matt Kenseth, Kenny Wallace and Kevin Lepage. Kenseth would also battle engine problem during the race, he was down on power due to a broken header. But that wouldn't stop Kenseth from doing what he had to do to. He would come back and finish 11th.


I feel good about where the points ended up after today, obviously, with only three races to go," Kenseth said. "But I wish we wouldn't have had some of the problems and that we would have ran a little bit better. "But the positive is we finished probably as high as we ran all day, so that was good."


"We ended up breaking a header somewhere in the middle of the race. These exhaust systems are tuned and it broke the header right off of the head and it lost a lot of horsepower.


The kid couldn't give up the points lead even if he tried with his good luck.


Kevin Harvick, who was 2nd in the points going into today's race, was never able to recover from a crash on lap 201 with fellow driver Dave Blaney.


Harvick, who led 24 of 39 laps run Sunday and then the first 17 on Monday morning, was seventh when he was pinched between Blaney in Turns 3 and 4.


He never ran higher than 17th after that incident and finished 20th. Harvick was definitely disgusted after the race, with good reason simple said "It's over"


Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Ryan Newman were battling for position when Newman would lose control of his Dodge.


On the replays, Newman's No. 12 Dodge appeared to get loose exiting Turn 2 when Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s No. 8 Chevrolet pulled close behind Newman's car.


Jr. admits to hitting Newman, but the replay shows that Newman may have already been out of control before Earnhardt made contact.


No matter what happen, Newman was not a happy camper as he went by Jr. and made a  "gesture".


."That's a bad deal 'cause he's a helluva driver (and) we had traded spots back and forth for probably 10 laps," Earnhardt said. "He used up a little too much racetrack (in the incident).


"I had a run there on the outside and he just pulled up there in front of me (and) I was right there on him. I breathed the gas pedal but he got sideways and I hit him (because) I couldn't get off the throttle quick enough."


I was unable to watch the race but I have seen the replays over and over on the tube and it looks to me that Earnhardt got close enough to take the air off the rear spoiler of Newman's Dodge causing Newman to spin.


Driver who were making their first race with new teams


Ward Burton who drives the No.0 Net Zero Pontiac for HASS racing finished 13th. Giving that teams it best finish of the year. It's also Burton's best finish since he was sixth at Watkins Glen in August.


Joe Nemechek made his day view in the 01 US Army Car scored his first top 10 finish since New Hampshire last month crossed the finish line 10th.


Brian Vickers who replaced Nemechek in the 25 UAW/Delphi, didn't last long.he went to the garage on lap 18 and ended up finishing in 43rd.


Scott Wimmer took over the driving duties from Burton in the No. 22 BDR Caterpillar Dodge day ended when he was involved in a Multi-car crash on lap 103. He would go on to finish 32nd.


Welcome to the big boys !!!



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