Stewart Smoked Up Atlanta; Top Ten Chase Spots Clinched

After several rough restarts and being shuffled back into the field, Tony Stewart was able to rally back during the last restart to capture the checkered flag for the Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I didn't hit a restart all night until right there at the end," Stewart said. "I've never been so happy with a win in my life."

The Chevy Office Depot #14 Pit Crew provided an awesome pit stop that allowed Stewart to leave pit road right behind Carl Edwards which placed him back up front for the contention to win. As a result along with pure determination, Smoke was able to celebrate his first victory of the 2010 season.

It is hard to believe that it has taken this long for Stewart to win one race considering that last season he went to victory lane four times (for points races) - Pocono, Daytona, Watkins Glen and Kansas - plus won the All Star Race as a new driver/owner. This was definitely refreshing to watch because he is one of the most talented drivers in the series.

Additionally, the top ten spots for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Chase have been clinched:

1. Kevin Harvick
2. Jeff Gordon
3. Kyle Busch
4. Carl Edwards
5. Denny Hamlin
6. Tony Stewart
7. Jeff Burton
8. Matt Kenseth
9. Jimmie Johnson
10. Kurt Busch

It will be interesting to see how these drivers will race next week in Richmond. Will they go all out for the win? Are they going to try some new set ups? Do you think some of them will play it safe?

Until next time...Gear Up, Strap In For A Thrillin' Ride

*The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer*

Stewart Smoked Up Atlanta; Top Ten Chase Spots Clinched Stewart Smoked Up Atlanta; Top Ten Chase Spots Clinched Reviewed by Unique Hiram on Monday, September 06, 2010 Rating: 5