NASCAR Excited About Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) _ Last week at Las Vegas it was all about a
new track configuration, iffy tires and the unknown lurking in
every turn.
Now the NASCAR Nextel Cup series is at Atlanta Motor Speedway, a
place where the speeds are high but there are likely to be few
surprises.
At Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the turns were modified from
12 to 20 degrees, raising the speeds by more than 10 mph. That,
combined with a hard tire brought by Goodyear, made the 1.5-mile
oval treacherous and unforgiving.
Only the combined skill of NASCAR's best drivers on Sunday kept
the race from turning into a mess.
Tony Stewart finished seventh in the race but said it was one of
the most uncomfortable afternoons of his racing career, a sentiment
echoed by many other drivers.
But the cloud of concern hanging over the Nextel Cup garage at
Vegas was gone when the teams arrived here.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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