This weekend, the Nextel Cup visited the Atlanta International Speedway. The race proved to be one of the most significant of the early season as many drivers lost or gained several positions during the day. The race got off to a rocky start as a first lap wreck put several of the top drivers into the garage for repairs, most notably Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Equipment malfunctions also claimed its share of drivers as Dale Earnhardht Jr. struggled with his car all day, and Kurt Busch fell out of contention late with tire problems. Several drivers, however, had a good day at the track. Carl Edwards edged Jimmie Johnson at the finish line by less than half a car length for his first ever Nextel Cup win. Johnson, who is awaiting a suspension from NASCAR, moved into first place in the point standings with the second place finish. Greg Biffle, one of the hottest drivers of the season, took third in the race and moved into second overall. The biggest movements within the top ten came from Elliott Sadler, who moved up five positions to eighth place, while Mark Martin moved from ninth to fifth place. The biggest falls of the day belonged to Jeff Gordon and Kyle Petty. Gordon, who was involved in the first lap crash, finished in 39th place, dropping him to 12th (-8). Kyle Petty also dropped eight spots due to his 36th place finish.
Golden Coral 500 Results Carl Edwards Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle Mark Martin Kasey Khane Brian Vickers Michael Waltrip Dave Blaney Scott Riggs Elliott Sadler
Nextel Cup point standings Jimmie Johnson Greg Biffle -82 Carl Edwards -87 Kurt Busch -103 Mark Martin -141 Ryan Newman -165 Tony Stewart -166 Elliott Sadler -198 Rusty Wallace -203 Jamie McMurray -205
Busch Series Aaron's 312 Results Carl Edwards Tony Stewart Jimmie Johnson Matt Kenseth Kasey Khane Greg Biffle Michael Waltrip Elliott Sadler Jamie McMurray Michael Jordan Jr.
Busch Series Point Standings Carl Edwards Kevin Harvick -105 Clint Bowyer -119 Reed Sorenson -125 Martin Truex Jr. -127 Ashton Lewis -180 David Stremme -219 Kenny Wallace -256 Denny Hamlin -262 Greg Biffle -290
Craftsman Trucks Series World Financial Group 200 Ron Hornaday Bobby Labonte Bobby Hamilton Dennis Setzer David Starr Ted Musgrave Chad Chaffin Jack Sprague Terry Cook Robert Huffman
Craftsman Truck Point Standings Bobby Hamilton Ted Musgrave -65 Ricky Craven -86 Jimmy Spencer -87 Ron Hornaday -103 Dennis Setzer -111 Matt Crafton -124 Johnny Benson -124 David Starr -136 Robert Huffman -147