Open RAIN Thread: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 | Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR RnR's Pick to Win at Atlanta: Jeff Gordon Jeff Gordon drove the No. 24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet to the fastest lap in final practice of 182.392 mph for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 3 in Hampton, Ga. Credit: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com

Weather Update 9:45 p.m.: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 has been postponed until Tuesday at 11 a.m. EST. The race is set to be televised on ESPN.

Weather permitting...

You know, I liked Atlanta back when it was the old configuration - there were some really good races there.  Then they changed the layout and despite the fact that it almost looks the same as the other cookie cutter tracks it still provides some really good finishes.  I just hope today's race will live up to the Labor Day Southern 500 tradition set by Darlington years ago.

My pick to win today is Jeff Gordon with my Dark Horse pick being The Dinger  - could we have another First Timer in victory lane? We'll see.  Look for good runs from Hamlin and Montoya too!

Matt is also at the track for today's race and he'll be live-Tweeting from @MattWeaverSBN as well as posting in the comment area here.

Starting line-up is after the jump, as well as the comment section - see you there!

Starting Line Up by Row
Atlanta Motor Speedway
2011 AdvoCare 500
Provided by NASCAR Statistics - Sat, September 03, 2011 @ 06:28 PM Eastern
Row Pos Car Driver Team Time Speed
1 1 4 Kasey Kahne Red Bull Toyota 29.775 186.196
2 33 Clint Bowyer Cheerios / Hamburger Helper Chevrolet 29.819 185.922
2 3 18 Kyle Busch Pedigree Toyota 29.832 185.841
4 83 Brian Vickers Red Bull Toyota 29.843 185.772
3 5 24 Jeff Gordon Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet 29.849 185.735
6 17 Matt Kenseth Crown Royal Ford 29.853 185.710
4 7 99 Carl Edwards Aflac Ford 29.877 185.561
8 56 Martin Truex Jr. NAPA Auto Parts Toyota 29.880 185.542
5 9 39 Ryan Newman Army Reserve Chevrolet 29.889 185.486
10 22 Kurt Busch Shell Pennzoil Dodge 29.915 185.325
6 11 43 AJ Allmendinger Best Buy Ford 29.921 185.288
12 42 Juan Pablo Montoya Target Chevrolet 29.939 185.177
7 13 11 Denny Hamlin Charter Communications Toyota 29.947 185.127
14 2 Brad Keselowski Miller Lite Dodge 29.949 185.115
8 15 16 Greg Biffle 3M Ford 29.958 185.059
16 00 David Reutimann Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota 30.000 184.800
9 17 48 Jimmie Johnson Lowe's Chevrolet 30.055 184.462
18 9 Marcos Ambrose Kwikset Ford 30.086 184.272
10 19 6 David Ragan UPS Ford 30.128 184.015
20 14 Tony Stewart Office Depot / Mobil 1 Chevrolet 30.147 183.899
11 21 29 Kevin Harvick Rheem.com Chevrolet 30.163 183.801
22 27 Paul Menard Quaker State / Menards Chevrolet 30.183 183.680
12 23 47 Bobby Labonte Bush's Best Baked Beans Toyota 30.230 183.394
24 20 Joey Logano The Home Depot Toyota 30.232 183.382
13 25 1 Jamie McMurray McDonald's Chevrolet 30.239 183.339
26 78 Regan Smith Furniture Row / Farm American Chevrolet 30.270 183.152
14 27 31 Jeff Burton Caterpillar Chevrolet 30.275 183.121
28 66 Michael McDowell James Fund Toyota 30.291 183.025
15 29 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. National Guard Military Intelligence Chevrolet 30.312 182.898
30 46 Scott Speed(i) Property Masters Ford 30.319 182.856
16 31 38 JJ Yeley Vampt Ford 30.378 182.500
32 5 Mark Martin CARQUEST / GoDaddy.com Chevrolet 30.388 182.440
17 33 7 Robby Gordon SPEED Energy Dodge 30.502 181.759
34 87 Joe Nemechek(i) ATBD Toyota 30.513 181.693
18 35 36 Dave Blaney Collective Soul / Golden Corral Chevrolet 30.556 181.437
36 34 David Gilliland A&W All American Food Ford 30.673 180.745
19 37 51 Landon Cassill(i) PhoenixConstruction Chevrolet 30.702 180.575
38 13 Casey Mears GEICO Toyota 30.757 180.252
20 39 60 Mike Skinner(i) Big Red Chevrolet 30.798 180.012
40 32 Mike Bliss(i) HEIL Trailer Ford 30.819 179.889
21 41 55 Travis Kvapil(i) Lazy Days RV Ford 30.822 179.872
42 71 Andy Lally # Interstate Moving Services Ford Owner Points
22 43 95 David Starr(i) AdvoCare Ford 30.845 179.737

Did Not Qualify: # 37 Tony Raines; # 30 David Stremme; # 35 Geoffrey Bodine; # 50 TJ Bell.
Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs Manufacturer Starting Lineup DNQs
Chevrolet 16 3 Ford 13 1

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