Cup Stars dominate again: The Great Clips 300 Review

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 60 Fastenal Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 3 in Hampton, Ga. Credit: Jerry Markland/Getty Images for NASCAR via nascar-assets.americaneagle.com


Carl Edwards won.  The Nationwide Drivers combined for only eight laps lead.  It was a typical Cup filled Nationwide Race.  I've spoken at length about Sprint Cup drivers ruining otherwise exciting Nationwide Races.  I don't think I need to go into it any more. 

The three man race for the Championship seems to be losing a member.  Stenhouse and Sadler both are within 10 points, but Reed Sorenson's accident has hurt him this week.  He has time to mount a comeback, but Stenhouse isn't going down easy.  I contest that this is the best fight in NASCAR right now.

Results and Points after the jump!

Fin Str Car Driver Team Laps Status
1 1 60 Carl Edwards Fastenal Ford 195 Running
2 3 18 Kyle Busch Z-Line Designs Toyota 195 Running
3 5 6 Ricky Stenhouse Jr Blackwell Angus Ford 195 Running
4 8 33 Kevin Harvick Rheem.com Chevy 195 Running
5 7 38 Kasey Kahne Great Clips Chevy 195 Running
6 14 31 Justin Allgaier Brandt Chevy 195 Running
7 2 22 Brad Keselowski Discount Tire Dodge 195 Running
8 11 88 Aric Almirola Hellmann's Chevy 195 Running
9 16 30 Jason Leffler Great Clips Chevy 195 Running
10 9 2 Elliott Sadler OneMain Financial Chevy 195 Running
11 4 20 Ryan Truex # Schick Xtreme3 Toyota 195 Running
12 19 11 Brian Scott Boise State Broncos Toyota 195 Running
13 13 66 Steve Wallace 5-hour Energy Toyota 195 Running
14 21 51 Jeremy Clements Clements Racing Engines Chevy 195 Running
15 15 19 Mike Bliss TriStar Motorsports Chevy 194 Running
16 18 01 Mike Wallace G&K Services Chevy 193 Running
17 23 39 Matt Carter Carport Empire Ford 193 Running
18 17 87 Joe Nemechek DAB Constructors Toyota 192 Running
19 20 09 Kenny Wallace G-Oil Toyota 192 Running
20 24 62 Michael Annett Pilot Travel Centers Toyota 191 Running
21 10 7 Jamie McMurray GoDaddy.com Chevy 190 Running
22 36 40 Josh Wise ThermaCote.com Chevy 190 Running
23 27 81 Blake Koch # Daystar.com Dodge 189 Running
24 42 28 Derrike Cope MAXelence.com Chevy 189 Running
25 41 89 Morgan Shepherd ABLE Chevy 188 Running
26 35 23 Robert Richardson North Texas Pipe Chevy 187 Running
27 29 50 T.J. Bell Pinnacle Rubber Mulch Chev 187 Running
28 26 14 Eric McClure Hefty BlackOut Chevy 184 Running
29 34 13 Jennifer Jo Cobb # HipChixFundraisers.com Dodge 183 Running
30 39 52 Kevin Lepage American Red Cross Chevy 183 Running
31 31 72 John Jackson CrashClaimsR.US Toyota 178 Running
32 12 32 Reed Sorenson Dollar General Chevy 169 Accident
33 6 16 Trevor Bayne Ford Drive one. Ford 169 Accident
34 40 70 Dennis Setzer Anderson's Pure Maple Syrup Chevy 104 Handling
35 43 71 Clay Greenfield (i) Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 94 Suspension
36 22 15 Timmy Hill # Lilly Trucking of VA Ford 76 Transmission
37 28 44 Jeff Green TriStar Motorsports Chevy 17 Vibration
38 30 03 Scott Riggs North Texas Pipe Chevy 15 Parked
39 33 42 Tim Andrews Key Motorsports Chevy 10 Suspension
40 32 46 Chase Miller Key Motorsports Chevy 6 Overheating
41 38 75 Carl Long Rick Ware Racing Ford 6 Transmission
42 37 49 Mark Green Jay Robinson Racing Chevy 4 Handling
43 25 41 Johnny Chapman Rick Ware Racing Chevy 1 Overheating

 

With five Cup drivers taking Top Ten spots, Elliott Sadler was not able to close in on Ricky Stenhouse.  Stenhouse showed he can run with the big dogs.  Richmond will be another important race.  If Sorenson wrecks again, he may be out of the hunt.  If Stenhouse faulters, it could be Sadler who makes a run.  Make sure to watch next week.  Just eight races remain in the 2011 Nationwide Series Season.  Here's how the points standings look heading into the home stretch:

 

POS Car # Driver Points Wins
1 6 RICKY STENHOUSE JR. 909 2
2 2 ELLIOTT SADLER 896 0
3 32 REED SORENSON 869 1
4 88 ARIC ALMIROLA 845 0
5 31 JUSTIN ALLGAIER 840 1
6 38 JASON LEFFLER 811 0
7 09 KENNY WALLACE 747 0
8 66 STEVE WALLACE 737 0
9 11 BRIAN SCOTT 724 0
10 62 MICHAEL ANNETT 711 0
11 19 MIKE BLISS 624 0
12 16 TREVOR BAYNE 611 0
13 01 MIKE WALLACE 601 0
14 87 JOE NEMECHEK 594 0
15 7 JOSH WISE 583 0
16 51 JEREMY CLEMENTS 515 0
17 15 TIMMY HILL 490 0
18 81 BLAKE KOCH 435 0
19 14 ERIC MCCLURE 433 0
20 28 DERRIKE COPE 432 0

 

Check back very soon for a preview of the Richmond Race.  Enjoy!

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