NASCAR Nationwide Series Nicorette 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Samuel SicaAnalyst IMarch 8, 2008

Today's Nationwide Series race sure had a lot of twists and turns throughout the day. 

This morning's qualifying session was cancelled due to a snow storm, causing the field to be set by last year's owner's points.

This gave Jeff Burton the pole position, with Kyle Busch starting on the outside pole.

As the race started, temperatures ranged in the low 40s with the winds blowing at 20 mph. 

15 Sprint Cup drivers were pulling double duty by racing in today's race as well as competing in Sunday's race.

Kyle Busch led the first lap after passing Jeff Burton on the high side in turn three. 

Kyle Busch has been on a roll lately by leading the point standings in the truck series and the Sprint Cup series as well.

Busch also won the truck series race Friday night at Atlanta with a pass in the late laps. 

Busch was dominating the race leading 153 laps when he cut down a right front tire while leading with just twenty-five laps to go in the race.

Busch did continue, and eventually wound up finishing in the twenty-fourth position. 

After Busch was no longer a factor, a new leader emerged. 

Jeff Burton took over the top spot with fifteen laps to go. Burton then started to slow down and was caught by Matt Kenseth, who took the lead with under 10 laps left. 

Kenseth looked to be sailing off into the sunset with an easy victory, but an unexpected accident on the back stretch caused the red flag to be waved over the field. 

A big accident involving Dale Earnhardt Jr., Brian Clauson, and Eric McClure brought the race to a hault while the track was cleared of debris. 

McClure got loose coming out of the second turn clipping Earnhardt Jr. and spinning back into the track right infront of Brian Clauson.

McClure's car went airborne from the impact with Clauson, ending both of their days. 

Earnhardt continued and finished in the fifteenth position on the lead lap.

The race was then restarted under a green-white-checkered situation. 

Kenseth took off on the restart and left the second-place car of Kevin Harvick in the dust.

This was Kenseth's first win of the season in the Nationwide series. 

The top ten finishers were Kenseth, Harvick, Burton, Edwards, Bobby Labonte, Brad Keselowski, Bliss, Khane, Leffler, and Reutimann.

Some notable finishers were Jason Keller who finished in the fourteenth position. Keller drives for a small team and needs sponsership to continue competing in the Nation series this year. He only has sponsership to compete in the first ten races of the season. 

Another notable was Mike Wallace who finished in the seventeenth position. Wallace races full time in the Nationwide series and has run well this year. He was coming off a seventh-place finish in Las Vegas last week and backed it up with a solid top twenty finish this week. 

The race in Atlanta is history and we are now looking forward to the race next weekend in Bristol, Tennessee.