Southern hospitality was not evident at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where some drivers were forced to drive like it was their last chance to win and perhaps it was the final blow that would keep them out of the Chase.
The 1.5-mile track in the heart of the south is old, gritty and very fast. Drivers had to sling the cars around the turns, hoping to not cross the line where the little grip they had disappeared.
It is old-school racing at this track compared to some of the other smooth, repaved intermediate tracks. Atlanta has character and the drivers, for the most part, have fun on this track.
With only two races left in the preseason for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, we saw daring moves and daring calls with hard racing, and along the way we also learned some lessons.
Let's check them out.