Will Jimmie Johnson Hit The Trifecta In Atlanta?

Adam WheltonContributor IMarch 6, 2010

CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 20:  Dale Earnhardt Jr. (C), driver of the #88 AMP Energy/National Guard Chevrolet, speaks with the media, as Jimmie Johnson (1L), driver of the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet, Mark Martin (2L), driver of the #5 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, Jeff Gordon (2R), driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, and team owner Rick Hendrick (1R), look on during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, held at Hendrick Motorsports, on January 20, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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Dale Jr won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race and ran 10th, 7th and 2nd in the three practice sessions today. Jr seems to have had an attitude change from his recent past. I hope he keeps it up! Traditionally, Jr has started well and then faded as the race goes on. Never seeming to be able to get the right setup under the 88 car. 

Jimmie Johnson qualified 16th for this race and ran 7th, 1st and 16th in the three practice sessions. He's looking strong enough to be a threat to victory lane in the race.

Mark "The Kid" Martin qualified 4th and ran 1st, 2nd and 1st in the three practice sessions. Mark is always a major threat in Atlanta. He's my sentimental favorite.

Jeff Gordon qualified 5th and ran 35th, 6th and 25th in the three practice sessions. It looks like the 24 team has some work to do to bring his car to the level that his teammates are at. I'm sure that they will hit the right combination.

Surprisingly Kevin Harvick has problems and qualified 35th while running 26th, 19th and 40th in the three practice sessions.

It's looking like a Hendrick car will very likely be there to challenge Kyle Bush, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards and others for the win. Can Jimmie Johnson pull off a three-peat and get his 50th victory?  What number do you think will be on the side of the car that wins? Who's your pick?