Creature vs. Creature Writers Pool: Results After the Kobalt Tools 500

Kelly CrandallSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2010

Everyone loves to win, and when it comes to the 2010 Sprint Cup Series season, it looks like our Creatures are going to be spoiled.

For the fourth straight race, one of our own has correctly picked the driver who ended up in Victory Lane, coming today at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Kurt Busch held off a furious charge from Matt Kenseth and Juan Pablo Montoya—after two green-white-checker finishes—for his first win of the season, while also defending his victory on the same track from last year.

Busch had one of the most dominant cars all day, and it was no surprise to see his backward victory lap.

However, the biggest incident of the day and one that will have many talking for weeks to come, was between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. The two made contact early in the race, and Edwards was forced to go to the garage for repairs.

When he returned to the track 156 laps down, he found Keselowski and not only sent him spinning in revenge, but the No. 12 car also ended up flipping into the turn one fence.

Speaking of the fence, it's where most of our Creature picks ended up at some time or another today.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway wasn't kind to anyone from Hendrick Motorsports, first taking victim of pole sitter Dale Earnhardt, Jr. with either hub or tire problems that caused him to be a lap to two laps down much of the day.

However, he was able to rebound to finish 15th and is now just seven points out of the final Chase spot, currently sitting 13th. 

Teammate Mark Martin wasn't as lucky. He lost a left rear tire and went spinning down the frontstretch, causing much fender damage. Later in the race, he was collected in another accident and ended up finishing 33rd.

Jeff Gordon, coming off his dominating performance in Las Vegas, also had his fair share of problems. He too was a lap down during parts of the race, but came back to finish in the 18th spot. 

Then, who some call the luckiest driver on the circuit, Jimmie Johnson, may have had a tire problem but it wasn't enough to take him out of contention, and he came home in the 12th spot.

It was an up-and-down day for drivers on the track, and our Creatures in their picks. After Kurt Busch's victory, here's how they'll head to Bristol in two weeks.


Kara Martin (631 ) Kevin Harvick finished ninth (1 )

Ben Bomberger (589 ) Kevin Harvick finished ninth (1 )

Kelly Crandall (573 ) Kevin Harvick finished ninth (0 )

Dustin Parks (544 ) Kurt Busch won (1 )

Christopher Leone (542 ) Jeff Gordon finished 18th (1

Billy Fellin (508 ) Jeff Gordon finished 18th (0 )

James Broomhead (5 02 ) Jimmie Johnson finished 12th (1 )

Rob Tiongson (428 ) Joey Logano finished 35th (0 )

David Yeazell (428 ) Jeff Gordon finished 18th (0 )

Misan Akuya (424 ) Mark Martin finished 33rd (0 )

Sal Sigala Jr. (408 ) Jimmie Johnson finished 12th (0 )

Patti Rodisch (366 ) Jeff Gordon finished 18th (0 )

Adam Heasley (309 ) NO PICK SENT (0 )


Next Up

The series takes its first weekend off before getting back to business at one of the toughest tracks on the circuit: Bristol Motor Speedway. 

Kyle Busch heads back to Bristol after sweeping both races last year, and will look to make it two Busch-brother wins in a row.

Creatures, have your picks in for the Food City 500 at Bristol by Thursday, March 18, at 7 p.m. ET.