With the first race of the season already under their belts, drivers are now looking forward to Sunday’s race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Logano was the winner of the Coors Light Pole Award last week and so all of the other drivers will now be feeling the pressure to show what they have achieved during their break. However, some found that things were nota s easy as they had hoped in qualifying.
Every qualifying race stats with a technical inspection but this time this took so long that the race was actually delayed. However, there were some cars that did not manage to make it on to the track before the end of the 15 minute qualifying round and these included Tony Stewart, Matt Kenseth, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Gordon, names that you would certainly have expected to have seen there. This is the first year when there is a pre qualifying inspection and so it could be that there were hiccups that will be ironed out in the future. These problems now mean that the four drivers listed will start at the back of the group. The problems were put down to the fact that there are new rules on the cars such as les horsepower, new under pan and new downforce package which meant that a lot of things needed to be considered.
Jimmie Johnson did not let this get him down, explaining that this particular track has opportunities to get to the front. There were still some cars that made a qualifying lap though. This lead to Joey Logano taking pole position with Kevin Harvick, Jamie McMurray, Denny Hamlin and Carl Edwards behind him.