The top 5 defining moments in Atlanta Motor Speedway history
Atlanta Motor Speedway has produced some of the greatest moments in NASCAR history. Here are five that stand tall among the rest.
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5. Carl edges Jimmie
Carl Edwards edged Jimmie Johnson at the finish to pick up his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup win in the Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 20, 2005.
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4. Labonte brothers celebrate
On the same day that Terry Labonte clinched his second final NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title, younger brother Bobby captured the 1996 season finale -- the NAPA 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Afterward, the two celebrated together as only brothers can.
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3. Dale holds off Bobby
In what would be the penultimate victory of his NASCAR career, Dale Earnhardt fended off a fierce last-lap charge from Bobby Labonte to win the March 2000 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. One year later, Earnhardt -- the legendary seven-time champion -- would be gone.
2. Harvick scores emotional win
Three weeks after the tragic death of Dale Earnhardt on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Kevin Harvick nipped Jeff Gordon to win at Atlanta in Earnhardt's old car -- that had been repurposed as the No. 29. Ironically, the win came in strikingly similar fashion to Earnhardt's victory over Bobby Labonte in this race one year earlier.
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1. Kulwicki wins title, Petty retires, Gordon debuts
The 1992 Hooter's 500 will always be remembered for three reasons: Alan Kulwicki beating race winner Bill Elliott for the title by a mere 10 points (then, the closest margin in NASCAR history), Richard Petty's last race and Jeff Gordon's first race.