Cracker Barrell 500

Posted: Thursday, March 08, 2001

When: 1 p.m. Sunday

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile quad-oval with 24-degree banking in all four turns, a 1,415-foot front stretch and a 1,320-foot backstretch.

Broadcast: Television FOX 54; Radio Performance Racing Network

2000 winner: Dale Earnhardt

Morris News Service pick: Jeff Gordon

Others to watch: Bobby Labonte, Jerry Nadeau, Mike Skinner and Tony Stewart

Notes: Competition for the sports entertainment dollar in the Atlanta area will be fierce this weekend. In addition to main events by the NASCAR Busch and NASCAR Winston Cup series, the ACC basketball tournament will be staged at the Georgia Dome 23 miles away. Earn hardt won last year's race in one of the closest finishes in Winston Cup history, when he beat Labonte by less than six inches. According to the Neilsen ratings, 13.1 percent of every household in the Atlanta area watched last week's race. That's more than the Duke-North Carolina basketball game, Brazil-United States soccer game and the Knicks-Raptors basketball game combined.

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