Sunday's NAPA 500

Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2000

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Time: 1 p.m.

Broadcast: Television ESPN; Radio Performance Racing Network.

Track: 1.54-mile quad-oval

1999 winner: Bobby Labonte

What it takes to win: Atlanta is the fastest racetrack on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with speeds reaching 200 mph along the front straightaway. Since so much of the layout includes a towering 24-degree banking, the secret to success is being able to run through the corners without lifting off the gas pedal. The driver who can find the necessary grip and the nerve to hug the lower groove at full speed will be the one to beat

Morris News Service pick: Bobby Labonte

Other drivers to watch: Tony Stewart, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, Ricky Rudd and Mike Skinner

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