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Kobalt Tools 500: Great stories marred by controversy

Contrary to the buzz, there were 43 drivers racing on Sunday, not just two. As pointed out by my good friend Kelly Crandall in her article, "Carl Edwards may have escaped NASCAR's court, but the real jury still awaits", there has been a lot of talk about what happened on lap 323 of the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway between Carl Edwards and Brad Keselowski. What is getting lost is the fact that there was an actual race that took place that day as well. And a pretty darn good race at that! Guys that no one expected to do well, did. Guys that were expected to excel, didn't. Teams that are fixtures in the top 10 were no where to be found.  I will not be talking about "the incident" any further. Let's first look at the perfor...

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