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NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon spends time with local Cub Scouts

NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon spends time with local Cub Scouts

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Former NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon reached out to local Cub Scouts before Sunday's Kobalt 500 as part of "Scout Day at the Races."

Eight local Cub Scouts from the Flint River Council got to meet Gordon and race their Pinewood Derby cars with the driver of the No. 24 car as part of their visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Stockbridge's Kristopher Assing, Christian Bostic, Samuel Esterline, Will Harper, Caleb Moss, Jared Oenick, Adam Knell and Alex Pecoraro were the scouts selected to meet their racing hero.

Gordon is a big supporter of scouting. A year ago, he won the Silver Buffalo, one of Scouting's most prestigious honors.

"It was fun for me to spend time with the Scouts and see how much energy and creativity they put into building their cars," Gordon said.

Native son: Georgia driver Bill Elliott doesn't race a full Sprint Cup schedule anymore, but Sunday afternoon, the former NASCAR champ was back in his No. 34 Motorcraft/Quick Lane and Tire Auto Center Ford as the green flag dropped on the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Elliott, who was making just his second start in a Sprint Cup event this season, even led for one lap of the 500-mile race. Elliott was making the 810th start of his career in a Sprint Cup series car.

She's impressed: Georgia native and Olympic Gold Medalist Elana Meyer, who competed in the bobsled in Vancouver, likes what she saw during this weekend's stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

"I'm in awe right now," the Douglasville native said. "These drivers are amazing, and they go so fast. I have a new respect for them."

Meyer and her teammates were at the track to support former NASCAR driver Geoff Bodine, who is now the owner of Bo-Dyan Bobsleds, the company that built the Gold Medal sleds for the American team. Bodine still holds the AMS qualifying record.

That didn't take long: It took just four laps into the race for the first yellow flag to come out after Robby Gordon crashed into the wall in turn No. 2. Georgia native David Ragan, who was having a solid six-place run also brought out a yellow flag on the 33 lap when he also crashed spoiling the homecoming for the former Thursday Thunder Legends Champion at AMS.

It must be a Chevy: Five racers who drive Chevy's started Sunday's Kobalt 500 in the top 10 including Dale Earnhardt

Jr. who was on the pole. Juan Pablo Montoya (3rd), Mark Martin (4th), Jeff Gordon (5th) and Ryan Newman (7th) were also among the Chevy drivers locking down one of the first 10 spots after solid qualifying sessions.

Loving Atlanta: There's something about running in Atlanta that brings the best out of veteran racer Kevin Harvick. Harvick took the checkered flag Saturday in the E-Z Go 200 Camp World Truck series on Saturday. With the win, Harvick has now won in all three of NASCAR's major series at the 1.54-mile track in Atlanta--Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World events.

Harvick just happens to drive a truck sponsored by E-Z Go.

"When you have the sponsor on your truck and they sponsor the race too, that makes life good," Harvick said. "We just had a great truck. We didn't make a whole lot of changes on the truck all weekend."

Harvick also started the Kobalt Tools 500 as the Sprint Cup points leader.

Heading into Atlanta, Harvick has turned in top 10 finishes in each of first three races. He started the Atlanta race in the 18th row after qualifying 35th.