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NASCAR GETS BACK ON TRACK

The NASCAR family paused for a few days to mourn. Now it's back to business.

The seventh stop in NASCAR's championship chase is Atlanta Motor Speedway, where Kurt Busch will try to extend his lead over Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. at Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

Not that it's business as usual. The sport was rocked Sunday by the plane crash that killed 10 people, including the son, brother and twin nieces of prominent car owner Rick Hendrick.

"There will be a somber feeling to things," said Busch, who holds a 96-point lead over Gordon with just four races remaining. "It's a tight-knit community, and we're all going to be here to support the Hendrick family."

NASCAR and at least one major sponsor cut back on their promotional events during the week out of respect for the victims. Candlelight vigils were held in North Carolina.

All of Hendrick's drivers -- Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Terry Labonte and Brian Vickers -- will be racing on the high-banked, 1.54-mile oval.

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