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Roddy White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are seeking a little redemption. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan hope to be doing this Sunday. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

Roddy White, Julio Jones and Matt Ryan are so excited because the the AJC has a new digital platform!

OK, not really. But we have moved. You can still find my old blogs on this site. But for the new ones, please go to ajc.com/weblogs/jeff-schultz.

Hopefully we can get through this transition period with a minimal number of hiccups. Also, please note that readers commenting on blogs now need to register first. Just go to my latest blog (about the Falcons) for all of the info.

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Atlanta race makes Stewart look good, NASCAR look dumb

Pole sitter Denny Hamlin (11) and Ryan Newman (39) kead the field to the green flag to start Sunday's Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. (AP photo)

(UPDATED: 10:45 p.m.)

It’s not every day that such a monstrously successful enterprise does something so galactically stupid, but NASCAR pulled it off last month.

A race wasn’t just taken away from Atlanta Motor Speedway. A major event was removed from NASCAR’s corporate center and from a track as rich in history as almost any this side of Daytona. Consequently, while AMS will have but one event on the Sprint Cup circuit next season, 13 tracks will have multiple races — including such garden spots as Dover, Del. (where banners cover empty seats).

If NASCAR ran baseball, there would be one team in New York and two in Cleveland.

Tony Stewart and Atlanta came out winners Sunday night. Stewart won a thrilling finish to the Emory Healthcare 500. Atlanta won by filling the stands with over 90,000 fans, one month after NASCAR informed AMS it was taking away one of its races.

Why did Atlanta get dumped on? Because in addition to Sunday’s race, the other race fell during the …

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Earnhardt manages the impossible: Win pole and never lead

We have photographic evidence that pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. led for about two second. That's him on the right and Kyle Busch on the left. (AP photo/Brian Lawdermilk)

Photographic evidence that pole-sitter Dale Earnhardt Jr. (right) led the Kobalt Tools 500 for about two seconds. He was soon passed by Kyle Busch (left). (AP photo/Brian Lawdermilk)

Considering its circuit has been plagued by empty seats, declining television ratings and a suspicion that Jimmie Johnson might be racing with an engine that has the word, “Cessna” on it, NASCAR actually had a pretty good day Sunday.

♦ Somebody other than Johnson, the sport’s four-time defending champion and winner of two of this season’s first three races, won the Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Alas, some semblance of competition lives for one week.

♦ There was a close finish, with two late cautions bunching the field and Kurt Busch edging Matt Kenseth by a half-second. The two late wrecks extended the race 16 laps longer than scheduled, technically making this the Kobalt Tools 524.64.

♦ Nobody died but a car flipped! Carl “The Maniac” Edwards, in payback for one of …

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