March 8 – – Jeff Gordon came within one daring late race move of his first victory of the season before settling for a runner-up finish in the Kobalt 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon, driving the black and silver National Guard Chevrolet, led the race with less than 80 laps to go, but fell to 4th on pit road after a dropped lug nut. He battled back and got a needed green/white/checkered finish to close the gap on the leaders. He restarted in 3rd and was edged near the wall by eventual winner Kurt Busch before getting around Carl Edwards. However, he was unable to run down Busch for the victory.
Kobalt 500 – 2nd Place [audio:https://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-08-kobalt-500-atlanta.mp3]
Pit Road Interview [audio:https://www.scannerbytes.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/jeff-gordon-2009-03-08-kobalt-500-atlanta-pit-road-interview.mp3]