Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Atlanta Betting Preview: 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

The Las Vegas test matters, a bunch.
The 1-2-3 Daytona 500 finish by Joe Gibbs Racing will be the last time we see restrictor-plate racing as we've become familiar with, and Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will begin a new era of NASCAR as it debuts a new engine and new aero package aimed at bolstering competition. The combination of a smaller tapered spacer reducing horsepower from 750 horsepower down to 550 and aero ducts are expected to produce tighter races and allow for more passing.

If you thought the randomness of plate racing between the four races at Daytona and Talladega was like throwing darts or shooting craps when attempting to pick a winner, wait until we get a look at these cars during Friday and Saturday's 80-minute practice sessions. There's going to be lots of pack racing in the same way we saw Sunday, which is good.

After whining for two weeks about the Ford dominance during Speedweeks and the lack of passing, Sunday's race showed me the racing was much different with 40 cars on the tracks rather than 20 in the Clash or Duels. I enjoyed it, and now plates are gone, or kind of.

I saw several driver comments and the speeds from the Las Vegas test session three weeks ago with this new package and came away with the notion that the huge edge elite teams had has been erased. The lower level teams may get closer to teams like Penske, Stewart Haas Racing and JGR.

Another team that is expected to get back to elite status this season is Hendrick Motorsports, particularly Jimmie Johnson, who went winless for the first time in his career last season.

“Leaving Daytona, we all certainly have a little spark of energy," said Johnson won the Clash two weeks ago. "To be able to recover from the wrecks we were involved in and be there at the end is certainly a great start. This weekend in Atlanta is a completely different deal as we roll out the 2019 rules package. In my eyes, the cars are going to be faster and we are all going to be closer together, there will be more passing, and there is going to be a lot of excitement with the 2019 package. I was able to test Las Vegas and we had some drafting sessions."

Johnson was fastest in one of the test sessions at 178.885 mph which is about 10 mph slower than the pole winner at Las Vegas last fall. He's a five-time winner at Atlanta (last time in 2016) and has 14 top-five finishes which are both the most among active drivers. In 27 starts he's had an 11th-place average finish. He's 25-to-1 to win at the Westgate Las Vegas Superbook which should be attractive for all NASCAR bettors considering the new package, his performance in testing, a new sponsor, and a new crew chief.

Las Vegas and Atlanta are 1.5-mile high banked sister tracks and while both tracks race differently, the Las Vegas test, where each team sent one driver as a representative to take notes, is a good barometer to how they'll run Sunday.

One of the biggest surprises from three Vegas test sessions over two days was Austin Dillon,who was second-fastest in the final two sessions and fourth fastest in the first one.

“We had a successful test," said Dillon. "I enjoyed being out there and I felt like we had some good speed. I’m looking forward to getting to Atlanta Motor Speedway to see how that race is, and then Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the next part of the rules package. I’m pumped. I think it’s going to be interesting for sure.”

The most interesting part is that the Superbook has Dillon 50-to-1 to win Sunday. Sure, he's never had a top-10 in six Atlanta starts, but I've also never seen the No. 3 with Dillon being among the elite during practices on any 1.5-mile track. Richard Childress Racing might be in the mix weekly again which would be amazing for the sport.

Without having any kind of data other than the Vegas test, I think we all have to throw our normal betting procedures away and learn on the go and listen intently to what these drivers and crew chiefs are saying.

READ MORE HERE....TOP-5 FINISH PREDICTION ON VEGASINSIDER.COM

William Byron to benefit from knowledge of Chad Knaus at Atlanta

William Byron is 80/1 to win Sunday at Atlanta.
William Byron on his expectations for Atlanta:
“I really don’t know what to expect when we get to Atlanta. I feel like it’s going to be a challenge in the sense that it’s a slick racetrack. We are going to go there and try and understand the new aero package, but also try and understand what that racetrack is going to do throughout the race. I think it’s going to present different challenges than we normally deal with there.”

Byron on looking forward to getting into a rhythm starting with Atlanta:
“I’m looking forward to it. I think it’s pretty much a normal, routine race weekend for us there, especially compared to DAYTONA 500 weekend. I’m looking forward to that part of it. I’m just trying to go there and have a pretty normal weekend and do what we need to do.”

KNAUS HOT AT HOTLANTA: At a track where past knowledge is crucial, crew chief Chad Knaus will add valuable experience to the No. 24 team when the Liberty University Chevy hits the track this weekend. Calling the shots for 27 NASCAR Cup Series races at the weathered track, Knaus has snagged the checkered flag five times, most recently back-to-back in 2015 and 2016. In his 27 races at the venue as a crew chief, Knaus’ car has left the 1.54-mile oval with 14 top-five finishes and 15 top-10s. In fact, Knaus has a knack for intermediate tracks in general, collecting 34 wins at the track type across his Cup Series crew chief career.

DAYTONA 500 RECAP: Capturing his first NASCAR Cup Series pole award during the first Sunday of Speedweeks, William Byron showed patience and speed throughout the 61st annual running of the DAYTONA 500 before being relegated to a 21st-place finish after an on-track incident with only two laps remaining. Despite the finishing position, Byron led a career-high 44 laps during Sunday’s race. The 21-year-old driver also spent 133 of 207 laps within the top-five running order, the most by anyone in the race. His 154 laps inside the top 10 throughout the race were the second-most of any competitor.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is 100-to-1 to win at Atlanta

Ricky Stenhouse has an 18.5 average finish position at Atlanta. 
Team: No. 17 Little Hug Fruit Barrels Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Brian Pattie
Twitter: @Stenhouse17Team @stenhousejr and @roushfenway

ADVANCE NOTES

Stenhouse Jr. at Atlanta Motor Speedway


o Stenhouse has six career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) starts at Atlanta with an average starting position of 10.3 and average finishing position of 18.5.

o 2013 – Atlanta Motor Speedway is the site of where Stenhouse earned his first career MENCS Coors Light pole award.

o 2012 – Stenhouse overtook the lead on the final lap from Kevin Harvick to claim the victory in the NASCAR Xfinity series event.

Last time at Atlanta

After consistently running in the top 15 for a majority of Sunday’s rain delayed Fold of Honors QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. drove his Ford Fusion to a 16th-place finish despite sustaining damage to the right rear with less than 25 laps remaining in the 325 lap race.

In the Points

Stenhouse Jr. currently sits fourth in the points after his 13th-place finish in the Daytona 500 and second-place finish in Gander RV Duel 1.

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Stenhouse Jr. on racing at Atlanta:


“Atlanta has been a good track for us in the past. There are a lot of unknowns coming into this weekend with the new package. The No. 6 team tested Vegas and felt like they learned some things. Weather might be a factor this weekend so hopefully we will be able to get on track and fine tune our Mustang before the race Sunday. We had a really good points weekend last weekend so we are looking for another solid points day in Atlanta.”

Jimmie Johnson is 25-to-1 to win QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

Jimmie Johnson was fastest during a Las Vegas test session.
Jimmie Johnson on racing at Atlanta:
“Leaving Daytona, we all certainly have a little spark of energy. To be able to recover from the wrecks we were involved in and be there at the end is certainly a great start. This weekend in Atlanta is a completely different deal as we roll out the 2019 rules package. In my eyes, the cars are going to be faster and we are all going to be closer together, there will be more passing, and there is going to be a lot of excitement with the 2019 package. I was able to test Las Vegas and we had some drafting sessions. It was really racy. I’m also looking forward to being in the booth (for the NASCAR Xfinity Series race) with (Kevin) Harvick for FOX. I’ll be doing some homework leading into the weekend for sure, it’s a whole different kind of pressure.”

Driver Jimmie Johnson
Hometown El Cajon, California
Age 43

Jimmie Johnson, driver of the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will be available to members of the media on Friday, Feb. 22, at 2:45 p.m. local time in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center.

RALLY 500 FINISH: The 61st annual running of the DAYTONA 500 was an emotional roller coaster of sorts for seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, crew chief Kevin Meendering and the No. 48 team. Earlier in Speedweeks, Johnson clocked the third-fastest qualifying speed in a one-two-three-four Hendrick Motorsports sweep on pole day, and later that afternoon won “The Clash” exhibition race. He started the DAYTONA 500 in 17th place and finished Stage 1 in ninth and Stage 2 in 17th. Coming to pit road with 40 laps to go, Johnson was a victim of bad luck as he was hit unexpectedly from behind on pit road, causing damage to the No. 48 Ally Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Meendering, who was participating in his first race as Johnson’s crew chief, remained cool and calm as he directed repairs on pit road. Johnson lost two laps in the process due to a pit road penalty, but was the benefactor of two free passes during subsequent cautions to find himself back on the lead lap. With nine laps to go, Johnson was involved in another multiple-car incident in which the No. 48 Chevy suffered front-end damage. Following more repairs, Johnson dodged two more incidents and raced to a ninth-place finish in overtime.

EXCELLENT IN ATLANTA: Currently, Johnson has 28 intermediate track (1.5-mile) wins, which is the most all-time. He currently has five wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway – which is tied with NASCAR Hall of Famer Jeff Gordon for the most all-time – the most recent of which came back-to-back in 2015 and again during his 2016 championship season. Johnson’s average finish at Atlanta is 11.59 over 27 starts. He scored his first emotionally-charged win at Atlanta on Oct. 31, 2004, in the aftermath of the tragic Hendrick Motorsports plane crash.

THE OLDER, THE BETTER: The last time the track at Atlanta Motor Speedway put asphalt down was 1997. It ranks third among the oldest racing surfaces on which the NASCAR Cup Series competes. All five of Johnson’s wins on the track have come on its current racing surface. The oldest track surface is Dover (1995), where Johnson has 11 wins, and California (1996), where Johnson has six wins.

JOHNSON IN THE FOX BOOTH: Johnson will trade his helmet for a microphone on Saturday, Feb. 23, as he will join fellow competitor Kevin Harvick and FOX play-by-play analyst Adam Alexander in the booth for the NASCAR Xfinity Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It marks the first time the El Cajon, California, native will appear in an analyst role in the booth.

BOSTON MARATHON ANNOUNCEMENT: On Feb. 12 during Daytona Speedweeks, Johnson, along with personal sponsor Gatorade, announced Johnson is in training to enter the prestigious Boston Marathon. Never having run a marathon, Johnson’s training is in full-force, running an average of 75 to 100 miles a week in preparation for the 26.2-mile race on April 15.

WHEELFORCE TEST: In October 2018, Johnson and Meendering participated in a wheelforce test at Atlanta Motor Speedway on behalf of the Hendrick Motorsports organization.

VERGE OF A MILESTONE: Johnson is on the verge of his 84th points-paying NASCAR Cup Series win. He secured his 83rd in June 2017 to tie NASCAR Hall of Famer Cale Yarborough for sixth on the all-time wins list. An 84th win would tie Hall of Famers Darrell Waltrip and Bobby Allison for fourth all-time. Johnson is currently 10 wins behind former teammate Gordon, who has 93 victories and is third on the list. Johnson has the most wins of all active drivers.

CHASE ELLIOTT FOUNDATION SHOES: This year, Johnson will take part in the Chase Elliott Foundation’s “DESI9N TO DRIVE” shoe program. Benefiting the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta summer camp program, Johnson and his Hendrick Motorsports teammates selected racing shoe designs created by patients of Children's. After the race, the race-worn shoes will be signed by Johnson and auctioned off online by the Chase Elliott Foundation.

1.5-MILE TEST: Johnson, Meendering and the No. 48 team participated in a two-day test session on Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where the 2019 rules package took to the 1.5-mile track for the first time.
 

2019 Season

  • 8th in standings
  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 1 top-10 finish
  • 0 laps led
 
 

Career

  • 616 starts
  • 83 wins
  • 35 pole positions
  • 224 top-five finishes
  • 353 top-10 finishes
  • 18,703 laps led
 
 

Track Career 

  • 27 starts
  • 5 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 14 top-five finishes
  • 16 top-10 finishes
  • 586 laps led
 

Chase Elliott looking for some home cooking at Atlanta

Chase Elliott is 10-to-1 at Atlanta Sunday.
Chase Elliott on racing at Atlanta:
“Always nice to go race in Atlanta. It’s a special place and there's definitely a lot of fans around home so I always enjoy going back. More than that, it's a fun racetrack to drive. I've enjoyed racing there from a driver standpoint, and glad they didn't repave it. With it being the second race of the year, we can all get back to downforce racing. Big transition and an important week to see how we all stack up. I’m looking forward to getting there.”

Driver Chase Elliott 
Hometown Dawsonville, Georgia
Age 23 


Dawsonville, Georgia, native Chase Elliott, driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, will be available to members of the media on Friday, Feb. 22, at 3:05 p.m. local time in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center.

1.5-MILE TRACK STATS: Chase Elliott is set to make his 35th start on a 1.5-mile track this weekend at his home track of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Elliott scored his first 1.5-mile track win last October at Kansas Speedway. In his previous 34 starts on the same track length, he has led 289 laps and averaged a starting position of 13.85 and finishing position of 13.74. In addition to his one win, Elliott has also collected 11 top-five finishes – two of which are runner-up results – and 19 top-10s.

GEORGIA ON HIS MIND: On Sunday, Elliott could become just the second Georgia-born driver to win a race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, joining his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, who won five races at the track.

ELLIOTT AT ATLANTA: The 23-year-old driver has made starts at Atlanta in each of NASCAR’s top-three series – three in the Cup Series, two in the Xfinity Series and one in the Gander Outdoors Truck Series. In those six starts, Elliott has never finished outside the top 10. Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of three tracks (Atlanta, Michigan, Charlotte Motor Speedway road course) where Elliott has never finished outside of the top 10 in his Cup career. The driver of the No. 9 NAPA AUTO PARTS Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 currently holds the best average finish at the track among active drivers (7.67). He finished in the top five in all of his Xfinity Series and NASCAR Truck Series starts at Atlanta.

HOME SWEET HOME: In addition to NAPA AUTO PARTS, Elliott’s primary sponsor this weekend at Atlanta, fellow No. 9 team primary partners Hooters and Kelley Blue Book are also headquartered in Atlanta. Hooters, a casual dining establishment with a deep history in NASCAR, will make its season debut next weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Kelley Blue Book will make its return to the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in March at Texas Motor Speedway.

DESI9N TO DRIVE: As part of Chase Elliott Foundation's third annual “DESI9N TO DRIVE” art collaboration with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the patient-designed racing shoes will be worn by Elliott, William Byron, Alex Bowman and Jimmie Johnson during the NASCAR Cup Series race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, signed and then put on the auction block at the NASCAR Foundation online auction site to benefit Children’s summer camps

CHECK OUT THOSE HATS: This weekend in Atlanta, the No. 9 team will wear special, limited-edition NAPA hats at the racetrack. The hats are part of NAPA AUTO PARTS' March in-store promotion. In the month of March, when customers spend $25 in store they will receive the No. 9 NAPA Racing/Chase Elliott hat, while supplies last.

 

2019 Season

  • 13th in standings
  • 1 start
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 0 top-five finishes
  • 0 top-10 finish
  • 0 laps led
 
 

Career

  • 114 starts
  • 3 wins
  • 4 pole positions
  • 33 top-five finishes
  • 59 top-10 finishes
  • 1,243 laps led
 
 

Track Career 

  • 3 starts
  • 0 wins
  • 0 pole positions
  • 1 top-five finish
  • 3 top-10 finishes
  • 0 laps led
 

Suarez ready to adapt to new package at Atlanta

Daniel Suarez is 60-to-1 to win at Atlanta.
Daniel Suárez is looking for a better ending to this weekend’s event at Atlanta than he had at the season-opening Daytona 500. With just 10 scheduled laps remaining in Sunday’s Great American Race, Suárez was caught up in a multivehicle accident that ended his bid prematurely.

The Mexico native has two Cup Series starts at Atlanta with a best finish of 15th and a best starting position of fourth, both during last year’s event. In addition to his Cup Series starts at the mile-and-a-half track, he has two starts in the Xfinity Series with a best starting position of third and a best finish of seventh, both in 2016.

Suárez’s new team, SHR, was successful at Atlanta last year with teammate Kevin Harvick taking the checkered flag in dominant fashion by leading 181 of the 325-lap event. Harvick’s Atlanta win was just the start of an extremely successful season for the two-time championship-winning SHR team which accumulated 15 Cup Series wins.

NASCAR’s new rules package goes into effect for this weekend’s event at Atlanta. NASCAR has made rule changes for 2019 to bolster competition with enhanced aerodynamic and engine configurations. The different packages are tailored to the specific tracks on the Cup Series circuit, with a combination of a smaller tapered spacer to reduce engine horsepower to a target goal of 550 – from 750 – and aero ducts to foster tighter racing on a majority of speedways measuring longer than 1 mile.

“I think it will take a little bit of time for everyone to adapt to the new rules package,” Suárez said. “At the end of the day, though, it’s going to be like any other race. Whoever hits on something first and figures out how to go faster is going to be winning races sooner. I don’t want to waste too much time thinking about if the package is good or bad. What’s important is figuring out how to adapt to it and to go fast and win races.”

While the 2019 rules package is new for the Cup Series, it’s somewhat familiar to Suárez, who raced a similar package in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. The Mustang driver went on to win three races and ultimately the Xfinity Series championship in 2016.

DANIEL SUÁREZ, Driver of the No. 41 ARRIS Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing: 

How long before the elite teams figure out this package and break away from the pack? When do you think the elite teams get a little bit better than everybody else?
“I would say two to three months. The good teams will continue to be the good teams and the elite teams will continue to be the elite teams. I’m very lucky in that I feel like Stewart-Haas Racing is one of the best race teams out there. I’m very confident based on what I was able to do in the All-Star Race and what Stewart-Haas Racing was able to accomplish by winning the race that we’re going do great things together this year.”

You’re still looking for your first playoff appearance. If you had your preference, would you like a win early in the season so you know you’re locked in? Or, if you’re running up front, you’ll have the points to get in and it’s all good? 
“Honestly, you can tell me, ‘Hey, do you prefer to get a win and be locked in the playoffs, or be competitive and run up front all of the time?’ I would say to be competitive and run up front all of the time. The win will come when you do that. I know that. I don’t want to get a lucky win and be in the playoffs and then not be able to perform well at the end of the season.”

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Matt DiBenedetto is 60/1 to win 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

Matt DiBenedetto comes off strong run at Daytona.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Notes:


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· DIBENEDETTO BY THE NUMBERS: In three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career starts at Atlanta, Matt DiBenedetto has an average start of 29.0 and an average finish of 29.3. He’s completed 966 of 980 (98.6 percent) career laps at the 1.5-mile track in Hampton, GA.

· RACE INFO: The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.5-mile) begins at 2:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, February 24th. The race will be broadcast live on FOX, Sirius XM Channel 90 and PRN Radio.

DiBenedetto’s Career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Stats at Atlanta:

Date Event: S F Laps Status
02/28/16 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 35 29 326/330 Running
03/05/17 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 22 28 321/325 Running
02/25/18 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 30 31 319/325 Running

From the Driver’s Seat:

Matt DiBenedetto:
“In Atlanta you always end up racing the track more than other places we go, and I’m not sure if it will be the same this weekend with this aero package, but that’s always how Atlanta has been. They’re usually pretty clean races because you’re typically so busy hanging on to your own race car, and the pace slows down so much as the tires wear out. It reminds me a lot of my short track racing days when you’re hanging on, but I’m not sure how much that will change with this new package. I have a feeling things will be a bit more race-y this weekend with us all stuck together a little more. Keeping the tires under it for a long run has always been a focus when we’ve raced at Atlanta in the past. There’s a lot of unknowns entering this weekend with the new aero package and engine package, so I’m not entirely sure what to expect. I’m not sure how crazy qualifying might be or how the race is going to work out overall, so it’s starting from scratch on where we should be starting from set-up wise honestly. Everyone’s on the same page though this weekend with not knowing what to expect, but we have fast Toyota Camrys and really great people working here so I’m looking forward to this weekend to see how things play out.”

From the Pit Box:

Mike Wheeler: “The biggest challenge of racing at Atlanta is the tire fall-off due to tire wear from the track. In the past, over the course of laps, you lose seconds in lap times and the handling also fades with that. The more you can keep the handling together and closer together in the long run, the better you performed. Atlanta is fairly wide, and you can run around both the bottom and the top, as well as a few places in the middle, so you can adjust your line as needed for balance. Obviously, this year’s new package will change how all that goes and we’re all going to learn together. I think that this weekend is going to be as big of a learning curve as any race you’ve seen in the last decade probably. There have been a few tests to give us a bit of an idea of what we’re going to fight, but at the same point, once we get a number of cars on the track, it’s always going to change. We’re going to need to have some decent speed in our Procore Camry, but also have a good enough balance in a tight pack, in regards to aero balance and mechanical grip, in order to make sure that you can actually maneuver around, pass guys, and not have a bad-handling car especially in dirty air.”

No. 95 Procore Toyota Camry Team:

Driver: Matt DiBendetto Crew Chief: Mike Wheeler
Car Chief: Greg Emmer Spotter: Doug Campbell
Engineer: J.R. Houston Engineer: Etienne Cliche
Mechanic: Bill Mares Mechanic: Matt Kimball
Shock Specialist: Tim Lambert Mechanic: Ryan Dextraze
Tire Specialist: Tony Ramirez Jackman: Bailey Walker
Fueler: Ryan Dextraze Rear Changer: Deven Youker
Front Changer: Adam Hartman Tire Carrier: Chris Hall
Hauler Driver: Damon Lopez

About Procore Technologies:

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Richard Childress Racing Atlanta Preview

Austin Dillon tested well at Las Vegas. He's 50/1 at Atlanta.
Richard Childress Racing’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Atlanta Motor Speedway … In 144 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has earned nine wins and three pole awards, including Kevin Harvick’s emotional victory in the Cracker Barrel 500 on March 11, 2001. Dale Earnhardt won eight times at the Hampton, Ga.-based track under the RCR banner. Additionally, RCR boasts 29 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes at AMS and RCR-prepared Chevrolets have led 2,955 laps at the ultra-fast, 1.54-mile oval. Richard Childress, a former driver on NASCAR’s senior circuit, recorded his best finish at AMS, ninth, in the Atlanta Journal 500 on Nov. 2, 1980.

RCR in the MENCS … In 2,922 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,067 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, ’87, ’90, ’91, ’93 and ’94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR’s three national series.

RCR50 … Richard Childress Racing celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019. Follow our social channels season-long as we celebrate five decades in NASCAR.

Interactive RCR … For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR’s corporate Twitter page – @RCRracing – along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page – @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @TylerReddick and @DanielHemric. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages – http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/DanielHemric.

Catch the Action … The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be televised live Sunday, Feb. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

This Week’s Dow Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway … In six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Dillon’s best finish is 11th in 2016.

Dow brings a science and engineering crew who is driven by limitless curiosity to the RCR Team … Austin Dillon and the RCR team are again supported by Dow’s materials science expertise and technologies this season. Backed by the power of data analysis and virtual modeling, Dow develops and manufactures high-performance components and materials custom-made for the No. 3 car. Dow and RCR’s partnership has expedited innovation and shortened testing time in the automotive industry by recreating in the lab one of the most extreme environments – the racetrack. After 5 years of collaboration, Dow scientists and RCR engineers are continuing to work together to make the No. 3 car faster, safer and more precise. Stay up to date with Dow’s exciting developments at www.dow.com/sports and follow us on Twitter @DowRacing, @DowSports & @DowChemical

Meet Dillon … Come meet Dillon and shop track-side at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he makes an appearance to his merchandise trailer in the fan midway on Sunday, February 24 at 10:40 a.m. ET. Purchase from the trailer, receive your wrist band and ensure your place in line at this limited autograph session.

AUSTIN DILLON QUOTES:

Talk a little bit about the recent test session at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Did you like what you felt with the new rules package?
“We had a successful test. I enjoyed being out there and I felt like we had some good speed. I’m looking forward to getting to Atlanta Motor Speedway to see how that race is, and then Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the next part of the rules package. I’m pumped. I think it’s going to be interesting for sure.”

What type of mentality are you going to have to have that you didn’t have before on these mile-and-a-half and two-mile tracks?
“You’re going to have to be really smart at making your moves on the racetrack, because when you make them you better clear people. If you pull out of line at the wrong time, you’re going to lose more than just the spot you tried to gain. You’re going to lose two or three spots. You’re going to have to complete passes and be aggressive when you do. I think that will be key. In a sense, it feels very similar to a race at a place like Daytona International Speedway or Talladega Superspeedway. You have to be very calculated about your moves and learn what the draft is going to be like because this package is different than the package we’ve been running, and the draft works differently so you’ll have to find different places on the track where you can gain momentum and speed.”

How do you make a pass with this package?
“I think when somebody gets side-by-side it really helps the third-place guy. Obviously, being faster is a key part of that. Speed is king so we’ll be trying to work on our cars to get them as fast as we can to be able to pull out and make moves. I think the air works a lot differently than it used to with having the air ducts in the front so learning that is going to be pretty key. I think learning the air is still a work in progress and once we figure that out, we’ll have a better idea of what we can and cannot get away with. I’m really pumped to have Danny Stockman as my crew chief this year. He’s a guy that was really good in the Truck Series and the Xfinity Series, and I think finding that balance shift between aero is going to be something he is good at. I’m really excited about it.”

How do you see this package playing out on a worn-out racetrack like Atlanta Motor Speedway?
“You’re still going to have to drive it a lot at Atlanta Motor Speedway. I don’t care, horsepower-wise. Atlanta Motor Speedway eats tires. You’re going to have to be on and off the throttle, keeping up with the track. There’s still going to be a lot of driving and working on your car throughout the race to get it better. You’re going to have to change your lane a lot. The person that can stay in the gas the longest is probably going to win.”


This Week’s Alsco / Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway … Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway but has starts in both the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Truck Series at the 1.5-mile track. He had an average start of 6.0 and an average finish of 10.0 in the Xfinity Series, as well as an average start of 11.5 and an average finish of 10.5 in the Truck Series.

Review Mirror: Daytona 500 … Hemric’s first Daytona 500 start saw the gold-colored No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Chevrolet race from the back in the 29th starting position to the front of the field but ended when the ‘Big One’ struck in the closing laps of the race. Hemric was the only rookie in the field to lead a lap, however the damage from the wreck and a penalty from NASCAR for moving under red flag conditions resulted in a 34th-place finish.

About Alsco … Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 130 years of business, Alsco provides linen and workwear rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations and more than 20,000 employees, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at www.alsco.com.

DANIEL HEMRIC QUOTES:

What are your expectations for Atlanta Motor Speedway?

“The new package is a little bit of a moving target, but on the flip side of that I feel like Chevrolet, the people at RCR, and everyone involved in building these cars are putting all their resources into figuring out or eliminating those variables as best as possible. It’s a great thing to have that comradery between all of us to make sure we can do what is necessary so that when we do hit the race track, we are as close to prepared as we can be. I think it’s going to be a constant evolution of what you need. This week isn’t going to be the same as the next week. It’s going to be fun for everybody figuring it out.”

What makes Atlanta Motor Speedway different from other 1.5-mile tracks?
“Without a doubt, the grip level sets Atlanta Motor Speedway apart. Atlanta Motor Speedway has worn-out pavement with swells and bumps. The race track has always had character in how wide it gets. Even with the new package, I expect it to get just as wide as it ever did. Because of that, most drivers like going there. I love racing at a place where you have to be elbows up from lap one to the end of the weekend.”

Atlanta Motor Speedway Track Facts: 2019 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Kevin Harvick captured his second Atlanta win last season. He's the 4/1 favorite to win this week.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data
Season Race #: 2 of 36 (02-25-18)
Track Size: 1.54-miles
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length:  2,332 feet
Backstretch Length:  1,800 feet
Race Length: 325 laps / 500.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2: 85 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 155 Laps

Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta
Jimmie Johnson........................ 102.8
Kevin Harvick............................. 99.4
Chase Elliott............................... 96.4
Kurt Busch................................. 96.1
Brad Keselowski......................... 95.5
Denny Hamlin............................. 94.3
Martin Truex Jr........................... 93.5
Kyle Busch................................. 92.7
Kyle Larson................................ 84.8
Joey Logano............................... 82.6
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2018 races (20 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Qualifying/Race Data
2018 pole winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota Camry
184.652 mph. 30.024 secs. 02-23-18

2018 race winner:
Kevin Harvick, Ford Fusion
143.068 mph, (03:29:54), 02-25-18

Track qualifying record:
Geoffrey Bodine, Ford
197.478 mph, 28.074 secs. 11-15-97

Track race record:
Bobby Labonte, Pontiac
159.904 mph, (03:07:48), 11-16-97

The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2019 Top 16 at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Rk.
Driver
Races
Poles
Wins
Top Fives
Top 10s
DNFs
Average Finish
Driver Rating
 
 
1
Joey Logano
12
1
0
2
4
0
16.7
82.6
 
2
Martin Truex Jr
20
1
0
3
8
4
17.6
93.5
 
3
Kevin Harvick
28
2
2
7
13
4
16.7
99.4
 
4
Kyle Busch
20
1
2
5
7
1
14.8
92.7
 
5
Aric Almirola
8
0
0
0
1
0
18.5
66.5
 
6
Chase Elliott
3
0
0
1
3
0
7.7
96.4
 
7
Kurt Busch
27
1
3
6
13
3
15.3
96.1
 
8
Brad Keselowski
10
0
1
3
6
3
16.5
95.5
 
9
Kyle Larson
5
0
0
1
3
0
14.2
84.8
 
10
Ryan Blaney
3
0
0
0
0
0
18.3
72.8
 
11
Denny Hamlin
19
1
1
4
7
3
18.3
94.3
 
12
Clint Bowyer
18
0
0
1
6
2
20.4
81.6
 
13
Austin Dillon
6
0
0
0
0
0
23.2
67.3
 
14
Jimmie Johnson
27
0
5
14
16
2
11.6
102.8
 
15
Erik Jones
2
0
0
0
0
0
12.5
78.0
 
16
Alex Bowman
3
0
0
0
0
0
26.0
53.3
 
* – Based on Loop Data from the last 20 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2005 – 2018).



The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Top Five Loop Data Leaders
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Driver Rating
Average Running Position
Laps in The Top 15
Drivers
Driver Rating
Drivers
Avg. Running Pos.
Drivers
Laps in Top 15
Jimmie Johnson
102.8
Chase Elliott
9.284
Jimmie Johnson
5,130 (78.4%)
Kevin Harvick
99.4
Jimmie Johnson
9.785
Martin Truex Jr
4,956 (79.7%)
Chase Elliott
96.4
Brad Keselowski
10.49
Kevin Harvick
4,321 (66.1%)
Kurt Busch
96.1
Martin Truex Jr
10.944
Denny Hamlin
4,217 (67.8%)
Brad Keselowski
95.5
Kevin Harvick
12.196
Kurt Busch
4,123 (66.3%)


 Atlanta Motor Speedway Stats & Tidbits:

HISTORY
·        Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
·        The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole position.
·        The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
·        It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
·        The track layout was reversed, and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
·        From 1960 – 2010, Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted multiple Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races during each season; starting in 2011 the series began only visiting Atlanta once a year (2011-Present).
·        In total there have been 111 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960.

STARTS
·        A total of 568 different drivers have competed in at least one Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 384 have competed in more than one.
·        Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy Series in starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 65; followed by Bill Elliott (62) and Dave Marcis (59).
·        Kevin Harvick leads all active drivers with 28 starts at Atlanta; followed by Jimmie Johnson and Kurt Busch with 27 each.
Average Starting Positions - Atlanta
Rank
Drivers
Avg. Starting Pos.
Starts
1
Ryan Newman
6.846
26
2
Kyle Larson
9.000
5
3
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
10.333
6
4
Jimmie Johnson
11.185
27
5
Kyle Busch
11.700
20
6
Denny Hamlin
12.263
19
7
Daniel Suarez
12.500
2
8
Kurt Busch
15.444
28
9
Brad Keselowski
15.500
10
10
Martin Truex Jr
15.950
20
·        Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 6.846 in 26 starts.
·        A total of 67 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have made their series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
·        Four active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004), Ty Dillon (8/31/2014), Cody Ware (3/5/2017) and Harrison Rhodes (2/25/2018).




 
POLES
Busch Pole Award Winners - Atlanta
Rank
Pole Winners
Poles
1
Buddy Baker
7
2
Ryan Newman
7
3
Cale Yarborough
6
4
Bill Elliott
5
5
Fireball Roberts
5
6
Dale Earnhardt
4
7
Richard Petty
4
8
Alan Kulwicki
3
9
Fred Lorenzen
3
10
Geoff Bodine
3
11
Harry Gant
3
12
Marvin Panch
3
13
Rusty Wallace
3
14
Bobby Allison
2
15
Bobby Labonte
2
16
Dale Earnhardt Jr
2
17
Dale Jarrett
2
18
Dave Marcis
2
19
David Pearson
2
20
Jeff Gordon
2
21
Junior Johnson
2
22
Kasey Kahne
2
23
Kevin Harvick
2
24
Mark Martin
2
25
A.J. Foyt
1
26
Banjo Matthews
1
27
Charlie Glotzbach
1
28
Curtis Turner
1
29
Darel Dieringer
1
30
Darrell Waltrip
1
31
Denny Hamlin
1
32
Greg Biffle
1
33
Greg Sacks
1
34
Joey Logano
1
35
John Andretti
1
36
Johnny Benson
1
37
Kenny Irwin Jr
1
38
Kevin Lepage
1
39
Kurt Busch
1
40
Kyle Busch
1
41
LeeRoy Yarbrough
1
42
Loy Allen Jr
1
43
Martin Truex Jr
1
44
Morgan Shepherd
1
45
Neil Bonnett
1
46
Rick Mast
1
47
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
1
48
Robby Gordon
1
49
Sam Sommers
1
50
Terry Labonte
1
51
Tim Richmond
1
52
Tony Stewart
1
·        A total of 52 different drivers have posted poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy Series.
·        Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman are tied for the Monster Energy Series most poles at Atlanta with seven each. 
·        Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph in a Pontiac.
·        Kyle Busch won the most recent Monster Energy Series Busch Pole Award at Atlanta Motor Speedway (2018) with a speed of 184.652 mph in a Toyota.  
·        Winning consecutive poles has happened 10 times at Atlanta in the Monster energy Series, among six different drivers: 
Ø  Fireball Roberts (1960 sweep, 1961 second & third race)
Ø  Cale Yarborough (1969, 1970, 1978 sweep)
Ø  Dave Marcis (1975, 1976)
Ø  Buddy Baker (1979 sweep, 1980)
Ø  Alan Kulwicki (1989 sweep)
Ø  Ryan Newman (2003 sweep, 2004 sweep, 2005 sweep)
·        Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; from the spring of 2003 through 2005.
·        Youngest Atlanta pole winner: Terry Labonte (03/15/1981 – 24 years, 3 months, 27 days).
·        Oldest Atlanta pole winner: Harry Gant (11/14/1993 – 53 years, 10 months, 4 days).
·        A total of nine drivers have made their first Monster Energy Series start at Atlanta:
Drivers with First Start at Atlanta
Drivers
Date
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
9/1/2013
Kevin Lepage
11/21/1999
Kenny Irwin Jr
11/8/1998
Robby Gordon
3/9/1997
Johnny Benson
3/10/1996
Rick Mast
11/15/1992
Terry Labonte
3/15/1981
Sam Sommers
11/6/1977
Cale Yarborough
4/2/1967











WINS
Race Winners - Atlanta
Rank
Pole Winners
Poles
1
Dale Earnhardt
9
2
Cale Yarborough
7
3
Bobby Labonte
6
4
Richard Petty
6
5
Bill Elliott
5
6
Bobby Allison
5
7
Jeff Gordon
5
8
Jimmie Johnson
5
9
David Pearson
4
10
Fred Lorenzen
4
11
Carl Edwards
3
12
Darrell Waltrip
3
13
Kasey Kahne
3
14
Kurt Busch
3
15
Morgan Shepherd
3
16
Neil Bonnett
3
17
Tony Stewart
3
18
Buddy Baker
2
19
Kevin Harvick
2
20
Kyle Busch
2
21
LeeRoy Yarbrough
2
22
Mark Martin
2
23
Marvin Panch
2
24
Rusty Wallace
2
25
A.J. Foyt
1
26
Benny Parsons
1
27
Bob Burdick
1
28
Bobby Johns
1
29
Brad Keselowski
1
30
Dale Earnhardt Jr
1
31
Dale Jarrett
1
32
Dave Marcis
1
33
Denny Hamlin
1
34
Dick Hutcherson
1
35
Donnie Allison
1
36
Ernie Irvan
1
37
Fireball Roberts
1
38
Jerry Nadeau
1
39
Jim Hurtubise
1
40
Junior Johnson
1
41
Ken Schrader
1
42
Ned Jarrett
1
43
Rex White
1
44
Ricky Rudd
1
·        A total of 44 different Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
·        NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt leads the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway with nine victories (1980, 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1995, 1996, 2000).
·        Of the 44 Atlanta winners, only six are active this weekend.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads all six active series winners at Atlanta with five victories; followed by Kurt Busch (3), Kyle Busch (2), Kevin Harvick (2), Denny Hamlin (1) and Brad Keselowski (1).  
·        The Hendrick Motorsports organization has the most wins at Atlanta in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series with 14; followed by Wood Brothers Racing with 12 and Joe Gibbs Racingwith 11.
·        Nine different manufacturers have won in the Monster Energy Series at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 40 victories; followed by Ford (31), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
·        Youngest Atlanta winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 – 22 years, 10 months, 7 days).
·        Oldest Atlanta winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 – 51 years, 5 months, 8 days).
·        Eight times has the winner of the Daytona 500 won the Atlanta Spring race later that season – Cale Yarborough (1968 and 1983), David Pearson (1976), Bobby Allison (1978), Bill Elliott (1985), Darrell Waltrip (1989), Jeff Gordon (1999) and Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2004).  
·        No driver has swept the triple header weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway across all three NASCAR national series. Two drivers have won in multiple NASCAR national series in the same weekend at Atlanta:
o   Carl Edwards (2005, MENCS/NXS); (Fall 2008, MENCS/NXS)
o   Kyle Busch (Spring 2008, MENCS/NGOTS)

·        Six of the seven active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick won at Atlanta in his first appearance (2001).
·        Denny Hamlin competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway 12 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any of the six active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series winners.
·        Among the six active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
·        Ryan Newman leads the series among active drivers with the most Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 26; followed by Martin Truex Jr. with 20.  
·        A total of seven different drivers, including one active Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver, have posted his first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
First-Time Winner
Season
Carl Edwards
2005
Kevin Harvick
2001
Jerry Nadeau
2000
Jim Hurtubise
1966
Bob Burdick
1961
Bobby Johns
1960

·        11 drivers have won consecutive races at Atlanta in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series:
 
Drivers
Seasons
1
Marvin Panch
1965 Sweep
   
2
Bobby Allison
1972 Sweep
   
3
David Pearson
1973 Sweep
   
4
Richard Petty
1974 Fall
1975 Spring
  
5
Cale Yarborough
1980 Fall
1981 Spring
  
6
Bill Elliott
1985 Sweep
1992 Sweep
  
7
Dale Earnhardt
1989 Fall
1990 Spring
1995 Fall
1996 Spring
8
Bobby Labonte
1997 Fall
1998 Spring
  
9
Jeff Gordon
1998 Fall
1999 Spring
  
10
Carl Edwards
2005 Sweep
   
11
Jimmie Johnson
2007 Sweep
2015
2016
 

·        The most proficient starting position in the field at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the fifth starting position – it has produced more wins (16) than any other starting position.

Wins by Starting Positions at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
Starting Position
Wins
Winning %
1
14
12.6%
14
2
1.8%
2
12
10.8%
15
1
0.9%
3
10
9.0%
17
2
1.8%
4
10
9.0%
18
1
0.9%
5
16
14.4%
19
2
1.8%
6
4
3.6%
20
2
1.8%
7
6
5.4%
21
2
1.8%
8
6
5.4%
22
1
0.9%
9
7
6.3%
31
1
0.9%
10
2
1.8%
35
1
0.9%
11
4
3.6%
37
2
1.8%
12
1
0.9%
39
1
0.9%
13
1
0.9%


 
Stats
Winning %
Wins
 
Winning from the Pole:
12.6%
14
 
Winning from the Front Row:
23.4%
26
 
Winning from a Top-5 Starting Position:
55.9%
62
 
Winning from a Top-10 Starting Position:
78.4%
87
 
Winning After Starting Outside the Top 20:
7.2%
8
 

·        The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta is 39th, by Bobby Labonte in the fall of 2001.

ADDITIONAL FINISHING POSITIONS
·        A total of 52 different drivers have finished runner-up in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
·        Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the Monster Energy Series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads all active Monster Energy Series drivers with four runner-up finishes at Atlanta.

Top Five in Runner-Up Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
Drivers
Runner-Up Finishes
Active Drivers
Runner-Up Finishes
Dale Earnhardt
7
Jimmie Johnson
4
David Pearson
7
Kevin Harvick
2
Richard Petty
6
Brad Keselowski
1
Dale Jarrett
5
Joey Logano
1
Jeff Gordon
5
Kyle Larson
1

·        A total of 111 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished inside the top-five at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
·        Dale Earnhardt leads the Monster Energy Series in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 26.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 14.    

Top Five in Top Five Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
Drivers
Top Fives
Active Drivers
Top Fives
Dale Earnhardt
26
Jimmie Johnson
14
Cale Yarborough
23
Kevin Harvick
7
Richard Petty
22
Kurt Busch
6
Darrell Waltrip
18
Kyle Busch
5
Bobby Allison
17
Denny Hamlin
4
Buddy Baker
17

 
David Pearson
17

 

·        A total of 198 different drivers in the Monster Energy Series have finished inside the top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
·        Richard Petty leads the Monster Energy Series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33.
·        Jimmie Johnson leads all active Monster Energy Series drivers with 16 top-10 finishes.

Top Five in Top-10 Finishes at Atlanta (All-Time & Active)
Drivers
Top 10s
Active Drivers
Top 10s
Richard Petty
33
Jimmie Johnson
16
Dale Earnhardt
30
Kevin Harvick
13
Cale Yarborough
29
Kurt Busch
13
Darrell Waltrip
28
Ryan Newman
9
Bobby Allison
27
Martin Truex Jr
8
Buddy Baker
27

 

·        Chase Elliott leads all active drivers in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in average finishing position at Atlanta with a 7.667 in three starts. Below are the top five active drivers in average finish:

Active Drivers
Average Finishing Position
Starts
Chase Elliott
7.667
3
Jimmie Johnson
11.593
27
Erik Jones
12.500
2
Kyle Larson
14.200
5
Kyle Busch
14.850
20



TRACK / SPECIFIC EVENT
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the March 11, 2001 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon with a MOV of 0.006 second.
·        Since the advent of electronic scoring (1993), Atlanta Motor Speedway has seen 16 Monster Energy NACAR Cup Series races conclude with a margin of victory of less than a second; including six of the last 10 races.

Top Five MENCS Margins of Victory at Atlanta
MOV
Race Winner
Runner-Up
Date
0.006
Kevin Harvick
Jeff Gordon
3/11/2001
0.010
Dale Earnhardt
Bobby Labonte
3/12/2000
0.028
Carl Edwards
Jimmie Johnson
3/20/2005
0.190
Jeff Gordon
Bobby Labonte
3/12/1995
0.293
Jimmie Johnson
Mark Martin
10/31/2004

·        There have been six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races resulting in a NASCAR Overtime finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
Date
Winner
Runner-Up
Scheduled Laps
Actual Laps
NASCAR Overtime Laps
2/28/2016
Jimmie Johnson
Dale Earnhardt Jr
325
330
5
8/31/2014
Kasey Kahne
Matt Kenseth
325
335
10
9/2/2012
Denny Hamlin
Jeff Gordon
325
327
2
3/7/2010
Kurt Busch
Matt Kenseth
325
341
16
3/8/2009
Kurt Busch
Jeff Gordon
325
330
5
10/28/2007
Jimmie Johnson
Carl Edwards
325
329
4

·        Five times the Monster energy NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta race was shortened due to weather:
Date
Winner
Runner-Up
Scheduled Laps
Actual Laps
Number of Fewer Laps
10/27/2002
Kurt Busch
Joe Nemechek
325
248
-77
11/8/1998
Jeff Gordon
Dale Jarrett
325
221
-104
3/21/1982
Darrell Waltrip
Richard Petty
328
287
-41
11/6/1977
Darrell Waltrip
David Pearson
328
268
-60
6/10/1962
Fred Lorenzen
Banjo Matthews
334
219
-115

·        Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times: Spring 1973, Spring 1990, Fall 2002, Fall 2006 and Fall 2008.   
·        A total of 163 different drivers have led at least one lap in the Monster Energy Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
·        Cale Yarborough leads the Monster Energy Series in laps led at Atlanta Motor Speedway with 3,283 in 47 starts.
·        Kevin Harvick leads all active Monster Energy Series drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 1,152 in 28 starts.

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series – Lap Leaders – Atlanta
Drivers
Led
Completed
%
Starts
Active Drivers
Led
Completed
%
Starts
Cale Yarborough
3,283
12,891
25.5%
47
Kevin Harvick
1,152
8,892
13.0%
28
Dale Earnhardt
2,655
13,834
19.2%
46
Kurt Busch
801
8,111
9.9%
28
Richard Petty
1,827
17,513
10.4%
65
Jimmie Johnson
586
8,630
6.8%
27
David Pearson
1,482
9,444
15.7%
39
Kyle Busch
432
6,250
6.9%
20
Jeff Gordon
1,297
12,590
10.3%
42
Denny Hamlin
391
5,748
6.8%
19


NASCAR IN GEORGIA
·        There has been a total of 226 NASCAR national series races among 14 different tracks in Georgia.
Track Name
City
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Gander Outdoors
Total Races
First Season
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton
111
27
17
157
1960

Augusta International Speedway
Augusta
12
0
0
12
1962

Lakewood Speedway
Atlanta
11
0
0
11
1951

Savannah Speedway
Savannah
10
0
0
10
1962

Middle Georgia Raceway
Macon
9
0
0
9
1966

Central City Speedway
Macon
7
0
0
7
1951

Jeffco Speedway
Jefferson
2
3
0
5
1968

Lanier Speedway
Gainesville
0
5
0
5
1988

Valdosta 75 Speedway
Valdosta
3
0
0
3
1962

Oglethorpe Speedway
Savannah
2
0
0
2
1954

Road Atlanta Speedway
Atlanta
0
2
0
2
1986

Augusta International Raceway
Augusta
1
0
0
1
1964

Columbus Speedway
Columbus
1
0
0
1
1951

Hayloft Speedway
Augusta
1
0
0
1
1952

TOTALS

170
37
17
226



GEORGIA IN NASCAR
·        A total of 183 different drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Georgia.
·        16 of 183 have won at least once in one of NASCAR’s national series.
·        11 of the 183 have posted at least one victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. 
·        Bill Elliott (five wins) is the only Georgia native to have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 

Rank
Driver
Monster Energy
Xfinity
Gander Outdoors
National Series Combined
1
Bill Elliott
44
1
0
45
2
Jack Smith
21
0
0
21
3
Fonty Flock
19
0
0
19
4
Bob Flock
4
0
0
4
5
Chase Elliott
3
5
2
10
6
Frank Mundy
3
0
0
3
7
David Ragan
2
2
0
4
8
Gober Sosebee
2
0
0
2
9
Harold Kite
1
0
0
1