Due to the threat of rain on Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, NASCAR has moved up the start of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race by one hour. The green flag is now scheduled for 1:16pm/et.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 2018 Atlanta Race Info
The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, February 25th. Green flag scheduled for 1:16pm/et.
Kyle Busch edges Ryan Newman for Monster Energy Atlanta pole
Covering the 1.54-mile distance in 30.024 seconds (184.652 mph) in the money round of Friday's knockout qualifying session, Busch edged Newman by .038 seconds to win his first pole at Atlanta.
Atlanta Race Information.
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#78-Truex, Jr. 184.597
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #11-Hamlin 176.557
slowest: #51-Rhodes 166.948 & #00-Earnhardt 166.672
Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, two pit stalls (1,2) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes. With a 36 car field, pits 7, 16, 38, and 40 will not be used.
Pole winner #18-Busch chose pit stall 3, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #31-Newman took pit stall 3, with an empty box in front of it.
#4-Harvick, who starts 3rd, took the 39th stall, with an empty pit both behind and in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.
Kyle Busch won the pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with speed of 184.652mph for his 1st pole of 2018, 1st at Atlanta and 28th of his career. Busch has won 6 times from the 27 previous poles.
#31-Newman will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #14-Bowyer, #20-Jones, #10-Almirola, and #11-Hamlin.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 184.535mph, will start 3rd.
#2-Keselowski was quickest in the first round with a speed of 186.434mph, will start 5th.
36 teams were entered so everyone makes the race.
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Saturday Atlanta Notebook
Hendrick drivers search for speed in qualifying and practice; Stewart-Haas drivers will have a leg up on Sunday; Short Strokes
Gaulding expects to run full season for BK Racing
Gaulding grabbed a 20th place finish at Daytona and returned to the seat of the #23 at Atlanta.
Martinsville Speedway unveils new reserved camping area
Located in the South Lot, the area will be able to accommodate large motorhomes up to 45 feet.
North East Motor Sports Museum adds new features
The museum's leadership intends to rotate through its significant inventory of memorabilia every year to guarantee a fresh visit for fans annually.
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2018 MENCS Team Chart
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#78-Martin Truex, Jr. will be without his car chief Blake Harris on Sunday at Atlanta after the team failed pre-qualifying inspection three times Friday. The team did not make a qualifying attempt and Truex., Jr will start the race in 35th. “NASCAR’s new inspection process is just that … new,” said Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. “The tolerances are very tight, within thousandths of an inch. It’s difficult to push the limits where you feel you need to and still be within the tolerances of the new system. One thing we won’t do is leave anything on the table and expect to get poles and wins. We will always push for the maximum.”
Friday Atlanta Notebook
Austin Dillon resets his goals after Daytona 500 victory; Words of wisdom-and-merriment-from Bubba Wallace's family; Chain of friendship helps Wallace through Speedweeks
Daytona 500 TV ratings
According to the latest information, Sunday's Daytona 500 on FOX averaged 9,781,000 across all platforms, peaking at more than 11.5 million viewers.
Eastman joins Hendrick Motorsports to sponsor Alex Bowman
The sponsorship, featuring the LLumar brand of window film and paint protection film, will be a primary sponsor of Bowman for one race in 2018 and two races each season in 2019 and 2020.
BK Racing is asking the bankruptcy court this morning to be allowed to use cash coming in to pay employees and vendors or else it might have to cease operations. According to its request, BK Racing earned $450,000 for Gray Gaulding’s 20th-place finish in the Daytona 500. The filing states that it also owes 12 employees nearly $21,000 in wages from prior to the Daytona 500. It also states that the value of its charter “may have a value in excess of $5 million," and it could lose the charter if it doesn't race. BK Racing, which already is subject to losing the charter because of the bankruptcy filing, sold a charter to Front Row Motorsports after the 2016 season for reportedly $2 million.
The hearing in BK Racing’s bankruptcy this morning also will determine whether Race Engines Plus and Champion Tire & Wheel will continue to supply BK Racing with engines and wheel and equipment support. Both companies have asked the bankruptcy court to force BK Racing to accept their contracts (which would guarantee payment) or allow them to terminate their deals. REP’s deal with BK Racing is for $35,000 per race; Champion Tire & Wheel is for about $4,000 per race to mount tires on wheels and transport of a pit box. According to BK’s bankruptcy filing, it owes REP $569,539 and Champion $94,999 from past seasons.
NASCAR Related Racing Birthdays
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What to Watch for: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta
Austin Dillon Tries to Follow Up Daytona 500; Bubba Wallace Looks for an Encore; Back to Truex's Bread and Butter; Time for Johnson to Snap His Winless Streak? Can Harvick Dominate With Better Result?
Team Penske forms technical partnership with Siemens
Team Penske is partnering with Siemens PLM Software to adopt an integrated virtual environment for digital modeling and simulation.
Darrell 'Bubba' Wallace Jr. first to join the STP 500 Pre-Race Experience at Martinsville Speedway
Daytona 500 runner-up will take part in question-and-answer session prior to STP 500.
Michigan International Speedway to host charity dinner
The proceeds will benefit the Henry Ford Allegiance Health Foundation Patient Immediate Needs Fund and the MIS Cares Fund.
Atlanta Weekend Preview
Atlanta holds strong memories for Harvick; Truex looks to continue strong start; Up for grabs
Ross Chastain driving for Premium Motorsports at Atlanta
Low T Center will return to the team for 10 races this season.
Atlanta track surface ready for race weekend
A decision to repave or not will be made until later.
NASCAR's most valuable teams and highest paid drivers
Forbes has taken its annual look at the sports biggest moneymakers.
NASCAR Television Listings
Television listings for the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series, XFINITY Series, and Camping World Truck Series
Driver appearances and autograph sessions
Autotrader returns to Team Penske
Autotrader will be featured on Keselowski's Ford at Atlanta and Las Vegas and on Logano's car at Bristol and Talladega.
Temecula Road to perform National Anthem and pre-race concert before Auto Club Speedway XFINITY race
The country music trio is comprised of sisters Emma and Maddie Salute and longtime friend Dawson Anderson.
Habitat for Humanity featured on the #95 at Atlanta
Habitat for Humanity has partnered with Procore Technologies and will be LFR's charity of choice throughout the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS) season.
Antron Brown to drive pace car at Las Vegas
In addition two-time NHRA Funny Car World Champion Matt Hagan and five-time Top Fuel event winner Leah Pritchett will be part of the race-day festivities at 1.5-mile speedway.
NASCAR National Series News & Notes -- Atlanta
A look at many news, notes, and story lines for the all three series as they head to Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Facebook Watch to take viewers behind the scenes of Bubba Wallace's run in the DAYTONA 500
The final episodes of 'Behind the Wall: Bubba Wallace' premiere on February 22.
Cole Custer to make Monster Energy NASCAR Cup debut at Las Vegas
Rick Ware Racing has confirmed that he will drive the #51 Ford in the Pennzoil 400.
A Georgia man has dropped a $500 million racial discrimination lawsuit that claimed NASCAR rebuffed his efforts to launch programs and a race team to help with NASCAR's diversity efforts. According to Terrance Cox’s notice of voluntary dismissal, he dropped the lawsuit in exchange for NASCAR’s agreement not to seek fees, expenses or sanctions against him. NASCAR statement: “From the very outset, Terrence Cox’s allegations were baseless publicity stunts without any merit or factual backing. We are not surprised that Mr. Cox has chosen to drop this matter and we remain committed to providing a working environment that promotes diversity, equality and respect for one another in everything we do.” Cox and his attorney both declined comment.
Premium Motorsports to rotate crew chiefs
Pat Tryson and Todd Parrott will lead the team on a rotating schedule.
Statistical Advance: Analyzing the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Atlanta.
Smithfield to sponsor six races at Richard Petty Motorsports
Smithfield will let its key grocery partners use the primary space.
E.E. Ward Moving & Storage to be associate sponsor on the No. 43 at Atlanta
The oldest black-owned business in the U.S. will support Bubba Wallace during Black History Month.
David Ragan to make 400th NASCAR Cup Series start
Some long-time fans will also be in Atlanta to mark the milestone. Ragan recently reread some fan mail he'd saved from 2006, his rookie year. He decided to contact some of those fans and invite them to the Atlanta race to help him celebrate his career.
Goodyear Fast Facts -- Atlanta
See tire codes, pressures, set limits and more for all races at Atlanta.
NASCAR Racing Experience to sponsor Bubba Wallace at Atlanta
For the first time, the NASCAR Racing Experience badge and racing graphics will be featured on the hood and body of a race car in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.
Mitch Covington, who handles sports sponsorships for Monster Energy, said no decision yet on whether to extend the Cup Series sponsorship for 2019-20. He said anything is possible, no set deadline to make a decision.
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The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series moves to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, February 25. Scheduled green flag approx. 2:18pm/et. Get all the information, times, TV info, weather, odds and updates here.
Sunday, February 25, 2018; Stages at laps: 85/170/325; green flag scheduled 2:16pm/et, TV=Fox
36 teams entered.
#17-Stenhouse, Jr fastest at 186.384mph followed by #42-Larson.
Round-by-round results of qualifying.
#18-Kyle Busch won the pole at 184.652mph, #31-Newman will start second.
#31-Newman and #78-Truex, Jr. were fastest.
Sunday, February 18. Stages end at laps: 60/120/200; green flag scheduled for 3:05pm/et; TV=Fox
40 cars entered.
#18-Busch fastest at 199.743 followed by #11-Hamlin and #19-Suarez.
#24-Byron was fastest at 201.681mph followed by #17-Stenhouse, Jr.
#88-Bowman won the pole for the Daytona 500. Hamlin will start second. Round by round qualifying results.
#21-Ryan Blaney won, #22-Logano was second.
#9-Elliott won, #4-Harvick finished second.
Top 5 starters in the Daytona 500 will be #88-Bowman, #11-Hamlin, #21-Blaney, #9-Elliott, and #22-Logano.
#19-Suarez was fastest; #11-Hamlin was second.
#19-Suarez, #31-Newman and #34-McDowell were fastest.
#43-Wallace was fastest; #19-Suarez was second.
#3-Austin Dillon wins the Daytona 500; Bubba Wallace finishes 2nd.
After Speedweeks, #12-Blaney is the points leader, 8 points ahead of #22-Logano.
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