Main Takeaways Leaving Atlanta Race Weekend

HAMPTON, Ga – As shocking as this sounds, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams loaded up and most headed back to North Carolina to their respective team shops on Sunday night. Heading into this weekend, or even this morning for that matter, it looked like we’d be racing on Monday or Tuesday afternoon. Not only did we run the race to completion on Sunday, all 325 laps were run without rain interruption. These are the main storylines to takeaway from this weekend. 

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Despite Qualifying Drama, Truex Charges For Top 5 Finish in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga – The cards were stacked against Martin Truex Jr. on Sunday in Atlanta. He was starting 34th at a track that’s so abrasive on tires, drivers can’t go on a full fuel run or their tires would literally fall off. Try to come through the field and risk blowing a tire or instead strategize your way through? Also, Truex’s No. 78 Toyota failed pre qualifying tech three times. Instead of trying for a fourth and risk losing their car chief and crew chief for the rest of the weekend…

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Pit Calls Help Hamlin, Logano With Good Finishes In Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga – Denny Hamlin and Joey Logano both knew that if they remained status quo with the flow of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, then they’d be lucky to score top five finishes in the second race of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. See, the race was getting drawn out. The caution flags were few and far between. In fact, we’d see 28 total caution laps the entire race. That’s 298 green flag laps. 

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Harvick Dominates Atlanta Race Weekend, Wins Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

HAMPTON, Ga – 17 years ago, Dale Earnhardt was tragically killed in a last lap crash in the 2001 Daytona 500. Well, his name and lore still live on in 2018. In last weekend’s season opening Daytona 500, Austin Dillon piloted the No. 3 Chevrolet to victory lane. It was 17 years to the date of the race that Earnhardt lost his life in, and 20 years ago from the last time and only time that famed number won the year’s biggest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In the third…

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Atlanta Comes Through Once Again For Moffitt

HAMPTON, Ga- Its been a roller coaster of a NASCAR career for Brett Moffitt. The youngster has been up and down the NASCAR ladder on his way to hoping to secure a full-time seat in the sport. Now, it appears he’s found a new home, one that could propel him back up that ladder in the very near future. 

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Cup Stars Dominate NASCAR’s Feeder Series Races in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga – NASCAR has been pushing the new youth movement all offseason. Rightfully so too. Many veterans have retired or been replaced by much younger and more raw drivers. In the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, there’s a whole slew of drivers 27 or younger of age. Those drivers all paid their dues in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to the NASCAR XFINITY Series to Cup. Now, it’s time to groom the next wave. 

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Kevin Harvick Dominates Saturday’s Rinnai 250 in Atlanta

HAMPTON, Ga – It’s not a secret, Kevin Harvick is arguably one of the best NASCAR drivers to race on the 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway. On the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series side, he has led at least 100 laps for five of the last six years. On Saturday, he put that kind of domination on the NASCAR XFINITY Series side. Harvick, took over the lead for the first time on Lap 17 in Saturday’s Rinnai 250 and led all but five laps since en route to the dominating victory. It…

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Newman Leads Final Cup Practice, Toyota’s Strong In Long Run Speed

HAMPTON, Ga – Ryan Newman is looking like a legitimate threat to win Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Newman, qualified his No. 31 Chevrolet on the front row for the second straight year in Atlanta and 12th time of his career. But, he also was quickest in the final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Saturday afternoon too. Newman, turned a lap of 184.868 mph. 

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Darrell Wallace Jr. Quick Out Of The Gates This Weekend in Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA – The beef between Darrell Wallace Jr. and Denny Hamlin continues into this weekend’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Wallace said on Tuesday that he has tried to reach out to Hamlin via text message multiple times this week, but Hamlin hasn’t responded. Hamlin, is mad at Wallace for not just his actions following a last lap incident at the start/finish line in the Daytona 500, but his comments and blaming him for the incident after. Wallace, blamed Hamlin for the crash, but…

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5 Favorites For Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

HAMPTON, GA – As the NASCAR teams say, the real season begins this weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. With that being said, now that the carnage of Daytona is behind us, who are the teams to watch in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (2 p.m. ET/FOX/PRN/SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)? While it’s tough to predict a restirctor plate race, it’s equally as hard to predict what will happen in race No. 2 of a season. We have no data other than practice and qualifying to base the predictions out on and…

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