Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson are teammates, long-time friends and obviously competitors on the racetrack.
But they’re also competitors off-track, as well – in the battle of beards.
During Wednesday’s NASCAR Media Tour in Charlotte, Earnhardt had some lighthearted comments about his envy of the thicker beard that the defending and seven-time NASCAR Cup champion has been sporting of late.
When asked who has the better beard, Earnhardt said unequivocally, “Jimmie, I told him.
“He sent me a picture of him skiing and said he was getting ready to knock the beard off. I told him he better have it (for next month’s season-opening Daytona 500) because you get more drafting help.
“I said that’s a bad-ass beard and I’d keep if I were you, so he’s hung on to it. I’m certainly pro-beard.”
Earnhardt, who got married on New Years Eve, said wife Amy has been keeping an eye on her husband’s whiskers.
“If I knew he was going to come so strong, I’d have worked on mine a little more,” Earnhardt said. “Amy has me having it shorter these days. I certainly do envy what Jimmie has going on. It’s awesome.”
Kyle Busch won the pole for Saturday’s Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, his second Truck Series pole at the track.
Driving his No 4. Toyota, Busch put down a top speed of 179.743 mph.
Matt Crafton qualified second with a speed of 179.220 mph.
“My lap was pretty good, certainly felt more stuck (to the track) the first time around than the second time around,” Busch told Fox Sports 1. “We even picked up a little bit of time on that second one. … We were really, really tight here last year and made some good changes to it through the offseason with notes and things and coming back here better prepared.”
The top five is completed by Noah Gragson (179.214), Spencer Davis (178.862) and Justin Haley (178.775).
Gragson and Davis give Kyle Busch Motorsports three of the first four starting spots.
Johnny Sauter, who won last week at Daytona, will start ninth.
Busch’s pole is his second of the weekend. He also won the pole for Sunday’s Cup Series race.
The Active Pest Control 200 begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on FS1.
Click here for the starting lineup.
HAMPTON, Georgia — Rookie Christopher Bell qualified first for Saturday’s Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 181.176-mph lap in his No. 20 Toyota.
it’s the second pole in 10 starts for the Joe Gibbs Racing driver.
Joey Logano was second in his No. 22 Ford, followed by John Hunter Nemechek, Cole Custer and Kevin Harvick.
Click here for the Xfinity Series qualifying results and click here for the Xfinity lineup by row.
The Xfinity race will start at 2:16 p.m. ET, starting a doubleheader with the truck series at Atlanta.
HAMPTON, Georgia – The threat of inclement weather has moved up the start of Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway by an hour.
NASCAR announced Saturday morning that the green flag will fall on the second race of the 2018 season at 1:06 p.m. ET.
Races become official after the second stage. The second stage of Sunday’s 500-mile race will end on Lap 170 of 325.
The wunderground.com site calls for an 80 percent chance of rain Sunday with the forecast worsening from 10 a.m.
HAMPTON, Georgia — Martin Truex Jr. and Jimmie Johnson both will be held during the final Cup Series practice Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Because his No. 78 Toyota failed to clear prequalifying inspection three times Friday, Truex will miss the final 30 minutes of the 80-minute session that will begin at noon ET. Johnson’s No. 48 Chevrolet will be out for the last 15 minutes because it failed the new Optical Scanning Station twice.
Harrison Rhodes also will miss 15 minutes for failing inspection twice. Jeffrey Earnhardt, Gray Gaulding Jr., Michael McDowell and Cole Whitt each will miss 15 minutes because they were late to qualifying inspection.
NASCAR changed its policy on how practice holds will be conducted this season. Instead of serving the penalty in the pits at the start of the session, drivers will park their cars for the length of the penalty up until the end of the session.