HAMPTON, Ga. — The NASCAR Cup series will play host Sunday to the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the season’s first race on a 1.54-mile oval (the length of track that makes up the bulk of the schedule).
Here are the particulars (all times are ET):
START: The command for drivers to start engines will be given at 2:37 p.m. ET. The green flag is scheduled for 2:46 p.m.
DISTANCE: The race is scheduled for 325 laps (500 miles) around the 1.54-mile oval.
PRERACE SCHEDULE: The Sprint Cup garage opens at 9 a.m. The drivers meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Driver introductions are at 2 p.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: It will be performed by Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project at 2:31 p.m.
TV/RADIO: Fox will broadcast the race. Performance Racing Network will broadcast the race on radio and at GoPRN.com. SiriusXM NASCAR Radio will carry PRN’s broadcast.
FORECAST: The wunderground.com site predicts 64 degrees at race time with a 0% chance of rain.
LAST YEAR: Jimmie Johnson led the final 45 laps after capitalizing on a short-pitting strategy that beat Kevin Harvick, who led a race-high 131 laps.
STARTING LINEUP: Click here for the Cup starting lineup.
CONCORD, N.C. — Justin Allgaier won the pole for the Xfinity Series’ Hisense 4K TV 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
With a speed of 182.488 mph, Allgaier earned his fifth Xfinity pole and his first since the March 2013 race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Allgaier is joined on the front row by Austin Dillon (181.519).
The top five is completed by Ryan Blaney (181.378), Daniel Hemric (181.324) and Kevin Harvick (181.245).
Christopher Bell will start seventh in his first Xfinity race.
Brad Keselowski and Dakoda Armstrong will start from the rear after not passing inspection in time to qualify.
Click here for full qualifying results.
CONCORD, N.C. — Ryan Blaney posted the top speed in the second practice session for the Coca-Cola 600.
Blaney’s No. 21 Ford produced a speed of 188.055 mph Saturday morning around Charlotte Motor Speedway.
The top five was filled out by Erik Jones (187.598 mph), Martin Truex Jr. (187.084), Daniel Suarez (186.838) and Trevor Bayne (186.239).
Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick was ninth fastest at 185.567 mph. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was 14th quickest at 185.141 mph.
Kyle Bush recorded the most laps in the session with 48.
Click here for the full practice report.
CONCORD, N.C. — Eight Cup teams will be held 15 minutes during Coca-Cola 600 practice today for failing pre-qualifying inspection on Thursday
Drivers include Denny Hamlin, Kyle Busch, Paul Menard, David Ragan, Kurt Busch, Kyle Larson, Corey LaJoie and Chris Buescher.
Buescher’s team also loses pit selection for Sunday’s race due to failing pre-qualifying inspection three ties.
Larson and LaJoie’s loss of practice time comes on top of them not making qualifying runs on Thursday after neither of their cars passed inspection in time.
As in many things in life, whether something is worth doing comes down to risk vs. reward.
Such will be the case in Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. How much are drivers willing to risk? Will that risk be worth reward, particularly with the additional stage to the race?
On Friday’s NASCAR America, Parker Kligerman jumped into the iRacing simulator and showed the greatest strategies to employ in Sunday’s race, especially with the traction compound up top.
Check out the above video.