Best word to describe Furniture Row Racing’s title hopes: ‘Focused’

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If there’s one word that may best describe Furniture Row Racing, it’s “focused.”

So much so that you could easily call it “Focused Row Racing.”

During NBCSN’s pre-race show before today’s First Data 500 at Martinsville Speedway, Nate Ryan told the tale of FRR and why it is so focused as a race team, particularly this season.

FRR is located in suburban Denver — more than 1,000 miles away from the NASCAR hotbed of North Carolina. It calls a nondescript industrial park its home. There’s nothing like the pretentiousness of other teams’ homes in the Charlotte area. In fact, if you went looking for FRR’s home, you’d have a hard time finding it — and that’s the way the team likes it.

The reason: to remain solely focused on the tasks at hand of winning and not worrying about distractions of other teams around it.

FRR has a driver (Martin Truex Jr.), crew chief (Cole Pearn) and a pit crew that are focused on winning only. Anything less is unacceptable. Again, it’s all about focus.

That’s why Truex has won three of the first six Cup playoff races, including Chicago, Charlotte and Kansas. The Kansas win was also the seventh win of 2017 for the team, six of which have come on 1.5-mile race tracks.

And now, as NASCAR begins its Round of 8 semifinals, Truex and the rest of FRR is focused on winning today. If they do it, they’ll receive an automatic berth into the Championship 4 race at Homestead-Miami Speedway three weeks from now.

Check out the Nate Ryan-voiced video and see why focus on more wins and ultimately the championship is the biggest thing for Furniture Row going forward.

Kyle Busch wins pole for Truck Series race at Atlanta

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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.

Christopher Bell on Xfinity pole at Atlanta

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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.

Sunday’s Atlanta race moved to 1:06 p.m. ET start with threat of weather

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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.

Martin Truex Jr., Jimmie Johnson top list of drivers docked practice

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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.