Atlanta winners and losers


A look at the winners and losers from Atlanta Motor Speedway:


Ryan Blaney In a race Kyle Larson dominated, Blaney chased Larson and passed him for the lead with nine laps to go to win. The victory snapped Blaney’s 28-race winless streak. The season has started with different winners in each of the first six races.

Alex Bowman At the only active 1.5-mile track he had not scored a top-10 finish, Bowman rallied to place third for Hendrick Motorsports. 

Denny HamlinKeeps scoring consistent finishes. His fourth-place performance is his fifth top-five result in the first six races of the season.

Chris Buescher Seventh-place finish was the first top-10 result of the season for the Roush Fenway Racing driver.



Chase Elliott Blown engines are rare for Hendrick Motorsports cars, but he suffered one Sunday and finished 38th.

Kurt Busch He was the only driver to have it worse than Chase Elliott. Busch finished 39th after he was eliminated in a crash on a restart. Kyle Busch spun his tires and jumbled the high line. Then a tap from behind by Denny Hamlin turned Kurt Busch into the wall.

Stewart-Haas Racing — Kevin Harvick struggled with his car’s handling and also had a flat rear tire early. He came back to finish 10th for a seventh consecutive race at Atlanta, but it wasn’t really a day of celebrating for this organization. Harvick was the team’s only driver to finish in the top 15. In three races on 1.5-mile speedways this year, the average finish for SHR is 20.9.