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NASCAR’s weekend schedule for Atlanta Motor Speedway

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The NASCAR season continues to heat up with its annual visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway.

All three national series will be in action, including a Saturday doubleheader for the Xfinity and Gander Outdoors Truck Series.

Here’s the weekend’s full schedule with TV and radio info.

(All times are Eastern)

Friday, Feb. 22

8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Cup garage open

10 a.m. – 10 p.m. – Xfinity garage open

10:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Truck Series garage open

11:35 a.m. – 12:55 p.m. – Cup practice (No TV, NASCAR.com)

1:05 – 1:55 p.m. – Xfinity practice (No TV)

2:05 – 2:55 p.m. – Truck Practice (No TV)

2:30 – 4:30 – Cup garage open to fans

3:05 – 3:55 p.m. – Final Xfinity practice (Fox Sports 1)

4:05 – 4:50 p.m. – Final Truck practice (FS1)

5 – 7 p.m. – Truck Series garage open to fans

5:10 p.m. – Cup qualifying; three rounds/multi-car (FS1, Performance Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

6 – 8 p.m. – Xfinity garage open to fans

Saturday, Feb. 23

7 a.m. – Xfinity, Truck garages open

9:35 a.m. – Xfinity qualifying; three rounds/multi-car (FS1)

10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Cup garage opens

10:40 a.m. – Truck qualifying; single truck/two rounds (FS1)

11:45 a.m. – Xfinity driver-crew chief meeting

Noon – 1:20 p.m. ET: Final Cup practice (FS1)

1:15 p.m. – Truck driver-crew chief meeting

1:30 p.m. – Xfinity driver introductions

2 p.m. – Xfinity Rinnai 250; 163 laps/251.02 miles (FS1, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

4 p.m. – Truck driver introductions

4:30 p.m. – Truck race; 130 laps/200.02 miles (FS1, Motor Racing Network, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Sunday, Feb. 24

8:30 a.m. – Cup garage opens

Noon – Driver-crew chief meeting

1:20 p.m. – Driver introductions

2 p.m. – Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500; 325 laps/500.5 miles (Fox, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio)

Darrell Wallace Jr. picks up sponsor for Atlanta Cup race

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Darrell Wallace Jr. followed up the biggest day of his racing career with a new sponsor announcement.

A day after finishing second in the Daytona 500, it was announced that Wallace and his No. 43 Chevrolet will be sponsored by Driving 101 in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Driving 101 operates the NASCAR Racing Experience, Richard Petty Driving Experience and Mario Andretti Racing Experience.

The NASCAR Racing Experience will be on the hood of Wallace’s car.

MORE: Keeping up with Richard Petty after Darrell Wallace’s historic Daytona 500

The NASCAR Racing Experience is an experiential racing company offering realistic racing programs to motorsports fans at 19 tracks across the United States. The Mario Andretti Racing Experience is held at 15 tracks.

“It’s great to see partners coming on board to support us,” Wallace said in a press release. “I’m all about getting fans involved in racing, and nobody does that better than the NASCAR Racing Experience. They allow fans to race the cars we drive. It’s the best way to get on the same track and in the same cars we race. That’s really cool and I’m pumped they are on our car this weekend.”

Wallace is the first full-time African-American driver in the Cup Series since Wendell Scott in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

He became the first to compete in the Daytona 500 since Scott in 1969.

His finish Sunday came in just his fifth Cup start.

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NASCAR America video: Speeding penalties seen early and often at Atlanta

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One year after just one speeding penalty was issued in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, 13 were handed out to teams in Sunday’s race. One ended Kevin Harvick‘s dominating race performance and allowed Brad Keselowski to slip through for the win.

In the middle of the season, NASCAR added additional timing lines on pit road at all of its tracks. Sunday was the first time teams had raced at Atlanta with those extra timing lines.

Steve Letarte and Jeff Burton discuss the drastic increase in speeding penalties.

“It’s simply time over distance,” Letarte said. “The smaller the distance, the harder it is for a driver to correct a mistake or a hard driving car.”

NASCAR America: Analyzing Kyle Larson’s race-ending strategy at Atlanta

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Kyle Larson lost the lead to Brad Keselowski with seven laps remaining in Sunday’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Larson attempted to take away Keselowski’s race line by going high, but Keselowski easily passed him on the inside.

Analysts Jeff Burton and Steve Letarte discuss why Larson made the decision to change his racing line and his recent history of losing the lead with under 10 laps remaining in races.

 

NASCAR America: Brad Keselowski talks about his Atlanta win

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On Sunday Brad Keselowski finally earned his first NASCAR Cup Series win at Atlanta Motor Speedway and it may have been in the final race on the track’s 20-year-old racing surface.

Following the race Keselowski talked with NBC Sports’ Dave Burns about the win, which was his first since July of last season.

“Mile and half (tracks) make your season,” Keselowski said. “If you can win on mile and a halfs, you can win the championship. We didn’t have great speed at the mile and halfs last season … We put some emphasis into it this year and it’s paying off.”