NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: AdvoCare 500

TRACK: Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #25 of 36 for the 2013 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
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Chassis | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, September 1, 2013 in Hampton, GA

Title Sponsor: AdvoCare

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et


Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team


Radio Coverage


EVENT SCHEDULE
(Sprint Cup Series)

Times are local to the Track

Friday, August 30
8:30 am NSCS haulers enter
10:00 am NSCS Garage Opens
2:00 pm NSCS Rookie & Spotter Meeting & Drawing for Qualifying Order
3:00 - 4:30 pm NSCS practice
6:40 pm NSCS qualifying
8:30 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Saturday, August 31
1:00 pm NSCS Garage Opens
3:00 - 3:55 pm NSCS practice
6:00 - 6:50 pm NSCS final practice
9:00 pm NSCS Garage Closes

Sunday, September 1
11:00 am - 12:30 pm Speedway Children's Charities Track Walk
1:30 pm NSCS Garage Opens
5:30 pm NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
7:00 pm NSCS driver introductions
7:30 pm NSCS AdvoCare 500 Race

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
Times are local to the Track


PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(times in eastern time)
  • Practices:
    Friday, August 30, 3:00 - 4:30 pm/et, TV-FS1
    Saturday, August 31, 3:00 - 3:55 am/et, TV-FS2

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, August 31, 6:00 - 6:50pm/et, TV-FS2

  • Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-36, Friday, August 30 at 6:40 pm/et, TV-FS1 at 7:00pm/et, no re-air scheduled.


PURSE/RACE AWARD

2013: $6,253,987
2012: $6,189,911
2011: $6,058,035
2010: $6,101,958
2009: $6,282,099
2008: $6,234,316
2007: $6,156,331
2006: $6,070,505
2005: $5,889,437
2004: $5,781,269
2003: $5,051,229
2002: $4,765,544
2001: $4,126,672
2000: $2,900,522


TRACK/RACE NEWS

  • Track Specifications:
    Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
    Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees; Straightaways: 5 degrees
    Straights: Front stretch - 2332 feet; Backstretch - 1800 feet
    Pit Road Speed: 45mph
    Pace Car Speed: 55mph
    Grandstand Seating: 99,000
    Opened: 1960

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Richard & Sherry Wright, Advocace
    Command to start engines: Richard & Sherry Wright, Advocace
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Invocation: Chappy Kevin Hynes, University of Georgia
    National Anthem: Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
    Flyover: Cessna Citations

  • Track Websites and Social Media:
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    ISC Motorsports
    Speedway Motorsports
    Atlanta Motor Speedway - Facebook
    Atlanta Motor Speedway - Twitter

  • September 2012: see my Atlanta Race Info page

  • September 2011 Race Winner: #24-Jeff Gordon, 124.823mph, started 5th

  • Final March 2010 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 131.294, started 11th
  • Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Nov 12, 1995, 163.633mph
  • Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph
  • Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 7 days)
  • Oldest Race Winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 - 51 years, 5 months, 8 days)
  • Race Winners: 42

  • September 2011 Pole Sitter: #4-Kasey Kahne, 186.196mph, finished 34th

  • March 2010 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 192.761, finished 15th

  • Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/1997, 197.478mph

  • Last Race Won from 1st Starting Position: Kasey Kahne (03/19/2006)

  • Youngest Pole Winner: Terry Labonte (03/15/1981 - 24 years, 3 months, 27 days)

  • Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant (11/14/1993 - 53 years, 10 months, 4 days)

  • Pole Winners: 44

  • Clinch Scenarios For Atlanta: Two races remain in the regular season - yet only three drivers know with absolute certainty that they're competing for a championship over the final 10 races. #48-Jimmie Johnson and #15-Clint Bowyer have each clinched a top-10 spot in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, and #20-Matt Kenseth locked up at least a Wild Card spot with his fifth win of the season, at Bristol. He'll likely clinch a top-10 berth either this weekend or next weekend at Richmond. After Atlanta, count on many more joining Johnson, Bowyer and Kenseth. Three drivers control their own destiny, and four more could clinch at least a wild card. Below are the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup clinch scenarios for this weekend's race at Atlanta. The magic number for this weekend is 49 - any driver 49 points ahead of 11th will clinch a top 10 spot. (That number could drop to 48 depending on if the driver in question owns the tie breaker.) Regardless of how any other driver finishes, the following will clinch at top-10 berth by accomplishing the below...
    #99-Carl Edwards: 38th-place finish or better (39th with lap led, 40th with most laps led)
    #29-Kevin Harvick: 31st-place finish or better (32nd with lap led, 33rd with most laps led)
    #18-Kyle Busch: 10th-place finish or better (11th with lap led, 12th with most laps led)
    #20-Matt Kenseth: 7th-place finish or better (8th with lap led, 9th with most laps led)
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (33 points cushion over 11th), #5-Kasey Kahne (20 points cushion), #16-Greg Biffle (17 points cushion) and #22-Joey Logano (4 point cushion) all conceivably could reach the 49-point magic number.)
    #56-Martin Truex Jr., Logano and Biffle - all of whom have one win this season - can clinch at least a Wild Card spot with a win and some help. #5-Kasey Kahne, with two wins, would clinch with a third win if two out of the following three drivers clinch a T10 spot: Kyle Busch, Kenseth and Harvick. If all three clinch a top 10, Kahne clinches if anyone other than Biffle, Logano, Truex or Newman wins.(NASCAR)(8-29-2013)

  • Top 12 Driver Ratings at Atlanta:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson....................... 108.3
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 104.8
    #14-Tony Stewart............................ 100.2 (will not race)
    #99-Carl Edwards............................. 99.8
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 99.7
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 96.4
    #78-Kurt Busch................................. 94.6
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr....................... 93.3
    #18-Kyle Busch................................. 92.8
    #16-Greg Biffle................................. 92.6
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.......................... 90.8
    #6-Kasey Kahne.............................. 88.9
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2012 races (14 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.(NASCAR)

  • Atlanta Facts and Stats:
    Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
    The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
    The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
    It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
    The track layout was reversed and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
    There have been 105 NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway since the first race there in 1960. Until 2010 there have been two races per year except 1961, which had three. This year marks the third season with only one event.
    540 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 363 in more than one.
    Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Terry Labonte leads all active drivers with 55 starts, followed by Mark Martin with 52.
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.
    46 drivers have Coors Light poles at Atlanta, led by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman with seven each.
    Winning consecutive Coors Light poles has happened eight times at Atlanta, among six drivers.
    Ryan Newman holds the record for most consecutive poles at Atlanta with six; spring of 2003 through 2005.
    43 different NSCS drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with nine wins. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers with six; followed by Jeff Gordon with five.
    11 drivers have posted consecutive wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Marvin Panch (1965 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), David Pearson (1973 sweep), Richard Petty (1974 fall, 1975 spring), Cale Yarborough (1980 fall, 1981 spring), Bill Elliott (1985 sweep; 1992 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1989 fall, 1990 spring; 1995 fall, 1996 spring), Bobby Labonte (1997 fall, 1998 spring), Jeff Gordon (1998 fall, 1999 spring), Carl Edwards (2005 sweep), Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep).
    Wood Brothers has the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12: Cale Yarborough (three), David Pearson (three), Marvin Panch (two), Neil Bonnett (two) A.J. Foyt (one) and Morgan Shepherd (one).
    Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 37 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Toyota has two wins at Atlanta.
    14 of the 105 (13.3%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from the Coors Light pole; the most recent was Kasey Kahne in 2006.
    The fifth starting position is the most proficient starting position in the field, producing more winners (15) than any other starting position at Atlanta Motor Speedway; the most recent was Jeff Gordon in 2011.
    26 of the 105 (24.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 12 from second-place.
    60 of the 105 (57.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
    83 of the 105 (79%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 105 (6.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a starting position outside the top 20.
    The deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta is 39th, by Bobby Labonte in the fall of 2001.
    Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with five.
    Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 26; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 16.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33; Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 25.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.100.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.095.
    Since the advent of electronic scoring the closest margin of victory (MOV) in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway was the March 11, 2001 race won by Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon with a MOV of 0.006 second. It is the fifth closest finish scored by electronic scoring in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
    There have been three NASCAR Sprint Cup races resulting with a green-white-checkered finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway (Scheduled No. of Laps/Actual No. of Laps): fall of 2007 (325/329); spring of 2010 (325/341) and fall of 2012 (325/327).
    Qualifying has been cancelled due to weather conditions in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway five times; most recently the fall of 2010.
    One active driver has posted his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Terry Labonte (3/15/1981).
    Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Jeff Gordon (11/15/1992) and Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004).
    Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career win at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Kevin Harvick (3/11/2001) and Carl Edwards (3/20/2005).
    Cale Yarborough leads all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Atlanta with 3,283 laps led in 47 starts. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 1,280.
    Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.(NASCAR)(8-27-2013)

  • For news, stats, records and more about this race track, see: Jayski's Atlanta Motor Speedway Track News/Rumors/Links page


RACE RUNDOWN....news and links

  • Kyle Busch wins Atlanta: #18-Kyle Busch won the Advocare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 4th win of 2013 and 28th career win.
    #22-Logano finished 2nd followed by #56-Truex, Jr., #78-Busch, #39-Newman, #24-Gordon, #42-Montoya, #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #29-Harvick, and #55-Vickers
    Pole-sitter #17-Stenhouse, Jr. led one lap and finished 16th.
    Points leader #48-Johnson suffered some damage in an early accident and had a late race spin. He finished 28th. #15-Bowyer was in position to take the points lead, but lost an engine on laps 195, while leading the race, and finished 39th.
    There were 28 lead changes among 13 drivers and 9 cautions for 47 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 135.128mph. NASCAR no longer announces the track attendance.
    See race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Atlanta Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Atlanta Penalty Report (pdf).(9-1-2013)

  • Race Fast Facts - Atlanta:
    Kyle Busch won the 54th Annual ADVOCARE 500, his 28th victory in 318 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 2013.
    This is his second victory and fifth top-10 finish in 16 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Joey Logano (second) posted his first top-10 finish in seven races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 14th top-10 finish in 2013.
    Martin Truex Jr. (third) posted his fourth top-10 finish in 15 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (16th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Jimmie Johnson leads the point standings by 28 points over Clint Bowyer.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(9-1-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 837
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 809, -28
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 795, -61
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 795, -42
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 739, -42
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 768, -69
    Drivers above have clinched a Chase spot
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 750, -87
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 729, -108
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 727, -110
    10)#78-Kurt Busch, 719, -118
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (6 pts out of 10th)
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 12th in points (10 pts out of 10th) - has clinched at least a wild card spot
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 15th in points (28pts out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-125)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-257)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-1-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 837
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 809, -28
    3) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 795, -61
    4) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 795, -42
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [4 wins], 739, -42
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 768, -69
    Drivers above have clinched a Chase spot
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 750, -87
    8) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 729, -108
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 727, -110
    10)#78-Kurt Busch, 719, -118
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #24-Jeff Gordon, 11th in points (6 pts out of 10th)
    #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 12th in points (10 pts out of 10th) - has clinched at least a wild card spot
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 15th in points (28pts out of 10th)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 23rd [will miss rest of season](-125)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 26th [missed 4 races with injury](-257)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(9-1-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup OWNER Championship Points Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]
    (note: owner points are different then drivers points)
    1) #48-Hendrick Motorsports [4 wins], 837
    2) #15-Michael Waltrip Racing, 809, -28
    3) #29-Richard Childress Racing [2 wins], 795, -42
    4) #99-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 795, -42
    5) #18-Joe Gibbs Racing [4 wins], 786, -51
    6) #20-Joe Gibbs Racing [4 wins], 768, -69
    7) #88-Hendrick Motorsports, 750, -87
    8) #22-Penske Racing [1 win], 729, -108
    9) #16-Roush Fenway Racing [1 win], 727, -110
    10) #78-Furniture Row Racing, 719, -118
    Owners Wildcards
    WC1) #5-Hendrick Motorsports [2 wins], 12th in OWNER points (10 points out of 10th)
    WC2) #56-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 13th in pts (15 out of 10th)
    #39-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 14th in pts (20 out of 10th)
    #14-Stewart-Haas Racing [1 win], 15th in pts (23 points out of 10th)
    #55-Michael Waltrip Racing [1 win], 18th in pts (48 out of 10th)
    See the owner points standings on the Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(9-1-2013)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #35-Wise, 41st
    Caution 2: #87-Nemechek,40th
    Caution 3: #87-Nemechek (2), 40th
    Caution 4: #14-Martin, 25th
    Caution 5: #9-Ambrose, 13th
    Caution 6: #16-Biffle, 15th
    Caution 7: #20-Kenseth, 12th
    Caution 8: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 16th
    Caution 9: #99-Edwards, 18th
    (9-1-2013)

  • Race start moved up: There was some rain at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday morning and there's another slight chance of rain before the race starts. NASCAR has moved up the start of the race to 7:32pm/et to give them additional time to get the race in this evening. The start had been scheduled for 7:46pm. NASCAR has scheduled a competition caution at lap 25 because of the morning rain. There is an slightly increased chance of rain overnight that could impact the race if it runs long. For weather links see the Atlanta Racing Info page - weather section.(9-1-2013)

  • Race Coverage of the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 1, 2013.
    Television (TV): ESPN at 7:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 7:46pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: ESPN2, Monday, September 2 at 12:30am/et

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #17-Stenhouse, Jr. chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole winners].
    Outside pole sitter #99_Edwards took pit stall 23, the first pit stall before the start finish line.
    #42-Montoya, who starts 3rd took the 20th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #20-Kenseth, who starts 6th.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(8-31-2013)

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race Report
    Unofficial Race Results
    Unofficial Drivers Points
    Wildcard Standings
    Unofficial Owners Points
    Penalty Report
    Pitstalls
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Practice 2 Speeds
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Entry List

  • NASCAR Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR allows a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The procedure applies to all three national series. See rule and notes on the Green-White-Checker rule page.

  • Wave-around rule: The wave-around rule dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around.

  • See Jayski's - 2013 Sprint Cup Race Results Page for pole winner, race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds as well as link to race track and race information page for each race


QUALIFYING INFO, PRACTICE SPEED and ENTRIES
info, news, speeds and links

  • Final practice for the Advocare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over after 32 minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #48-Johnson 186.447
    #15-Bowyer 186.047
    #99-Edwards 185.915
    #42-Montoya 185.778
    #5-Kahne 184.985
    slowest: ##32-Hill 174.159 & #87-Nemechek 173.028.
    notes: The start of practice was delayed just over 20 minutes because of light rain showers.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, top-10 lap averages on the Atlanta Practice 3 Speeds page (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • First Saturday practice for the Advocare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over after 55 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #99-Edwards 183.430
    #5-Kahne 183.394
    #2-Keselowski 183.031
    #15-Bowyer 182.892
    #20-Kenseth 182.296
    slowest: #95-Speed 173.527 & #32-Hill 171.838. 39 drivers practiced.
    #7-Blaney & #99-Edwards each got into the wall in separate incidents. Their crews will repair the minor damage. #11-Hamlin lost an engine late in the session. He will go to the rear of the field for tomorrow night's race.
    Final practice will be this evening at 6:00pm/et and shown on Fox Sports 2.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, top-10 lap averages on the Atlanta Practice 2 Speeds page (pdf).(8-31-2013)

  • Stenhouse, Jr. wins Atlanta pole: #17-Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. won the pole for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with speed of 189.688mph for his 1st pole of 2013 and the 1st of his career.
    #99-Edwards is on the outside pole, followed by #42-Montoya, #11-Hamlin, #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #56-Truex, Jr., #88-Earnhardt, Jr., #18-Busch, and #48-Johnson. Only 43 teams were entered so everyone made the race.
    See the starting lineup, pole progression, qualifying results, qualifying order on the Atlanta Starting Lineup / Qualifying Page.(8-30-2013)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Atlanta:
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 54th Annual ADVOCARE 500 with a lap of 29.227 seconds, 189.688 mph.
    This is his first pole in 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and fourth top-10 start in 2013.
    This is his first pole at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Carl Edwards (second) posted his 13th top-10 start of 2013 and his ninth in 16 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Juan Pablo Montoya (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his ninth in 25 races this season.
    Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (first) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Statistics)(8-30-2013)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, August 30, 2013 at 6:40pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 7:00pm/et
    Radio: PRN / goprn.com, 6:30pm/et
    Scheduled Qualifying TV Re-Air: none

  • Qualifying Order for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted. 43 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first of the drivers scheduled to go out is #36-Yeley.
    The final driver scheduled to go out is #13-Mears.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    See the full qualifying order on the Atlanta Qualifying Page.(8-30-2013)

  • Friday practice for the Advocare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over after 90 scheduled minutes, the top-five, slowest and notes:
    #2-Keselowski 190.071
    #99-Edwards 189.254
    #42-Montoya 188.213
    #78-Busch 188.047
    #15-Bowyer 187.990
    slowest: #7-Blaney 178.218 & #87-Nemechek 178.046.
    notes: Qualifying is this evening at 6:40pm/et and will be shown on Fox Sports 1 at 7:00pm/et.
    #36-Yeley got into the wall midway through the practice, scraping the right side of the car.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, top-10 lap averages on the Atlanta Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf).(8-30-2013)

  • Entry List for the AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 43 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #33-Austin Dillon, #40-Cassill, #47-Allmendinger, #51-Mike Bliss, #32-Hill, #14-Martin. The #19 team withdrew. There are 43 teams entered so everyone will make the race.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski's Atlanta Entry List

  • For the 2013 qualifying rules and format, see my Qualifying Rules page

  • How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    1) #48-Jimmie Johnson [4 wins], 821
    2) #15-Clint Bowyer, 803, -18
    3) #99-Carl Edwards [1 win], 768, -53
    4) #29-Kevin Harvick [2 wins], 760, -61
    5) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 739, -82
    6) #20-Matt Kenseth [5 wins], 736, -85
    7) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 714, -107
    8) #5-Kasey Kahne [2 wins], 701, -120
    9) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 698, -123
    10) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 685, -136
    2012 Chase drivers not currently in the 2013 Chase
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 11th in points (4pts out of 10th)
    , #24-Jeff Gordon, 14th in points (-11pts)
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 18th [will miss rest of season](-91)
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 25th [missed 4 races with injury](-229)
    See drivers championship points standings on the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings (pdf).(8-24-2013)

  • 2013 Sprint Cup Chase Wild Card Standings:
    [after Bristol, race 24 of 36]
    Current Wild Cards:
    WC1) #56-Truex Jr. [1 win], 14th in points (22pts out of 10th)
    WC2) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 15th in points (26pts out of 10th)
    other wild card contenders
    #14-Tony Stewart [1 win] 19th in pts (91 out of 10th)
    #2-Brad Keselowski, 11th in points (4 out of 10th)
    #78-Kurt Busch, 12th (6 out of 10th)
    #24-Jeff Gordon 13th in pts (11 out of 10th)
    #1-Jamie McMurray 16th in pts (38 out of 10th)
    #27-Paul Menard 17th in pts (47 out of 10th)
    #43-Aric Almirola 19th in pts (69 out of 10th)
    #31-Jeff Burton 20th in pts (93 out of 10th)
    #34-David Ragan [1 win] 26th in pts (233 out of 10th)
    The top-10 drivers will make the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Positions 11 and 12 in the 12-driver Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup are Wild Cards, and will go to drivers outside the top 10 with the most wins, as long as they are ranked in the top 20 in points. If multiple drivers outside the top 10 tie for wins, the tie-breaker will go to the race winner with the highest points position.
    (ties broken by 1sts, 2nds, 3rd place finishes, etc)
    See wild card standings on the Unofficial Wildcard Standings page (pdf).(8-24-2013)


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Some Chassis Selections and Notes by Teams for this race

  • Chassis selections for Atlanta: see the list of many teams and what chassis were selected by the team to run at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
    MISSING? why are some teams missing? some teams do not report what chassis in the race previews, press releases or websites.
    #1-Jamie McMurray: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #2-Brad Keselowski: Primary Chassis: PRS-861. Last Raced: Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-838. Last Raced: Darlington (finished 32nd).
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Kenny Francis will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-779 for Sunday night's event at Atlanta. Kahne has driven this car four times this season and averaged a 12.5 finish. He notably led 66 laps in this car and won at Pocono Raceway in August. He also led 114 laps in this chassis in March en route to a runner-up result at Las Vegas and later scored an 11th-place finish one month later at Texas Motor Speedway.
    #9-Marcos Ambrose: The No. 9 team prepared chassis No. 847. Ambrose brought home a top-10 finish at Charlotte with this chassis earlier this season.
    #10-Danica Patrick: Chassis No. 10-794: Chassis No. 10-794 was tested in the wind tunnel May 1 before being used by Patrick in the Coca-Cola 600 later that month at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway. Patrick started 24th and finished 29th after being involved in a multi-car accident on lap 320 of 400. After repairs, she managed to finish the race, but completed only 385 laps. The last time Patrick drove this car was in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta, where she started 29th and finished 23rd.
    #11-Denny Hamlin: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #14-Mark Martin: Chassis No. 14-736: This car debuted in 2012 in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup opener at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, Ill., where Tony Stewart qualified 29th and rallied to lead three laps before finishing sixth. Chassis No. 14-736 made its second career start in October at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway, and it had to rally again. After starting 32nd, a lap-16 run-in with Brad Keselowski necessitated numerous pit stops that dropped Stewart all the way to 36th in the 43-car field. But Stewart used Chassis No. 14-736 to claw his way back to a respectable 13th-place finish. The car made its third career start last November at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth where it rallied yet again, overcoming its 21st-place starting spot to finish fifth. With a 2013 Chevrolet SS body honed in the wind tunnel, Chassis No. 14-736 visited Kansas Speedway in Kansas City in April for its fourth career start. It was a quiet outing, with Stewart qualifying 18th and finishing 21st. Its second start of 2013 came in June at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta. Finding the right handling package at the bumpy 1.5-mile oval proved elusive, as Chassis No. 14-736 qualified 25th and finished 20th. It gets a chance to redeem itself in its sixth career start this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Primary chassis 777 finished 20th at Indianapolis. Backup chassis No. 724 has served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced.
    #16-Greg Biffle: Primary Chassis: RK-844 Last ran Kentucky - finished 34th. Backup Chassis: RK-817. Last ran Michigan in 2012 - finished 1st.
    #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.: Primary Chassis: RK- 816 - last raced at Michigan- finished 16th. Backup Chassis: RK- 827 - last ran Charlotte - finished 14th.
    #18-Kyle Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #20-Matt Kenseth: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #22-Joey Logano: Primary Chassis: PRS-862. Last Raced: Brand new chassis. Backup Chassis: PRS-839. Last Raced: Backup at several races (not raced).
    #24-Jeff Gordon: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #27-Paul Menard: will pilot chassis No. 403 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This No. 27 Chevrolet SS was run previously this season at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Pocono Raceway.
    #29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot chassis No. 391 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable in the AdvoCare 500. This RCR-prepared machine was most recently driven by Harvick to a 17th-place result at Pocono Raceway in August.
    #31-Jeff Burton: will race chassis No. 372 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This No. 31 Chevrolet was utilized three times this season at Bristol Motor Speedway in March, Kentucky Speedway in June and Michigan International Speedway in August.
    #34-David Regan: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #38-David Gilliland: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #39-Ryan Newman: Chassis No. 39-748: Newman will pilot Chassis No. 39-748 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in this weekend's Advocare 500. This chassis debuted at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth last November, when Newman was able to overcome his starting position of 36th and a loose right-front wheel that dropped him from the top-10 to 25th with just 110 laps remaining to record a 12th-place finish. Since then, Chassis No. 39-748 was outfitted with a new front clip and a Chevrolet SS body, and saw its first laps of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. There, Newman overcame a late-race pit road speeding penalty to finish 10th. The No. 39 team turned the chassis around and brought it to Texas again in April, when Newman raced this Chevrolet SS to another 10th-place finish. Most recently, Chassis No. 39-748 raced in the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway in May, when Newman finished sixth.
    #42-Juan Pablo Montoya: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #43-Aric Almirola:: The No. 43 team has prepared chassis No. 855 for Atlanta. Almirola drove the chassis to a 15th-place finish at Kentucky Speedway in June.
    #47-A.J. Allmendinger: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: will drive chassis No. 728 at Atlanta. Chassis No. 797 serves as the backup.
    #55-Brian Vickers: Primary 780-Mark Martin led 23 laps at Michigan on Aug. 18 in this chassis.
    #56-Martin Truex Jr.:
    #78-Kurt Busch: chassis not reported on race preview.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Steve Letarte and the No. 88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-726. Earnhardt, most recently, drove this chassis to earn the pole position and a 12th-place result at Kentucky Speedway in June.
    #99-Carl Edwards: Primary: RK- 821 last ran at Atlanta test and CMS. Backup: RK - 831.
    (from team PR's/sites if reported)(8-29-2013)


Goodyear Tires Notes / Fast Facts

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Number of Tires: Sprint Cup:
    Left-side -- 1,400, Right-side -- 1,400;
    Nationwide: Left-side -- 500, Right-side -- 500

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Nationwide: 7 sets for the event

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4602

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.3 in. (2,217 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.4 in. (2,246 mm)

  • Technical Inspection Inflation:
    Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Minimum Recommended Inflation:
    Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
    Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi

  • Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same combination of left- and right-side tires at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same left--side tire code (D-4384) that these teams have run the last two seasons at this track . . . this new right-side tire code (D-4602) is making its debut at Atlanta and incorporates Goodyear Racing's new zone tread technology . . . the tire combines the compound that has recently been run at Kansas and Michigan on the inside three inches of the tread, with the compound run at Atlanta for the last seasons across the rest of the tread . . . the concept will give teams endurance and heat resistance on the inside third of the tire and traction on the outside two-thirds . . . while Goodyear has used the multi-zone concept on passenger tires before, this is its first application in NASCAR . . . this tire was confirmed at a Goodyear test with 13 drivers at Atlanta on August 6 . . . drivers participating in that test were Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch, Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Matt Kenseth, Brad Keselowski, Jamie McMurray, Casey Mears, Paul Menard, David Ragan, David Reutimann, Martin Truex Jr. and J.J. Yeley . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta. . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.


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Next Race: Sylvania 300

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