NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race Information, Links and News

THE RACE: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

TRACK: Atlanta Motor Speedway

NASCAR Sprint Cup Race #2 of 36 for the 2015 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

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Race: Sunday, March 1, 2015 in Hampton, GA

Title Sponsor: QuikTrip

Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 1:16pm/et

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ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, February 26
10:00 AM NSCS HAULERS ENTER
11:30 AM - 7:00 PM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
1:00 PM 2:25 PM NSCS TEST
3:00 PM 4:55 PM NSCS TEST

Friday, February 27
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 PM NSCS ROOKIE & SPOTTER, MEETINGS & RANDOM DRAWING
1:00 - 2:25 PM NSCS PRACTICE
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, February 28
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 - 1:20 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, March 1
8:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 AM 11:00 AM Speedway Children's Charities Track Walk
11:00 AM 12:20 PM Concert
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER/CREW CHIEFS MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVERS INTRODUCTION
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

Atlanta Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
11am: NSCS Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
12:30pm: NSCS Drivers Introductions w/ NASCAR Special Awards
12:55pm: Team FasTrax Skydiving Team
12:59pm: God Bless America: Rick Schroeder, United States Air Force Veteran
1:00pm: Taps by: James Brannon, Dobbins Base Honor Guard
1:00:30pm: Presentation of Colors by: Riverside Military Academy, Gainesville, GA
1:00:50pm: Invocation by: Billy Mauldin- President & CEO of MRO
1:01:30pm: National Anthem by: Brent Whitaker, Air National Guard "Band of the South", McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN
1:03pm: TOT Fly-by: 2 T-38's Talons from the 301st Fighter Squadron Tyndall AFB, FL
1:08pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Maj. Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor Foundation
1:16pm: Start of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = Sprint Cup Series
SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time

PRACTICE & QUALIFYING
Dates / Times / TV coverage

(these times in eastern time)

  • Testing:
    Thursday, February 25, 1:00 - 2:25 pm, TV-none
    Thursday, February 25, 3:00 - 4:55 pm, TV-none

  • Practices:
    Friday, February 27, 1:00 - 2:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 28, 12:00 - 1:20 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-36, Friday, February 27 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled at 3:00am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2015: $6,299,292
2014: $6,301,604
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 NEWS & LINKS

  • 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
    Fuel Window: 50-55 laps
    Grandstand Seating: 75,000 [was 92,000 and 98,000]
    Opened: 1960

  • Race Festivities/Officials:
    Grand Marshal: Maj. Dan Rooney, CEO and Founder of Folds of Honor Foundation
    Command to start engines: Major Dan Rooney
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: TBA
    Honorary Pace Car Driver: Musician Gavin DeGraw
    Color Guard: Riverside Military Academy- Gainesville, GA
    Invocation: Billy Mauldin- President & CEO of MRO
    National Anthem: Brent Whitaker, Air National Guard "Band of the South", McGhee Tyson ANGB, TN
    Flyover: was supposed to be 2 T-38's Talons, 301st Fighter Squadron Tyndall AFB, FL, but overcast conditions cancelled it

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Twitter
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    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • August 2014: see the Atlanta Race Info page

  • August 2014 Race Winner: #5-Kasey Kahne, 131.514mph, started 9th

  • 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, 3/09/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 7 days
  • Oldest Race Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 3/20/1993 - 51 years, 5 months, 8 days
  • Race Winners: 42

  • August 2014 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 190.398mph, finished 19th

  • Final March 2010 Pole Winner: #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, 3/15/1981 - 24 years, 3 months, 27 days

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

  • Pole Winners: 45

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Daytona
    #24-Jeff Gordon.............................. 106.0
    #48-Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.9
    #19-Carl Edwards............................ 100.1
    #14-Tony Stewart............................... 98.1
    #20-Matt Kenseth.............................. 97.9
    #11-Denny Hamlin............................. 97.4
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 92.7
    #42-Kyle Larson................................ 91.1
    #16-Greg Biffle.................................. 90.8
    #4-Kevin Harvick................................ 90.4
    Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2014 races (16 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Formula combining the following categories: Win, Finish, Top-15 Finish, Average Running Position while on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish. Maximum: 150 points per race.
    See an explanation how the Driver Rating is calculated at NASCAR.com.(NASCAR)

  • Atlanta Notes & Facts - Thursday - history:
    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.
    (NASCAR)(2-26-2015)

  • Atlanta Notes & Facts - Friday - poles:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.
    48 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.
    14 of the 107 (13.1%) 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 107 (24.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta have been won from the front row: 14 from the pole and 12 from second-place.
    60 of the 107 (56.1%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
    85 of the 107 (79.4%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Seven of the 107 (6.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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.
    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: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (9/01/2013).
    (NASCAR)(2-27-2015)

  • Atlanta Notes & Facts - Saturday - drivers:
    552 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 367 in more than one.
    Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 41 starts, followed by Joe Nemechek with 38.
    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 26.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.409.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.522.
    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).
    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 1,297.
    Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick. (NASCAR)(2-28-2015)

  • Atlanta Notes & Facts - Sunday - race:
    There have been 107 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 fourth season with only one event.
    43 different NSCS drivers have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, led by NASCAR Hall of Famer Dale Earnhardt with nine wins. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers 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)
    The Wood Brothers and Hendrick Motorsports have the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12 each:
    o Wood Brothers: Cale Yarborough (three), David Pearson (three), Marvin Panch (two), Neil Bonnett (two) A.J. Foyt (one) and Morgan Shepherd (one).
    o Hendrick Motorsports: Jeff Gordon (five),Jimmie Johnson (three), Darrell Waltrip (one), Jerry Nadeau (one), Kasey Kahne (one) and Ken Schrader (one).
    o Joe Gibbs Racing has the third most wins at Atlanta with 11.
    Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 38 victories; followed by Ford (29), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
    No driver has swept the weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway across all three NASCAR national series. Two drivers have won in multiple NASCAR national series in the same weekend at Atlanta: Carl Edwards (2005, NSCS/NNS); (fall 2008, NSCS/NNS) and Kyle Busch (spring 2008, NSCS/NCWTS)
    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).
    Nine of the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway participated in at least one or more races before visiting Victory Lane. Kevin Harvick won at Atlanta in his first appearance (2001). Carl Edwards won in his second appearance (2005).
    Denny Hamlin competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway 12 times before winning in the spring of 2012; the longest span of any the 10 active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Among the 10 active NSCS Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
    Joe Nemechek leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 38; followed by Matt Kenseth with 26.
    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.
    There have been four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 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), fall of 2012 (325/327) and 2014 (325/335).
    (NASCAR)(3-1-2015)

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

RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links

  • Jimmie Johnson wins at Atlanta: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Atlanta and his 71st career win.
    #4-Harvick finished 2nd (again) followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr., #47-Allmendinger, #55-Moffitt (best career finish), #2-Keselowski and #31-Newman.
    Harvick has now either won or finished 2nd in five consecutive races and led the most laps of the race with 115.
    Pole winner #22-Logano led much of the first part of the race, leading 84 laps, finishing 4th.
    There were 28 lead changes among 12 drivers. There were 10 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps with a nine minute red flag with 19 laps to go after a big wreck..
    The average speed was 131.078 mph.
    See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-1/2-2015)

  • Race Fast Facts - Atlanta:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson won the 56th Annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, his 71st victory in 473 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first victory and second top-10 finish in 2015.
    This is his fourth victory and 15th top-10 finish in 24 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    #4-Kevin Harvick (second) posted his 10th top-10 finish in 25 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his second top-10 finish in 2015.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (third) posted his 13th top-10 finish in 28 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    #26-Jeb Burton (35th) was the highest finishing rookie.
    #22-Joey Logano leads the point standings by 1 points over #48-Jimmie Johnson.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-1-2015)

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 2 of 36]
    1) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 88
    2) #48-Jimmie Johnson [1 win], 87, -1
    3) #4-Kevin Harvick, 86, -2
    4) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 84, -4
    5) #78-Truex Jr., 75, -13
    6) #13-Casey Mears, 68, -20
    7) #5-Kasey Kahne, 65, -23
    8) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 62, -26
    9) #43-Aric Almirola, 62, -26
    10) #15-Clint Bowyer, 58, -30
    11) #38-David Gilliland, 56, -32
    12) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., 55, -33
    13) #16-Greg Biffle, 54, -34
    14) #19-Carl Edwards, 54, -34
    15) #18/#34-David Ragan, 53, -35
    16) #10-Danica Patrick, 51, -37
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf).(3-1-2015)

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #26-Burton, 35th
    Caution 2: #3-Dillon, 39th
    Caution 3: #9-Hornish Jr., 21st
    Caution 4: #33-Annett, 29th
    Caution 5: #13-Mears, 15th
    Caution 6: #55-Moffitt, 8th
    Caution 7: #20-Kenseth, 5th
    Caution 8: #55-Moffitt(2), 8th
    Caution 9: #19-Edwards, 12th
    Caution 10: #27-Menard, 13th
    (3-1-2015)


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  • Race Coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2015.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et; green flag approx. 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 2:30 am/et on FS1
    Monday, March 2, 2015 at 10:00 am/et on FS1

  • Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been made.
    Pole sitter #22-Logano chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
    Outside pole sitter #4-Harvick took pit stall 21, the first pit stall with an opening in front of it.
    #1-McMurray, who starts 3rd took the 43rd and last pit stall.
    The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #1-McMurray, who starts 3rd.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-28-2015)

  • Highlights of NASCAR's changes on pit road in 2015:
    " Number of officials on pit road during race reduced from 43 to 10.
    " 45 HD cameras will be mounted on the grandstand side of each track and directed toward pit road to monitor pit stops and officials call or clear penalties.
    " Every camera looks at two pit stalls and the cameras record 100 percent of the race.
    " Video feeds from cameras are fed to a production truck in the TV compound where eight NASCAR officials monitor stops for violations.
    " Pit road speeding penalties will still be called from race control based on scoring loops.
    " Pit stalls are laser measured
    " Missing Lug Nuts are no longer a penalty.
    " Fueling can start once car is stopped.
    " Fueling can continue until car leaves pit stall.

  • Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
    Official Race & Points Report
    Race Results
    Drivers Points
    Owners Points
    Lap Summary Report
    Penalty Report
    Happy Hour Practice Speeds
    Pitstalls
    Starting Lineup
    Qualifying Results
    Practice 1 Speeds
    Qualifying Order
    Test Session 2 Speeds
    Test Session 1 Speeds
    Latest Entry List
    Preliminary 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.

  • See Jayski's - 2015 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

  • Happy Hour practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #4-Harvick 191.054 (engine blew)
    #5-Kahne 189.805
    #3-Dillon 189.746
    #11-Hamlin 189.571
    #19-Edwards 189.493
    Most laps run: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 65; #3-Dillon, 64
    slowest: #30-Hornaday 177.978 and #34-Nemechek 179.476
    notes: #4-Harvick had an engine failure mid-way thru practice. He was scheduled to start 2nd in the race, will have to fall to the rear of the field before the green flag on Sunday.
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average on the Atlanta Happy Hour practice speeds page (pdf).(2-28-2015)

  • Logano wins Atlanta pole: #22-Joey Logano won the Coors Light pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with speed of 194.683mph for his 1st pole of 2015, 1st at Atlanta and 9th of his career. Logano has won 2 races from the pole out of 8 previous poles.
    #4-Harvick is on the outside pole followed by #1-McMurray, #11-Hamlin, #19-Edwards, #42-Larson, #31-Newman, #9-Hornish Jr., #88-Earnhardt Jr., #5-Kahne, #47-Allmendinger and #2-Keselowski.
    Thirteen cars didn't get to make a run during the first round as they didn't get thru pre-qualifying tech inspection, including #24-Gordon, #20-Kenseth, #48-Johnson, #14-Stewart, #41-Smith.
    Missing the race were: #66-Wallace, #83-DiBenedetto, #46-Annett, #29-Sorenson.
    See round-by-round qualifying results, starting lineup, notes on the Atlanta Starting Lineup / Qualifying page.(2-27-2015)

  • Annett to run the #33 at Atlanta: Michael Annett will race in Sunday's Folds of Honor/Quik Trip 500 at Atlanta after all. Pending NASCAR approval, Annett will drive the #33 Pilot Flying J Chevy for Circle Sport Racing according to HScott Motorspors team owner Harry Scott,. Annett, 28, just started his sophomore Sprint Cup Season with HScott Motorsports in the #46 Chevy this season. However Annett was one of 13 cars that were unable to make it through NASCAR technical inspection in time to qualify on Friday. His good friend Brian Scott, who qualified 32nd but is running for the championship in the XFINITY Series, relinquished his ride to Annett. "Many thanks to (team principal) Mike Hillman, Sr. and Brian Scott," Harry Scott added in the text to Motorsport.com. Annett finished 13th last week in the Daytona 500. He is currently 12th in the Sprint Cup point standings.(Motorsport)(2-28-2015)

  • Thirteen cars don't get to make a qualifying lap due to inspection issues: Former Sprint Cup champions #48-Jimmie Johnson, #24-Jeff Gordon, #14-Tony Stewart and #20-Matt Kenseth were among the 13 drivers who did not get a chance to post qualifying times Friday after their cars didn't get through inspection in time at Atlanta Motor Speedway. As several teams had problems in the tech area, reportedly in the rear camber area, and had to go through inspection a second time, NASCAR delayed the start of qualifying for 15 minutes. But that wasn't enough as the 15-minute first round was completed before 13 cars could get through and then make a qualifying lap. With 36 spots available on speed and only 34 taking times, everyone who posted a first-round time got into the QuikTrip 500 on Sunday. The remaining nine spots were based on 2014 owner points. #46-Michael Annett, #66-Mike Wallace, #83-Matt DiBenedetto and #29-Reed Sorenson never took a lap and missed the race pending post-qualifying technical inspection.
    NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Director Richard Buck said the laser inspection bay was open during the test Thursday and many teams were pushing the tolerances looking for mechanical group as part of the new aerodynamic rules. He said every team had gone through tech at least once 17 minutes before qualifying started and with a television window, there was no consideration of an additional delay beyond 15 minutes. He said 20 teams had to go through at least two times -- about twice the average on a normal race weekend last year. "Their job is to push it to that very limit," Buck said. "Our job is to treat everybody fairly and give everybody an opportunity to come through that inspection room. But their responsibility is to come through there right but to the limit. I think that's what you saw today, was everybody pushing the limits." It was not rare last year for a car or two not to get through inspection, but more than a dozen cars was virtually unheard of since NASCAR went to group qualifying last year. All the cars that didn't get through inspection before the end of the first round still had to go through inspection and be approved.(ESPN in part)(2-27-2015)

  • Second Round of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over after 10 scheduled minutes.
    #4-Harvick 194.118
    #22-Logano 193.941
    #11-Hamlin 193.670
    #1-McMurray 193.353
    #88-Earnhardt Jr. 193.285
    the rest of the top 12: 42 19 31 9 5 47 2;
    out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 27 78 3 51 18 10 16 17 13 55 43 95
    (2-27-2015)

  • First Round of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 15 scheduled minutes.
    #22-Logano 194.240
    #11-Hamlin 193.245
    #19-Edwards 193.245
    #42-Larson 192.989

  • #78-Treux Jr. 192.868
    the rest of the top 24: 1 5 18 3 31; 88 2 27 55 4 13 47 9 51 17; 16 10 43 95;
    out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2: 15 38 32 34 6 23 62 33 98 30 7 14 20 24 26 29 35 40 41 46 48 66 83
    Drivers (4) who will miss the race: #66-Wallace, #83-DiBenedetto, #46-Annett, #29-Sorenson.
    (2-27-2015)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 27, 2015 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: February 28, 2015 at 3:00am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed.
    The driver scheduled to line up first on pit road is #66-Wallace.
    The driver scheduled to line up last on pit road is #7-Bowman.
    Qualifying order is set by a random draw, held about an hour before the first practice.
    Cars are lined up on pit road, nose in, by this order.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Atlanta Qualifying Page.(2-27-2015)

  • Friday practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #42-Larson 192.989
    #4-Harvick 192.607
    #18-Ragan 192.547
    #22-Logano 192.373
    #11-Hamlin 192.366
    Most laps run: #47-Allmendinger, 22; #2-Keselowski, 21
    slowest: #30-Hornaday 178.689 and #66-Wallace 179.394
    See fastest speeds, laps run, best 10 Consecutive Lap Average (only 3 drivers) on the Atlanta Friday practice speeds page (pdf).(2-27-2015)

  • Updated Entry List for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including: #18-David Ragan, #29-Reed Sorenson, #32-Mike Bliss, #33-Scott, #34-Joe Nemechek, #41-Regan Smith, #55-Brett Moffitt, #62-Gaughan, #66-Mike Wallace, #83-Matt DiBenedetto, #95-McDowell.
    Drivers who need to be in the top-36 in speed and have no provisional available to them (lowest in 2014 owners points): #19-Edwards, #29-Sorenson, #30-Hornaday, #46-Annett
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is cancelled (top 36 in 2014 owners points then 37-42/43 by 2015 owners points): #29-Sorenson, #30-Hornaday, #98-Wise, #66-Wallace; #19-Edwards would make the race as a 2014 winner if qualifying is cancelled.
    withdrew: #44-Kvapil withdrew after the car was stolen from a hotel.
    See the full entry list at my Jayski.com's Atlanta Entry List

  • 2nd session of Open testing for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 115 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #24-Gordon 188.424
    #31-Newman 188.418
    #4-Harvick 188.066
    #42-Larson 187.939
    #5-Kahne 187.621
    #18-Ragan, subbing for Kyle Busch, was 19th fastest.
    Most laps run: #2-Keselowski, 81; #1-McMurray, 79
    slowest: #62-Gaughan 177.613 & #66-Wallace 177.670
    43 of 48 teams have made runs.
    no speed listed: #23-Yeley, #26-Burton, #30-Hornaday, #44-Kvapil, #83-Dibenedetto.
    For fastest speeds, laps run, best ten consecutive lap average, see the Atlanta Test Session 2 speeds page (pdf).(2-26-2015)

  • 1st session of Open testing for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest two and some notes:
    #1-McMurray 191.549
    #42-Larson 190.195
    #4-Harvick 189.850
    #15-Bowyer 189.720
    #20-Kenseth 189.675
    slowest: #66-Wallace 175.510 and #34-Nemechek 176.241
    #18-Ragan, subbing for Kyle Busch, was 15th fastest, running 18 laps.
    Most laps run: #20-Kenseth, 29; #88-Earnhardt Jr., 26
    42 of 48 teams made runs.
    no speed listed: #23-Yeley, #26-Burton, #30-Hornaday, #44-Kvapil, #83-Dibenedetto, #98-Wise.
    The 2nd test session is scheduled for 3:00-4:55pm/et. No TV coverage for either session.
    For fastest speeds, laps run, best ten consecutive lap average, see the Atlanta Test Session 1 speeds page (pdf).(2-26-2015)

  • For the new group 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

  • 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chase Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
    1) #22-Joey Logano [1 win], 47
    2) #4-Kevin Harvick, 42, -5
    3) #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 42, -5
    4) #11-Denny Hamlin, 41, -6
    5) #48-Jimmie Johnson, 40, -7
    6) #13-Casey Mears, 39, -8
    7) #15-Clint Bowyer, 37, -10
    8) #78-Truex Jr., 37, -10
    9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 35, -12
    10) #16-Greg Biffle, 35, -12
    11) #38-David Gilliland, 33, -14
    12) #9-Sam Hornish Jr., 32, -15
    13) #46-Michael Annett, 32, -15
    14) #3-Austin Dillon, 30, -17
    15) #43-Aric Almirola, 29, -18
    16) #27-Paul Menard, 27, -20
    (ties are broken by wins, 2nds, 3rds, etc)
    See the Unofficial Points Standings page (pdf).(2-22-2015)

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CHASSIS SELECTIONS

  • Chassis selections for this weeks race: see the list of many teams [that report or post them] and what chassis were selected by the team to run in Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    If a driver/team is not listed, the team doe NOT report chassis information on pre-race PR, website or social media:

    #3-Austin Dillon will pilot Chassis No. 481 in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This is the same DOW Chevy that Dillon raced in 2014 to a 25th-place finish at Homestead in November, a 13th-place finish at Charlotte in October, a 16th-place finish at Chicago in September, a 22nd-place finish at Michigan in August and a 10th-place finish at Indianapolis in July.
    #4-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 4-843 in the Folds of Honor 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race Sunday at Atlanta. Built in 2014, Chassis No. 4-843 is the most successful chassis in the #4 lineup, having won two Sprint Cup races and two pole positions, as well as leading 748 laps last season. Chassis No. 4-843 started 16th, led 23 laps and finished 41st in its debut at Las Vegas. In its next outing, Harvick won the pole and led 238 laps en route to winning the Southern 500 at Darlington. Chassis No. 4-843 started fourth and finished 14th at Pocono in June. At Dover, Harvick won the pole, led 223 laps and finished 13th. The final race of 2014 for Chassis No. 4-843 was perhaps the most impressive as it started third and led 264 laps in a must-win performance that kept Harvick's slim Sprint Cup championship hopes alive at Phoenix.
    #5-Kasey Kahne: Crew chief Keith Rodden has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-911 for Sunday's race. Kahne last drove the car to a 10th-place finish at Charlotte Motor Speedway in October 2014.
    #10-Danica Patrick: will pilot Chassis No. 908 in the Folds of Honor 500. Patrick raced this car to an 18th-place finish in the 2014 season finale at Homestead. Formerly a #41 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Kurt Busch, Chassis No. 908 made its on-track debut at Charlotte in October 2014. That weekend, Busch set a track qualifying record with a speed of 198.771 mph and went on to score an 11th-place finish in the race.
    #14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-898 debuted in August 2014 at Michigan with veteran NASCAR driver Jeff Burton at the wheel. Burton qualified 27th and felt the car was capable of advancing to the front, but a cracked tailpipe caught the heat shields underneath the car on fire around lap 65. It took 24 laps in the garage to make repairs, and Burton finished a disappointing 37th. Chassis No. 14-898 returned to action Labor Day weekend at Atlanta with Tony Stewart. After starting 12th and passing five cars on the first lap, Stewart continued to show strength, climbing all the way to fourth place by lap 15. Changing track conditions saw Stewart drop to 12th by lap 100, but in working the low line around the track's corners, Stewart made the racecar work for him. Unfortunately, a flat right-front tire on lap 171 sent Stewart into the turn-two wall. The right side of Chassis No. 14-898 scraped along the SAFER Barrier and then moments later, the tire shredded, ripping apart sheet metal and suspension components. Too damaged to repair, the car suffered a DNF (Did Not Finish). The car was busy afterward, testing at Charlotte Sept. 29-30 and at Homestead Oct. 28-29 before competing in the season finale at Homestead Nov. 16 where an overheating engine left Chassis No. 14-898 with a 43rd-place finish. With new Chevrolet SS sheet metal honed in the wind tunnel this offseason, the car returns to Atlanta for its fourth career start and second at Atlanta.
    #15-Clint Bowyer: Chassis No. 815 serves as the primary chassis for Bowyer at Atlanta, is is a brand new chassis. Chassis No. 816 serves as the back-up chassis and is new.
    #24-Jeff Gordon: Crew chief Alan Gustafson has selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 24-914 for Sunday's race. The chassis has been raced once, with Gordon leading 161 laps from the pole position en route to a 10th-place finish at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2014.
    #27-Paul Menard will utilize chassis No. 487 during the 325-lap event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This #27 Duracell / Menards Chevy saw action twice in 2014, once at Kansas in October where Menard started 19th and finished 16th and a second time at Texas in November where he started 15th and finished 17th.
    #31-Ryan Newman will pilot chassis No. 486 in the second event on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This #31 Caterpillar Chevy is a new car and will be utilized for the first time during Thursday's test session.
    #32-Mike Bliss Crew Chief Clinton Cram will be bringing chassis 784 to serve as the primary car. This chassis previously ran at Homestead in 2014 with Blake Koch behind the wheel. Chassis 289 will serve as the backup car.
    #41-Regan Smith will pilot Chassis No. 894 at Atlanta Motor. It was previously a #10 chassis for Stewart-Haas Racing teammate Danica Patrick. It made its debut at Charlotte in October 2014, when Patrick qualified 14th and appeared to be on her way to a top-10 finish before her solid run was derailed when she was involved in an on-track incident at lap 247. Since then, Chassis No. 894 has been outfitted with a new body and will see its first laps of the season this weekend at Atlanta.
    #48-Jimmie Johnson: For the race in Atlanta, Knaus selected Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 48-910, which is the Chevrolet SS Johnson raced to victory at Texas in November 2014. The backup car is No. 48-824, which last saw action at Pocono in June.
    #55-Brett Moffitt: will drive primary chassis 814 which finished 16th at Indy with Clint Bowyer, Vickers finished 13th at Richmond in September & 37th at Charlotte in October. The backup chassis is 813 which Bowyer drove chassis to 17th at Charlotte in May, 10th and sixth at Michigan races and ninth at Dover in September.
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: This weekend, crew chief Greg Ives and the #88 team will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-920. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
    (from numerous team PR's/sites)

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials:

    Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for Friday/Saturday practice/qualifying and 12 sets for the race;
    Xfinity: 7 sets for the event;
    Camping World Truck: 7 sets for the event

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

    Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.40 in. (2,220 mm); Right-side -- 88.43 in. (2,246 mm)

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

    Notes: Teams in all three NASCAR series will run the same Goodyear tire set-up at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Sprint Cup and Xfinity teams have run at this track the last two seasons . . . this left-side tire code (D-4384) has actually been run at Atlanta since 2012 . . . this right-side tire code (D-4602) incorporates Goodyear Racing's multi-zone tread technology, which debuted at Atlanta in 2013 . . . the tire features two distinct tread compounds -- one for endurance and heat resistance on the inboard two inches of the tread and one for traction on the outboard 10 inches . . . 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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