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 2016 season

Updated: often, leading up to the race

Jumps to sections on this page:
Event Sched | Purse/Race Awards | TV / Re-airs | Radio
Practice/Qual Times | Rundown of Race/Results | Entry/Practice/Qualifying
Track/Race Info | Local Newspapers | Weather
Camping | Goodyear Notes | Odds


Race: Sunday, February 28, 2016 in Hampton, GA

Title Sponsor: QuikTrip Folds of Honor

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

TELEVISION COVERAGE

RADIO COVERAGE

ONLINE STREAMING

EVENT SCHEDULE
Sprint Cup Series

Event Schedule times are local to the track

Thursday, February 25
6:30 PM NSCS HAULERS ENTER

Friday, February 26
8:00 AM - 7:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
10:00 AM NSCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
11:00 AM - 12:25 PM NSCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:45 PM NSCS QUALIFYING

Saturday, February 27
9:00 AM - 3:30 PM NSCS GARAGE OPEN
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM NSCS FINAL PRACTICE

Sunday, February 28
7:00 AM NSCS GARAGE OPENS
10:00 - 11:00 AM TRACK WALK
11:00 AM NSCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
12:30 PM NSCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
1:00 PM NSCS RACE

Atlanta Sunday Pre-Race Schedule:
11:00am: Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
12:30pm: Drivers Introductions
1:00pm: Presentation of Colors by: University of North Georgia Corp of Cadets Honor Guard
1:00pm: Invocation by: Rev. Jason Young, North Point Ministries
1:01pm: National Anthem by: Robin Meade
1:02pm: TOT Fly-by: 2 T-38's from 325th fighter wing Tyndall Air Force Base
1:07pm: "Drivers, Start Your Engines" by: Robert Patrick
1:16pm: Green Flag Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (325 Laps, 500 Miles) (Fox, PRN, SiriusXM)
eastern time (NASCAR.com)

NSCS = NASCAR 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)

  • Practices:
    Friday, February 26, 11:00 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, February 27, 11:30 am - 12:25 pm/et, TV-FS1

  • Qualifying: group qualifying for positions 1-43, Friday, February 26 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-FS1, re-air scheduled for 5:30am/et on FS1.

PURSE/RACE AWARDS

2016: no longer announced
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: TBA
    Command to start engines: Actor Robert Patrick
    Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: Major Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor
    Color Guard: University of North Georgia Corp of Cadets Honor Guard
    Invocation: Rev. Jason Young, North Point Ministries
    National Anthem: Robin Meade
    Flyover: 2 T-38's from 325th fighter wing Tyndall Air Force Base

  • Track Websites & Social Media:
    Atlanta Motor Speedway
    Speedway Motorsports
    Twitter
    Facebook
    Pinterest
    Instagram
    YouTube
    Google+
    Track Stats - Racing-reference.info

  • February 2015: see the Atlanta Race Info page

  • March 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 131.078mph, started 37th

  • 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

  • March 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 194.683mph, finished 4th

  • 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: 46

  • Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta:
    #48-Jimmie Johnson, 106.2
    #19-Carl Edwards, 100.4
    #20-Matt Kenseth, 97.9
    #11-Denny Hamlin, 97.2
    #41-Kurt Busch, 94.3
    #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 94.3
    #18-Kyle Busch, 92.8
    #4-Kevin Harvick, 92.8
    #78-Martin Truex Jr., 90.9
    #16Greg Biffle, 89.0
    Note: Driver Ratings are compiled from 2005-2015 races (17 total) at Atlanta (active drivers only).
    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 Track Notes & 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)

  • Atlanta Pole Notes & Facts:
    Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.
    49 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.
    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).
    14 of the 108 (12.9%) 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 108 (24.1%) 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 108 (55.5%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
    85 of the 108 (78.7%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
    Eight of the 108 (7.4%) 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.
    (NASCAR)

  • Atlanta Driver Notes & Facts:
    553 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 375 in more than one.
    Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers with 38 starts, followed by Dale Earnhardt Jr. with 28.
    Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.391.
    Two active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers have posted their first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Martin Truex Jr. (10/31/2004) and Ty Dillon (8/31/2014).
    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 Jimmie Johnson with four. 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)
    Eight of the nine 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 nine active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series winners.
    Among the nine active NSCS Atlanta winners Denny Hamlin (12) is the only driver to have made 10 or more attempts before his first win.
    Matt Kenseth leads the series among active drivers with the most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting Victory Lane at 27.
    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).
    Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with four.
    Dale Earnhardt leads the series in top-five finishes at Atlanta with 26; Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers with 13.
    Richard Petty leads the series in top-10 finishes at Atlanta with 33; Matt Kenseth leads all active drivers with 16.
    Jimmie Johnson leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.083.
    Cale Yarborough leads all drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in laps led at Atlanta with 3,283 laps led in 47 starts. Bobby Labonte leads all active drivers in laps led at Atlanta with 959.
    Three female drivers have competed at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series: Janet Guthrie, Shawna Robinson and Danica Patrick.
    (NASCAR)

  • Atlanta Race Notes & Facts:
    There have been 108 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 fifth season with only one event.
    The Hendrick Motorsports have the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 13; followed by the Wood Brothers with 12 and Joe Gibbs Racing with 11: Hendrick Motorsports: Jeff Gordon (five),Jimmie Johnson (four), Darrell Waltrip (one), Jerry Nadeau (one), Kasey Kahne (one) and Ken Schrader (one).
    Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 39 victories; followed by Ford (29), Pontiac (11), Dodge (nine), Mercury (eight), Buick (four), Plymouth (four), Toyota (three) and Oldsmobile (one).
    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)

  • 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

  • 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, 5th win in at Atlanta and 76th career win. He ties Dale Earnhardt, Sr. for 7th on the all-time career wins list and has one at least 1 race in each of the last 15 years. Johnson led 52 of the 330 laps.
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd, followed by #18-Busch, #41-Busch, #19-Edwards, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, #2-Keselowski, and #17-Stenhouse.
    The 8th place finish is a career best for #24-Elliott.
    The race went caution-free for the first 209 laps, the longest green flag run to start a race in Atlanta history.
    A spin by #31-Newman with 2 laps remaining sent the race into "NASCAR Overtime". A wreck on the backstretch after the leaders had already passed the overtime line, forced the race to end under caution.
    There were 28 lead changes among 8 drivers and 3 cautions for 13 yellow flag laps.
    The average speed was 155.863mph.
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, February 29 at 8:00am/et on FS1
    See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
    Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
    Lap Summary Report (pdf)
    Penalty Report (pdf)
    See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf). (2-28-2016)

  • Race Fast Facts - Atlanta:
    Jimmie Johnson won the 57th Annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, his 76th victory in 509 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    With the victory, Johnson ties Dale Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time series wins list.
    This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2016.
    This is his fifth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 25 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Dale Earnhardt Jr (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 29 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2016.
    Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 18 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Chase Elliott (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
    Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 3 points over Martin Truex Jr.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(2-28-2016)

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Atlanta, race 2 of 36]
    UPDATED after #78-Team penalty
    1) #18-Busch, 78
    2) #4-Harvick, 74, -4
    3) #19-Edwards, 73, -5
    4) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 70, -8
    5) #48-Johnson [1 win], 70, -8
    6) #41-Kurt Busch, 69, -9
    7) #22-Logano, 64, -14
    8) #3-Dillon, 63, -15
    9) #78-Truex, Jr., 60, -3 [was 75 pts]
    10) #43-Almirola, 55, -23
    11) #2-Keselowski, 54, -24
    12) #20-Kenseth, 51, -27
    13) #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 50, -28
    14) #42-Larson, 49, -29
    15) #31-Newman, 48, -30
    16) #5-Kahne, 46, -32
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

  • Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
    Caution 1: #3-Dillon, 11th
    Caution 2: #2-Keselowski, 9th
    Caution 3: none, race ended
    (2-28-2016)

  • Race Coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, February 21, 2016.
    Television (TV): FOX at 1:00 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:00 pm/et; green flag approx. 1:16pm/et
    Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
    Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Monday, February 29 at 8:00am/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 #41-Kurt Busch chose pit stall 3 [the first pit stall available - 1 & 2 are not being used at Atlanta].
    Outside pole sitter #1-McMurray took the 43rd and final pit stall.
    #6-Bayne, who starts 3rd took the 11th pit stall, with an opening behind it.
    To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on Jayski.com's Pit Stall Selection chart.(2-27-2016)

  • 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
    Latest / Final Entry List
    Preliminary Entry List

  • NASCAR Overtime (not called Green-White-Checkered anymore) 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 NASCAR Overtime rules/news/stats page.

  • See Jayski's - 2016 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

  • Final 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 and notes:
    #11-Hamlin 188.450
    #78-Truex, Jr. 188.226
    #48-Johnson 187.297
    #88-Earnhardt, Jr. 187.095
    #24-Elliott 186.963
    slowest: #30-Wise 177.385 & #32-Earnhardt 177.317
    All 39 cars practiced.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Atlanta Final Practice speeds page (pdf).(2-27-2016)

  • Kurt Busch wins Atlanta pole: #41-Kurt Busch won the Coors Light pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with speed of 191.582mph for his 1st pole of 2016, 1st at Atlanta and 20th of his career. Busch has won 1 race from the pole out of 19 previous poles.
    #1-McMurray is on the outside pole followed by #6-Bayne, #31-Newman, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #4-Harvick, #19-Edwards, #3-Dillon, #78-Truex, Jr., #44-Scott #5-Kahne and #11-Hamlin.
    #18-Kyle Busch had the fastest speed in the final round but his qualifying time was disallowed because the rear toe of the car was off by 0.15 degrees. He will start 39th.
    #18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 193.299mph. #1-McMurray topped the second round at 191.834mph.
    Only 39 cars were entered so everyone made the race.
    See round-by-round qualifying results on the Atlanta qualifying results page (pdf) and the complete starting lineup on the Atlanta Starting Lineup page (pdf).(2-26-2015)

  • Kyle Busch's qualifying time disallowed: #18-Kyle Busch's pole-winning car failed post-qualifying technical inspection Friday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, putting his brother Kurt Busch on the pole for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race. NASCAR said the degree to which the vertical angle of Kyle Busch's rear wheels were skewed -- called the toe -- was illegal but that there would be no further penalties other than disallowing his qualifying time. The defending Sprint Cup champion will start the Folds of Honor 500 last in the field at 39th.
    NASCAR senior VP of competition Scott Miller said NASCAR began measuring rear toe after qualifying this season at the drivers' request. The maximum rear toe allowed in postqualifying inspection is 0.15 degrees more than in prequalifying inspection. "Teams asked for it, we instituted it and they didn't pass," Miller said. "The others [that went through tech] passed."
    More rear skew could improve performance by helping maintain speed through corners, though Kyle Busch crew chief Adam Stevens said the thousands of an inch that the car was in violation wouldn't have made a difference. The car passed prequalifying tech, and Stevens seemed thankful the team learned its lesson instead of in a race, where they would have likely faced a fine and points penalty.
    "The parts move, everything moves, so you expect it to be a little bit different," Stevens said. "This is the first opportunity we've had to gather post [qualifying] information, was right now, and it's game time and it was too much. ... Just the amount of load on the track moves everything a little bit, and that little bit was a little bit too much."(ESPN.com)(2-26-2016)

  • Qualifying Fast Facts - Atlanta:
    Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 57th Annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with a lap of 28.938 seconds, 191.582 mph.
    This is his 20th pole in 542 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
    This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2016.
    This is his first pole in 25 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Jamie McMurray (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his fourth in 23 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
    Trevor Bayne (third) posted his first top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first in two races this season.
    Brian Scott (10th) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
    (NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(2-26-2016)

  • 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 and notes:
    #42-Larson 192.902
    #5-Kahne 191.807
    #47-Allmendinger 190.975
    #3-Dillon 190.404
    #41-Busch 190.326
    slowest: #98-Whitt 179.901 & #30-Wise 176.662.
    All 39 cars were on track during practice.
    NOTE: Qualifying is today at 5:45pm/et on FoxSports1.
    See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Atlanta Practice 1 speed page (pdf).(2-26-2016)

  • Coverage of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, February 26, 2016 at 5:45pm/et.
    Television (TV): FS1, 5:30pm/et
    Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
    Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, February 27 at 5:30am/et on FS1

  • Qualifying Order for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted. 39 cars/drivers are listed.
    The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #27-Menard.
    The final driver lined up on pit road will be #19-Edwards.
    The order is set by a random draw, how cars park on pit road before they qualify, held about an hour before the first practice.
    After the first round, the cars lined up by speed.
    See the full qualifying order on Jayski.com's Atlanta Qualifying Order Page.(2-26-2016)

  • Entry List for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed, including: #14-Ty Dillon, #21-Blaney*, #30-Wise*, #32-Jeffrey Earnhardt, #95-McDowell, #98-Whitt*.
    Drivers who are not a Charter team, an Open Team, and must get in via speed: #21-Blaney, #30-Wise, #98-Whitt
    Drivers who would miss the race if qualifying is canceled (least race attempts): none
    Since only 39 cars are entered, all drivers will make the race.
    * Open Team (no Charter)
    See the full entry list on Jayski.com's Atlanta Entry List

  • For the 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

  • 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Driver Chase Standings:
    [after Daytona, race 1 of 36]
    1) #11-Hamlin [1 win], 45
    2) #78-Truex, Jr., 40, -5
    3) #18-Busch, 39, -6
    4) #4-Harvick, 37, -8
    5) #19-Edwards, 36, -9
    6) #22-Logano, 35, -10
    7) #42-Larson, 34, -11
    8) #7-Smith, 33, -12
    9) #3-Dillon, 33, -12
    10) #41-Kurt Busch, 31, -14
    11) #31-Newman, 31, -14
    12) #43-Almirola, 29, -16
    13) #5-Kahne, 28, -17
    14) #20-Kenseth, 28, -17
    15) #59-McDowell, 26, -19
    16) #48-Johnson, 26, -19
    See the Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
    Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf) See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).

LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

Athens Banner-Herald
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Augusta Chronicle
Henry Daily Record
Ledger-Enquirer
Macon Telegraph
Savannah Morning News

WEATHER

Weather Channel

Accuweather

National Weather Service

Race Weather

Race Day Forecast

Weather Underground

CAMPING & TRAVEL

Speed Eats

TIRE NOTES & FACTS

  • Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials

  • Set limits:
    Sprint Cup: 5 sets for practice and 13 sets for the race

  • Tire Codes:
    Left-side -- D-4680; Right-side -- D-4682

  • Tire Circumference:
    Left-side -- 87.48 in. (2,222 mm);
    Right-side -- 88.39 in. (2,245 mm)

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

  • Notes: Teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will run a different tire set-up than those in Xfinity and Camping World Truck at Atlanta this weekend . . . this is the first time Sprint Cup teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . this right-side tire 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 . . . compared to what was run at Atlanta last season, this right-side code (D-4682) features the same compound on the inboard, with a different compound for more grip on the outboard . . . this left-side code (D-4680) features changes to both compound (more grip) and construction (to bring in line with what is run at other speedways) . . . Goodyear held a tire test at Atlanta in early November 2015 . . . teams participating in that test were Chip Ganassi Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing, Richard Childress Racing and Roush Fenway Racing . . . 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.

RACE & CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS

(this is not to promote gambling but to offer readers odds and ideas on what the 'experts' think about the upcoming race and the Sprint Cup series season)

Race / Event Information

Advance Auto Parts Clash Info page

Daytona 500 Race Info page


Homestead Race Info page



Race Track News