NASCAR DFS Podcast: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Preview
Matt Selz and Dan Malin briefly discuss the bizarre landscape of the sports world as well as preview this weekend's race in Atlanta!
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Atlanta Motor Speedway is renaming one of its grandstands to honor the legacy of 7-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
Starting with this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, what used to be known as the Winners Grandstand will now be the Johnson Grandstand. With the newly christened grandstand, Johnson will join fellow 7-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as NASCAR drivers whose legends are immortalized at AMS. In addition to having an entire grandstand named in his honor, Johnson will also kick off his final start at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a full-time NASCAR Cup Series driver by giving the command to start engines on Sunday, June 7.— Atlanta Motor Speedway (courtesy of jayski.com)
Added Yesterday 8:56 pm (EST)
Qualifying was not held for Saturday's NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS) EchoPark 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR set the lineup based on a combination of the results in the last NXS race and then a random drawing.
P1 went to Noah Gragson (#9 Chevrolet Camaro) with #8 Daniel Hemric sharing Row 1 in the P2 spot. #7 Justin Allgaier, #11 Justin Haley, #20 Harrison Burton, #18 Riley Herbst, #39 Ryan Sieg, #22 Austin Cindric, #98 Chase Briscoe and #68 Brandon Brown made up the remainder of the top-10 in the starting lineup.
Added Yesterday 11:23 am (EST)
Qualifying was not held for Sunday's NASCAR CUP Series (NCS) Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The lineup was set by NASCAR based on a combination of the results in the last NCS race and then a random drawing.
P1 went to Chase Elliott (#9 Chevrolet Camaro) with #10 Aric Almirola sharing Row 1 in the P2 spot. #22 Joey Logano, #18 Kyle Busch, #14 Clint Bowyer, #2 Brad Keselowski, #12 Ryan Blaney, #88 Alex Bowman, #4 Kevin Harvick and #11 Denny Hamlin made up the remainder of the top-10 in the starting lineup.
Added Yesterday 10:54 am (EST)
Justin Allgaier has nine NXS starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with two top-five and five top-10 finishes, including a third-place run last year in this event.
In two starts on 1.5-mile tracks this season, the Illinois native has led 63 laps and earned a stage win, finishing eighth in Las Vegas and fifth in Charlotte. Allgaier has five NXS victories on tracks measuring 1 to 2 miles in length, including two wins at mile-and-a-half facilities. His most recent victory on a 1.5-mile track came at Chicagoland in 2017. This Saturday, in addition to racing at Atlanta, Allgaier will celebrate his 34th birthday.-JR Motorsports
Added Yesterday 10:44 am (EST)
Noah Gragson has one start in the NXS at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He started fourth and finished ninth after leading nine laps in this race last season.
At tracks that are 1.5-miles in length, Gragson has an average finish of 9.0. Through the first seven races of 2020, Gragson is tied for most series victories this season with two wins, four top fives, five top 10s and is currently second in the championship standings. The AXALTA colors are aboard the No. 9 Camaro with EchoPark also joining the team for this weekend’s race in Atlanta.-JR Motorsports
Added Yesterday 10:42 am (EST)
In two previous NXS starts at Atlanta, Daniel Hemric has earned an average finish of 10.0.
Hemric has also made a combined three starts at the 1.54- mile speedway between the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Gander Outdoors & RV Truck Series, scoring a best finish of fourth in the latter in 2016. In 37 NXS starts on tracks between 1 and 2 miles in length, Hemric has 11 top fives, 22 top 10s and two poles. Since the return to NXS action in May, Hemric has recorded three-consecutive top-10 finishes, with a best result of second coming at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 25.-JR Motorsports
Added Yesterday 10:40 am (EST)
Michael Annett will seek a third top-10 finish of the season on 1.5-mile ovals this weekend at Atlanta. He was seventh at both Las Vegas and Charlotte.
Annett’s best finish at Atlanta is 10th in 2012, and he was 12th in this race a year ago in his Pilot Flying J Chevrolet. Consistency is king for the Iowa native at Atlanta, as he’s completed 99 .2percent of the laps run in his eight starts on the 1.54-mile oval. Annett enters this week’s race with momentum, having led nine laps at Charlotte in the most recent event on a 1.5- mile track.-JR Motorsports
Added Yesterday 10:39 am (EST)
Alex Bowman has four previous Atlanta Motor Speedway starts in the NASCAR Cup Series.
The driver of the No. 88 Chevrolet’s best finish of 15th came in last year’s event at the 1.5-mile facility. He made one start in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, in 2013, when he qualified 18th. In 2017, Bowman ran in the NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series, where he finished sixth after qualifying fifth.-Hendrick Motorsports
Added Jun 03 8:37 pm (EST)