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Happy Hour (final) practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 80 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
#31-Newman 184.868
#78-Truex, Jr. 184.597
#21-Menard 184.566
#11-Hamlin 183.564
#22-Logano 183.303
best 10 consecutive lap avg (of 31 drivers): #11-Hamlin 176.557
slowest: #51-Rhodes 166.948 & #00-Earnhardt 166.672

Pit Stall Selections: The selections of pit stalls for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been made.
With the field downsized to 40 cars, two pit stalls (1,2) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes. With a 36 car field, pits 7, 16, 38, and 40 will not be used.
Pole winner #18-Busch chose pit stall 3, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole winner #31-Newman took pit stall 3, with an empty box in front of it.
#4-Harvick, who starts 3rd, took the 39th stall, with an empty pit both behind and in front of it.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.

Kyle Busch won the pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with speed of 184.652mph for his 1st pole of 2018, 1st at Atlanta and 28th of his career. Busch has won 6 times from the 27 previous poles.
#31-Newman will start 2nd followed by #4-Harvick, #19-Suarez, #2-Keselowski, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #41-Busch, #42-Larson, #14-Bowyer, #20-Jones, #10-Almirola, and #11-Hamlin.
#4-Harvick was fastest in the second round with a speed of 184.535mph, will start 3rd.
#2-Keselowski was quickest in the first round with a speed of 186.434mph, will start 5th.
36 teams were entered so everyone makes the race.

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#78-Martin Truex, Jr. will be without his car chief Blake Harris on Sunday at Atlanta after the team failed pre-qualifying inspection three times Friday. The team did not make a qualifying attempt and Truex., Jr will start the race in 35th. “NASCAR’s new inspection process is just that … new,” said Joe Garone, president of Furniture Row Racing. “The tolerances are very tight, within thousandths of an inch. It’s difficult to push the limits where you feel you need to and still be within the tolerances of the new system. One thing we won’t do is leave anything on the table and expect to get poles and wins. We will always push for the maximum.”

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BK Racing is asking the bankruptcy court this morning to be allowed to use cash coming in to pay employees and vendors or else it might have to cease operations. According to its request, BK Racing earned $450,000 for Gray Gaulding’s 20th-place finish in the Daytona 500. The filing states that it also owes 12 employees nearly $21,000 in wages from prior to the Daytona 500. It also states that the value of its charter “may have a value in excess of $5 million," and it could lose the charter if it doesn't race. BK Racing, which already is subject to losing the charter because of the bankruptcy filing, sold a charter to Front Row Motorsports after the 2016 season for reportedly $2 million.

Bob Pockrass, NASCAR

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The hearing in BK Racing’s bankruptcy this morning also will determine whether Race Engines Plus and Champion Tire & Wheel will continue to supply BK Racing with engines and wheel and equipment support. Both companies have asked the bankruptcy court to force BK Racing to accept their contracts (which would guarantee payment) or allow them to terminate their deals. REP’s deal with BK Racing is for $35,000 per race; Champion Tire & Wheel is for about $4,000 per race to mount tires on wheels and transport of a pit box. According to BK’s bankruptcy filing, it owes REP $569,539 and Champion $94,999 from past seasons.

Bob Pockrass, NASCAR

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A Georgia man has dropped a $500 million racial discrimination lawsuit that claimed NASCAR rebuffed his efforts to launch programs and a race team to help with NASCAR's diversity efforts. According to Terrance Cox’s notice of voluntary dismissal, he dropped the lawsuit in exchange for NASCAR’s agreement not to seek fees, expenses or sanctions against him. NASCAR statement: “From the very outset, Terrence Cox’s allegations were baseless publicity stunts without any merit or factual backing. We are not surprised that Mr. Cox has chosen to drop this matter and we remain committed to providing a working environment that promotes diversity, equality and respect for one another in everything we do.” Cox and his attorney both declined comment.

Bob Pockrass, NASCAR

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