THE RACE: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
TRACK: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race #2 of 36
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Date: Sunday, March 5, 2017 in Hampton, GA
Title Sponsor: Folds of Honor QuikTrip
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 2:46pm/et
NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: at 12:30pm/et on FoxSports1
NASCAR Sunday Pre-Race Show: at 2:00pm/et on FOX
Television Race Coverage: FOX, 2:30pm/et
In the Booth: Mike Joy, Darrell Waltrip, Jeff Gordon
Pit Reporters: Jamie Little, Chris Neville, Vince Welch, Matt Yocum
In-Race Analyst: Larry McReynolds
Race / Hollywood Hotel Host: Chris Myers
Analysts / Hollywood Hotel: Jeff Gordon, Darrell and Michael Waltrip
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Sunday, March 5 at 11:30pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 6 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 6 at 9:30am/et on FS2
TV Listings, Links and Info:
Jayski's TV Listings Page
Fox Sports TV Listings
FoxSports1 (FS1) TV Schedule
NBC Sports - TV Times
TSN NASCAR Cup TV Schedule - Canada
TSN Auto Racing TV Schedule - Canada
Armed Forces Network - Search NASCAR
Thursday, March 2
7:00 PM MENCS HAULERS ENTER
Friday, March 3
9:00 AM - 7:30 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
11:00 AM MENCS ROOKIE MEETING, SPOTTER MEETING, & RANDOM DRAWING
12:00 - 1:25 PM MENCS 1ST PRACTICE
5:45 PM MENCS QUALIFYING
Saturday, March 4
10:30 AM - 4:00 PM MENCS GARAGE OPEN
12:00 - 1:20 PM MENCS FINAL PRACTICE
Sunday, March 5
9:00 AM MENCS GARAGE OPENS
12:30 PM MENCS DRIVER / CREW CHIEF MEETING
1:50 PM MENCS DRIVER INTRODUCTIONS
2:30 PM MENCS RACE
MENCS = Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE
All event schedule times above are listed in LOCAL track time
Friday, March 3, 12:00 - 1:25 pm/et, TV-FS1
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, March 4, 12:00 - 1:20 pm/et, TV-FS1
Qualifying: qualifying for positions 1-40, Friday, March 3 at 5:45 pm/et, TV-FS1;
re-air scheduled: Saturday, March 4 at 7:30am/et on FS1
TRACK NEWS & LINKS
Track Length: 1.54 mile quad oval
Race Length: 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2: 85 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 155 Laps
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,332 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,800 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Fuel Window: 50-55 laps
Grandstand Seating: 75,000 [was 92,000 and 98,000]
Grand Marshal: television personality and designer Ty Pennington
Command to start engines: Ty Pennington
Color Guard: Charles Drew Air Force Junior ROTC
Invocation: Tyler Reagin, Catalyst Ministries
National Anthem: Collective Soul's Ed Roland
Flyover: 2 F-22's, 325th fighter wing Tyndall Air Force Base
March 2016: see the Atlanta Race Info page
February 2016 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 155.863mph, started 19th
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
Different Race Winners: 42
February 2016 Pole Winner: #41-Kurt Busch, 191.582mph, 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
A look at some of the top statistical performers and top-10 driver ratings at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA going into the Fold Of Honor QuikTrip 500 on March 5, 2017, see the stats on the Statistical Advance - Analyzing the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 page
RACE RUNDOWN....News & Links
Keselowski wins at Atlanta: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Atlanta and 22nd career win. He led 21 of the 325 laps. Keselowski took the race lead with 60 laps to go, but had to pit a second time under caution after a wheel was left loose. He rebounded to pass Larson for the lead with 6 to go and held on to win by just over a half second.
#42-Larson finished 2nd, followed by #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick, and #1-McMurray.
Polesitter #4-Harvick dominated the race. He led 82 of the first 85 laps and was the leader at the end of stage one. He then led 72 of the next 85 laps and led at the end of stage 2. He ran up from during the second half of the race but was caught speeding on pit road during the final pit stop with 14 laps to go. He led 293 of the 325 laps.
There were 10 lead changes among 6 drivers and 6 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 140.898mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 5 at 11:30pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 6 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 6 at 9:30am/et on FS2
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-5-2017)
Race Fast Facts - Atlanta:
Brad Keselowski won the 58th Annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, his 22nd victory in 271 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in 2017.
This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kyle Larson (second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first top-10 finish in 2017.
Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 29 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Erik Jones (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by 4 points over Kurt Busch.
(NASCAR Integrated Sports Marketing)(3-5-2017)
2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Driver Chase Standings:
[after Atlanta, race 2 of 36]
1) #41-Busch [1 win], 86, -4
2) #2-Keselowski [1 win], 84, -6
3) #4-Harvick, 90 (first in points, but no win)
4) #24)Chase Elliott, 82, -8
5) #22-Joey Logano, 80, -10
6) #42-Kyle Larson, 79, -11
7) #78-Martin Truex Jr, 67, -23
8) #21-Ryan Blaney, 63, -27
9) #5-Kasey Kahne, 63, -27
10) #6-Trevor Bayne, 58, -32
11) #47-AJ Allmendinger, 50, -40
12) #1-Jamie McMurray, 49, -41
13) #43-Aric Almirola, 47, -43
14) #14-Clint Bowyer, 46, -44
15) #27-Paul Menard, 44, -46
16) #20-Matt Kenseth, 41, -49
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: #5-Kahne, 4th
Caution 2: #17-Stenhouse, Jr., 13th
Caution 3: #78-Truex, Jr., 8th
Caution 4: #20-Kenseth, 3rd
Caution 5: #5-Kahne (2), 4th
Caution 6: None, #3-Dillon caused the caution.
To the back/rear of field before the green flag: none reported
Race Coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, March 5, 2017.
Television (TV): FOX at 2:30 pm/et; Pre-Race show at 12:30pm/et on FS1 and 2:00pm/et on FOX; green flag approx. 2:46pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 90
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
Sunday, March 5 at 11:30pm/et on FS1;
Monday, March 6 at 6:30am/et on FS1;
Monday, March 6 at 9:30am/et on FS2
Atlanta Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Pre-Race Schedule for Sunday, March 5: (eastern time)
-12:30pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Driver/Crew Chief Meeting
-2:00pm: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Drivers Introductions
-2:25pm: God Bless America Corey Kent White
-2:26:30pm: Flag Folding Ceremony by Riverside Military Academy
-2:29pm: Taps by: Riverside Military Academy
-2:30pm: Presentation of Colors by Charles Drew Air Force Junior ROTC
-2:30:20pm: Invocation by Tyler Reagin, Catalyst Ministries
-2:31pm: National Anthem by Collective Soul's Ed Roland and the Sweat Tea Project
-2:32:15pm: Fly-by: 2 F-22's, 325th fighter wing Tyndall Air Force Base
-2:37:15pm: Command to start engines" by Ty Pennington, Star of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition
-2:46pm: Start of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, FOX
eastern time (NASCAR.com)
Wave Around: how the wave around rule works: All vehicles between the leader and the caution vehicle at the start/finish line when the "one to go" signal is given by the starter are considered "Wave Around" eligible. "Wave Around" vehicles will not be permitted to enter pit road at any time during this yellow flag/caution period. "Wave Around" vehicles must receive the green flag on the race track before being permitted to enter pit road without a penalty. Vehicles under a penalty and the "Free Pass" vehicle will not be eligible to receive a "Wave Around".
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, three pit stalls (1,2,12) have been eliminated, are not in play and don't count towards driving through more than three pit boxes.
Also, since only 39 cars and 40 stalls, stall 40 is not being used.
Pole sitter #4-Harvick chose pit stall 3, the first stall available [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #31-Newman took pit stall 13, the next with an opening in front of it.
#18-Busch, who starts 3rd, took the 23rd stall, just before start-finish line.
The final pit stall was taken by #2-Keselowski, who starts 5th.
To see where the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection page(pdf).(3-5-2017)
Links to results, practices, qualifying PDF's: (will be added as available)
Official Race & Points Report
Cumulative Race Report
Pit Road Times
Happy Hour Practice Speeds
Practice 1 Speeds
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.com's - 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race results page for race track and race information links, pole winner, race and stage winners, links to race results, drivers/owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup and practice speeds.
Happy Hour (final) practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top five, slowest and notes:
slowest: #51-Ware 164.628 & #55-Cope 173.864
best 10 consecutive lap ave #31-Newman 181.429
notes: no accidents or incidents
See the fastest speeds, best 10 consecutive lap average, laps run on the Atlanta Happy Hour Practice speeds page (pdf) (3-4-2017)
Harvick wins Atlanta pole: #4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light pole for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with speed of 190.398mph for his 1st pole of 2017, 2nd at Atlanta and 18th of his career. Harvick has won 5 times from the 17 previous poles.
#31-Newman will start 2nd followed by #31-Newman, #18-Busch, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #1-McMurray, #42-Larson, #78-Truex Jr., #11-Hamlin, #24-Elliott and #88-Earnhardt Jr.
#31-Newman was fastest in the second round with a speed of 189.772mph, will start 2nd
#18-Busch was fastest in the first round with a speed of 190.280mph, will start 3rd
Driver(s) who will miss the race: none as 39 were entered for 40 spots
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).(3-3-2017)
With stellar final lap, Kevin Harvick wins Atlanta pole: Kevin Harvick saved his best lap for the best possible moment on Friday afternoon, putting his #4 Stewart-Haas Racing Ford on the pole for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In the third and final round of knockout qualifying for the second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season, Harvick toured the 1.54-mile track in 29.118 seconds (190.398 mph) to post the fastest lap of the entire qualifying session. In winning his second pole at Atlanta and the 18th of his career, Harvick edged Ryan Newman (189.870 mph) by .081 seconds.
"In the last run there, I was able to carry more speed and do some things with the car that I wasn't able to do in the first two runs," Harvick said. "At that point I just didn't want to screw it up, because I felt like I'd gotten to the green, which I didn't do in the second round. I got to the green good, I got through (Turns) 1 and 2 good. I just needed to hit the bottom and get that left front on the line so that it would hook and get up off the corner. That was by far the best of the three laps, and we saved it perfectly for the end."
Newman, who hasn't won a pole since the fall race at New Hampshire in 2013, failed to add to his career total of 51 and failed to break his tie with the late Buddy Baker for most poles at Atlanta (seven). Newman's #31 Richard Childress Racing Chevrolet was second fastest behind Kyle Busch's #18 Toyota in the opening round of the time trial and fastest in the second round. "We were so close," Newman said. "I really wanted to beat my old buddy Buddy Baker's record there. Been tied with him for a while, so that was kind of rough. But I'm just proud of the guys and proud of the effort. It is the litmus test for us for a lot of the rest of the season. It was a good start for sure."
Busch qualified third at 189.850 mph, followed by Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Team Penske teammates Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano in fifth and sixth, respectively.
Four cars failed to make qualifying attempts because of inspection issues, and another -- the #33 of Jeffrey Earnhardt -- had engine issues. Accordingly, Earnhardt, Michael McDowell, Cole Whitt, Derrike Cope and Cody Ware will start from the final five positions in the 39-car field.(NASCAR Wire Service)(3-3-2017)
Atlanta-Motor Speedway - Qualifying Fast Facts:
#4-Kevin Harvick won the Coors Light Pole Award for the 58th Annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with a lap of 29.118 seconds, 190.398 mph.
This is his 18th pole in 576 NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series races.
This is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2017.
This is his second pole in 27 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#31-Ryan Newman (second) posted his first top-10 start of 2017 and his 18th in 25 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his first in two races this season.
#19-Daniel Suarez (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie.
Second Round of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 10 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 12: 11 78 24 22 1 17 88
out of the top 12 and not advancing to round 3: 41 21 6 20 27 48 3 47 19 32 77 10
First Round of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 20 scheduled minutes.
the rest of the top 24: 41 6 24 17 47 42 19 32 21 78 3 27 2 22 48 88 10 77;
out of the top 24 and not advancing to round 2:
Drivers who will miss the race: none, 39 entered
Coverage of Qualifying for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2017 at 5:45pm/et.
Television (TV): FS1, 5:30pm/et
Radio: Live online at Performance Racing Network (PRN)
Scheduled Qualifying Re-Air: Saturday, March 4 at 7:30am/et on FS1
Qualifying Order for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted. 39 drivers for 40 spots.
The first driver to be lined up on pit road will be #41-Busch.
The final driver lined up on pit road will be #51-Cody Ware.
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.
For the qualifying order, see the Qualifying Order page (pdf).(3-3-2016)
Friday practice for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 85 scheduled minutes, the top-five and notes:
#17-Stenhouse Jr. 187.487
slowest: #51-Ware 168.036 & #33-JEarnhardt 171.249
most laps run: #4-Harvick, 34; #23-Gaulding, 27
#4-Harvick has the best 10 consecutive laps ave at 179.977
See fastest speeds, laps run on the Atlanta Practice 1 Speeds page (pdf)(3-3-2017)
Entry List for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 39 teams/drivers [for 40 spots] are listed.
36 teams with Charters are guaranteed to make the field.
The rest (Open Teams) need to make the field via qualifying / qualifying races / rules book (owners attempts/points).
Some of the drivers entered include: #15-Sorenson, #23-Gaulding, #33-JEarnhardt, #51-Cody Ware*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie*.
Drivers who currently to not drive for a team with a Charter (Open team*) and need to race into the field: #51-Ware*, #55-Cope*, #83-LaJoie.
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.
See the full entry list on the Entry List (pdf)
For qualifying rules and formats, see the 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
5 sets for practice, 1 set for qualifying/start of race and 12 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 -- 19 psi; Left Rear -- 19 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Storyline - Worn Surface and New Rules Make Tire Management Critical at Atlanta: Goodyear will bring a unique tire combination to Atlanta, with its long, sweeping turns and worn surface. Atlanta was the first NASCAR track at which Goodyear's multi-zone tread technology was used back in 2013, with two distinct tread compounds on the same right-side tire - one being traction-focused on the outboard 10 inches of the tire to grip the worn out asphalt (Traction Zone) and one being firmer on the inboard two inches to deal with the heat and loading generated by the track's long, high-banked turns (Endurance Zone). While tire management always comes into play at Atlanta, it may even be more so this year - considering the abrasive track surface and teams short-pitting to take advantage of fresh tires, NASCAR's new tire set allocation rules and teams adjusting strategies to race for stage wins/points.
Notes: While teams in all three NASCAR Series will run the same right-side tire code (D-4682) at Atlanta this week, those in the Cup and Xfinity Series will run a different left-side code than those in the Camping World Truck Series . . . this is the same combination of left- and right-side tires that Cup teams ran at Atlanta last year . . . in the Xfinity Series, this is the first time teams have run either of these two tire codes . . . the differences for Xfinity teams, compared to what was run at Atlanta last season, are a compound change on the outboard 10 inches of the right-side (more grip), and both compound (more grip) and construction (to bring in line with what is run at other speedways) changes to the left-side . . . Atlanta is the only track at which these teams are scheduled to run either of these two tire codes in 2017 . . . 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 and the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Championship