Next Race



Oral-B USA 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
7:45pm EDT - ESPN

Race Data

Race #: 25 of 36
Event: Oral-B USA 500
Location: Atlanta, Ga
Track Size: 1.54 Miles
Track Type: Tri-Oval
Total Laps: 325
Total Miles: 500.5
2013 Winner: Kyle Busch
Pit Speed: 45 mph

Previous Winners

4- Jeff Gordon 95/98/03/11
3- Jimmie Johnson 04/07/07
3- Carl Edwards 05/05
3- Tony Stewart 02/06/10
3- Kurt Busch 02/09/10
2- Kasey Kahne 06/09
2- Kyle Busch 08/13
1- Kevin Harvick 01
1- Dale Earnhardt Jr 04
1- Denny Hamlin 12

Sponsors

25 team Parlay at BetOnline







Other News

NASCAR After The LapT Sponsored By Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, and Sprint

For First Time Fans Can Win A 2015 Ford Mustang GT / All 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers to be Featured at Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Aug. 23, 2014) - NASCAR® announced today that NASCAR After The LapT sponsored by Ford, Coca-Cola, and Sprint will return to Las Vegas for its sixth-consecutive year. Since its debut in 2009, NASCAR After The Lap has earned the reputation with fans as the must-see event during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion's WeekT. This year's show returns to the Pearl Palms Concert Theater inside the Palms Casino Hotel on Thursday, December 4 at 5 p.m. PT.

The expanded field of challengers competing in the new format of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup means attendees will be treated to more drivers than ever before. All 16 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup contenders will be in attendance. ESPN's Marty Smith will return as the show's host and will again facilitate a spirited and unpredictable dialogue.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the iconic Ford Mustang, fans entering the NASCAR After The Lap sweepstakes will have the opportunity to win a 2015 Ford Mustang GT. NASCAR fans can enter for a chance to win by visiting www.NASCARafterthelap.com through November 16. Additionally, two winners will receive an all-inclusive VIP trip for two to NASCAR After The Lap, including roundtrip airfare, hotel, ground transportation and VIP event access.

"Over the last six years as event sponsor, Ford has shared some incredible moments with our NASCAR drivers," said Tim Duerr, motorsports marketing manager for Ford Racing. "The NASCAR After The Lap sweepstakes remains to be an effective way to engage NASCAR fans, giving them a chance to not only win a trip to Las Vegas but an opportunity to leave with a brand-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT."

During the last three weeks of the sweepstakes - fans entering will have an opportunity to become an instant winner. Ford, Coca-Cola, and Sprint will offer up to five pairs of race tickets to attend the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

For the sixth consecutive season, Coca-Cola is proud to partner with NASCAR on this annual celebration of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season," said Ben Reiling, director of motorsports for Coca-Cola North America Group. "The new Chase format promises to deliver an exhilarating finish to the season and we anticipate the momentum will carry over to this year's show, producing even more unforgettable moments for our drivers and fans."

Coca-Cola would also like to invite fans to "Open Happiness" for children in need when tickets for the event go on sale September 15. Tickets are priced at $20 each and all proceeds will benefit The NASCAR FoundationT, a 501 (c) (3) non-profit that raises funds to support children's charities and important causes throughout the nation. Fans can visit www.NASCARafterthelap.com to purchase tickets. For fans unable to attend NASCAR After The Lap, NASCAR.com will offer a live stream of the event.

New Parlay Odds at BetOnline


 
...FORDRACING wins with 46 points...
...ClydeJ.Black holds onto 10 point lead...
 




Late-race surge at Atlanta puts Kahne in Victory Lane-and in the Chase

By Reid Spencer

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


HAMPTON, Ga. - It was Tony Stewart's return to racing that dominated the headlines before Sunday night's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but it was Kasey Kahne who stole the show-and a berth in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

In a race that went 10 laps beyond its scheduled distance of 325 laps, Kahne surged past Matt Kenseth on the second attempt at a green-white-checkered-flag finish to win for the first time this year and the third time at the 1.54-mile speedway.

Kenseth finished second and clinched a Chase spot on points, leaving just two of 16 positions in NASCAR's 10-race playoff available in Saturday's regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway.

After streaking into the lead on a restart with 24 laps left, Kahne held the top spot until a caution for a fracas between Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr. slowed the field with less than two laps left.

On the first attempt at overtime, a multicar wreck in Turn 1 wiped out the dominant car of polesitter Kevin Harvick, requiring a second attempt at a two-lap shootout.

With four fresh tires to Kenseth's two, Kahne overtook the No. 20 Toyota after he and Kenseth battled for a lap after the restart and pulled away to win the 17th race of his career by .574 seconds.

"We were all over the place during the race, but the guys stayed with me and worked hard," Kahne said. "On those restarts--I didn't know what would happen, because I had great restarts all night, and I struggle with restarts a lot.

"That's big, because that is one of the things you have to be good at, and it worked really well tonight."

It also took a huge weight off Kahne's shoulders, as the end of the regular season approached.

"Yeah, we are locked in, and I hate that it comes down to this Atlanta or Richmond just about every year for me," Kahne said of the pressure to make the Chase. "Sometimes we are in, sometimes we are out. But thankful that now at HMS (Hendrick Motorsports), I've been in all three years now. We have the pressure all the way to Richmond, but we made it again--thankful for that."

Denny Hamlin ran third, followed by Jimmie Johnson and Carl Edwards. Danica Patrick finished sixth, beating by four positions the best previous finish by a female driver at Atlanta (Janet Guthrie was 10th in 1978).

The race that turned the season around for Kahne provided little solace for Stewart.

Starting a Cup race for the first time since his involvement in the fatal sprint car accident that took the life of Kevin Ward Jr. on Aug. 9 at Canandaigua (N.Y.) Speedway, Stewart charged forward from his 12th-place starting position and ran as high as fourth in the early going.

But Stewart's race came undone moments after a restart on Lap 123, when Kyle Busch's Toyota pinched Stewart's Chevy into the outside wall off Turn 2, significantly damaging both cars. On Lap 160 Matt Kenseth, then the leader, passed Stewart to put the No. 14 a lap down.

Twelve laps later, a blown right front tire sent Stewart hard into the Turn 2 wall, forcing him to the garage and out of the race. Credited with a 41st-place finish, Stewart has one more chance-on Saturday at Richmond-to take advantage of a NASCAR dispensation that kept him eligible for the Chase.

Having missed three races, Stewart must win at the .75-mile short track to qualify for NASCAR's 10-race playoff.

After exiting his car, Stewart declined requests for interviews, but crew chief Chad Johnston spoke to reporters in the garage.

"I went into today with some pretty high hopes of finishing well and possibly coming out of here with a win, but it just didn't work out in our favor," Johnston said. "We got into a little trouble with the 18 (Busch) and got into the outside wall, knocked the toe out of it, and a lot of heavy right side damage.

"We were just trying to fix that and salvage what we could out of the day but then we blew a right front there right before that caution came out."

If Stewart had issues on the track, so did one prominent driver on the Chase bubble. The shifter on Clint Bowyer's No. 15 Toyota broke, preventing him from getting the car into high gear. Bowyer lost 22 laps in the garage as his team made repairs. He finished 38th, leaving his chances to make the Chase on points in dire jeopardy.






NASCAR National Series News & Notes - 2014 Atlanta

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


Bowyer, Biffle, Larson On Chase Hot Seats With Two To Go
Clint Bowyer, Greg Biffle and Kyle Larson are playing a high stakes musical chairs game of sorts. At the moment, Bowyer and Biffle sit in the final two seats to qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup with Larson standing on the outside looking in at 17th on the current Chase Grid.
All three drivers need a victory to assure themselves spots in the Chase - and avoid being bumped down from their respective perches with a win by a competitor currently ranked lower.
With the music still playing a mere two races left before NASCAR's postseason, it's not necessarily a win or go home situation, but it's close to it.
Entering this Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta (7:30 p.m. on ESPN), Larson trails Biffle by a hefty 26 points for the final seed on the grid, while Biffle looms only five points behind Bowyer for the minimal breathing room afforded by the 15th spot.
"I hope we can go there and get a win and stop worrying about points," Larson said.  "I think 26 behind Biffle is a long way to go for two races.  Hope for some bad luck for him, but we will see."
The last two races, Larson has been plagued by some of the bad luck he wished on Biffle. The 22-year-old - attempting to become the second rookie to ever qualify for the Chase - finished 43rd at Michigan after a wreck and managed an impressive 12th-place finish at Bristol after starting the field from the rear after crashing his primary car in qualifying.
Potential good news for Biffle and Bowyer? Many of the recent winners at Atlanta have already locked up a Chase spot - and are favorites heading into the weekend. A repeat winner this weekend would guarantee that at least three winless drivers earn a spot on the Chase Grid.
Although they're in comfortable, yet not reassuring situations, Biffle and Bowyer still both feel they need wins.
"You take chances, make passes, do all the things you can do," said Biffle prior to Bristol. "But at the same time, we know we're on the bubble in points. I feel it's going to take a win still to get in this thing, and that's what we're going for."
Bowyer's crew chief, Brian Pattie, spoke about the team in advance of Bristol, emphasizing racing to win, but also mentioning not taking reckless chances.
"We go to the track every weekend looking to win," he said. "That doesn't change. But we're not going to be stupid. If we have a chance to win we will go for it, of course, but we aren't going to do something to jeopardize a good finish. We just need to stay focused on what we need to do to get a finish and if a win is in reach we will go for it."
For the winless drivers, here are the clinch scenarios for Atlanta:
If there is a repeat winner, the top-three winless drivers would clinch if they are at least 45 points ahead of the fourth highest winless driver.
If there is a new winner at Atlanta, two winless drivers remain guaranteed to make the Chase. In this scenario, the new winner would clinch, if he/she finishes the race at least 49 points ahead of 31st. The top-two winless drivers would clinch if they are at least 45 points ahead of the third-highest winless driver.
Matt Kenseth controls his own destiny.  A seventh-place finish locks him in no matter who wins at Atlanta.
 
Time Is Running Out For Kahne
Kasey Kahne desperately needs a win.
After qualifying for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup the last two seasons, the driver of the No. 5 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet driver finds himself on the outside looking in. Currently 18th on the Chase Grid Outlook with just two races left, Kahne sits 33 points behind Greg Biffle for the final spot.
The gap is such, a win may be Kahne's only means to a Chase berth.
A victory at Atlanta by Kahne is no pipe dream. But it's not a slam dunk either. Kahne's career performance at the track defines the phrase "all or nothing." The Hendrick Motorsports driver owns two checkered flags and two poles at Atlanta, but also has seven finishes of 32nd or worse, including three DNFs. Kahne's performances on both ends of the spectrum at Atlanta combine for an average finish of 19.6.
A mere nine points out of the final Chase spot entering the race at Bristol, Kahne's chances seemed good as he led for 40 laps. Then, a mechanical issue arose forcing him to pit and eventually head to the garage to address the problem. Kahne returned to the track to finish 35th, a performance that could eventually be looked at as the dagger to his Chase hopes.
Kahne understands his Chase outlook entering Sunday's Oral B USA 500 (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN), but maintains his team is making the right moves.
"We're in a tough spot still because we need maximum points every week and we also need a win to secure our spot in the Chase, but we've had pretty fast cars and the team has been doing a much better job," Kahne said. "I think all of us communicating and working together, it's been better for the last month, month-and-a-half than what it was earlier in the season. We just have to do the same thing, but we need to max our points each weekend and go for wins. Hopefully between one of those we can work our way in."
 
Logano Fires Championship Warning Shot
Joey Logano has evolved from one of NASCAR's most promising young drivers into a legitimate championship contender right before our eyes in 2014.
The 24-year-old's victory at Bristol tied him for the series lead with three wins, matching the total from his entire career previously.
With two races left before the chase, Logano arguably has more momentum than any other driver. In fact his Bristol checkered flag placed an exclamation point on a torrid five-week stretch marked by four top fives and a sixth-place finish. Statistically, he ranks among the best drivers in the sport, leading the series in average running position (9.460) and boasting its second-best driver rating (106.4).
"It's definitely the best shot I've ever had at winning the championship," Logano said about his Chase chances.  "I can promise you that, so I feel very confident going into it."
This Sunday, Logano returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, a place where he made a name for himself as 12-year-old by winning a track-record 14-consecutive Legends car races, for the Oral-B USA 500 (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN).
Already locked into the Chase, Logano can help his championship chances in the final two events of the regular season by gaining the three bonus points that come with each win. He can also solidify himself as a driver the veteran contenders can't underestimate.
"I don't care what they think of us," Logano said. "We're going to do what we've got to do. They can underestimate us. They can overestimate us.  I don't really care.  We're going to go out there and do the best we can, do what we've been doing."
As a Cup driver, Logano experienced little success on his childhood track until a second-place breakthrough there last year. 
"I do feel like Atlanta is a good race track for us, a place we were very, very fast, probably the best race car I ever had was last year in Atlanta, so I'm very, very excited about going back over there," Logano said.
 
Back-To-Back Busch?
Kyle Busch will try to score a victory in Atlanta's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race for the second consecutive season, following a rough weekend in Bristol.
Hopes were high last weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway for the driver known as "Rowdy," who was a favorite to potentially sweep the weekend as the defending champion there in both the NASCAR Camping World Truck and NASCAR Nationwide Series.
Those hopes did not come to fruition though, as a frustrating night that included an accident resulted in a 36th-place finish.
Luckily for Busch, he starts this weekend with a blank state.
And a return to a track where he has two victories, including last year's when he seized the top spot on Lap 288 and held off a charging Joey Logano on his way to the checkered flag.
With just two races left before the Chase, Busch could use some momentum. Since posting a pair of second-place performances at New Hampshire and Indy, he has not finished higher than 36th in his last four Sprint Cup races.
Even more importantly, he can aid his Chase contention by capturing the three bonus points that go with a victory. Busch could find himself in a hole entering the Chase if 2014 event winners continue to take checkered flags, thus further accruing bonus points.
Busch will battle a group of past Atlanta winners already locked into the Chase vying for precious bonus points, including: his brother Kurt Busch, Jeff Gordon, Denny Hamlin, Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Johnson, Earnhardt and Gordon could garner their 12th Chase bonus point of the season putting that much more pressure on the field when the Chase begins.
 
Milestone Man: Gordon Hopes To Rebound In Atlanta
Jeff Gordon did something he hasn't done much of this year at Sunday's race in Bristol.
He struggled.
After starting second, the driver of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet posted an uncharacteristic 16th-place finish - especially considering the momentum he carried into the race. Prior to Bristol, Gordon had won two of the previous four races.
Gordon still has a commanding 27-point lead over teammate Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the point standings and is part of a five-way tie for wins with three.
And this weekend, he celebrates a career milestone. At Atlanta, he'll start his 750th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, good for 11th on the all-time list. He leads all active drivers with five wins and a 105.6 driver rating at the track. Additionally, he boasts the most starts (40), top fives (16) and top 10s (26) there.
 
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Etc.
Testing, Testing: A number of team tests will take place next week. Stewart-Haas Racing and Front Row Motorsports will test at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3. . Joe Gibbs Racing and Team Penske will test at Charlotte Motor Speedway, also on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3. . Ty Dillon will attempt to make his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start this weekend at Atlanta, driving the No. 33 Chevrolet. If he does start, he'll be the 10th driver to run in all three of NASCAR's national series in 2014.
 
15 Different Winners And Counting; Record Is 18                                    
The NASCAR Nationwide Series has reached its highest level of competitive balance in more than a decade. Ryan Blaney, 20, became the 15th different series winner this past weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway, the most through 23 races since 2001. The overall series record for most different winners in a full season is 18, set in 1988.
This season has 10 races remaining on the series schedule and the record of 18 could very well be matched. Already, this season has seen five first-timers (Kyle Larson, Chase Elliott, Brendan Gaughan, Ty Dillon and Chris Buescher). Other than the inaugural NASCAR Nationwide Series season the record for first-time winners is six.
The question now becomes, who is next?
Don't be surprised if Brian Scott adds his name to the wins list this season. Scott is currently fifth in the standings after posting two poles, four top fives and 13 top 10s. Scott has consistently been upfront, he has led laps at more tracks this season than he has ever before in his series career. Scott has made four starts at AMS posting one top-10 finish, but he has finished in the top-10 at three of the five 1.5-mile tracks the series has competed on this season; including his second-place finish at Chicago.
Another driver more than likely to add his name to the wins list before the season ends is Joey Logano. This weekend he straps into the owner points leading No. 22 Team Penske Ford. Logano has one or more wins in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in his last six consecutive seasons, dating back to 2008. This season in his seven starts he has posted five top-five finishes. This weekend will be Logano's fourth series start at AMS. In his previous three starts he has posted three top 10s with an average finish of 6.0 (leads the series among multiple starts).
 
Chase Elliott Goes Home The Points Leader
Fifty-eight miles north of the city of Atlanta sits Dawsonville, Georgia the hometown of the current NASCAR Nationwide Series standings leader Chase Elliott. A lot has happened to Elliott since he left Dawsonville, but this weekend he returns home with winning experience and the series championship lead.
Elliott's father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott put Dawsonville, Georgia on the map. So much so media famously nicknamed Elliott, 'Awesome Bill from Dawsonville.' With all of Elliott's success in NASCAR the name stuck and the legend grew. Elliott gave Georgia fans something to cheer for almost every weekend during his career and even more so when he came to Atlanta having posted five NASCAR Sprint Cup Series wins at the track.
This weekend, Chase Elliott will be making his series debut at AMS and in doing so is looking to add to the Elliott family winning ways. In Elliott's five starts on 1.5-mile speedways this season he has won twice (Texas and Chicago) and finished in the top-five three times.  
Just 10 races remain in the season and with the cushion of points Chase Elliott has accumulated, it is his championship to lose. If Elliott can close the season out holding on to the standings lead he will become the first Sunoco Rookie of the Year candidate in series history to win the title. In 23 starts this season he has three wins (tied for series-most), 10 top fives and 17 top 10s.
 
Smith, Dillon: No Love Lost But Opportunity Knocks In Title Hunt
Great short-track racing and heated arguments on pit road can flare tempers, but ultimately the competitors share the same sentiment - all that matters is the title. Regan Smith and Ty Dillon know all too well the pressures of chasing a championship sitting second and third in the standings as the season hits its final stretch.
With 10 races remaining in the season, every finish and every point counts but opportunity knocks. In the last two years the final 10 races have provided ample opportunity for a championship comeback. Last season following Bristol, the eventual champion Austin Dillon was second in the standings, six points back from the series lead. In 2012 coming out of Thunder Valley, the eventual champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was also second 19 points back from the series lead. Both drivers capitalized in the final stretch of the season claiming their respective titles. 
Heading to Atlanta, Smith sits 13 points back from his JR Motorsports teammate Chase Elliott in the standings lead; while Dillon is 30 points back from the points lead, but just 17 back from Smith. 
Regan Smith's consistency has been the key to his success in 2014. In his 23 starts he has posted one win, six top fives and a series-leading 19 top 10s. Smith has made three starts at AMS posting an average finish of 17.6.
Ty Dillon's point deficit could be considered large, but conquerable, especially starting this weekend at Atlanta. Dillon won his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut at Atlanta in 2012. Though this will be his NNS debut at AMS this weekend, he has finished in the top-10 in four of the previous 1.5-mile tracks the series has competed on this season. Dillon has posted one win, four top fives and 16 top 10s this season. Dillon will also be making his series debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this weekend at Atlanta becoming the 10th driver this season to compete in all three of NASCAR's national series.  
  
NASCAR Nationwide Series Etc.
Kyle Busch's 66 wins are the most in series history and conquering 18 of the 23 active facilities on the schedule is no small feat either. But Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the five active series tracks that have escaped Busch's winning grasp - Atlanta, Las Vegas, Road America, Mid-Ohio and Watkins Glen. In Busch's 10 starts at AMS he posted six top fives and seven top 10s. .  The defending race winner, Kevin Harvick will be driving the JR Motorsports No. 5 Chevrolet this weekend. Harvick has two wins and hasn't finished outside the top-10 in his 10 starts this season. .   The Atlanta Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities located at Atlanta Motor Speedway works to care for children in "educational, financial, social and medical need in order for them to lead productive lives." This Labor Day Weekend, Speedway Children's Charities will be collecting funds through their Red Bucket Brigade and 50/50 Raffle campaign. For additional information regarding Speedway Children's Charities, please visit https://atlanta.speedwaycharities.org.
 
Fountain Of Youth
Last season's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario proved to be a battle of the sport's young blood with Chase Elliot (17 years and nine months) shaking off Ty Dillon (21 years and six months) on the final lap to become the youngest winner in NASCAR national series history - a record broken two months later by NASCAR Next member Erik Jones (17 years, five months, nine days).
Sunday's Chevrolet Silverado 250 (1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1) could make history once again as John Hunter Nemechek (17 years and two months) and NASCAR Next prospects Gray Gaulding (16 years and six months) and Cole Custer (16 years and seven months) have a shot to break the record for youngest race winner.
Nemechek and Custer turned in strong performances at Bristol, finishing sixth and eighth respectively. Both drivers have placed in the top 10 in their last three truck appearances and seem poised to clinch their first national series victories. Gaulding has yet to record a top-10 finish in five truck series starts, but has flashed his potential on the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East series where he ranks fifth in the standings.
A plus for the young drivers of the NCWTS, Canada is a stand-alone event. In four stand-alone races this season, three of the winners have been under 21.
   
Canadian Contenders
Canada will be well represented in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 (1:30 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 1) as native drivers Alex Tagliani, Ray Courtemanche Jr., Cameron Hayley and Andrew Ranger make their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debuts on their home soil.
The four will attempt to become the first Canadian driver to win a NASCAR national series event since Ron Fellows came up victorious in the 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Fellows, who also happens to co-own CTMP, boasts the only two victories from a Canadian driver in NCWTS action - his last coming in 1999 in the Bully Hill Vineyards 150 at Watkins Glen. With a checkered flag, one of the Canadians can join Fellows (six wins) and one-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race-winner Earl Ross as the third native driver to place first in a NASCAR national series event. 
Each competitor brings plenty of NASCAR experience to his first race. Calgary native and former NASCAR Next member Hayley ranks second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East driver standings, while Montreal resident Tagliani has two NASCAR Nationwide Series starts this season. Courtemanche, also from Montreal, is a familiar name in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series with five starts on the circuit this year, including the season-opener in Bowmanville. The 27-year-old Ranger, who calls Quebec home, has the most NASCAR national series experience among the four with 17 Nationwide appearances and one Sprint Cup start. In 2014, he's been racing a full NASCAR Canadian Tire Series schedule, sitting third in the points standings.
Last season marked the NCWTS' inaugural visit to Canada - its first road course event since 2000.
"It's always been a dream of mine to run in one of NASCAR's top-three series, and I can't believe I'm finally getting the chance to live that dream," Hayley said. "Having my first truck series start in a place I consider 'home' is everything I could've ever hoped for."
 
Kyle Busch Motorsports drivers hit Canada
After a slow start to the season, Darrell Wallace Jr. is rocketing up the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series standings.
Behind the strength of two wins and two runner-up finishes, Wallace has scored more points, 318, than any other driver in the NCWTS' last eight races. The surge has helped the 20-year-old move from 11th in the points rankings leaving the fifth race of the season at Dover to fifth after the most recent event at Bristol. Current standings leader Johnny Sauter's 303 points are the second-most tallied in the series over the last eight events.
"We definitely have momentum on our side following some strong runs the last few weeks in our No. 54 Toyota Tundra," Wallace said. "I'm pumped to get back to Canada, turn left and right, and hopefully leave with some hardware to add to this year's finishes."
Joining Wallace north of the border is his Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Erik Jones - the youngest driver (17 years, five months, nine days) to ever win a NASCAR national series race.
At Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Jones will take a crack at his first road race and gun for his second win of the season (his first came at Iowa in July).
"I've been looking forward to making my first start on a road course for a long time and now that I'm finally getting the chance, I think it is going to be pretty fun," Jones said. "It's always tough going into a new situation in a race car, but I attended the Ron Fellows school and that helped out a lot."

 
Hayley Set For Camping World Truck Series Debut
NASCAR Next alumnus Cameron Hayley will make his national series debut in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, becoming the 22nd driver in the program's four year history to race in one of NASCAR's three national series. Hayley, a Calgary, Alberta, Canada, native is currently second in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East championship standings.
For the second consecutive year, the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will compete in a combination weekend with the Camping World Truck Series when it runs the Pinty's Presents the Clarington 200 at CTMP. Current points leader L.P. Dumoulin is the defending winner of this event and J.R. Fitzpatrick won the season-opener for the series at CTMP in May.
The NASCAR K&N Pro Series West will make its second visit to Kern County Raceway Park this weekend for the Bakersfield 150 presented by GPS. Points leader Greg Pursley won the spring race from the pole and returns to the track with a 25-point advantage over second-place NASCAR Next driver Dylan Lupton. Pursley also won the inaugural event at Kern County last year.
George Brunnhoelzl III and the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour return to Langley Speedway for the second time this season in the Bayport Credit Union 150. The three-time defending champion won the spring race while NASCAR Next driver and defending NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour champion Ryan Preece set a new track record in qualifying. Preece will return to compete again at the .396-mile track on Saturday, his eighth event with the Southern Tour.




Statistical Advance: Analyzing the 2014 Oral-B USA 500

Courtesy of NASCAR Media


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 26, 2014) - With the regular season coming to an end, winless drivers are feeling a strong sense of urgency for a victory - and the spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup that goes with it. Below are the statistics of a number of those drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia going into the Oral-B USA 500 on August 31 (7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).

2014 Chase Grid Outlook

 
Pos.
Drivers
Wins
Points
Chase Bonus Pts
1
 Jeff Gordon
3
845
9
2
 Dale Earnhardt Jr.
3
818
9
3
 Brad Keselowski
3
776
9
4
 Joey Logano
3
761
9
5
 Jimmie Johnson
3
726
9
6
 Kevin Harvick
2
721
6
7
 Carl Edwards
2
716
6
8
 Kyle Busch
1
629
3
9
 Denny Hamlin
1
594
3
10
 AJ Allmendinger
1
586
3
11
 Kurt Busch
1
582
3
12
 Aric Almirola
1
559
3
13
 Matt Kenseth
0
751
0
14
 Ryan Newman
0
710
0
15
 Clint Bowyer
0
699
0
16
 Greg Biffle
0
694
0
Outside Looking In
17
 Kyle Larson
0
668
0
18
 Kasey Kahne
0
661
0
19
 Austin Dillon
0
654
0
20
 Paul Menard
0
649
0
21
 Jamie McMurray
0
634
0
22
 Marcos Ambrose
0
626
0
23
 Brian Vickers
0
621
0
24
 Casey Mears
0
561
0
25
 Martin Truex Jr.
0
540
0
26
 Tony Stewart
0
537
0
27
 Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
0
514
0
28
 Danica Patrick
0
462
0
29
 Justin Allgaier
0
425
0
30
 David Gilliland
0
376
0
 
Green = Locked into the Chase, provided they attempt to qualify for the remaining four races
 
Orange = No wins, Inside the current Chase Grid's top 16 - Currently in the Chase, not locked in
 
Red = Inside the current top 30 in points, outside of the Chase cutoff
 

 

ATLANTA-SPECIFIC STATISTICS
 
Marcos Ambrose (No. 9 STANLEY Ford)
·         One top 10
·         Average finish of 20.3
·         Average Running Position of 20.5, 23rd-best
·         Driver Rating of 68.1, 23rd-best
·         8 Fastest Laps Run, 34th-most
·         739 Green Flag Passes, 19th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.119 mph, 23rd-fastest
·         876 Laps in the Top 15 (33.4%), 22nd-most
·         208 Quality Passes (passes of cars in the top 15 under green), 21st-most
 
Greg Biffle (No. Ortho Fire Ant Killer Ford)
·         Three top fives, nine top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 15.9
·         Average Running Position of 13.7, 11th-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.3, 11th-best
·         237 Fastest Laps Run, sixth-most
·         993 Green Flag Passes, ninth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 170.998 mph, 13th-fastest
·         3,301 Laps in the Top 15 (67.3%), sixth-most
·         518 Quality Passes, sixth-most
 
  
Clint Bowyer (No. 15 SpeedDigital.com Toyota)
·         Five top 10s
·         Average finish of 19.8
·         Average Running Position of 15.7, 16th-best
·         Driver Rating of 84.8, 15th-best
·         76 Fastest Laps Run, 15th-most
·         865 Green Flag Passes, 13th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.054 mph, 11th-fastest
·         2,444 Laps in the Top 15 (57.5%), 15th-most
·         358 Quality Passes, 17th-most
 
Austin Dillon (No. 3 Dow Chevrolet)
·         Average finish of 19.0
·         Average Running Position of 20.6, 24th-best
·         Driver Rating of 67.3, 24th-best
·         1 Fastest Laps Run, 44th-most
·         86 Green Flag Passes, 45th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 169.903 mph, 26th-fastest
·         1 Laps in the Top 15 (.3%), 47th-most
·         1 Quality Passes, 43rd-most
 
Matt Kenseth (No. 20 Home Depot Husky Toyota)
·         Eight top fives, 14 top 10s
·         Average finish of 12.7
·         Average Running Position of 12.8, seventh-best
·         Driver Rating of 96.5, fifth-best
·         190 Fastest Laps Run, 11th-most
·         1,018 Green Flag Passes, sixth-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.262 mph, sixth-fastest
·         3,415 Laps in the Top 15 (69.7%), fifth-most
·         528 Quality Passes, fourth-most
 
 
Jamie McMurray (No. 1 Cessna Chevrolet)
·         Four top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.0
·         Average Running Position of 19.2, 22nd-best
·         Driver Rating of 73.7, 22nd-best
·         Series-high 1,145 Green Flag Passes
·         1,965 Laps in the Top 15 (40.1%), 18th-most
·         407 Quality Passes, 15th-most
 
Paul Menard (No. 27 Duracell/Menards Chevrolet)
·         One top five, three top 10s
·         Average finish of 20.7
·         Average Running Position of 23.3, 27th-best
·         Driver Rating of 63.6, 26th-best
·         899 Green Flag Passes, 11th-most
·         827 Laps in the Top 15 (21.1%), 24th-most
·         208 Quality Passes, 21st-most
 
Ryan Newman (No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, seven top 10s; seven poles
·         Average finish of 17.7
·         Average Running Position of 18.6, 20th-best
·         Driver Rating of 74.1, 21st-best
·         1,077 Green Flag Passes, third-most
·         1,742 Laps in the Top 15 (35.5%), 19th-most
·         346 Quality Passes, 19th-most
 
Tony Stewart (No. 14 Bass Pros Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet)
·         Three wins, 10 top fives, 15 top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 11.7
·         Average Running Position of 11.4, third-best
·         Driver Rating of 100.2, third-best
·         800 Green Flag Passes, 16th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.240 mph, seventh-fastest
·         3,231 Laps in the Top 15 (70.6%), seventh-most
·         490 Quality Passes, 10th-most
 
Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Chevrolet)
·         Two top fives, four top 10s; one pole
·         Average finish of 20.3
·         Average Running Position of 11.7, fourth-best
·         Driver Rating of 91.4, 10th-best
·         890 Green Flag Passes, 12th-most
·         Average Green Flag Speed of 171.359 mph, fourth-fastest
·         3,517 Laps in the Top 15 (76.8%), fourth-most
·         559 Quality Passes, second-most
 

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data

Season Race #: 25 of 36 (08-31-14)
Track Size: 1.54-miles
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
Race Length: 325 laps / 500.5 miles
 
Top 10 Driver Ratings at Atlanta
Jeff Gordon.............................. 105.6
Jimmie Johnson........................ 104.8
Tony Stewart............................. 100.2
Carl Edwards............................ 100.0
Matt Kenseth.............................. 96.5
Denny Hamlin............................. 96.2
Kurt Busch.................................. 94.5
Kyle Busch................................. 94.4
Dale Earnhardt Jr........................ 93.3
Martin Truex Jr............................ 91.4
Note: Driver Ratings compiled from 2005-2013 races (15 total) among active drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
 
Qualifying/Race Data
2013 pole winner:
Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford
189.688 mph, 29.227 secs. 08-30-13
 
2013 race winner:
Kyle Busch, Toyota
135.128 mph, (03:42:14), 08-30-13
 
Track qualifying record:
Geoffrey Bodine, Ford
197.478 mph, 28.074 secs. 11-15-97
 
Track race record:
Bobby Labonte, Pontiac
159.904 mph, (03:07:48), 11-16-97
 
 
 
Atlanta Motor Speedway:
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.
Notebook
·         There have been 106 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 third season with only one event.
·         544 drivers have competed in at least one NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway; 364 in more than one.
·         Richard Petty leads the series in starts at Atlanta with 65. Jeff Gordon leads all active drivers with 40 starts, followed by Joe Nemechek with 37.
·         Fireball Roberts won the inaugural Coors Light pole at Atlanta in 1960 with a speed of 133.870 mph.  
·         47 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.
·         Youngest Atlanta pole winner: Terry Labonte (03/15/1981 - 24 years, 3 months, 27 days).
·         Oldest Atlanta pole winner: Harry Gant (11/14/1993 - 53 years, 10 months, 4 days).
·         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)
·         Youngest Atlanta winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 7 days).
·         Oldest Atlanta winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 - 51 years, 5 months, 8 days).
·         The Wood Brothers have the most wins at Atlanta in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with 12: Cale Yarborough (three), David Pearson (three), Marvin Panch (two), Neil Bonnett (two) A.J. Foyt (one) and Morgan Shepherd (one). Joe Gibbs Racing and Hendrick Motorsports are tied for the second most wins at Atlanta with 11 each.
·         Nine different manufacturers have won in the NSCS at Atlanta; led by Chevrolet with 37 victories; followed by Ford with 29. Toyota has three wins at Atlanta.
·         14 of the 106 (13.2%) 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 106 (24.5%) 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 106 (56.6%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-five starting position.
·         84 of the 106 (79.2%) NASCAR Sprint Cup races at Atlanta have been won from a top-10 starting position.
·         Seven of the 106 (6.6%) 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.
·         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)
·         Dale Earnhardt and David Pearson lead the series in runner-up finishes at Atlanta with seven each; Jeff Gordon leads all active driverswith 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 driverswith 25.

 

·         Ryan Newman leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average starting position at Atlanta with a 7.571.
·         Tony Stewart leads all active drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in average finishing position at 11.654.
·         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 37; followed by Matt Kenseth with 25.
·         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 three 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) and fall of 2012 (325/327).
·         Four of the 88 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Michigan International Speedway have been shortened due to weather conditions; the most recent was the event on 6/18/2006.    
·         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: Terry Labonte (3/15/1981).
·         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).
·         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).
·         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.
Driver
Starting Position
Finishing Position
Date
Danica Patrick
21
21
9/1/2013
Danica Patrick
23
29
9/2/2012
Janet Guthrie
19
16
11/6/1977
Janet Guthrie
23
10
3/19/1978
Janet Guthrie
34
30
3/20/1977
Shawna Robinson
31
34
3/10/2002
 
NASCAR in Georgia
·         There have been 165 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races among12 different tracks in Georgia.
Track Name
City
NSCS
Atlanta Motor Speedway
Hampton
106
Augusta International Speedway
Augusta
12
Lakewood Speedway
Atlanta
11
Savannah Speedway
Savannah
10
Middle Georgia Raceway
Macon
9
Central City Speedway
Macon
7
Valdosta 75 Speedway
Valdosta
3
Jeffco Speedway
Jefferson
2
Oglethorpe Speedway
Savannah
2
Augusta International Raceway
Augusta
1
Columbus Speedway
Columbus
1
Hayloft Speedway
Augusta
1
 
·         178 drivers in NASCAR national series history have their home state recorded as Georgia; 15 have won at least once in one of NASCAR's national series.
·         11 of the 178 have posted at least one victory in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 
·         Bill Elliott (five wins) is the only Georgia native to have won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. 
Driver
NSCS
NNS
NCWTS
Bill Elliott
44
1
0
Tim Flock
39
0
0
Jack Smith
21
0
0
Fonty Flock
19
0
0
Bob Flock
4
0
0
Frank Mundy
3
0
0
David Ragan
2
2
0
Gober Sosebee
2
0
0
Harold Kite
1
0
0
Sam McQuagg
1
0
0
Jody Ridley
1
0
0
Reed Sorenson
0
4
0
Chase Elliott
0
3
1
Buckshot Jones
0
2
0
Ronald Cooper
0
1
0