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Coughlin Shows Some Peachstate Prowess at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA – Cody Coughlin’s first career start at Atlanta Motor Speedway can be summed up in one word: Loose.  Coughlin fought an extremely loose Toyota Tundra for all 130 laps of Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series before eventually finishing in the 16th position, the same position in which he started the race.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for seeing vehicles slide around on its 20-year-old racing surface.  The 21-year-old Coughlin only had one test session of experience on the slippery surface before the race weekend began.

“It’s a tough race track,” said Coughlin after the race.  “We battled a loose-in and loose-off condition pretty much all race long, but I think that’s just what happens here.”
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Balancing Act for Lutz

Ryan Lutz of Miller Place, NY plans to run 5 Legends Car races at Riverhead (NY) Raceway and defend his win from last year.

“(I am) incredibly thankful for the parents I have that let me pursue my dream I have in life,” Lutz said. “… My dad and Renee, they sacrifice a lot for me and let me do what I love and I cannot thank them enough.”

Lutz also thanked his brother Craig, Kyle Ellwood, 600 Racing, and engine builder Chad Honeycut.

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NASCAR National Series News & Notes — Atlanta

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series

Milestone Alert: 2,500th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Race

Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway marks the 2,500th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. Below are some stats from the first 2,499 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races.

  •         The first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race was held at Charlotte Speedway in Charlotte, North Carolina on June 19, 1949 – the race was won by Jim Roper (Lincoln)
  •         186 drivers have won a race
  •         The series has competed on 156 different tracks
  •         234 different drivers have won a Coors Light Pole
  •         2,536 drivers have made a start

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Textron Off Road Racing: Kevin Harvick Atlanta NXS Advance

Kevin Harvick: Driver, No. 41 Textron Off Road Ford Mustang
NASCAR XFINITY Series Overview

Event: Atlanta 250
Date: Saturday, March 4, 2017
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway
Layout: 1.54-mile oval

Kevin Harvick Notes of Interest
– The No. 41 Textron Off Road Ford Mustang for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) makes its XFINITY Series debut at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

– Harvick is scheduled to make five XFINITY Series starts in the No. 41 Ford Mustang for SHR in 2017.

– He is making his 16th career NASCAR XFINITY Series start at Atlanta.
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SNICKERS Crisper Racing: Kyle Busch Atlanta Advance and Team Report

KYLE BUSCH ‘Crisper’ Memories at Atlanta

HUNTERSVILLE, North Carolina (March 1, 2017) – In his 10th season with Toyota flagship Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), Kyle Busch, driver of the No. 18 SNICKERS® Crisper Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR), returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, the place where the winning began in 2008 with JGR, Mars Inc. and its SNICKERS® brand, and Toyota.

Back in 2008, his first year with JGR, Busch headed to Atlanta for the fourth Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season aiming to bring home his first win for the team’s two new partners – Mars Chocolate North America and Toyota.

After leading a race-high 173 laps, the Las Vegas native captured his first win for the SNICKERS® brand and also the first win in NASCAR’s top series for Toyota, which was in its second year of Cup Series competition and its first year with JGR.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kyle Busch’s Track Performance History.
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Coughlin Ready to Stay “Hot” in “Hot-Lanta”

DELAWARE, OHIO – Cody Coughlin is already off to a strong start in 2017, scoring a career-best finish in last weekend’s race at Daytona International Speedway (FL) to open this season’s campaign. Now Ohio native is off to Atlanta to take on the ultra-fast 1.5-mile D-shaped oval of Atlanta Motor Speedway in Georgia for the first time in his budding career. Coughlin will drive the JEGS.com No. 13 Toyota Tundra for ThorSport Racing in Saturday’s (March 4) Active Pest Control 200 with the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

The 21-year-old driver has raced on multiple intermediate tracks prior to this weekend, but this will be his first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Coughlin, however, does have some prior experience at “Hot-Lanta.” He participated in a rookie driver test session last season.

“Even though it was a over a year ago, I think that test session will definitely help me this weekend,” Coughlin said. “I have some knowledge to lean on heading into this weekend, and that is always good. Anytime you can be on a track for a substantial amount of time before you race is always a big help.”

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Monster Energy/Haas Automation Racing: Kurt Busch Atlanta Advance and Team Report

KURT BUSCH
A League of His Own

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Feb. 28, 2017) – For the first time in his 17-year Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career, Kurt Busch is undefeated. Having won Sunday’s season-opening Daytona 500 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, his first in the “Great American Race,” Busch is boasting a perfect 1-0 record.

To be fair, there is still a lot of racing to go – 35 points-paying events to be exact – but that hasn’t stopped the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ from enjoying the fact that, for now, he is in a league of his own.

As the Daytona 500 champion, Busch has spent the last two days in a whirlwind of celebratory activities that included a breakfast ceremony Monday morning with members of the media and having his winning No. 41 Ford enshrined for display at Daytona. He followed that up with a trip to New York for a series of interviews and television show appearances, with more to come as the week continues.
In the midst of all of the fanfare that goes with winning the Daytona 500, the Las Vegas native has started turning his attention to the next event on the 2017 Cup Series schedule, which just so happens to be at a track where he has enjoyed unabashed success – Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kurt Busch’s Track Performance History.

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No. 14 Haas Automation Racing: Clint Bowyer Atlanta Advance

CLINT BOWYER Already Bonding with New Owner Tony Stewart

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (Feb. 28, 2017) – Last year, when retiring three-time champion Tony Stewart was asked about Clint Bowyer, his 2017 replacement in the No. 14 Haas Automation Ford Fusion, Stewart offered an interesting description of Bowyer’s personality:

“Bowyer is like taking a thousand rubber balls and throwing them off the top of a building, then watching them bounce,” Stewart said with a laugh after playing a key role in recruiting Bowyer to the Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) team he and Gene Haas formed in 2009 and has since won 37 races, a Daytona 500 and two championships.

Stewart’s sharp wit and Bowyer’s frenetic personality should make for some lively moments over the next several years at SHR and in the garage. But beneath the humor, each holds the other in high esteem. Bowyer says everyone who’s followed the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series knows Tony Stewart the driver, but there aren’t as many who are familiar with Stewart’s role and importance as a leader at SHR.

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Jimmy John’s Racing: Kevin Harvick Atlanta Advance and Team Report

Kevin Harvick Seeking a Second Cup Series Win at the Site of His First

KANNAPOLIS, North Carolina (March 1, 2017)Kevin Harvick, driver of the No. 4 Jimmy John’s Ford Fusion for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR), will attempt to add a second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win to his impressive resume at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday in the Folds of Honor 500.

He won his first NASCAR Cup Series race there in only his third career start on March 11, 2001. The circumstances surrounding the month leading up to Harvick’s first career Cup Series win in 2001 make it all the more remarkable.

Following Dale Earnhardt’s death on the final lap of the 2001 Daytona 500, Harvick was named the driver of the No. 29 car for Richard Childress Racing and made his Cup Series debut the following weekend – Monday, Feb. 26 – at Rockingham (N.C.) Speedway, where he finished 14th. Two days later, Wednesday, Feb. 28, as the series headed west to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Harvick married his wife DeLana. The following Sunday, March 4, Harvick scored his first career Cup Series top-10 finish. Then, on Sunday, March 11, less than one month since his debut in NASCAR’s top series, Harvick won his first Cup Series race at Atlanta.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kevin Harvick’s Track Performance History.

In addition to the Advance below, please click here for Kevin Harvick’s Track Performance History.

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Global Tech Company Switch Named 2017 Primary Sponsor for Noah Gragson

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – (January 25, 2017) Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) announced today that global technology solutions company Switch will be Noah Gragson’s primary sponsor in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) for the 2017 season. It has been an exciting week for 18-year-old Gragson, as he also made his first laps around Atlanta Motor Speedway on Tuesday in his first rookie test with KBM.

The Las Vegas native did not have to look far from home to find his new sponsor. Switch, headquartered in Las Vegas, designs, builds and operates world-renowned data centers where clients from all over the world rely on its mission-critical facilities and technology ecosystems to power their businesses.

“We’re thrilled to put our support behind a local Las Vegas talent like Noah. Just as Noah pursues excellence on the track, we at Switch continue to outpace the industry through our leadership in data center design, construction, and operations,” said Missy Young, Executive Vice President of Sales at Switch. “We believe Noah will be a great ambassador on the NASCAR stage for both Nevada and Switch.”

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Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Clinch Scenarios for Richmond

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 1, 2014) – With his win at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, Kasey Kahne became the 13th winner of the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season – and the 13th member of the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.

Matt Kenseth finished second at Atlanta, and though winless, has accumulated enough points throughout the regular season to guarantee himself a spot in the Chase.

Fourteen Chase spots are now taken, assuming those 14 drivers all attempt to qualify at Richmond.

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Statement from Steve O’Donnell, NASCAR Executive Vice President and Chief Racing Development Officer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 28, 2014) – “Tony Stewart has received all necessary clearances required to return to all racing activities, and therefore is eligible to compete this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. NASCAR has remained in constant contact with his race team, and we will stay very close to this situation as Stewart returns to competition.”

NASCAR President Mike Helton will participate in a media availability in the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center on Friday at 2 p.m. ET. NASCAR will have no further comment until that time.

This availability will be streamed live on www.nascar.com/presspass. A transcript will be available approximately one hour after the availability.

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NEAR Hall of Famer Red Foote Passes at 85

Red_FooteFOOTE, Melvin “Red,” 85, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 3, 2013. Red is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Loretta Foote; his stepdaughter, Linda Strasburg; stepgrandson, Michael (TiAnna) Talley; stepgranddaughter, Michelle (Richard) King; sisters-in-law, Rev. Beverly J. Samford and Julianna Duke.

Red enjoyed racing stockcars for 35 years, is formerly known as one of the “Eastern Bandits” and was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame for racecar drivers in 1999. After retirement he spent much time at Newpoint Campground on his boat fishing. Red was devoted to his cats and his good friends at Dutchgap. Red will be remembered for his quick wit, humor and willingness to help others and will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7 at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd (Rte 10). His graveside service will be February 8, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Bethel UMC Cemetery in Alberta, Va., with the Rev. Beverly J. Samford officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Richmond SPCA at 2519 Hermitage Road, Richmond, Va. 23220.

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Winning Debut For LaJoie

Holds off Brown to grab Atlanta 150 victory

Hampton, GA — Corey LaJoie drove like a veteran in his first career NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour start. Using lapped traffic to get by Tim Brown, the 18-year-old third-generation driver then held off a furious challenge from Brown over the closing laps to capture the Atlanta 150 Friday. LaJoie edged Brown at the line by .061 seconds.

The race was the first for the Tour held on the track’s flat, quarter-mile front stretch oval. The setup is similar to Bowman Gray Stadium in Winston-Salem, N.C., where Brown is an eight-time champion in the track’s NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Modified division.

But under the lights at Atlanta, it was LaJoie who came out on top.

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Statistical Advance: Analyzing The Atlanta 150 At Atlanta Motor Speedway

Daytona Beach, FL – The sixth season of the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour will commence with the Atlanta 150 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, March 5.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Data
Race:
# 1 of 10 (3-5-10)
Track Layout: .250-mile oval
Banking: flat paved oval
Race Length: 150 laps/37.50 miles

• Opened on July 31, 1960 as the seventh superspeedway, a paved oval of one mile or more, to host a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race.
• The track is celebrating its 50th season celebration in 2010.
• Has one of the oldest NASCAR affiliations in the nation.
• NASCAR legend Glenn “Fireball” Roberts won the inaugural race in 1960.
• This is the first of three races that the NWSMT will have at Speedway Motorsports, Inc. facilities in 2010.

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