Wrapup: Atlanta Motor Speedway
The Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) hosted all three NASCAR top series events this past weekend. On Saturday, the 1.54-mile oval in Hampton, Georgia featured a double-header. The XFINITY Series 163-lap Rinnai 250 was followed by the Camping World Truck Series 130-lap Active Pest Control 200. The Monster Energy 350-lap Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was held on Sunday afternoon. The results and upcoming scheduled events for the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series (MENCS)
Time Trials: Kevin Harvick (No. 4 Jimmy John's Ford Fusion) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with a lap of 190.398 mph. This is his 18th pole in 576 MENCS races. It is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2017. It is Harvick's second pole in 27 races at AMS. Ryan Newman (qualified second) posted his first top-10 start of 2017 and his 18th in 25 races at AMS. Kyle Busch (third) posted his 13th top-10 start at AMS and his first in two races this season. Daniel Suarez (21st) was the fastest qualifying rookie. Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick won the first two of the three segments, led 292 laps but was issued a penalty for speeding on pit road with about 14 laps to go. He finished the 325-lap race in ninth place and, based on segment points earned and race-earned points, assumed the lead in the championship standings.
Did Not Qualify: None, only 39 cars entered for 40 starting spots.
Results: Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Autotrader Ford Fusion) won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, his 22nd victory in 271 MENCS races. This is his first victory and fifth top-10 finish in nine races at AMS. Kyle Larson (finished second) posted his second top-10 finish in four races at AMS. Matt Kenseth (third) posted his 17th top-10 finish in 29 races at AMS. Erik Jones (14th) was the highest finishing rookie.
Standings: Kevin Harvick leads the point standings by four points over Kurt Busch.
Top 16 - Chase Contenders:
1. Kevin Harvick
2. Kurt Busch
3. Brad Keselowski
4. Chase Elliott
5. Joey Logano
6. Kyle Larson
7. Martin Truex Jr.
8. Ryan Blaney
9. Kasey Kahne
10. Trevor Bayne
11. AJ Allmendinger
12. Jamie McMurray
13. Aric Almirola
14. Clint Bowyer
15. Paul Menard
16. Matt Kenseth
Next: Sunday, March12, Kobalt 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Las Vegas, NV)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series (NXS)
Time Trials: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular Kyle Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Rinnai 250 with a lap of 183.862 mph. This is the No. 18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota driver's 58th pole in 329 NXS races. It is his sixth pole in 13 NXS races at AMS. William Byron (qualified second) posted his first top-10 start of 2017. Cup regular Brad Keselowski (third) posted his fourth top-10 start at AMS. It is his second top-10 start in two NXS races this season. Byron was also the fastest qualifying rookie.
Did Not Qualify: No. 13 Carl Long, No. 74 Mike Harmon and No. 89 Morgan Shepherd.
Results: Pole-sitter Kyle Busch won the Rinnai 250, his 87th victory in 329 NXS races. This is his second victory and 10th top-10 finish in 13 NXS races at AMS. Cup regular Brad Keselowski (finished second) posted his sixth top-10 finish in eight NXS races at AMS and his second top-10 NXS finish in 2017. Cup regular Kyle Larson (third) posted his fifth top-10 finish in five NXS races at AMS. William Byron (seventh) was the highest finishing rookie of the year contender.
Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 3 points over William Byron.
Top 12 - Chase Contenders:
1. Elliott Sadler
2. William Byron
3. Ryan Reed
4. Brendan Gaughan
5. Matt Tifft
6. Dakoda Armstrong
7. Brennan Poole
8. Michael Annett
9. Daniel Hemric
10. Harrison Rhodes
11. Garrett Smithley
12. Joey Gase
Next: Saturday, March 11, Boyd Gaming 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Las Vegas, NV)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS)
Time Trials: Christopher Bell (No. 4 JBL Toyota Tundra) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Active Pest Control 200 with a lap of 180.922 mph. This is his first pole in 32 NCWTS races. It is his second top-10 start in 2017. MENCS regular Kyle Busch (qualified second) posted his ninth top-10 start in nine NCWTS races at AMS. Austin Cindric (third), the fast qualifying NCWTS rookie, posted his first top-10 start at AMS.
Did not qualify: No. 63 J.J. Yeley, No. 6 Norm Benning and No. 10 Jennifer Jo Cobb.
Results: Christopher Bell won the Active Pest Control 200, his third victory in 32 NCWTS races. This is his first victory and first top-10 finish in two races at AMS. Matt Crafton (finished second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 16 races at AMS. Johnny Sauter (third) posted his third top-10 finish in seven races at AMS. Grant Enfinger (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.
Standings: Christopher Bell leads the point standings by seven points over Johnny Sauter.
Top 8 - Chase Contenders:
1. Christopher Bell
2. Johnny Sauter
3. Ben Rhodes
4. Kaz Grala
5. Matt Crafton
6. Timothy Peters
7. Regan Smith
8. Chase Briscoe
Next: Saturday, April 1, Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval in Virginia)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Feb. 18, Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 at Daytona Int’l Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
Winner: Austin Theriault -Pole: Tom Hessert -Points Leader: Austin Theriault
Next: April 8, Music City 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway (0.596-mile oval in Nashville, TN)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
Feb. 19, Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway (0.5-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Winner: Ronnie Bassett Jr. -Pole: Harrison Burton -Points Leader: Ronnie Bassett Jr.
Next: April 8 at Greenville Pickens Speedway (0.5-mile oval in Easley, SC)
K&N Pro Series-West
Season opener: March 18, NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Tucson Speedway (0.375-mile oval in AZ)
Season-opener: May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)
Whelen Modified Tour
Season-opener: March 18 at Myrtle Beach Speedway (0,538-mile oval in SC)
Peak Mexico Series
Season-opener: March 26 at Autódromo Monterrey (1.0-mile oval in Monterrey, Mexico)