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Smithfield Foods announced today it will expand its partnership with Richard Petty Motorsports to include primary sponsor of the legendary No. 43 Ford in 25 events during the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

Smithfield Foods and its family of brands including Eckrich, Farmland, Gwaltney and Smithfield will all participate as primary sponsors throughout the year. Aric Almirola will drive the Smithfield Foods-backed No. 43 Ford in his second full-time season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS). In his first full-time NSCS season, Almirola secured a pole, earned one top-five and four top-10 finishes and finished 20th in the 2012 NSCS championship standings.-Breaking Limits
Thu, Jan 24, 2013 01:45:00 PM

Darrell Wallace Jr. posted the fastest time among the two rookies on Friday in the first practice session for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Wallace’s top speed of 185.834 mph was the third best of the day behind Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Kyle Larson. Coming off an impressive second-place finish in the Daytona 500, he has a ton of momentum on his side and that is translating into speed on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Feb 23 - 1:40 PM

On Friday afternoon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. posted the fastest single lap of the first practice session for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 186.384 mph.

Stenhouse’s fast lap came in the final minutes of practice when most drivers think the track was getting slicker. This puts him at the forefront of most fantasy players’ minds for a potential pole-winning run. Stenhouse has one previous pole on this track, which came in his rookie season of 2013. He finished 16th in that race.
Feb 23 - 1:01 PM

With 13 minutes remaining, Ryan Blaney almost wrecked in the first practice session of the weekend for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Blaney was only 19th on the speed chart at the time with a top speed of 182.531 mph. He still has one practice on Saturday to work this condition out of the car.
Feb 23 - 12:46 PM

Ross Chastain has made two previous Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts and has not yet finished within two laps of the leader.

Chastain’s two starts last year came at Dover International Speedway, which is one of the toughest tracks to remain on the lead lap. He finished three laps down in the spring with a 20th and was 52 laps behind in the fall. Atlanta Motor Speedway will be equally challenging and he is recommended only if one needs a bargain basement option.
Feb 23 - 10:29 AM

Joey Logano entered last year’s GoBowling.com 400 at Kansas Speedway with five consecutive results of sixth or better on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, but an accident in that race practically stopped him in his tracks.

Logano finished 37th at Kansas and went on to finish outside the top 20 in four of his next six races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses. He failed to earn another top-five on this track type and that factors into his handicap as much as the sixth he scored at Atlanta Motor Speedway last spring.
Feb 23 - 10:27 AM

Kurt Busch has back-to-back top-10s to his credit at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with a seventh last spring and a fourth in 2016.

Another reason to think of Busch as a starter this week is because of his second at Kansas Speedway last fall and a ninth at Texas Motor Speedway—two tracks similarly configured to Atlanta. However, he also finished outside the top 10 five times in 10 starts on this course type and that makes him an iffy proposition.
Feb 23 - 10:26 AM

Harrison Rhodes will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut this week in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Rick Ware’s No. 51.

Rhodes has made 84 Xfinity starts with two top-10s to his credit, but none of them have come on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His best effort on this course type was a 22nd and Charlotte Motor Speedway last fall. He finished 24th at Atlanta last spring in the second series.
Feb 23 - 10:24 AM

Brad Keselowski enters the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 as the defending winner of the race, but he faded late in the year.

After Kez won at Atlanta Motor Speedway, he posted three more similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track results of sixth or better. A pair of accidents at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Kentucky Speedway in the summer seemed to rob him of his momentum in the fall, however, and he had just two more top-10s after that streak.
Feb 23 - 10:20 AM

JJL Motorsports secured a partnership with the Wings Over North Georgia Air Show for Saturday afternoon's NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Saturday's race will mark Jesse Little's 14th career NCWTS race and first at Atlanta's 1.5-mile speedway. JJL will also debut their manufacturer switch from Toyota to Ford at Atlanta. With all the changes, Little, 20, believes his Atlanta debut will be successful for his new marketing partner.-JJL
Feb 22 - 9:37 PM

Akinori Ogata returns to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) trail this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway driving the No. 63 MB Motorsports Chevrolet Silverado for Saturday afternoon's Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

The Kanagawa, Japan native is set to embrace his seventh career NCWTS start and first since an appearance at Atlanta's fast 1.5-mile speedway last March. Rewinding back to Atlanta last year, the 44-year-old drove for Beaver Motorsports, started 32nd but finished 30th after exiting the event due to an oil leak. This year, Ogata has high hopes for a better result.-Akinori PR
Feb 22 - 9:27 PM

Matt Tifft will be making his second start at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his NASCAR national touring series career this weekend in the No. 2 Surface Sunscreen Chevrolet Camaro.

The 21-year-old driver finished 12th at the speedway last year after starting seventh in the NASCAR XFINITY Series event. Daytona Recap: Tifft survived multiple late-race wrecks in the NASCAR XFINITY Series season-opening race at Daytona to bring home a top-20 finish in his first start for Richard Childress Racing. The No. 2 team worked hard to get the balance of the Camaro right and started to make some headway through the pack late in the race. Despite getting some rear damage while escaping a wreck with a few laps remaining, Tifft and his team hung in there to finish 19th.-RCR
Feb 22 - 9:18 PM




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