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Johnny O’Connell, a longtime GM factory driver and recent inductee into the Sebring Hall of Fame, will drive the No. 5 CorvetteParts.net Chevrolet at Road America, his first-ever race in a NASCAR stock car.

Last month, O’Connell participated in a JR Motorsports team test at Virginia International Raceway. He is a three-time American Le Mans Series champion for Corvette Racing and current World Challenge champion for Cadillac. He won the 2001 24 Hours of Daytona for Corvette Racing. He has eight total wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring – more than any other driver.-JR Motorsports
Wed, Jun 19, 2013 09:42:00 PM

In addition to his usual duties behind the wheel of the No. 18 Toyota in the Cup Series, Kyle Busch will drive the Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM) No. 4 Cessna Toyota Tundra in Saturday’s NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

He will also be behind the wheel of the No. 4 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, as well as the No. 51 at Las Vegas, Charlotte Speedway and Pocono. All of Busch’s races will be sponsored by Textron Aviation with the Cessna and Beechcraft brands. His best finish at Atlanta in a KBM Tundra is second (2010 and 2012).-KBM
Feb 22 - 12:40 PM

Spencer Davis (No. 51 Rheem Toyota Tundra) finished seventh last weekend at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) start.

The Dawsonville, Ga., native considers Atlanta his home track. He is hoping a win at Atlanta will sound the famous siren atop the Dawsonville Pool Room, a tradition started when fellow Dawsonville residents Bill and Chase Elliott win NASCAR events. He will make five NCWTS starts this season for KBM. Four, Daytona, Atlanta, Texas Motor Speedway and Michigan International Speedway will be in the No. 51 Tundra. He will also pilot the No. 4 JBL/SiriusXM Tundra at Las Vegas in March.
Feb 22 - 12:26 PM

Noah Gragson (No. 18 Safelite Autoglass® Toyota Tundra) heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway for stop two on the 2018 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule.

In last year’s race at Atlanta, the rookie driver overcame an early spin to post a 14th-place finish in his first mile-and-a-half start for Kyle Busch Motorsports (KBM). Gragson’s crew chief, Rudy Fugle, called the shots for Christopher Bell’s win in the Truck Series event at Atlanta last year. The 2018 Truck Series season opener at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway was unkind to Gragson and the No. 18 team. After getting caught up in two separate incidents, the Safelite Tundra headed to the garage after completing just 79 of the 100 laps and was relegated to a 23rd-place finish.
Feb 22 - 12:18 PM

Ryan Blaney enters this week’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with five consecutive results of 11th or better on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks.

Moving into Team Penske equipment, there is no reason to believe he is going to slow down any, so he should be one of the drivers to start this week. Currently, 29 percent of NASCAR Fantasy Live players have activated him for good reason.
Feb 22 - 11:23 AM

Clint Bowyer scored seven consecutive top-10s on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks, which led him all the way to the playoffs.

Bowyer finished 11th or better in his first four tries on "cookie-cutter" courses—including an 11th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Unfortunately, that is his only top-20 on this track in the past four years. Bowyer lost his momentum at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the fall, however, and needs to reclaim it in order to make a run for the playoffs.
Feb 22 - 11:05 AM

Jeffrey Earnhardt has made 17 starts on the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks during his career with a best result of 26th.

His career-best of 26th on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks came on two occasions: at Charlotte Motor Speedway in 2016 and last year at Kansas Speedway. His best effort at Atlanta was only a 33rd in last year’s QuikTrip 500.
Feb 22 - 11:05 AM

In 10 starts on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year, Kyle Larson finished second four times.

One of these came in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His next two starts on the track type also ended in runner-up finishes, which must have made him feel like the perennial bridesmaid. Of course, that was better than the pair of results that ended his season. Larson finished 39th with engine failure at Kansas Speedway last fall to knock him out of the playoffs and he was 37th following an accident at Texas Motor Speedway.
Feb 22 - 11:04 AM

Paul Menard recorded an average finish of 21.7 on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year in his final season with Richard Childress Racing.

By contrast, his current team finished with a 10.3 while Ryan Blaney was racing with the Wood Bros. Spilt the difference and fantasy owners can expect a result somewhere in the high-teens for Menard at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Feb 22 - 11:04 AM

Michael Annett’s best NXS finish at AMS is 10th, coming in September 2012.

He has been very consistent at Atlanta, completing all but 10 of the 1,138 laps run in his six NXS starts. In his last start at AMS, Annett raced to a solid 15th place finish. In the season’s first race at Daytona, Annett spent a considerable amount of time in the top 10 before being collected in a lap-106 crash. The No. 5 Pilot Flying J Chevrolet was ultimately scored in the 37th position.JR Motorsports
Feb 21 - 9:12 PM

Following his win at Daytona, Tyler Reddick became the first driver since Regan Smith in 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to win in his first start for JR Motorsports.

Reddick will make his first career NXS start at Atlanta this weekend and debut the No. 9 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevrolet. In six previous NXS starts at 1.5-mile tracks, he has recorded one win (Kentucky 2012), three top-five and five top-10 finishes. Reddick has made two previous starts at Atlanta in the Truck Series, recording a best finish of fifth in 2015.-JRM
Feb 21 - 9:11 PM

Race entitlement sponsor Rinnai will also serve as primary sponsor of Justin Allgaier and the No. 7 team this weekend in Atlanta.

In seven NXS starts at Atlanta, Allgaier has one top five and three top 10s, with a best finish of fifth. He’s led a total of 30 laps at the 1.54-mile speedway. Last season at AMS, the No. 7 Chevy suffered damage in an early wreck, knocking Allgaier out of contention. On 1.5-mile tracks last season, the Illinois native earned four top-five finishes including a win at Chicagoland Speedway.-JR Motorsports
Feb 21 - 9:10 PM




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