Jamie McMurray (1 Chevrolet) has 19 previous starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he has completed 5914 of 6125 (96.6%) laps of competition.
Danica Patrick scored her second-best Martinsville start in Friday’s qualification session. She will roll off the grid 16th for Sunday’s STP 500.
Joey Logano posted a lap of 98.461 mph and grabbed the pole for the STP 500. It is the 10th pole of his career and his first at Martinsville.
Cole Custer leads the lone NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Martinsville Speedway.
Casey Mears broke a transmission in the second round of qualification and will roll off the grid 24th. He will need to change his drive train, however, and that will drop him to the back of the pack.
Justin Allgaier advanced to the second round of qualification, but he wanted a little more. He crashed in that session and will qualify 21st.
A faulty seal and not a blown engine caused Austin Dillon’s Chevrolet to smoke in the final moments of NASCAR’s first practice session, according to a tweet by Bob Pockrass. He will not need to change engines.
Chase Elliott struggled a little in the first and only practice session before STP 500 qualification. His top speed of 96.337 mph was only 29th best. He must qualify in the top 36 to make the show since the No. 25 does not have any owner points.
Ryan Newman posted the fastest single lap in the first practice session for the STP 500. His top speed was 97.835 mph, which narrowly beat AJ Allmendinger with a 97.679 and Jeff Gordon with a 97.664.
Last week was the first time Ragan appeared comfortable behind the wheel of the No. 18. This week he returns to a track where he scored a top-10 in 2015.
Brett Moffitt will make his first start at Martinsville this week, but he has tasted success there in the past. He won the 2010 UNOH Performance 200 in the K&N East series.
David Gilliland has finished better than he started in the last six consecutive races at Martinsville. He also improved over his qualification effort in three of the previous four events and was sidelined by crash damage in the one race in which he faded.