Kyle Larson enters the Pure Michigan 400 with two top-10 finishes in two Cup starts on NASCAR’s two-mile tracks. He should challenge for another top-10 finish this week.
Kevin Harvick posted the quickest 10-lap average in the Thursday morning test session at Atlanta. He recorded a speed of 183.342 mph from his ninth through 18th laps.
Jamie McMurray posted the fastest single lap in Thursday morning’s test at Atlanta. His top speed was 191.549 mph, which was more than 1.3 mphs faster than teammate Kyle Larson who was second in that session.
Casey Mears earned eight results in the 20s during last year’s 10 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. The only time he failed to finish in that range was during the last two races; he was 31st at Charlotte and 18th at Texas.
When David Ragan takes the green flag at Atlanta in the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, he will be in the best equipment of his career since leaving Roush-Fenway Racing; in fact, with Joe Gibbs on the rise, it could be the best he has ever run.
The No. 20 and No. 29 teams that competes in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series have been penalized for rules infraction discovered during post-race inspection Feb. 20 at Daytona International Speedway.
According to Front Row Motorsports' TWITTER feed, "Happy to have Joe Nemechek on board this weekend, driving the #34 @CSX #PlayItSafe Ford at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Ron Hornaday Jr. may have only recently returned to the Cup series, but he has been in stock cars and trucks for a long time. If he qualifies for this week’s Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500 it will be his 136th start on a similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track.
Landon Cassill was occasionally a good value on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks last year, but he could also be uneven. He failed to qualify in his first attempt at Las Vegas and then had results ranging from 21st to 43rd in the next nine races.
Joe Gibbs Racing announced Tuesday that David Ragan will serve as interim driver in place of injured Kyle Busch for the next several weeks beginning this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing has named Regan Smith interim driver of its No. 41 Haas Automation Chevrolet SS for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend Feb. 26-March 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.