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After a smashing season of success, which included a CARS Tour Super Late Model title in 2016, Raphael Lessard took on the challenge that is the Snowball Derby last December with his eyes wide open.

During the week, the teenager from Quebec would face challenge after challenge, which included a difficult racecar, a struggle to make the 300-lap feature and a great climb through the field. Despite all the early troubles, Lessard and David Gilliland Racing overcame the circumstances to score a strong top-10 finish. With last year’s experiences now behind him, the 16-year-old Lessard is ready for his return to Five Flags Speedway for the 50th Annual Snowball Derby on December 3.
Source: Speed51.com
Thu, Nov 9, 2017 10:51:00 PM

Kasey Kahne will make his first start on an unrestricted speedway this week with Leavine Family Racing, and for the moment his handicap should reflect both his and the team’s record.

Fortunately, those two are close on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Kahne recorded an average finish of 19.8 last year with Hendrick Motorsports; Leavine Family Racing scored a 22.9 with Michael McDowell behind the wheel, so players can expect a finish of about 20th this week.
Feb 24 - 8:59 AM

Kevin Harvick is all but guaranteed to finish in the top 10 if his record is an indicator. He has finished that well in 11 of his last 12 races on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. Two of those were victories that came at Kansas Speedway in fall 2016 and Texas Motor Speedway last November.

Harvick’s ninth-place finish in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 last year was also his third consecutive top-10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. No matter how one parses the numbers, he is a good value.
Feb 24 - 8:58 AM

Daniel Suarez’s last of 12 top-10s came in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he needs another one to stay fantasy relevant.

Since then, Suarez has failed to finish four of seven races. Three of these came as the result of accidents. The three events in which he was running at the end landed in a narrow range of 14th through 18th, so that is where fantasy owners can realistically expect him to finish this week.
Feb 24 - 8:56 AM

This weekend marks Joe Nemechek’s fourth Atlanta Motor Speedway appearance in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS).

The No. 8 Fleetwing Corporation Chevrolet Silverado driver has earned an average starting position of 12.0 and an average finishing position of 23.0. Nemechek made his NCWTS track debut on October 28, 2006. He also has one win (2001), two top-five and six top-10 finishes in the NASCAR XFINITY Series in 15 starts at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as 39 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at the track, which include a second-place finish in 2002. In 24 combined NCWTS starts on speedways (tracks 1 to 2-mile in length), Nemechek has recorded one top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. He has led for a total of 41 laps on NASCAR’s speedway tracks.-NEMCO Motorsports
Feb 23 - 8:52 PM

Noah Gragson (No. 18 Safelite Toyota Tundra) led the final NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session for the Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 178.775 mph in this session. No. 41 Ben Rhodes, No. 24 Justin Haley, No. 97 Jesse Little and No. 25 Dalton Sargeant round out the top-five of the 29 trucks practicing in this session. Tim Viens in the No. 74 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest. Gragson also had the fastest 10-lap average speed (173.981 mph) among the 14 trucks that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this final session.
Feb 23 - 8:20 PM

John Hunter Nemechek (No. 42 Fire Alarm Services Inc. Chevrolet) tops the speed chart in the Final Practice session for the XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA.

He ran a fast lap of 178.516 mph. No. 20 Christopher Bell, No. 00 Cole Custer, No. 3 Ty Dillon and No. 19 Brandon Jones round out the top-five of the 42 cars out on the track. The No. 74 Chevy, driven by Mike Harmon, was the slowest. Nemechek also had a 10-lap average speed of 172.687 mph. This was the best of the 16 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in the final practice session.
Feb 23 - 8:08 PM

Jesse Little (No. 97 Wings Over North Georgia Air Show Ford F-150) had the best 10-lap consecutive average speed in the first practice for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

His average speed of 171.889 mph was best of the three trucks that ran at least 10 consecutive laps on the track for this session. No. 18 Noah Gragson (171.884 mph) and No. 15 Robby Lyons (160.511 mph) are the others on this list.
Feb 23 - 8:00 PM

Justin Haley (No. 24 Fraternal Order of Eagles Chevrolet Silverado) led the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session for the Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

He ran a quick lap of 178.029 mph. No. 21 Johnny Sauter, No. 13 Myatt Snider, No. 52 Stewart Friesen and No. 18 Noah Gragson round out the top-five of the 28 trucks completing laps in this session. Akinori Ogata in the No. 63 Chevrolet Silverado was the slowest.
Feb 23 - 7:58 PM

Christopher Bell (No. 20 Ruud Toyota) led the first practice session for the XFINITY Series Rinnai 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA.

The lap of 178.447 mph was the best of the 30 cars completing laps in this session. No. 22 Joey Logano, No. 00 Cole Custer, No. 16 Ryan Reed and No. 98 Kevin Harvick made up the rest of the top-five on the speed chart. The No. 01 Chevy, driven by Vinnie Miller, was the slowest. Bell also had a 10-lap average speed of 173.611 mph. This was the best of the 5 cars running at least 10 consecutive laps in this session.
Feb 23 - 7:50 PM

Ryan Newman was .038 seconds slower than Kyle Busch and will start on the outside of the front row for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Newman qualified second last year as well, but a battery problem relegated him to 35th at the checkers. Newman was clocked at 184.419 mph.
Feb 23 - 6:10 PM

Kyle Busch laid down a lap of 184.652 mph in the final round of qualification for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will lead the field to green this Sunday.

This marks Busch’s 28th career pole, but his first at Atlanta. In 19 previous attempts, he started on the outside pole in 2010 once. He fell to 25th that afternoon. Last year, he started third but dropped to 16th at the checkers.
Feb 23 - 6:07 PM




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