Kasey Kahne will race chassis 5-820 in Sunday night’s Oral-B USA 500. It has been raced three times so far this year.
Landon Cassill was forced to take a provisional to start the Oral-B USA 500. He will roll of the grid 42nd on Sunday night.
Austin Dillon will drive chassis No. 465 at Atlanta. It was previously raced at Kentucky, Charlotte, and Texas.
Casey Mears has been a consistently solid performer on unrestricted, intermediate speedways in 2014. Six of eight races on similarly-configured, 1.5- and two-mile tracks have ended in results of 26th or better.
Jeff Gordon will drive chassis No. 24-861 in the Oral-B USA 500 at Atlanta this week. This car has been raced four times previously in 2014.
AJ Allmendinger could be poised to earn his fourth consecutive top-15 finish this week at Atlanta. On another unrestricted, intermediate speedway two weeks ago, he started 22nd and finished 12th in the Pure Michigan 400.
After finishing outside the top 10 in five consecutive races from Daytona through Watkins Glen, Jimmie Johnson is beginning to regain his momentum. He finished ninth at Michigan and fourth at Bristol.
Paul Menard will drive a battle-tested chassis No. 454 at Atlanta. This car was previously run in four of the five similarly-configured, 1.5-mile track races as well as Michigan.
J.R. Fitzpatrick (No. 84 Equipment Express/Autism Speaks Chevrolet) leads the first practice for the Canadian Tire Series Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
German Quiroga leads the first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series practice session at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Ryan Newman will race chassis No. 441 at Atlanta. It was previously raced at Kentucky, where it finished third after starting seventh.
Justin Allgaier will make his sixth start on one of the similarly-configured, 1.5-mile courses this week and he is seeking his first top-20 on this track type.
If Kurt Busch finishes in the top 10 this week at Atlanta, it will be the first time since March that he posted consecutive finishes of that magnitude.
Denny Hamlin hopes that a 42nd-place finish in the Quaker State 400 stopped a downward spiral on similarly-configured, 1.5-mile tracks. His first four efforts—in order—ended in a 12th at Vegas, 13th at Texas, 18th at Kansas, and 22nd at Charlotte.
With a lap of 190.398 mph, Kevin Harvick earned his sixth pole of the season. Starting up front has been a good omen for this driver. Four of his previous five poles this year ended in top-10 finishes, including a victory at Darlington and second-place finishes at Kansas and Michigan.