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Milestone start for Brad Keselowski 08-27-2013
Brad Keselowski
This weekend, Brad Keselowski (2 Ford) will make the 150th NSCS start of his young, championship career. So far the Rochester Hills, MI native has recorded nine wins, 31 top-five finishes and 54 top-10 results since making his debut at Texas Motor Speedway in November of 2008. Keselowski finds himself four points outside of the top 10 cutoff to make the Chase. However, having tested at both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway, the team remains confident that they will be able to defend their 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.-Penske Racing
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. at Atlanta Motor Speedway 08-27-2013
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
The last time Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (17 Ford) raced at Atlanta, he won the Nationwide race beating Kevin Harvick on the final lap. This will mark his first Sprint Cup start at Atlanta. Stenhouse is currently 23rd in the point standings. The Car: Chassis RK-816 is the same chassis that the Sprint Cup rookie contender raced at Michigan and was running in the top-10 before an untimely caution trapped him a lap down.-Roush Fenway Racing
Bowyer locked into Chase heading into Atlanta 08-27-2013
Clint Bowyer
Clint Bowyer (15 Toyota) secured his berth in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup with a 14th place finish last Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway. Bowyer ranks second in points trailing leader Jimmie Johnson by 18 points with two races remain before the start of the Chase. Chassis: Primary chassis 777 finished 20th at Indianapolis. Backup chassis No. 724 has served as a backup several races in 2013, but not raced. Bowyer tested at Chicagoland Speedway on Monday and Tuesday the second of their four NASCAR allowed test dates.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Almirola focused on getting 1st 2013 Cup Win 08-27-2013
Aric Almirola
With an eye on victory lane, Aric Almirola (43 Ford) will use a Goodyear tire test he participated in recently at Atlanta and a team test at Chicagoland Speedway to their advantage as they head into the Labor Day race weekend. Almirola has eight NASCAR starts at the Georgia track, including two Sprint Cup Series starts. His best finish at Atlanta came in 2010 when he finished third in the Truck Series race.-Breaking Limits
Double-duty at Atlanta for Joey Logano 08-27-2013
Joey Logano
Sprint Cup Regular (22 Ford) Joey Logano will return to the seat of the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Logano hasn't raced in the Nationwide Series for three weeks, last competing in Watkins Glen, where he ran the No. 48 Discount Tire Ford Mustang under the guidance of his Cup crew chief, Todd Gordon. On the strength of a strong mid-season run, the No. 22 Discount Tire team continues to lead the NASCAR Nationwide Series Owner's Championship over the No. 54 of Joe Gibbs Racing.-Penske Racing
Atlanta notes on Sam Hornish Jr. 08-27-2013
Sam Hornish
Through 23 races Sam Hornish Jr. (12 Ford) has led the Nationwide Series point standings on three separate occasions for a total of 10 races. He has a six point advantage going into Atlanta with 10 races remaining in the season. This will be just the third NNS start at Atlanta for Hornish (2007 and 2012). His best finish came last year with a ninth-place run at the 1.5-mile track.-Penske Racing
Brian Vickers at Atlanta 08-27-2013
Brian Vickers
Brian Vickers (55 Toyota) owns a top-five and seven top-10 finishes in 15 Sprint Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He has led eight laps on the 1.5-mile oval. His most recent Sprint Cup race in Atlanta came in November 2011.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Carl Edwards at Atlanta Motor Speedway 08-27-2013
Carl Edwards
In 15 starts at the 1.54-mile Atlanta track, Carl Edwards (99 Ford) has three wins, eight top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. His average start is 10.3, and his average finish is 15.1. Edwards has completed 93.5% of laps attempted at Atlanta. Edwards won his first Sprint Cup and Nationwide races in the same weekend at Atlanta in the spring of 2005.-Roush Fenway Racing
Juan Pablo Montoya to receive an award 08-27-2013
Juan Pablo Montoya
The Hispanic Heritage Foundation announced the 26th Hispanic Heritage Awards Honorees, which will be celebrated on Sept. 5 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The driver of the No. 42 Target Chevrolet SS, Juan Pablo Montoya, will be one of the select few honored at the awards ceremony for his career in sports. The awards celebrate Hispanic cultural pride, contributions, and accomplishments and will be broadcast on MundoFOX, Sunday, Sept. 15, at 6:00 p.m. ET.-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Jamie McMurray at Atlanta Motor Speedway 08-27-2013
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray (1 Chevrolet) has 19 previous starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he has completed 5914 of 6125 (96.6%) laps of competition. He has four top-10 finishes and has an average start of 22 and average finish of 20.5. Bristol Recap: The intense Saturday night racing action at Bristol lived up to its billing as the Irwin Tools Night Race saw 11 cautions for 74 laps and one red-flag. McMurray battled to overcome some late race challenges to bring the battle-scarred race car home to a 19th-place finish.-Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
Kurt Busch to drive SHR's fourth car in 2014 08-27-2013
Kurt Busch
Stewart-Haas Racing will expand to four cars in 2014. Kurt Busch, the 2004 Sprint Cup champion and owner of 24 Sprint Cup victories, will drive the Haas Automation Chevrolet SS fulltime alongside Stewart in the No. 14 Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1 Chevrolet, Danica Patrick in the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet and Kevin Harvick in the No. 4 Budweiser Chevrolet beginning in 2014. It's a lineup that features four Sprint Cup championships, 36 poles and 93 wins.-True Speed Communication
First Canadian truck start for Gaughan 08-27-2013
Brendan Gaughan
Sunday afternoon's Camping World Truck Series event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park marks the first time Brendan Gaughan (62 Chevrolet Silverado) has competed in a NASCAR truck at the Canada-based facility. In the Rearview Mirror: Bristol Motor Speedway ... Gaughan and the No. 62 South Point Hotel & Casino Chevrolet team settled for a 16th-place finish under the lights at Bristol Motor Speedway after battling handling issues during the 200-lap event.-Richard Childress Racing
Ty Dillon Chevrolet Silverado 250 preview 08-27-2013
This weekend's 64-lap race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park marks the Camping World Truck Series first appearance at a road course venue in more than a decade. Ty Dillon (3 Chevrolet Silverado) has two starts to his credit on a road course. Earlier this season, he competed in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series event at the 10-turn course, where he started 14th and finished seventh. Dillon also competed in a road course race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, earning an eighth-place result in 2011.-Richard Childress Racing
Brian Scott's Atlanta event advance 08-27-2013
Brian Scott
Brian Scott (2 Chevrolet) has three previous Nationwide Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he has a best finish of 11th to his credit in this race one year ago. Additionally, he has four NASCAR Camping World Truck Series starts with two top-10 finishes and one lap led. Entering the home stretch of the 2013 season, Scott is currently seventh in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 60 markers out of first.-Richard Childress Racing
Austin Dillon pulls Atlanta double-duty 08-27-2013
Austin Dillon
In addition to competing in Sunday's Sprint Cup Series race in the No. 33 Chevrolet SS, Austin Dillon is scheduled to drive the No. 3 AdvoCare Chevrolet Camaro in the Nationwide Series on Saturday, August 31. Although Sunday's AdvoCare 500 marks his first Sprint Cup start at Atlanta, he will make his second NNS start at the 1.54-mile track on Saturday evening. He finished sixth in last year's event. The 2011 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion also has two Truck Series starts to his credit, finishing sixth in September 2011 and 10th in March 2010.-Richard Childress Racing
Career Atlanta statistics on Jeff Burton 08-27-2013
Jeff Burton
This weekend's 500-mile event marks Jeff Burton's (31 Chevrolet) 36th start at the Hampton, Ga.-based facility and his 680th-career Sprint Cup Series entry. Burton has garnered eight top-five and 14 top-10 finishes at the track and led 104 laps at the 1.54-mile oval. Race Rewind: After starting from the 26th position, Burton battled to a 12th-place finish in the 2012 AdvoCare 500 under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway.-Richard Childress Racing
Double-duty for Kevin Harvick at Atlanta 08-27-2013
Kevin Harvick
In addition to driving the No. 29 Jimmy John's Chevrolet SS in Sunday night's Sprint Cup race, Kevin Harvick will pilot the No. 33 Bad Boy Buggies Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Saturday, Aug. 31. He earned his only Sprint Cup Series victory at the 1.54-mile quad-oval in his first start at the track, in only his third-career Series start during the 2001 season. In addition to his trip to Victory Lane, he has five top-five and eight top-10 finishes, holds an average starting position of 18.7, coupled with an average finishing position of 19.2, has completed 97.6 percent (6,927 of 7,100) of the laps contested and is credited with 237 laps led.-Richard Childress Racing
Paul Menard Atlanta Motor Speedway notes 08-27-2013
Paul Menard
Paul Menard (27 Chevrolet) has 11 starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway with his best start of 19th and best finish of fifth both coming in 2010. The Wisconsin native has completed 3,527 of 3,602 laps attempted (97.9 percent) at the 1.54-mile Georgia track. After making two starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen International (2003 and 2005), Menard made his oval-track debut in NASCAR's premier series at Atlanta Motor Speedway in March 2006. At that appearance, he started 22nd and finished an impressive seventh.-Richard Childress Racing
United Mining Equipment adds to Yeley's races 08-27-2013
J.J. Yeley
United Mining Equipment has added two additional races to their schedule aboard the No. 36 Chevrolet with Tommy Baldwin Racing and driver J.J. Yeley. The first added race is this coming weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway's AdvoCare 500. The second race will be the upcoming Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.-140 BUZZ
Kyle Busch Advocare 500 advance 08-27-2013
Kyle Busch
The Advocare 500 will mark Kyle Busch's (18 Toyota) 16th Sprint Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch has one win, three top-five finishes and four top-10s, and he's led a total of 385 laps in his 15 career Sprint Cup starts at Atlanta. His average Atlanta finish is 16.9. He has earned 99 overall wins driving Toyota equipment in NASCAR's top three series. Coincidentally, Atlanta was the site of Toyota's first Sprint Cup win when Busch drove his No. 18 Camry to victory lane in March 2008.-True Speed Communication
Michael Annett at Atlanta Motor Speedway 08-27-2013
Michael Annett
Michael Annett (43 Ford) has four starts at the mile-and-a-half Atlanta Motor Speedway, earning one top-10 finish last year. In those four starts, his average finish is 16.2, his best start of 14th and his best finish of 10th both came in last year's race. The two-year old NNS team at Richard Petty Motorsports followed its NASCAR Sprint Cup teammates this week to test at another mile-and-a-half track, Chicagoland Speedway.-Breaking Limits
Ambrose poised for third consecutive Top-10 08-27-2013
Marcos Ambrose
Marcos Ambrose (9 Ford) has turned a corner in the past three races posting two top-10 finishes and winning a pole. Ambrose will ride that momentum into the Atlanta Motor Speedway and hopes to celebrate his 37th birthday in Victory Lane. He posted top-13 finishes in his last three 1.5-mile track races, including a sixth-place finish at Michigan. With seven starts under his belt and a top-10 finish at the track in 2010, Ambrose looks to break the top-five for his first time at the Georgia mile-and-a-half track.-Breaking Limits
Elliott Sadler Atlanta advance notes 08-27-2013
Elliott Sadler
Elliott Sadler (11 Toyota) has seven Nationwide Series starts at the 1.45-mile Atlanta track, with one top-five and four top-10 finishes, with a best finish of fourth in 2012. The driver also has 24 starts in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with three top-10 finishes and 18 laps led. Sadler sits in the third position in the Nationwide Series driver championship point standings, 11 points behind the leader with 10 races remaining in the 2013 season. -Drivers Choice Marketing
Chris Buescher Atlanta advance 08-27-2013
ARCA Series regular Chris Buescher will make his first NASCAR Nationwide Series start at Atlanta this weekend behind the wheel of the No. 16 Ford Mustang. Atlanta marks Buescher's sixth NNS start this season and his eighth overall. In his seven previous starts, his best finish is seventh, which he earned this season at both Bristol and Michigan.The Car: The team brings chassis RK-730 to the track for the second time this season. This chassis last raced to seventh at Michigan International Speedway with Buescher behind the wheel.-Roush Fenway Racing
Atlanta tire test knowledge key for Gilliland 08-27-2013
David Gilliland
David Gilliland wasn't on site for the Goodyear tire test at Atlanta three weeks ago, but he firmly believes he'll benefit from it. Teammate David Ragan participated in the test and brought back some knowledge about how the Gen-6 car runs on the 1.5-mile oval that can help the entire Front Row Motorsports organization. Gilliland has 11 career starts at Atlanta with a top finish of 20th (2010).-Breaking Limits
David Ragan heats up...and so do the Peanuts 08-27-2013
David Ragan
After finishing 12th at Bristol on Saturday night, David Ragan (34 Ford) feels he's just getting warmed up. Things are about to get even hotter he heads to sizzling Atlanta Motor Speedway with Peanut Patch Hot Boiled Peanuts on his Ford Fusion. Ragan will bring the experience of participating in a recent tire test at the 1.5-mile oval as well as 10 previous Atlanta starts when he takes the green flag for Sunday night's AdvoCare 500. His best finish at the venue is eighth (2008).-Breaking Limits
Travis Pastrana Atlanta advance 08-27-2013
Travis Pastrana
Travis Pastrana (60 Ford) has one previous start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Last season he started 16th and ran strong, leading his first laps in NASCAR competition, but finished 26th after contact with the wall, with 26 laps remaining. Recapping Bristol: Pastrana qualified 11th for a Friday night race under the lights at the "World's Fastest Half-Mile". Pastrana and finished in 13th. He remains 14th in the NNS point standings.-Roush Fenway Racing
Ross Chastain Canadian Tire event preview 08-27-2013
Ross Chastain (19 Ford F-150) will make his eighth start for Brad Keselowski Racing (BKR) in the Chevrolet Silverado 250 this Sunday afternoon at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the Series' inaugural debut at the historical track.. This Sunday will mark Chastain's first career road course start in any form of racing. The No. 19 BKR team now sits sixth in the NCWTS owner points standings, 65 points back from first.-Brad Keselowski Racing
Crew changes for Brian Vickers on the No. 55 08-27-2013
Brian Vickers
Michael Waltrip Racing announced Scott Miller, its vice-president of competition, will oversee the crew chief duties on No. 55 Aaron's Dream Machine Toyota for the remainder of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season. Miller will take the lead role on the team working with driver Brian Vickers. He replaces Rodney Childers who remains under contract with MWR through December 31. Billy Scott, a race engineer with MWR since 2008 and exclusive to the No. 55 the past two seasons, will take an elevated role in car set up and race weekend preparations. Vickers will drive the No. 55 in the remaining 2013 races except at Talladega when two-time Daytona 500 champion Michael Waltrip climbs behind the wheel.-Michael Waltrip Racing
Jeff Gordon back to site of Sprint Cup debut 08-27-2013
Jeff Gordon
Jeff Gordon's notes of interest at Atlanta, the site of his 1992 Sprint Cup Series debut. Along with five wins at the 1.54-mile Georgia track, Gordon (24 Chevrolet) has two poles while leading active drivers with 16 top-fives, 25 top-10's and 1,280 laps led in 39 starts. After a seventh-place run at Bristol last weekend, he chopped 15 points off the deficit to 10th and is only 11 points out of that guaranteed berth with two races remaining before the field is set for the Chase.-Performance PR Plus