The stars of the NASCAR Cup Series got their first taste of the refreshed Atlanta Motor Speedway with their only practice session of the weekend Saturday (March 19), and in a surprise, it was JTG Daugherty Racing driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. claiming the top spot with a lap at 186.616 mph, just a hair quicker than Kyle Busch, who clocked in at 186.391 mph.
Like the Camping World Truck and Xfinity series before them, the Cup drivers had their qualifying washed out Friday, so last week’s winner Chase Briscoe will start on pole for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Stenhouse, who was quickest in Cup practice, will start 28th, while Busch starts fourth.
FOX will have TV coverage of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, March 20, starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, with the green flag flying just after 3 p.m.