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Brad Keselowski Wins, Kevin Harvick Speeds in Atlanta

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Brad Keselowski held off Kyle Larson to win Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The win, his 22nd in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, gives Ford a second win to start the 2017 season. “You never know, that’s how these races are,” Keselowski said. “We had a lot of adversity …

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Ross Chastain Hopes to Find Full-time Driver for Bolen Motorsports

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Nothing gets people’s attention like a strong run on the track. For Ross Chastain, Saturday’s Active Pest Control 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway gave him and his small team some time in the spotlight after finishing 10th in the 130-lap race. Earning team owner Jeff Bolen’s first top-10 finish in 23 Camping World Truck Series …

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Christopher Bell Slays Field Toward Atlanta Truck Win

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Sure, stages may have stirred up this race, but Christopher Bell was the bartender. Leading 99 of 130 laps, the pole-sitter became the first driver to sweep both stages and score the race win Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in his No. 4 Kyle Busch Motorsports Toyota. “This was definitely a race I had circled after …

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Kyle Busch Holds off Brad Keselowski for Atlanta XFINITY Win

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Though he didn’t lead the most laps in Saturday’s Rinnai 250, Kyle Busch pushed hard when it counted on the final restart to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The victory, his first of 2017, is the 87th of his XFINITY Series career and second in a row at Atlanta. “Scott [Graves, crew chief] made some …

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Chase Elliott Leads Final Cup Atlanta Practice

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What better place to be leading the charts than your home track? Georgia native Chase Elliott led the way in final Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a lap time of 29.487 seconds [188.015 mph]. The Hendrick Motorsports driver, who starts 11th in Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, enters …

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Kevin Harvick Earns First Stewart-Haas Pole with Ford at Atlanta

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Stewart-Haas Racing and Ford are sure off to a flying start to the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season. Kevin Harvick won the pole for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, this coming a week after teammate Kurt Busch’s Daytona 500 victory. For Harvick, the pole is the 18th of …

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Ryan Reed Victorious in XFINITY Daytona Thriller

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He did it again. For the second time in the last three years, Ryan Reed has won at Daytona International Speedway in the XFINITY Series. Holding off Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series talents Kasey Kahne and Austin Dillon, Reed earned his second career win after starting from the front row. “I tried to apply everything …

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Kaz Grala Wins, Matt Crafton Flips In Wild Daytona Finish

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In some ways, Friday’s NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway was 2016 all over again. You had a GMS Racing truck headed to Victory Lane with a fellow competitor flipping in his wake. It’s just that the driver holding the trophy now wasn’t even a full-fledged adult this time last year. Pole-sitter Kaz Grala was Friday …

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JJ Yeley Leads Final XFINITY Practice at Daytona

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JJ Yeley leads final XFINITY Series practice at Daytona International Speedway. The No. 14 Toyota driver hit 187.005 mph [48.127 seconds] to take the session unexpectedly. “We didn’t even plan to run second practice,” Yeley said. “I’m really happy with how the thing drove. We got the car to drive a little lower and had …

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Three Cars Fail Can-Am Duel Postrace Inspection

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Thursday night got even more difficult for three Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams. Following the Can-Am Duels at Daytona International Speedway, three teams, Martin Truex Jr., Chris Buescher and AJ Allmendinger, failed postrace height inspection. All three were too low for the legal requirements and will start from the rear in Sunday’s Daytona 500. …

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Chase Elliott Wins 2nd Straight Daytona 500 Pole

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When it comes to the pole winner, not much has changed in the Daytona 500 lately. For the second straight year, it was Chase Elliott winning the pole at Daytona International Speedway in his No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Hitting a speed of 192.872 mph, he won by only 0.002 seconds over teammate Dale Earnhardt …

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Joey Logano Dodges Last-Lap Crash to Win Clash at Daytona

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Team Penske and Joe Gibbs Racing went from following to hitting on the final lap of the Clash at Daytona International Speedway. After contact between Brad Keselowski and Denny Hamlin for the lead in Turn 1, Joey Logano dodged the spinning No. 11 Toyota to take his first win in the rain-postponed Clash at Daytona. …

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