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DateSunday, March 1SiteAtlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
Track1.54-mile ovalCapacity99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
AnnouncersRadioPerformance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
Start Time1 p.m. ETLaps325
Pick to WinPick to Win - Matt KensethDarkhorse
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - finished 33
Defending ChampionKasey KahneRunner UpMatt Kenseth
Last Year's Pole WinnerKevin Harvick (finished 19)  


Qualifying RecordsGeoffrey Bodine, 1997 (197.478 mph)Race RecordBobby Labonte, 1997 (159.904 mph)
Total PursePayouts

2014 Finish

1Kasey Kahne10
6Danica Patrick27
2Matt Kenseth5
7Ryan Newman4
3Denny Hamlin17
8Kyle Larson3
4Jimmie Johnson16
9Aric Almirola7
5Carl Edwards11
10Greg Biffle18

Facts and Figures

Average Speed131.514 mphTime of Race3 hrs., 55 mins., 22 secs.
Margin of Victory0.574 secs.Caution Flags10 for 56 laps
Lead Changes21 among 6 driversPole WinnerKevin Harvick (190.398 mph)

Past Winners

YearDriverCarSpeed Time
2014Kasey KahneChevrolet131.514 mph
2013Kyle BuschToyota135.128 mph
2012Denny HamlinToyota142.020 mph
2011Jeff GordonChevrolet124.623 mph
2010Tony StewartChevrolet129.041 mph
2009Kasey KahneDodge134.033 mph
2008Carl EdwardsFord134.272 mph
2007Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet135.260 mph
2006Tony StewartChevrolet143.421 mph
2005Carl EdwardsFord146.834 mph
2004Jimmie JohnsonChevrolet145.847 mph
2003Jeff GordonChevrolet127.769 mph
2002Kurt BuschFord127.519 mph
2001Bobby LabontePontiac151.756 mph
2000Jerry NadeauChevrolet141.296 mph
1999Bobby LabontePontiac137.932 mph
1998Jeff GordonChevrolet114.915 mph
1997Bobby LabontePontiac159.904 mph
1996Bobby LabonteChevrolet134.661 mph
1995Dale EarnhardtChevrolet163.633 mph
1994Mark MartinFord148.982 mph
1993Rusty WallacePontiac125.221 mph
1992Bill ElliottFord133.322 mph
1991Mark MartinFord137.968 mph
1990Morgan ShepherdFord140.911 mph
1989Dale EarnhardtChevrolet140.229 mph
1988Rusty WallacePontiac129.024 mph
1987Bill ElliottFord139.047 mph
1986Dale EarnhardtChevrolet152.523 mph
1985Bill ElliottFord139.597 mph
1984Dale EarnhardtChevrolet(134.610 mph
1983Neil BonnettChevrolet137.643 mph
1982Bobby AllisonBuick130.884 mph
1981Neil BonnettFord130.391 mph
1980Cale YarboroughChevrolet131.190 mph
1979Neil BonnettMercury137.643 mph
1978Donnie AllisonChevrolet124.312 mph
1977Darrell WaltripChevrolet110.052 mph
1976Dave MarcisDodge127.396 mph
1975Buddy BakerFord130.900 mph
1974Richard PettyDodge131.651 mph
1973David PearsonMercury130.211 mph
1972Bobby AllisonChevrolet131.295 mph
1971Richard PettyPlymouth120.061 mph
1970Richard PettyPlymouth142.712 mph
1969LeeRoy YarboroughFord133.001 mph
1968LeeRoy YarboroughMercury127.068 mph
1967Dick HutchersonFord132.286 mph
1966Richard PettyPlymouth130.244 mph
1965Marvin PanchFord110.120 mph
1964Ned JarrettFord112.535 mph
1963Junior JohnsonChevrolet121.139 mph
1962Rex WhiteChevrolet124.896 mph
1961David PearsonPontiac125.230 mph
1960Bobby JohnsPontiac134.596 mph

Past Pole Winners

2014Kevin Harvick19
2013Ricky Stenhouse Jr.16
2012Tony Stewart22
2011Kasey Kahne34
2010Denny Hamlin43
2009Martin Truex Jr26
2007Greg Biffle22
2005Ryan Newman23
2004Ryan Newman17
2003Ryan Newman29
2001Dale Earnhardt Jr7
2000Jeff Gordon4
1999Kevin Lepage17
1998Kenny Irwin Jr16
1997Geoffrey Bodine33
1996Bobby Labonte1
1995Darrell Waltrip16
1994Greg Sacks39
1993Harry Gant28
1992Rick Mast28
1991Bill Elliott3
1990Rusty Wallace9
1989Alan Kulwicki13
1988Rusty Wallace1
1987Bill Elliott1
1986Bill Elliott3
1985Harry Gant8
1984Bill Elliott2
1983Tim Richmond29
1982Morgan Shepherd25
1981Harry Gant20
1980Bobby Allison38
1979Buddy Baker39
1978Cale Yarborough8
1977Sam Sommers28
1976Buddy Baker5
1975Dave Marcis2
1974Cale Yarborough14
1973Richard Petty33
1972David Pearson3
1971Buddy Baker25
1970Fred Lorenzen22
1969Cale Yarborough7
1968Buddy Baker36
1967Darel Dieringer18
1966Curtis Turner24
1965Fred Lorenzen23
1964Junior Johnson27
1963Marvin Panch3
1962Fireball Roberts10
1961Fireball Roberts3
1960Fireball Roberts34

Last Race Results

Daytona 500 (Feb. 22)

SiteDaytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, FloridaMiles507.5
Laps203Pole WinnerJeff Gordon (finished 33)
Time of Race3 hrs., 8 mins., 2 secs.Average Speed161.939 mph
Margin of VictoryUnder CautionCaution Flags7 for 26 laps
Lead Changes27 among 12 drivers  
Lap Leaders: J. Gordon 1; J. Johnson 2-13; J. Gordon 14-19; J. Yeley 20; M. J. Gordon 1; J. Johnson 2-13; J. Gordon 14-19; J. Yeley 20; M. Annett 21; C. Mears 22; J. Gordon 23-45; J. Logano 46-51; J. Gordon 52-86; C. Edwards 87; D. Hamlin 88; J. Gordon 89-107; A. Allmendinger 108; J. Gordon 109--; D. Hamlin 112; J. Logano 113; D. Earnhardt Jr. 114-145; J. Logano 146-153; G. Biffle 154-155; J. Logano 156-157; J. Johnson 158-165; C. Edwards 166-167; J. Johnson 168-180; J. Logano 181; J. Johnson 182-187; M. Truex Jr. 188; D. Hamlin 189-190; J. Logano 191-203.
Winner: Joey Logano
Second: Kevin Harvick
Third: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Fourth: Denny Hamlin
Fifth: Jimmie Johnson

Entry List

1Jamie McMurray(Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski(Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Detroit Genuine Parts
3Austin Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick(Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's/Budweiser
5 *Kasey Kahne(Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
6Trevor Bayne(Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman(Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/Nikko/Toy State
9Sam Hornish Jr.(Defiance, OH)Ford/Medallion Bank
10Danica Patrick(Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin(Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears(Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart(Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer(Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle(Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr.(Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third Bank
18David Ragan(Unadilla, GA)Toyota/M&M's Crispy
19Carl Edwards(Columbia, MO)Toyota/Arris
20Matt Kenseth(Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano(Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23J.J. Yeley(Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon(Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/3M
26Jeb Burton(Halifax, VA)Toyota/Maxim Fantasy Sports App.
27Paul Menard(Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29Reed Sorenson(Peachtree City, GA)Toyota/TBA
30Ron Hornaday Jr.(Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
31Ryan Newman(South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss(Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Rimrock Design
33Ty Dillon(Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
34Joe Nemechek(Lakeland, FLFord/CSX-Play It Safe
35Cole Whitt(Alpine, CA)Ford/Rinnai Tankless Water Heat
38David Gilliland(Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill(Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Snap Fitness
41Regan Smith(Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson(Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Energizer
43Aric Almirola(Tampa, FL)Ford/Fresh From Florida
44Travis Kvapil(Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
46Michael Annett(Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger(Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Better Than Bouillon
48Jimmie Johnson(El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier(Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brett Moffitt(Grimes, IA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan(Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/TBA
66Mike Wallace(St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr.(Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto(Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr.(Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Kelley Blue Book
95Michael McDowell(Glendale, AZ)Ford/Thrivent Financial
98Josh Wise(Riverside, CA)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing

Leading Contenders

Kasey Kahne38933Won32342336Won
Matt Kenseth444121199122
Denny Hamlin82436438Won383
Jimmie Johnson2Won2363234284
Carl Edwards72Won372536185
Danica Patrick------------------29216
Ryan Newman30371698203557
Kyle Larson------------------------8
Aric Almirola---------21------32209
Greg Biffle52210103612151510
Dale Earnhardt Jr325111722197811
Jamie McMurray40267281516241112
Joey Logano---------22272418214
Jeff Gordon679813Won2617
Kevin Harvick31151323375919
Clint Bowyer2562029736273938
Brad Keselowski------------25633539
Tony Stewart522813322---41
The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the second race on the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule. As part of NASCAR's major scheduling changes for this year, Atlanta will be held on March 1 after the track had its date on Labor Day weekend from 2009-14. Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile speedway. The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970. It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990. The track layout was reversed and re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997. This track has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,332 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,800 feet. There have been 107 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Atlanta. Until 2010, there have been two races per season except 1961, which had three. This year marks the fifth season with only one event. Fireball Roberts started on the pole and won the inaugural Cup Series race at this track, the Dixie 300, on July 31, 1960. Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most victories at Atlanta with nine. Cale Yarborough has the second most wins there with seven. Jeff Gordon leads all drivers entered in this year's race with five victories at this track. Eleven drivers have posted consecutive wins at Atlanta: Marvin Panch (1965 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), David Pearson (1973 sweep), Richard Petty (1974 fall, 1975 spring), Cale Yarborough (1980 fall, 1981 spring), Bill Elliott (1985 sweep; 1992 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1989 fall, 1990 spring; 1995 fall, 1996 spring), Bobby Labonte (1997 fall, 1998 spring), Jeff Gordon (1998 fall, 1999 spring), Carl Edwards (2005 sweep), Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep). Kasey Kahne is the defending race winner. Hendrick Motorsports and the Wood Brothers share the record for most car owner wins at this track with 12 each. Joe Gibbs Racing is next in line with 11 victories. Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman share the record for most poles at Atlanta with seven each. Newman won six consecutive poles there from 2003-05. His most recent pole at this track came in the spring of 2007. The race winner at this track has started on the pole 14 times, but no driver has accomplished that feat there since Kahne did it in March 2006. Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Atlanta occurred on March 11, 2001 when Kevin Harvick beat Gordon to the finish line by only 0.006 seconds. Carl Edwards and Harvick are those active drivers who scored their first career Cup victories at this track. Harvick, in just his third start, claimed his maiden win in the series at Atlanta in the spring of 2001. Edwards won his first races in both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series there in March 2005. Three drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Atlanta: Gordon (Nov. 15, 1992), Martin Truex Jr. (Oct. 31, 2004) and Reed Sorenson (Oct. 30, 2005). One driver on the entry list scored his maiden pole in the series at this track: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2013). Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Atlanta. Busch won the spring event there on March 9, 2008 when he was 22 years, 10 months and 7 days old. When Morgan Shepherd was 51 years, 5 months and 8 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on March 20, 1993. The next race in the series is the March 8 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.
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