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Dropping the Hammer: Atlanta’s NASCAR Future Is Here. Survey Says…?

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After a full reconfiguration of Atlanta Motor Speedway produced racing SMI CEO Marcus Smith called “sports entertainment,” did the powers that be get this right?

Couch Potato Tuesday: What Was NASCAR On FOX Doing at Atlanta Showing All Those Kids?

NASCAR cars race on the frontstretch at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2022 with NASCAR On FOX covering the TV Broadcast. Photo: NKP

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A closer look at NASCAR On FOX broadcasts at Atlanta Motor Speedway for 2022 examines why specific children in the stands became the central focus of coverage.

Stat Sheet: Bad Luck Biting Ryan Blaney Despite a Strong NASCAR 2022 Start

Kurt Busch at Atlanta Motor Speedway, March 2022. Photo: NKP

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Strong competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway set new NASCAR records in 2022. Joy Tomlinson delves into the numbers, including another Ryan Blaney tough break.

The Underdog House: Trackhouse Racing Has Arrived

Ross Chastain of Trackhouse Racing Team takes a minute to reflect at the L.A. Clash at the Coliseum. (Photo: NKP)

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Top Dog: Ross Chastain For nearly the past month, Ross Chastain has been the definition of bittersweet. He is enjoying the best run of his NASCAR Cup Series career thus far, leading laps and competing for wins. The last two weeks at Phoenix Raceway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway, he finished second and third. He …

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Thinkin’ Out Loud: 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

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What happened? HAMPTON, Ga. – William Byron won his third career NASCAR Cup Series race in a late-race skirmish at a newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway. Ross Chastain, Kurt Busch, Daniel Suarez and Corey Lajoie, who earned his first career top-five result, completed the first five positions. How did it happen? With around 10 laps to …

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Stock Car Scoop: How Did NASCAR’s Reconfigured Atlanta Fare?

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NASCAR returned to the East Coast for a date with the newly reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway, which provided viewers with more superspeedway-style racing and a winner in Hendrick Motorsports’ William Byron. However, with a number of tires failing, the reconfiguration itself and more, there’s plenty to discuss after a wild Sunday (Mar. 20) afternoon in …

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Up to Speed: Reserve Judgement on the New Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Nobody knew for sure what to expect at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Since its last race weekend in July 2021, the track was repaved and reconfigured, most notably with narrower, slightly steeper turns. The intended effect was to create a new style of racing at Atlanta, something that would resemble superspeedway racing more closely than the …

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The Big 6: Questions Answered After the 2022 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

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Who… should you be talking about after the race? A total of 20 drivers led — without multiple green flag pit cycles — but only one led the last lap, and it was William Byron standing in victory lane when the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was all over at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Byron had …

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