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The Underdog House: Shake ‘N’ Bake, Baby! Ross Chastain Does His Version of Talladega Nights

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Ross Chastain led the NASCAR Cup Series underdogs by scoring a surprise win at Talladega. It is Trackhouse Racing Team’s second Cup victory in just 56 starts.

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

Atlanta Motor Speedway

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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?

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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Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Shines, Tops Atlanta Cup Practice

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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 …

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The Underdog House: Erik Jones Returns No. 43 to Former Glory

#43: Erik Jones, Petty GMS, Chevrolet Camaro FOCUSfactor

It had been nearly a decade since Richard Petty’s famous No. 43 had started on the front row for a NASCAR Cup Series race. The last occurrence happened in 2013, when Aric Almirola sat on the pole for the fall Talladega event.

However, the streak came to a halt with the Wise Power 400 at Auto Club Speedway (Feb. 27) when Erik Jones piloted the No. 43 to the outside pole position.

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