Memorable NASCAR moments at Atlanta
By Staff Report | Sunday, March 21, 2021
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With NASCAR hitting Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, NASCAR.com takes a look back at some of the sport's top moments at the 1.54-mile facility.
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Kyle Busch's win in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta put him atop the all-time wins list in the series. The victory gave him 52 in the series, breaking a tie he held with Ron Hornaday Jr. The NASCAR Cup Series race that weekend would mark Busch's 500th Cup start.
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Kevin Harvick paid tribute to Dale Earnhardt after his victory at Atlanta -- his first win there since winning there in 2001 when he was just a handful of starts into his NASCAR Cup Series career.
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Jimmie Johnson picked up his 76th premier series win to tie Dale Earnhardt for seventh in all-time NASCAR Cup Series wins. Dale Earnhardt Jr. congratulated his teammate in Victory Lane.
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NASCAR President Mike Helton presented a framed piece of artwork to Jeff Gordon after Gordon's 85th career win moved him into third place all time.
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Kyle Busch became the first driver to win a NASCAR Cup Series race and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race in the same weekend.
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The birth of the backflip -- Carl Edwards' first premier series win came at Atlanta in 2005. He would go on to win again at the track in the fall.
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Kevin Harvick's first premier series win comes as a replacement driver three races after Dale Earnhardt's death.
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A fierce battle over the final 20 laps ends with Dale Earnhardt nipping Bobby Labonte at the line for his 75th career premier series win.
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In one of the most iconic races in NASCAR history, Richard Petty drove in his final premier series start, Jeff Gordon drove in his first premier series start and Alan Kulwicki won an unlikely championship.
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Bill Elliott won the All-Star Race, the only time the event wasn't held at Charlotte Motor Speedway prior to 2020.
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Cale Yarborough and the Wood Brothers mastered Atlanta in the late 1960s. Here, Yarborough won his third consecutive race at the track.
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Richard Petty won this event, but the talk was about Fred Lorenzen's Ford. The infamous "yellow banana," a machine built by Junior Johnson, had several questionable aerodynamic modifications and would only run once in NASCAR. This race.