Atlanta 101: TV times, starting lineup, odds, track insights

Before you tune in for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (3 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio), take some time to check out important details you need to know.

An exciting day of Cup Series coverage begins with NASCAR RaceDay at 1 p.m. ET on FS1 before moving over to FOX at 2:30 p.m. ET for the remainder of the race. Green flag is scheduled for 3:19 p.m. ET.

STARTING LINEUP

2012 Atlanta winner Denny Hamlin claims this week’s Busch Pole Award, lining up alongside Joe Gibbs Racing teammate Martin Truex Jr. on the front row. The Team Penske pairing of Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski file in behind, followed by Hendrick Motorsports’ Chase Elliott and Kyle Larson in row three.

Who’s behind them? See Sunday’s full starting lineup.

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ODDS

Still searching for his first victory in 2021, the odds favor Kevin Harvick to get the job done Sunday at Atlanta. The veteran wheelman leads the line at 11-2, heading to a place where he has won three times in his career — most recently a season ago.

Truex and Larson narrowly trail at 13-2, with Keselowski at 7-1 and the polesitter’s odds at 15-2 to round out the top five. Full list of BetMGM odds for Atlanta.

TICKETS AND PREMIUM PACKAGES

Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway has sold out of approved capacity tickets for general grandstand seating.

Fans who still wish to attend have options to purchase premium packages for infield and trackside camping, as well as a Club One membership by visiting the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket site.

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RULES PACKAGE

The NASCAR rules package for intermediate-sized tracks will be in effect this weekend, featuring a tapered spacer used to achieve a target of 550 horsepower. The cars will use aero ducts in addition to other aerodynamic details to increase downforce.

GOODYEAR TIRES

Cup Series teams have 13 sets of Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials to combat the worn and abrasive asphalt surface. While managing tires at any track is no simple feat, Atlanta provides a unique challenge for teams hoping to gain the extra advantage late in the race.

“Atlanta is one of those tracks that we race on where everyone knows going in – it will be four-tire stops all day long,” said Greg Stucker, Goodyear’s director of racing.  “The abrasive surface really wears tires aggressively, and that is something that the drivers and fans seem to enjoy.  Not only do the pit crews become more involved in the outcome of the race because teams will take four tires on every stop, tire management becomes a big part of the equation.”

ATLANTA INSIGHTS, 1.5-MILE PARITY

Atlanta held two races a year from 1960-2010 with the exception of 1961 when three races were held. Atlanta held one race a year from 2011-2020 and will again hold two races in 2021.

Ford has won the last four Atlanta races, tied for the longest manufacturer streak at the track. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have each won two, with Harvick winning two of the last three.

— The last eight 1.5-mile track races were won by eight different drivers and three of the last eight picked up their first-ever Cup Series win on a 1.5-miler.

— Hendrick Motorsports won the last two races on 1.5-mile tracks (William Byron – Homestead, Kyle Larson – Las Vegas). The last time the team won three straight was in 2007 (Charlotte by Jeff Gordon, Atlanta and Texas by Jimmie Johnson.)

Stats provided by Racing Insights 

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FANTASY LIVE

Join NASCAR Fantasy Live to compete weekly for points and bragging rights. Already signed up? Go ahead and build your lineup for Atlanta.

2021 Fantasy Live points leaders are Denny Hamlin (236), Brad Keselowski (197) and Joey Logano (185).

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