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Atlanta Motor Speedway

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

March 21st, 2021

RESULTS

START POS

FINAL STATUS

LAPS COMPLETED

LAPS LED

POINTS

PLAYOFF POINTS

1

Ryan Blaney

12 |

10

Running

325

25

57

5

2

Kyle Larson

5 |

6

Running

325

269

55

2

3

Alex Bowman

48 |

14

Running

325

0

47

0

4

Denny Hamlin

11 |

1

Running

325

27

41

0

5

Kyle Busch

18 |

19

Running

325

0

48

0

6

Austin Dillon

3 |

13

Running

325

0

35

0

7

Chris Buescher

17 |

17

Running

325

0

35

0

8

William Byron

24 |

9

Running

325

2

36

0

9

Martin Truex Jr

19 |

2

Running

325

0

32

0

10

Kevin Harvick

4 |

7

Running

325

0

27

0

11

Matt DiBenedetto

21 |

20

Running

325

0

31

0

12

Ricky Stenhouse Jr

47 |

12

Running

325

0

25

0

13

Ryan Newman

6 |

28

Running

325

0

24

0

14

Ross Chastain

42 |

21

Running

325

0

23

0

15

Joey Logano

22 |

3

Running

324

0

22

0

16

Bubba Wallace

23 |

15

Running

324

0

21

0

17

Daniel Suarez

99 |

25

Running

324

1

21

0

18

Cole Custer

41 |

27

Running

324

0

19

0

19

Michael McDowell

34 |

18

Running

324

0

18

0

20

Aric Almirola

10 |

16

Running

324

0

17

0

21

Christopher Bell

20 |

8

Running

323

0

16

0

22

Austin Cindric

33 |

39

Running

323

0

0

0

23

Chase Briscoe

14 |

24

Running

323

0

14

0

24

Erik Jones

43 |

22

Running

323

0

13

0

25

Ryan Preece

37 |

23

Running

323

0

12

0

26

Tyler Reddick

8 |

29

Running

323

0

11

0

27

Anthony Alfredo

38 |

32

Running

322

0

10

0

28

Brad Keselowski

2 |

4

Running

321

0

9

0

29

Corey Lajoie

7 |

30

Running

319

0

8

0

30

Justin Haley

77 |

26

Running

319

0

0

0

31

Cody Ware

51 |

33

Running

316

0

0

0

32

James Davison

15 |

34

Running

316

0

5

0

33

Quin Houff

00 |

35

Running

314

0

4

0

34

BJ McLeod

78 |

31

Running

313

0

0

0

35

Joey Gase

53 |

36

Running

308

0

2

0

36

Timmy Hill

66 |

38

Running

305

0

0

0

37

Josh Bilicki

52 |

37

Running

285

0

1

0

38

Chase Elliott

9 |

5

Engine

220

0

4

0

39

Kurt Busch

1 |

11

Accident

113

1

8

0

  • #1 | LEADER

    Ryan Blaney

    #1

    LEADER

    Ryan Blaney

    12|

  • #2 | 2.083

    Kyle Larson

    #2

    2.083

    Kyle Larson

    5|

  • #3 | 10.291

    Alex Bowman

    #3

    10.291

    Alex Bowman

    48|

Ryan Blaney bypasses dominant Larson at Atlanta, lands first Cup Series win of 2021

You can call Ryan Blaney “The Spoiler.”

With a pass for the lead with eight laps left in Sunday‘s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Blaney took the air out of an otherwise dominating performance by Kyle Larson, who had to settle for second place after winning the first two stages and leading 269 of 325 laps.

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“Gosh, we had a great long-run car all day,” Blaney said after climbing from his No. 12 Team Penske Ford. “It took us a little bit to get going. I was pretty free all day, so we made a really good change to tighten me up where I needed it.

“It looked like Kyle was getting loose, and I‘m happy it worked into our favor that there were a couple of long runs at the end (that) let us kind of get there, and he got slowed up behind some lapped traffic. … It‘s nice to close out a race like that — it was awesome.”

Blaney‘s first victory at Atlanta and the fifth of his career extended the streak of different NASCAR Cup Series winners this season to six. The victory was the fifth straight at the 1.54-mile track for Ford drivers.

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For the fourth time in his career, Larson swept the first two stages of a race and failed to win the event.

“I think he (Blaney) just got a lot better that last stage, and that changed up my flow of the race a little bit,” said Larson, who won each of the first two stages by more than six seconds. “I could get out to such big leads, and I could take care of my stuff and run the bottom where it was maybe slower, but I could take care of my tires.

“He was fast there (in the final run), and I just wanted to maintain that gap that I had, so I had to run in the faster part of the race track and just used my stuff up. He was a lot better than me there late in the run. I hate to lead a lot of laps and lose, but we had a really good car that we brought to the track. Our (No. 5) Hendrick Cars Chevy was stupid-fast there for a long time. I don‘t know if we got that much worse, or if he got way better.”

Alex Bowman ran third, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10.

The first two stages featured only one caution for an on-track incident. On a restart on Lap 113, after the break at the end of Stage 1, Kyle Busch spun his tires at the front of the pack in the outside lane, causing Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch to check up behind him.

Kurt Busch steered down to the middle lane, but off-center contact from Hamlin‘s Toyota sent the No. 1 Chevrolet into the Turn 1 wall and out of the race.

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“Yeah, I think the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) was the outside-lead car,” said Kurt Busch, who ran near the front of the field throughout the first stage. “The No. 9 (Elliott) kind of checked-up, too. I checked up. … It was just the accordion effect and then I jumped to the middle. I‘m like ‘I‘m here‘; I positioned myself. It wasn‘t like I rearranged my lanes and made another block.

“He (Hamlin) didn‘t do anything vicious or malicious there. It‘s a 500-miler, and these are the days that it hurts the worst. This absolutely hurts the worst because we had a top-five, winning Monster Energy Chevy.”

Elliott, the reigning series champion, sustained damage on that same restart, but his troubles didn‘t become terminal until the third stage, when his engine blew to cause the fifth caution of the afternoon.

RELATED: Chase Elliott’s engine breaks during run at Atlanta

“Yeah, obviously we broke a motor there later on,” Elliott said. “We got some damage there on that restart. Kyle (Busch) kind of spun his tires and then I was pushing him, and Kurt (Busch) was pushing me. We all just really jammed together hard and ended up hurting the nose some. I don‘t know if that had something to do with breaking the engine or not.”

Early tire troubles ruined the afternoon for defending race winner Harvick, who pitted with a flat left rear as the rest of the field restarted on Lap 32 after a competition caution. Larson lapped Harvick later in the first stage, and the 2014 series champion didn‘t get the lap back until he took a wave-around under the fifth caution, for Elliott‘s blown engine.

Harvick battled back to finish 10th but could advance no further.

RELATED: Kevin Harvick’s flat tire forces him down pit road early

The Cup Series’ next event is the Food City Dirt Race, scheduled next Sunday (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN, SiriusXM) on Bristol Motor Speedway’s dirt surface. It’s the first race on dirt for NASCAR’s top division since 1970.

Notes: Blaney’s win extended Ford’s streak of Atlanta victories to five in a row. … The Cup Series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 11. It’s the first time since 2010 that the track has held two annual events for the series. … Inspection in the NASCAR Cup Series garage turned up no issues.