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BK Racing Atlanta Recap.

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (February 29, 2016) –  Matt DiBenedetto, driver of the No. 83 Sewanee Toyota Camry, finished in the 29th position on Sunday in the second event of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season at Atlanta Motor Speedway after suffering from a loose handling car for much of the afternoon. Teammate David Ragan, driver of the No. 23 Dr Pepper Toyota Camry, finished in the 32nd position following a multi-car accident on the last lap.
“We had a solid day, learned a lot with the handling conditions we had today,” said DiBenedetto. “I really enjoyed the new downforce package and look forward to driving that this season. It’s going to be a fun year for the 83 team!”
“It stinks to get torn up on the last lap of the race,” Ragan said. “I had a lot of fun racing with the low downforce package and working on our Dr Pepper Camry throughout the race. We’ll take the good with the bad and move on to Las Vegas.”
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 marked the 2016 debut of NASCAR’s new low-aerodynamic configuration tested in 2015. The effects of the new package were evident from the drop of the green flag as drivers slipped and slid around the speedway.
 
The first caution of the race came out on Lap 210, ending a green-flag run that started at the drop of the green flag. This is now the longest caution-free start to a race in track history.
On the final restart at Lap 328, DiBenedetto and Ragan both restarted inside of the top-30. NASCAR overtime caused havoc as a multi-car crash on the backstretch involved Ragan. As the race ended under yellow flag conditions, DiBenedetto finished 29th while Ragan officially was scored in 32nd.
Next week the BK Racing team travels to Las Vegas Motor Speedway for week one of NASCAR Goes West. The Kobalt Tools 400 will be on Sunday, March 6 with coverage beginning at 3:00 p.m. (EST) on FOX.

Jimmie Johnson Wins in Atlanta, Ties Earnhardt on Win List

 

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Johnson Earns His 76th Win And Takes Place in Record Books Along Side Dale Earnhardt

On a day that saw many green flag laps and tire management becoming a big part of the race, Jimmie Johnson in his #48 Lowes Chevrolet tied one of the greatest drivers in NASCAR history Dale Earnhardt Sr. with his 76th win. Jimmie and the late Dale Earnhardt Sr. are now tied for 7th

The low down force package did not lead to many cautions and at one point in the race they logged 210 green flag laps, the longest  stretch in the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway. With few cautions  and most pits stops under green only 12 cars finished on the lead lap.

A late race overtime restart in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway sealed the win for Jimmie Johnson in his  509th start. Ironically Dale Earnhardt Jr. finished right behind him in second rebounding from his crash at Daytona.  With the new overtime rules in effect a crash just before the white flag on the green, white, checker  ended  the race and put the #48 in victory lane.

February 28 2016: Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr race during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
February 28 2016: Jamie McMurray, Jimmie Johnson and Ricky Stenhouse Jr race during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

That final restart proved costly for Jimmy Johns#4 Kevin Havick who lead a race high 131 laps and looked to be on his way to a victory. He spun his tires and then got shuffled back to 6th place in the final standings.

Other notables in the race:

#22 Matt Kenseth  in the Dollar General Toyota who had to serve a black flag penalty after his gas man put a wrench on the trunk while fueling which was violation, Matt had to pit to serve a penalty  because of that violation ruining a day  with a car capable of winning early on but ending up 19th 2 laps down.

#22 Chase Elliot in the NAPA Auto Parts #24 was happy to put Daytona behind him but had to fight a loose race ca through the 210 lap green flag run finishing as the highest rookie in 8th place.

The Busch brothers finished 3rd and 4th today. #18 Kyle the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion in the M & M’s Toyota got his second top 5 of the  season, moving from 3rd to 1 st in the point standings, a great day after starting in 39th. Kyle’s pole winning time was disallowed after qualifying moving him to 39th on the starting grid and with the lack of cautions made his 3rd place run even more remarkable.  #41 Kyle in the Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet started on the pole and led 51 laps himself but had to settle on finishing 5th one spot  behind his brother.

February 28 2016: Aric Almirola's car erupts in flames at the conclusion of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)
February 28 2016: Aric Almirola’s car erupts in flames at the conclusion of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA. (Photo by Stephen Furst/Myracenews.com)

#43 Aric Almirola’s day ending in spectacular fashion.  Aric driving the Richard Petty Motorsports Smithfields Ford. was involved in a  4 car wreck on the back stretch. The wreck pushed him back to 15th in the finishing order. His car caught fire as he circled back to the pits after his wreck but the flames were quickly extinguished, Aric was uninjured.

Next up is the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the Kobalt 400 on Sunday March 6th.

 

 

 

 

Kyle Busch Captures Coors Light Pole, Ryan Preece Takes the 21st Qualifying Spot at Atlanta.

Stephen Furst Photo

HAMPTON, GA - FEBRUARY 27: Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR XFINITY Series Heads Up Georgia 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on February 27, 2016 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota,. (Photo by Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)

Kyle Busch took the Coors Light pole for today’s Xfinity Heads Up  Georgia 250 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway.  Former NASCAR Whelen Modified champion Ryan Preece qualified 21st on his first visit to the lightning fast speedway. This weekend was the first of many races where Ryan will be racing on tracks across the country he has never even seen.  Fox Sports1 will have all the action at 1;30 this afternoon. #NASCAR #RyanPreece #Atlantamotorspeedway

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