Hendrick Motorsports looks to keep warm as the NASCAR Cup Series moves to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Quaker State 400 on Sunday.
A Hendrick driver has won eight of the last 10 Cup events. Four wins belong to Kyle Larson, while Alex Bowman and Chase Elliott have two apiece. That includes Elliott’s victory last week at Road America. And while the team’s fourth driver, William Byron, has not won since February 28 in Miami, he won pole in last week’s race before Elliott’s victory and is sixth in the Cup points standings.
This week, Elliott will be on pole at his home track. The Dawsonville, Georgia native finished in the top 10 four times in his first six NASCAR Cup races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, but has yet to win on the track. He will look to change that, while his teammate Larson will look for another strong finish as he continues to close the gap between himself and Denny Hamlin in the Cup standings. Hamlin is first, but leads Larson by just three points.
That said, it can be tough for the Hendrick Chevrolets to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The last five races there have been won by Ford drivers. Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick have two wins apiece, while Ryan Blaney won the most recent race earlier this year.
Sporting News is tracking updates and lap-by-lap highlights from Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Quaker State 400 presented by Walmart.
NASCAR Atlanta Live Updates, Quaker State 400 Highlights
4:09 pm – Caution 2 (Lap 31). Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Daniel Suarez were involved in an accident along with Cody Ware. Looks like Ware turned around a bit and cut Stenhouse.
4:05 pm – Denny Hamlin takes over first after pit row, replacing him for his teammate Kyle Busch. Elliott had a difficult pit stop, went too far forward and had to put his car in reverse. That took a couple of seconds.
4:02 pm – Caution 1 (Lap 25). We are on a competition yellow flag with lap 25 on the books. So far there are no major issues, although Elliott is trying to figure out how to drive his car. That’s part of the reason he fell from first to third for the first 25 laps of the race.
16:00 – We’re at 22 total laps now and Kyle Busch is 2.6 over Chase Elliott, who has Denny Hamlin breathing down his neck.
3:56 pm – Kyle Busch had taken the lead over Chase Elliott on lap 14. He passed him in the outside lane and had too much speed for Elliott to compete with him.
3:55 pm – Tyler Reddick had a good pass early in the race, circling some cars in the outside lane.
3:53 pm – Elliott is off to a good start after being on the poll. He has led each of the first 10 laps of this race with Kyle Busch. sitting half a second behind him.
3:49 pm – We’re off with the Quaker State 400!
3:48 pm – Martin Truex Jr. has to start at the back of the group. It was originally supposed to be fifth, but was moved after failing its inspection twice on Sunday.
3:41 pm – The drivers have started their engines. Then the race!
3:35 pm – Chase Elliott’s car looks stylish. Is the red and black design a nod to the Falcons?
3:30 pm – The pre-race ceremony begins now. The race is scheduled to officially begin at 3:48 p.m. ET.
3:25 pm – According to the broadcast, Kyle Larson is a huge favorite to win this event. He has +220 odds of winning on Pointsbet Sportsbook and has won four of the last 10 NASCAR Cup series races.
3:20 pm – Corey LaJoie will be driving an … interesting car at Quaker State 400. His vehicle is covered in advertisements and images from “Boss Baby: Family Business,” as Dreamworks seeks to draw attention to the second feature film installment of “Boss Baby Franchise.”
3:17 pm – The safety car driver for this race will be familiar to NFL fans and Georgia natives. Lions running back D’Andre Swift, a former Georgia star, will be the honorary driver of the safety car.
3:15 pm – The sun is up now, but it is raining in the area for the race. Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports has said he will be “hit or miss” all day. So expect some potential precautions and delays.
The rain cell crossed the runway. But the sun has already risen. I know many want a prediction for today, but it looks like it will be unpredictable, so we will have to see it. pic.twitter.com/wqR6mq2ShV
– Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) July 11, 2021
3:07 pm – This will be the last NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway before the track undergoes some major changes.
2:54 pm – Ryan Blaney won the most recent race at Atlanta Motor Speedway earlier this year. Your car is looking acute before the race on Sunday.
NASCAR start time today
- Hour: 3:30 pm ET (TV time)
- Television channel: NBCSN (TSN in Canada)
- Live broadcast: NBCSports.com | fuboTV7-day free trial)
The green flag for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for 3:48 pm ET.
However, the weather could play an important role in the start of the race. The National Weather Service Sunday Forecast for Hampton, Georgia, where the track is located, it requires showers and thunderstorms after 3 pm and before 9 pm, with a high temperature approaching 90. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.
NASCAR starting lineup in Atlanta
Here’s the full starting lineup for Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Quaker State 400, unranked. Thirty-seven drivers signed up for the race.
|Pos. Start||Driver||Car No.||Team|
|1||Chase elliott||9||Hendrick Motorsports|
|two||Kyle busch||18||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|3||Denny Hamlin||eleven||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|4||Christopher bell||twenty||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|5||Martin Truex Jr.||19||Joe Gibbs Racing|
|6||Kyle larson||5||Hendrick Motorsports|
|7||Tyler reddick||8||Richard Childress Racing|
|8||Kurt busch||1||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|9||Ross Chastain||42||Chip Ganassi Racing|
|10||Joey logano||22||Penske Team|
|eleven||Chase briscoe||14||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|12||Matt DiBenedetto||twenty-one||Wood Brothers Racing|
|13||Austin dillon||3||Richard Childress Racing|
|14||Brad Keselowski||two||Penske Team|
|fifteen||Ryan blaney||12||Penske Team|
|sixteen||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.||47||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|17||Alex Bowman||48||Hendrick Motorsports|
|18||Chris buescher||17||Roush Fenway racing|
|19||William Byron||24||Hendrick Motorsports|
|twenty||Aric Almirola||10||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|twenty-one||Kevin Harvick||4||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|22||Erik jones||43||Richard Petty Motorsports|
|2. 3||Cole custer||41||Stewart-Haas Racing|
|24||Bubba wallace||2. 3||23XI Races|
|25||Michael McDowell||3. 4||Front row motorsports|
|26||Corey lajoie||7||Spire Motorsports|
|27||Daniel Suarez placeholder image||99||Trackhouse Racing Team|
|28||Justin haley||77||Spire Motorsports|
|29||Ryan newman||6||Roush Fenway racing|
|30||Josh bilicki||52||Rick Ware Racing|
|31||Cody Ware||51||Petty Ware Racing|
|32||Anthony Alfredo||38||Front row motorsports|
|33||Bayley currey||fifteen||Rick Ware Racing|
|3. 4||Ryan Preece||37||JTG Daugherty Racing|
|35||what houff||00||StarCom Racing|
|36||BJ McLeod||78||Live fast motor sports|
|37||Garrett smithley||53||Rick Ware Racing|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.