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Wrapup: Atlanta Motor Speedway

by Anthony Ballantoni
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

The Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted all three races for the NASCAR top series this past week. On Saturday, a rare double-header was held with the XFINITY Series running the Heads Up Georgia 250 followed by the Camping World Truck Series Great Clips 200. The Sprint Cup featured the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday. The results on the ARCA Racing Series and the NASCAR Home Tracks are also shown below.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS)
Time Trials:
Kurt Busch won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 with a lap of 28.938 seconds, 191.582 mph. This is the #41 Monster Energy/Haas Automation Chevrolet SS driver's 20th pole in 542 NSCS races. It is his second top-10 start in 2016 and his first pole in 25 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Busch led 62 laps and finished the 330-lap race in fourth place.
Did Not Qualify: None. Only 39 cars entered for the 40-car field.
Winner: Jimmie Johnson won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, his 76th victory in 509 NSCS races. With the victory, Johnson ties Dale Earnhardt for seventh on the all-time series wins list. This is the #48 Lowe's Chevrolet SS driver's fifth victory and 16th top-10 finish in 25 races at Atlanta. Dale Earnhardt Jr. (second) posted his 14th top-10 finish in 29 races at AMS. Kyle Busch (third) posted his sixth top-10 finish in 18 AMS races. Chase Elliott (eighth) was the highest finishing rookie.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Kurt Busch #41, 191.582 mph (POLE, 4th, 7th)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Hendrick Engines, #41
American Ethanol Green Flag Restart Award: Kyle Busch, #18 (39th, 3rd, LEADER)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch, #18
Duralast Brakes 'Brake in the Race' Award: Kevin Harvick, #4 (6th, 6th, 3rd)
Ingersoll Rand Power Move: Paul Menard #27, 8 positions (21st, 18th, 17th)
Moog Problem Solver: Jimmie Johnson, #48 C Knaus, -.017 seconds (19th, WINNER, 6th)
Sherwin-Williams Fastest Lap: Jamie McMurray, #1 (2nd, 21st, 19th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Chase Elliott, #24 (24th, 8th, 21st)

Standings: Kyle Busch leads the point standings by 3 points over Martin Truex Jr.

Top 16 - Chase Contenders (G/L):
1. Kyle Busch +2
2. Martin Truex Jr.
3. Kevin Harvick +1
4. Carl Edwards +1
5. Denny Hamlin -4
6. Jimmie Johnson +10
7. Kurt Busch +3
8. Joey Logano -2
9. Austin Dillon
10. Aric Almirola +2
11. Brad Keselowski +9
12. Matt Kenseth +2
13. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. +9
14. Kyle Larson -7
15. Ryan Newman -4
16. Kasey Kahne -3

Next:  Kobalt 400, Sunday, March 6 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Las Vegas, NV)
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NASCAR XFINITY Series
Time Trials:
Sprint Cup regular Kyle Busch (#18 Toyota Camry) won the Coors Light Pole Award for the NXS Heads Up Georgia 250 with a lap of 29.887 seconds, 185.499 mph in the Joe Gibbs Racing #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota. This is his series-leading 49th pole in 312 NXS races. It is Busch's fifth pole in 12 NXS races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Erik Jones (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his first in two races at AMS. Daniel Suarez (third) posted his first top-10 start at AMS and his second in two races this season.
Did Not Qualify: None. Only 40 cars entered for the 40-car field.
Winner: Kyle Busch won the Heads Up Georgia 250, his series-leading 77th victory in 312 NXS races. This is the #18 NOS Energy Drink Toyota driver's first victory and ninth top-10 finish in 12 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His previous best finish at Atlanta was second, five times. Kyle Larson (second) posted his fourth top-10 finish in four races at Atlanta. Erik Jones (third) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at Atlanta.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):
Coors Light Pole Award: Kyle Busch #18, 185.499 mph (POLE, WINNER, NE)
Duralast Brakes "Brake in the Race": Kyle Busch #18
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Joe Gibbs Racing Engines - Mark Cronquist #18
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Kyle Busch #18
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Erik Jones #20 (2nd, 3rd, 11th)
  NE=Not eligible for driver points in this series.

Standings: Elliott Sadler leads the point standings by 3 points over Daniel Suarez.

Top 10 (G/L):
1. Elliott Sadler
2. Daniel Suarez +2
3. Ty Dillon +5
4. Brandon Jones -1
5. Justin Allgaier +2
6. Brendan Gaughan
7. Darrell Wallace Jr. -5
8. Blake Koch -3
9. Ryan Reed +2
10. Jeremy Clements

Next:  Boyd Gaming 300, Saturday, March 5 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (1.5-mile tri-oval in Las Vegas, NV)
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NASCAR Camping World Truck Series
Time Trials:
Matt Crafton (#88 Hormel/Menards Toyota Tundra) won the Keystone Light Pole Award for the Great Clips 200 with a lap of 30.836 seconds, 179.790 mph. This is his 12th pole in 363 NCWTS races. It is his first pole and second top-10 start in 2016 and his first pole in 15 races at Atlanta. John Wes Townley (second) posted his second top-10 start of 2016 and his second in three races at AMS. Christopher Bell (third) posted his first top-10 start at AMS and his second in two races this season.

Did Not Qualify: #66 Jordan Anderson, #59 Korbin Forrister, #6 Norm Benning, #74 Timothy Viens and #50 Ryan Ellis.

Winner: John Hunter Nemechek won the Great Clips 200, his second victory in 32 NCWTS races. This was the #8 Chevrolet Silverado driver's first races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. At 18 years, 8 months and 16 days, Nemechek becomes the youngest NASCAR national series winner at Atlanta. Cameron Hayley (second) posted his first top-10 finish in two races at AMS. Timothy Peters (third) posted his third top-10 finish in eight races at AMS.

Contingency Awards - (Start, Finish, Points):

Keystone Light Pole Award: Matt Crafton #88, 179.79 mph (POLE, 30th, 18th)
Mahle Clevite Engine Builder: Earnhardt Childress Racing Engines #8 (Nemechek) (18th, WINNER, 3rd)
Mobil 1 Driver of the Race: Cameron Hayley, #13 (5th, 2nd, 11th)
Sunoco Rookie of the Race: Grant Enfinger, #33 (4th, 5th, 9th)

Standings: Parker Kligerman leads the point standings by 1 point over Daniel Hemric.

Top 10 (G/L):
1. Parker Kligerman +2
2. Daniel Hemric +5
3. John H Nemechek +12
4. Timothy Peters +8
5. Tyler Young +1
6. Ryan Truex -4
7. Brandon Brown -3
8. Ben Rhodes +6
9. Grant Enfinger +9
10. Johnny Sauter -9

Next: Alpha Energy Solutions 250, Saturday, April 2 at Martinsville Speedway (0.526-mile oval in Virginia)
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ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
February 13, Lucas Oil 200 at Daytona International Speedway (2.5-mile tri-oval in Daytona Beach, FL)
Winner: John Wes Townley  -   Pole: Cole Custer  -   Points Leader: John Wes Townley
Next: April 9, Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN)
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NASCAR Home Tracks
K&N Pro Series-East
February 14, Jet Tools 150 at New Smyrna Speedway (0.5-mile oval in New Smyrna Beach, FL)
Winner: Todd Gilliland -   Pole: Todd Gilliland -   Points Leader: Todd Gilliland
Next: April 9, Nashville ARCA 200 at Fairgrounds Speedway Nashville (TN)

K&N Pro Series-West
2015 K&N Pro Series-West Champion: Chris Eggleston
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Noah Gragson
Season-opener: March 19, Toyota/NAPA Auto Parts 150 at Irwindale Speedway (0.5-mile oval in CA)

Pinty’s Series
2015 Pinty’s Series Champion:  Scott Steckly
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Gary Klutt
Season-opener: May 22, Clarington 200 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (2.459-mile road course near Bowmanville, Ontario)

Whelen Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Modified Tour Champion: Doug Coby
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Chase Dowling
Season-opener: April 10, Icebreaker 150 at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park (0.625-mile oval in CT)

Whelen Southern Modified Tour
2015 Whelen Southern Modified Tour Champion: Andy Seuss
2015 Sunoco Rookie of the Year: Trey Hutchens
Season-opener: March 12, Caraway 150 at Caraway Speedway (0.455-mile oval in Sophia, NC)

Anthony Ballantoni
Anthony Ballantoni is a Senior Sports Writer at Rotoworld.com.