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DATE: Sunday, March 1
SITE: Atlanta Motor Speedway -- Hampton, Georgia
TRACK: 1.54-mile oval
CAPACITY: 99,000 (Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 56th
TELEVISION: FOX
RADIO: Performance Racing Network (PRN)/SIRIUS NASCAR Radio
START TIME: 1 p.m. ET
QUALIFYING TIME: Friday, Feb. 27/5:45 p.m. ET
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Kasey Kahne
RUNNER-UP: Matt Kenseth
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (finished 19)
LAPS: 325
MILES: 500.5
QUALIFYING RECORD: Geoffrey Bodine, 1997 (197.478 mph)
RACE RECORD: Bobby Labonte, 1997 (159.904 mph)
 
2014 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Kasey Kahne106Danica Patrick27
2Matt Kenseth57Ryan Newman4
3Denny Hamlin178Kyle Larson3
4Jimmie Johnson169Aric Almirola7
5Carl Edwards1110Greg Biffle18
2014 Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 131.514 mph
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 55 mins., 22 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.574 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 10 for 56 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 21 among 6 drivers
POLE WINNER: Kevin Harvick (190.398 mph)
Past Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2014 -- Kasey Kahne (10) -- Chevrolet -- 131.514 mph
2013 -- Kyle Busch (9) -- Toyota -- 135.128 mph
2012 -- Denny Hamlin (7) -- Toyota -- 142.020 mph
2011 -- Jeff Gordon (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.623 mph
2010 -- Tony Stewart (5) -- Chevrolet -- 129.041 mph
2009 -- Kasey Kahne (2) -- Dodge -- 134.033 mph
2008 -- Carl Edwards (4) -- Ford -- 134.272 mph
2007 -- Jimmie Johnson (6) -- Chevrolet -- 135.260 mph
2006 -- Tony Stewart (11) -- Chevrolet -- 143.421 mph
2005 -- Carl Edwards (2) -- Ford -- 146.834 mph
2004 -- Jimmie Johnson (8) -- Chevrolet -- 145.847 mph
2003 -- Jeff Gordon (19) -- Chevrolet -- 127.769 mph
2002 -- Kurt Busch (8) -- Ford -- 127.519 mph
2001 -- Bobby Labonte (39) -- Pontiac -- 151.756 mph
2000 -- Jerry Nadeau (2) -- Chevrolet -- 141.296 mph
1999 -- Bobby Labonte (37) -- Pontiac -- 137.932 mph
1998 -- Jeff Gordon (21) -- Chevrolet -- 114.915 mph
1997 -- Bobby Labonte (21) -- Pontiac -- 159.904 mph
1996 -- Bobby Labonte (1) -- Chevrolet -- 134.661 mph
1995 -- Dale Earnhardt (11) -- Chevrolet -- 163.633 mph
1994 -- Mark Martin (5) -- Ford -- 148.982 mph
1993 -- Rusty Wallace (20) -- Pontiac -- 125.221 mph
1992 -- Bill Elliott (11) -- Ford -- 133.322 mph
1991 -- Mark Martin (4) -- Ford -- 137.968 mph
1990 -- Morgan Shepherd (20) -- Ford -- 140.911 mph
1989 -- Dale Earnhardt (3) -- Chevrolet -- 140.229 mph
1988 -- Rusty Wallace (1) -- Pontiac -- 129.024 mph
1987 -- Bill Elliott (1) -- Ford -- 139.047 mph
1986 -- Dale Earnhardt (4) -- Chevrolet -- 152.523 mph
1985 -- Bill Elliott (3) -- Ford -- 139.597 mph
1984 -- Dale Earnhardt (10) -- Chevrolet -- (134.610 mph
1983 -- Neil Bonnett (15) -- Chevrolet -- 137.643 mph
1982 -- Bobby Allison (9) -- Buick -- 130.884 mph
1981 -- Neil Bonnett (5) -- Ford -- 130.391 mph
1980 -- Cale Yarborough (12) -- Chevrolet -- 131.190 mph
1979 -- Neil Bonnett (4) -- Mercury -- 137.643 mph
1978 -- Donnie Allison (13) -- Chevrolet -- 124.312 mph
1977 -- Darrell Waltrip (8) -- Chevrolet -- 110.052 mph
1976 -- Dave Marcis (2) -- Dodge -- 127.396 mph
1975 -- Buddy Baker (3) -- Ford -- 130.900 mph
1974 -- Richard Petty (2) -- Dodge -- 131.651 mph
1973 -- David Pearson (5) -- Mercury -- 130.211 mph
1972 -- Bobby Allison (3) -- Chevrolet -- 131.295 mph
1971 -- Richard Petty (3) -- Plymouth -- 120.061 mph
1970 -- Richard Petty (6) -- Plymouth -- 142.712 mph
1969 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (2) -- Ford -- 133.001 mph
1968 -- LeeRoy Yarborough (5) -- Mercury -- 127.068 mph
1967 -- Dick Hutcherson (8) -- Ford -- 132.286 mph
1966 -- Richard Petty (5) -- Plymouth -- 130.244 mph
1965 -- Marvin Panch (2) -- Ford -- 110.120 mph
1964 -- Ned Jarrett (17) -- Ford -- 112.535 mph
1963 -- Junior Johnson (2) -- Chevrolet -- 121.139 mph
1962 -- Rex White (5) -- Chevrolet -- 124.896 mph
1961 -- David Pearson (5) -- Pontiac -- 125.230 mph
1960 -- Bobby Johns (5) -- Pontiac -- 134.596 mph
 
NOTE: Formerly called Atlanta 500 (1960), Dixie 400 and 500 (1961-79), Atlanta
Journal 500 (1980-90), Hardee's 500 (1991), Hooters 500 (1992-94), NAPA
500 (1995-2002), Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 (2003-06), Pep Boys Auto 500
(2007-09), Emory Healthcare 500 (2010) AdvoCare 500 (2011-13), Oral-B
USA 500 (2014). Race changed from 400 to 500 miles (1967).
 
Past Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2014 -- Kevin Harvick -- 19
2013 -- Ricky Stenhouse Jr. -- 16
2012 -- Tony Stewart -- 22
2011 -- Kasey Kahne -- 34
2010 -- Denny Hamlin -- 43
2009 -- Martin Truex Jr -- 26
2008 -- None -- Weather
2007 -- Greg Biffle -- 22
2006 -- None -- Weather
2005 -- Ryan Newman -- 23
2004 -- Ryan Newman -- 17
2003 -- Ryan Newman -- 29
2002 -- None -- Weather
2001 -- Dale Earnhardt Jr -- 7
2000 -- Jeff Gordon -- 4
1999 -- Kevin Lepage -- 17
1998 -- Kenny Irwin Jr -- 16
1997 -- Geoffrey Bodine -- 33
1996 -- Bobby Labonte -- 1
1995 -- Darrell Waltrip -- 16
1994 -- Greg Sacks -- 39
1993 -- Harry Gant -- 28
1992 -- Rick Mast -- 28
1991 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1990 -- Rusty Wallace -- 9
1989 -- Alan Kulwicki -- 13
1988 -- Rusty Wallace -- 1
1987 -- Bill Elliott -- 1
1986 -- Bill Elliott -- 3
1985 -- Harry Gant -- 8
1984 -- Bill Elliott -- 2
1983 -- Tim Richmond -- 29
1982 -- Morgan Shepherd -- 25
1981 -- Harry Gant -- 20
1980 -- Bobby Allison -- 38
1979 -- Buddy Baker -- 39
1978 -- Cale Yarborough -- 8
1977 -- Sam Sommers -- 28
1976 -- Buddy Baker -- 5
1975 -- Dave Marcis -- 2
1974 -- Cale Yarborough -- 14
1973 -- Richard Petty -- 33
1972 -- David Pearson -- 3
1971 -- Buddy Baker -- 25
1970 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 22
1969 -- Cale Yarborough -- 7
1968 -- Buddy Baker -- 36
1967 -- Darel Dieringer -- 18
1966 -- Curtis Turner -- 24
1965 -- Fred Lorenzen -- 23
1964 -- Junior Johnson -- 27
1963 -- Marvin Panch -- 3
1962 -- Fireball Roberts -- 10
1961 -- Fireball Roberts -- 3
1960 -- Fireball Roberts -- 34
Last Race Results
RACE: Daytona 500 (Feb. 22)
SITE: Daytona International Speedway -- Daytona Beach, Florida
MILES: 507.5
LAPS: 203
WINNER: Joey Logano
RUNNER-UP: Kevin Harvick
THIRD: Dale Earnhardt Jr.
FOURTH: Denny Hamlin
FIFTH: Jimmie Johnson
POLE WINNER: Jeff Gordon (finished 33)
TIME OF RACE: 3 hrs., 8 mins., 2 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 161.939 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 26 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 27 among 12 drivers
LAP LEADERS: J. Gordon 1; J. Johnson 2-13; J. Gordon 14-19; J. Yeley 20; M.
Annett 21; C. Mears 22; J. Gordon 23-45; J. Logano 46-51; J.
Gordon 52-86; C. Edwards 87; D. Hamlin 88; J. Gordon 89-107; A.
Allmendinger 108; J. Gordon 109-111; D. Hamlin 112; J. Logano
113; D. Earnhardt Jr. 114-145; J. Logano 146-153; G. Biffle
154-155; J. Logano 156-157; J. Johnson 158-165; C. Edwards
166-167; J. Johnson 168-180; J. Logano 181; J. Johnson 182-187;
M. Truex Jr. 188; D. Hamlin 189-190; J. Logano 191-203.
Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Jamie McMurray (Joplin, MO)Chevrolet/McDonald's
2Brad Keselowski (Rochester Hills, MI)Ford/Detroit Genuine Parts
3Austin Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/Dow
4Kevin Harvick (Bakersfield, CA)Chevrolet/Jimmy John's/Budweiser
5 *Kasey Kahne (Enumclaw, WA)Chevrolet/Farmers Insurance
6Trevor Bayne (Knoxville, TN)Ford/AdvoCare
7Alex Bowman (Tucson, AZ)Chevrolet/Nikko/Toy State
9Sam Hornish Jr. (Defiance, OH)Ford/Medallion Bank
10Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)Chevrolet/GoDaddy
11Denny Hamlin (Chesterfield, VA)Toyota/FedEx Ground
13Casey Mears (Bakersfield, CA)Ford/GEICO
14Tony Stewart (Columbus, IN)Chevrolet/Bass Pro Shops/Mobil 1
15Clint Bowyer (Emporia, KS)Toyota/5-Hour Energy
16Greg Biffle (Vancouver, WA)Ford/Ortho
17Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Olive Branch, MS)Ford/Fifth Third Bank
18David Ragan (Unadilla, GA)Toyota/M&M's Crispy
19Carl Edwards (Columbia, MO)Toyota/Arris
20Matt Kenseth (Cambridge, WI)Toyota/Dollar General
22Joey Logano (Middletown, CT)Ford/Shell Pennzoil
23J.J. Yeley (Phoenix, AZ)Toyota/Dr. Pepper
24Jeff Gordon (Vallejo, CA)Chevrolet/3M
26Jeb Burton (Halifax, VA)Toyota/Maxim Fantasy Sports App.
27Paul Menard (Eau Claire, WI)Chevrolet/Menards/Duracell
29Reed Sorenson (Peachtree City, GA)Toyota/TBA
30Ron Hornaday Jr. (Palmdale, CA)Chevrolet/Curtis Key Plumbing
31Ryan Newman (South Bend, IN)Chevrolet/Caterpillar
32Mike Bliss (Milwaukie, OR)Ford/Rimrock Design
33Ty Dillon (Welcome, NC)Chevrolet/TBA
34Joe Nemechek (Lakeland, FLFord/CSX-Play It Safe
35Cole Whitt (Alpine, CA)Ford/Rinnai Tankless Water Heat
38David Gilliland (Riverside, CA)Ford/Love's Travel Stops
40Landon Cassill (Fairfax, IA)Chevrolet/Snap Fitness
41Regan Smith (Cato, NY)Chevrolet/Haas Automation
42Kyle Larson (Elk Grove, CA)Chevrolet/Energizer
43Aric Almirola (Tampa, FL)Ford/Fresh From Florida
44Travis Kvapil (Janesville, WI)Chevrolet/TBA
46Michael Annett (Des Moines, IA)Chevrolet/Pilot/Flying J
47A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)Chevrolet/Better Than Bouillon
48Jimmie Johnson (El Cajon, CA)Chevrolet/Lowe's
51Justin Allgaier (Riverton, IL)Chevrolet/Brandt
55Brett Moffitt (Grimes, IA)Toyota/Aaron's Dream Machine
62Brendan Gaughan (Las Vegas, NV)Chevrolet/TBA
66Mike Wallace (St. Louis, MO)Toyota/TBA
78Martin Truex Jr. (Mayetta, NJ)Chevrolet/Furniture Row
83Matt DiBenedetto (Grass Valley, CA)Toyota/Burger King
88Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Kannapolis, NC)Chevrolet/Kelley Blue Book
95Michael McDowell (Glendale, AZ)Ford/Thrivent Financial
98Josh Wise (Riverside, CA)Ford/Phil Parsons Racing
 
* - Defending champion
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200620072008200920102011201220132014
Kasey Kahne38933Won32342336Won
Matt Kenseth444121199122
Denny Hamlin82436438Won383
Jimmie Johnson2Won2363234284
Carl Edwards72Won372536185
Danica Patrick------------------29216
Ryan Newman30371698203557
Kyle Larson------------------------8
Aric Almirola---------21------32209
Greg Biffle52210103612151510
Dale Earnhardt Jr325111722197811
Jamie McMurray40267281516241112
Joey Logano---------22272418214
Jeff Gordon679813Won2617
Kevin Harvick31151323375919
Clint Bowyer2562029736273938
Brad Keselowski------------25633539
Tony Stewart522813322---41
 
Mover of the Week
Denny Hamlin - started 42 and finished 4
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Matt Kenseth
Last Week's Pick to Win (Jeff Gordon) - finished 33
 
NOTES:
The Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the second race on the 2015 Sprint Cup Series schedule.

As part of NASCAR's major scheduling changes for this year, Atlanta will be held on March 1 after the track had its date on Labor Day weekend from 2009-14.

Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile speedway. The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970. It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990. The track layout was reversed and re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.

This track has 24 degrees of banking in all of its turns as well as 5 degrees of banking on the frontstretch and backstretch. The length of the frontstretch is 2,332 feet, and the backstretch measures 1,800 feet.

There have been 107 races in NASCAR's premier series held at Atlanta. Until 2010, there have been two races per season except 1961, which had three. This year marks the fifth season with only one event.

Fireball Roberts started on the pole and won the inaugural Cup Series race at this track, the Dixie 300, on July 31, 1960.

Dale Earnhardt holds the record for most victories at Atlanta with nine. Cale Yarborough has the second most wins there with seven. Jeff Gordon leads all drivers entered in this year's race with five victories at this track.

Eleven drivers have posted consecutive wins at Atlanta: Marvin Panch (1965 sweep), Bobby Allison (1972 sweep), David Pearson (1973 sweep), Richard Petty (1974 fall, 1975 spring), Cale Yarborough (1980 fall, 1981 spring), Bill Elliott (1985 sweep; 1992 sweep), Dale Earnhardt (1989 fall, 1990 spring; 1995 fall, 1996 spring), Bobby Labonte (1997 fall, 1998 spring), Jeff Gordon (1998 fall, 1999 spring), Carl Edwards (2005 sweep), Jimmie Johnson (2007 sweep). Kasey Kahne is the defending race winner.

Hendrick Motorsports and the Wood Brothers share the record for most car owner wins at this track with 12 each. Joe Gibbs Racing is next in line with 11 victories.

Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman share the record for most poles at Atlanta with seven each. Newman won six consecutive poles there from 2003-05. His most recent pole at this track came in the spring of 2007.

The race winner at this track has started on the pole 14 times, but no driver has accomplished that feat there since Kahne did it in March 2006.

Since NASCAR began using electronic timing and scoring in 1993, the closest margin of victory in a Cup race at Atlanta occurred on March 11, 2001 when Kevin Harvick beat Gordon to the finish line by only 0.006 seconds.

Carl Edwards and Harvick are those active drivers who scored their first career Cup victories at this track. Harvick, in just his third start, claimed his maiden win in the series at Atlanta in the spring of 2001. Edwards won his first races in both the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series there in March 2005.

Three drivers entered in this weekend's race made their Cup debuts at Atlanta: Gordon (Nov. 15, 1992), Martin Truex Jr. (Oct. 31, 2004) and Reed Sorenson (Oct. 30, 2005).

One driver on the entry list scored his maiden pole in the series at this track: Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (2013).

Kyle Busch is the youngest driver to win a Cup race at Atlanta. Busch won the spring event there on March 9, 2008 when he was 22 years, 10 months and 7 days old. When Morgan Shepherd was 51 years, 5 months and 8 days old, he became the oldest driver to win at this track on March 20, 1993.

The next race in the series is the March 8 Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski won last year's event there.

02/26 12:12:23 ET

As of February 26, 2015, at 12:13 PM ET

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