Folds of Honor 500 Race Recap

Folds of Honor 500 Race Recap

Date:  March 5, 2017
Event:  Folds of Honor 500 (Round 2 of 36)
Series: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series
Location:  Atlanta Motor Speedway Speedway (1.54-mile oval)
Format:  325 laps, broken into three stages (85 laps/85 laps/155 laps)

Race Winner:  Brad Keselowski of Team Penske (Ford)
Stage 1 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)
Stage 2 Winner:  Kevin Harvick of Stewart-Haas Racing (Ford)

SHR Race Finish:              

●  Kurt Busch (Finished 7th / Running, completed 325 of 325 laps)
●  Kevin Harvick (Finished 9th  / Running, completed 325 of 325 laps)
●  Clint Bowyer (Finished 11th / Running, completed 325 of 325 laps)
●  Danica Patrick (Finished 17th / Running, completed 325 of 325 laps)

SHR Points:        

●  Kevin Harvick (1st with 90 points, four ahead of second)
●  Kurt Busch (2nd with 86 points, four out of first)
●  Clint Bowyer (14th with 46 points, 44 out of first)
●  Danica Patrick (22nd with 36 points, 54 out of first)

Notes:                   

  • Stewart-Haas Racing is 1-2 in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championship standings. Harvick leads by four points over Busch.
  • This was Busch’s 12th top-10 finish in 26 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta and it was his second straight top-10 this season. Busch won the season-opening Daytona 500.
  • Harvick led four times for a race-high 292 laps and won the first two stages of the Folds of Honor 500. A pit-road speeding penalty on his last stop dropped him back to 18th for the final restart on lap 315. Harvick picked up nine positions in the remaining 10 laps to finish ninth.
  • This was Harvick’s 12th top-10 in 27 career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta.
  • Bowyer just missed a top-10 finish. He was running as high as third with 85 laps to go before contact with the wall 45 laps from the finish forced him to the pits for repairs. He restarted in 15th on lap 283 and rallied to finish 11th.
  • All four SHR drivers finished the Folds of Honor 500 on the lead lap.
  • NASCAR’s new lower downforce package made its race debut at Atlanta. Compared to 2016 regulations, this year’s rules feature a spoiler height decrease from 3.5 inches to 2.375 inches, a 3-inch reduction of the outboard regions of the splitter, and a tapered rear deck fin to match the spoiler’s height.

Next Up:

The next event on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the Kobalt 400 on Sunday, March 12 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The race starts at 3:30 p.m. EST with live coverage provided by FOX.

-SHR-

2017-03-06T17:59:58+00:00