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NASCAR at Atlanta: TV schedule, dates, times, qualifying drivers

Atlanta Motor Speedway
Atlanta Motor Speedway

After an exciting, crash-filled opening season race at Daytona, the NASCAR circuit heads north to Atlanta in the final race on the historic racing surface before the track will undergo a re-pave. 

The 1.54-mile asphalt track is the second-oldest racing surface on the entire circuit and is a track favored by many NASCAR drivers, including hometown hero Chase Elliott, who is still looking for his first career win. 

Kurt Busch has already locked up a playoff birth with his Daytona 500 win. Can he capture another win Sunday, or will reigning race and series champion Jimmie Johnson continue his dominance at 1.5-mile tracks?

Here are the key dates, times and a look at the complete schedule for NASCAR at Atlanta headlined by the Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. 

When is the next NASCAR race?

All three NASCAR Series will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a triple-header beginning with practices on Friday, March 3. 

NASCAR at Atlanta qualifying, race, TV schedule

(all times ET)

Friday, March 3

10-10:55 a.m.: Xfinity Series practice, FS1 
11-11:55 a.m.: Truck Series practice, FS1 
Noon-1:25 p.m.: Cup Series practice, FS1 
1:30-2:25 p.m.: Xfinity Series practice, FS1 
2:30-3:25 p.m.: Truck Series practice, FS1 
3:30-4:25 p.m.: Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
4:30-5:25 p.m.: Truck Series final practice, FS1 
5:45 p.m.: Cup Series qualifying, FS1 

Saturday, March 4

9:15 a.m.: Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1 
10:40 a.m.: Truck Series qualifying, FS1 
Noon-1:20 p.m.: Cup Series final practice, FS1 
2 p.m.: Xfinity Series Rinnai 250 (163 laps, 251.02 miles), FS1
4:30 p.m.: Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 (130 laps, 200.02 miles), FS1 

TV channel, live stream for Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta

The TV broadcast for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (325 laps, 500.05 miles) will begin 2 p.m. ET Sunday on Fox and can be streamed live on the Fox Sports GO app.

What are the stage lengths for NASCAR at Atlanta?

For the Cup Series Stage 1 will be completed at Lap 85. Stage 2 at Lap 170 with the final stage and race over on Lap 325. 

The Xfinity Series race will race of points on Lap 40, Lap 80 and the final lap of the race, Lap 163. Same stages go for the Truck Series race on Saturday except the race ends on Lap 130. 

Which NASCAR drivers are racing at Atlanta?

Unlike Daytona, only 39 Cup drivers will be racing in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, meaning all drivers will make the race and qualifying will decide their starting position. 

Here is the list of participating Cup drivers:

AJ Allmendinger
Aric Almirola
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Chase Elliott
Chris Buescher
Clint Bowyer
Cole Whitt
Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Danica Patrick
Daniel Suarez
David Ragan
Denny Hamlin
Derrike Cope
Erik Jones
Gray Gaulding
Jamie McMurray
Jeffrey Earnhardt
Jimmie Johnson
Joey Logano
Kasey Kahne
Kevin Harvick
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Kyle Larson
Landon Cassill
Martin Truex Jr.
Matt DiBenedetto
Matt Kenseth
Michael McDowell
Paul Menard
Reed Sorenson
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
Ryan Blaney
Ryan Newman
Timmy Hill
Trevor Bayne
Ty Dillon
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