NASCAR at Atlanta: TV schedule, forecast, entry list for Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
After an exciting, crash-filled opening season race at Daytona, the NASCAR circuit heads north to Atlanta.
Sunday's Folds of Honor Quiktrip 500 could be the final race on Atlanta Motor Speedway's popular and historic racing surface.
The track was scheduled to undergo a repave following last season's race, much to the chagrin of drivers and race fans, but the track announced it would delay construction until the track's 2018 NASCAR tripleheader is completed then re-visit plans of possible pavement facelift.
The 1.54-mile asphalt track is the second-oldest racing surface on the circuit and is a track favored by many NASCAR drivers. The 21-year-old surface is also known for being a bumpy track because of sealed cracks in the asphalt, but the old, rough and weathered surface allows for side-by-side racing in multiple grooves.
Austin Dillon has already locked up a playoff berth with his Daytona 500 win. Can he capture another win Sunday, or will reigning series champion Martin Truex Jr. continue his dominance at 1.5-mile tracks?
Last year saw Kevin Harvick dominate the first two stages of the Cup Series at Atlanta, but a late speeding penalty against the No. 4 team allowed Brad Keselowski to swoop in for the checkered flag. Keselowski passed Kyle Larson for the lead with six laps to go for his first win of 2017.
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.
NASCAR at Atlanta: TV channel and streaming info
(All times ET)
Friday, Feb. 23
11:35 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series first practice, FS1
1:05 p.m.-1:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series first practice, FS1
2:05 p.m.-2:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series first practice, FS1
3:05 p.m.-3:55 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series final practice, FS1
4:05 p.m.-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FS1
5:15 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series qualifying, FS1
Streaming: FuboTV (free 7-day trial)
Saturday, Feb. 24
9:10 a.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying, FS1
10:35 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series qualifying, FS1
12:00 p.m.-1:20 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series final practice, FS1
2:00 p.m.: NASCAR Xfinity Series Rinnai 250 (163 laps, 251.02 miles), FS1
4:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 benefiting Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (130 laps, 200.2 miles), FS1
Sunday, Feb. 25
2:00 p.m.: Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (325 laps, 500.5 miles), Fox
Atlanta weather forecast
The Atlanta race moved from March to February for this season but the temperatures will feel spring-like over the race weekend with highs in the mid-70s. Sunday calls for a 70 percent chance of rain but the clouds should clear up by the green flag (2 p.m.).
Which NASCAR Cup Series drivers are racing at Atlanta?
There are just 36 Cup drivers entered in Sunday's race, meaning all drivers will make the race with Friday's qualifying setting their starting positions. Here is the list of participating Cup drivers in alphabetical order by first name:
Darrell Wallace Jr.
Martin Truex Jr.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
TBA (Premium Motorsports)