Along with Grala's historic win, the NextEra Energy Resources 250 also gave us the first glimpse into NASCAR's new and highly anticipated race format, which has been segmented every race this season into three stages. The weathered track in combination with a new downforce package will make the cars very hard to maneuver around the 1.54-mile asphalt track.
The QuikTrip Folds of Honor 500 will be the last race run on the 1.54-mile oval before a repaving project that will begin in late March.
NASCAR's finale is now held at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with a contract through 2019 and an option through 2024. Charlotte hosts three Cup events yearly, a points race in May and October and the non-points All-Star Race in May.
Now, "Speedweeks", which is comprised of many racing events throughout two weeks at Daytona, has come and gone with the cessation of last Sunday's running of the 59th Daytona 500.
SMI owns Texas Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Atlanta Motor Speedway (site of Sunday's race), New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Sonoma Raceway.
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In December, Saudi Arabia's refinery output reached 2.96 million barrels per day, the highest level in nearly 15 years. The International Energy Agency has said it was impressed with OPEC's compliance, calling it a record level.
NOTE: Kurt Busch was a 20:1 favorite last week before winning the Daytona 500.
- Kenseth leads the series among active drivers with the most Cup Series starts at Atlanta without visiting victory lane at 28.
The seven-time Cup Series champion also tried this once... He turned a fast lap of 188.015 miles per hour. He failed to win any of them.
Denny Hamlin hasn't been the best at intermediate tracks but he did win at Atlanta in 2012 and ranks in the top five in driver rating, "fastest laps run", and average green flag speed at Atlanta.
Now in his first year as a retired driver and a full-time team owner, Stewart has won his first "Great American Race".