Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway, located in Hampton Georgia. The first NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960 and won by Fireball Roberts from the pole position. Over the years the track underwent several changes. It was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970. It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990. And then the track layout was reversed, and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
Last Sunday’s NASCAR Daytona 500 averaged a 2.8 rating and 4.83 million viewers on FOX, easily the lowest in the history of the race. Ratings fell 36% and viewership 34% from the previous low set last year, when most of the race was run on a Monday afternoon (4.4, 7.33M).
For the first time in a NASCAR Cup Series season (1949-2021) the schedule calls for the series to visit seven different road course tracks – Daytona International Speedway Road Course, Circuit of The Americas (COTA), Watkins Glen International, Sonoma Raceway, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course, Charlotte Motor Speedway Road Course (ROVAL) and Road America. The previous most the NASCAR Cup Series competed on in one season was four back in 1964 and 1957.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.: Spencer Davis Motorsports announced today that Candan Industries Pty Ltd., one of the biggest Australian manufacturers of lubricants has executed an agreement with their NASCAR Camping World Truck Series team promoting their INOX brand beginning with tonight’s season-opener NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 22, 2021) – Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource for vehicle pricing and valuations, has extended its sponsorship of Hendrick Motorsports and 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott with a two-year contract renewal.
CONCORD, N.C. (Jan. 12, 2021) – Performance-driven energy drink Adrenaline Shoc has joined Hendrick Motorsports as a sponsor of defending NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team.
CONCORD, N.C. (Dec. 16, 2020) – Eastman Performance Films LLC, a subsidiary of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN), will become a primary sponsor of 2020 NASCAR Cup Series champion Chase Elliott and the No. 9 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE team after extending its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports for three more years.
After dropping to the rear of the field, you wondered if Chase Elliott had what it would take to overcome that setback and contend for the title.
THIRD-YOUNGEST: With his victory today at Phoenix Raceway, Chase Elliott clinched the 2020 NASCAR Cup Series title and became the third-youngest champion at the top level of stock-car racing at 24 years, 11 months and 11 days old.
Often times following the Daytona 500, the series championship leaderboard includes names that may not stay there over the course of the season. But that’s not necessarily the case this year, as several familiar names had solid performances on Sunday. Check out the stats on this weekend’s Monster Energy Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 event at Atlanta…