Race Preview: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Race Preview: Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Daniel Hemric, No. 8 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500

Race Notes & Quotes

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Atlanta Motor Speedway

1500 Tara Pl, Hampton, GA

Laps: 325
Miles: 500
Track Size: 1.54 miles
Start: 2:00 p.m. ET

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This Week's Alsco / Red Kap Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... Hemric will be making his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway but has starts in both the NASCAR Xfinity and NASCAR Truck Series at the 1.5-mile track. He had an average start of 6.0 and an average finish of 10.0 in the Xfinity Series, as well as an average start of 11.5 and an average finish of 10.5 in the Truck Series. 

Review Mirror: Daytona 500 ... Hemric's first Daytona 500 start saw the gold-colored No. 8 Bass Pro Shops/Caterpillar Chevrolet race from the back in the 29th starting position to the front of the field but ended when the 'Big One' struck in the closing laps of the race. Hemric was the only rookie in the field to lead a lap, however the damage from the wreck and a penalty from NASCAR for moving under red flag conditions resulted in a 34th-place finish. 

About Alsco ... Alsco is a fourth-generation family owned and operated business, founded in 1889, that was recognized by the prestigious Hohenstein Institute for having invented the linen and uniform rental industry. Celebrating 130 years of business, Alsco provides linen and workwear rental services to customers that include restaurants, healthcare, automotive industry and industrial facilities. With over 180 locations and more than 20,000 employees, Alsco provides world-class service to over 355,000 customers in 14 countries. Learn more at www.alsco.com.

Richard Childress Racing's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series History at Atlanta Motor Speedway ... In 144 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Richard Childress Racing has earned nine wins and three pole awards, including Kevin Harvick's emotional victory in the Cracker Barrel 500 on March 11, 2001. Dale Earnhardt won eight times at the Hampton, Ga.-based track under the RCR banner. Additionally, RCR boasts 29 top-five and 57 top-10 finishes at AMS and RCR-prepared Chevrolets have led 2,955 laps at the ultra-fast, 1.54-mile oval. Richard Childress, a former driver on NASCAR's senior circuit, recorded his best finish at AMS, ninth, in the Atlanta Journal 500 on Nov. 2, 1980.

RCR in the MENCS ... In 2,922 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts dating back to 1969, RCR has amassed 48 pole awards,108 wins, 488 top-five finishes and 1,067 top-10 finishes, with an average starting position of 17.8 and an average finishing position of 16.2. RCR has earned 15 total championships (six Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series championships with Earnhardt in 1986, '87, '90, '91, '93 and '94, six NASCAR Xfinity Series titles, two NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series titles and one ARCA Menards Series title) and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three national series. 

#RCR50 ... Richard Childress Racing celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2019. Follow our social channels season-long as we celebrate five decades in NASCAR.

Interactive RCR ... For up-to-date news and exclusive content, visit RCR's corporate Twitter page - @RCRracing - along with the RCR Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series team Twitter page - @RCRCup, and driver Twitter pages @austindillon3, @TylerReddick and @DanielHemric. Information about the 15-time championship winning organization can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RichardChildressRacing and at www.RCRracing.com along with official driver pages -  http://www.facebook.com/austindillon3 and www.facebook.com/DanielHemric.

Catch the Action ... The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be televised live Sunday, Feb. 24 beginning at 2 p.m. ET on FOX and will be broadcast live on the Performance Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


What are your expectations for Atlanta Motor Speedway?  

"The new package is a little bit of a moving target, but on the flip side of that I feel like Chevrolet, the people at RCR, and everyone involved in building these cars are putting all their resources into figuring out or eliminating those variables as best as possible. It's a great thing to have that comradery between all of us to make sure we can do what is necessary so that when we do hit the race track, we are as close to prepared as we can be. I think it's going to be a constant evolution of what you need. This week isn't going to be the same as the next week. It's going to be fun for everybody figuring it out."

What makes Atlanta Motor Speedway different from other 1.5-mile tracks?  

"Without a doubt, the grip level sets Atlanta Motor Speedway apart. Atlanta Motor Speedway has worn-out pavement with swells and bumps. The race track has always had character in how wide it gets. Even with the new package, I expect it to get just as wide as it ever did. Because of that, most drivers like going there. I love racing at a place where you have to be elbows up from lap one to the end of the weekend."