The Prowler

Weather has been the main question leading up to NASCAR’s tripleheader this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After sunshine and great temperatures on Friday, persistent moisture has teams searching for a break in the weather to allow for Saturday’s on-track activities.

For truck’s sake!

February 23, 2019

Persistent mist at Atlanta Motor Speedway has everyone looking for a break in the weather in order to run today’s NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series ra...

Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Jacob Companies Ford for Stewart-Hass Racing, wheels his car around 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway during one of Friday’s practices. Custer paced the first session at a speed of 178.218 mph and fell to third during the second practice. Custer will lead the race to the green flag this afternoon at 2 p.m.

‘Mist’ opportunity

February 23, 2019

Due to lingering mist, the NASCAR Xfinity Series qualifying set for 9:35 a.m. this morning was canceled. Cole Custer, driver of the No. 00 Jacob Comp...

Ray Black Jr., driver of the No. 07 S.S. Green Light Racing Chevrolet, drives into the garages after one of Friday’s practices. In this special edition episode of “From the Panther Pit,” Editor-in-Chief Rilee Stapleton and Sports Editor Jenna Sanders talk about Friday’s events and preview Saturday’s action from around the track.

From the Panther Pit(box)

February 23, 2019

Editor-in-Chief Rilee Stapleton and Sports Editor Jenna Sanders sit down on a special edition episode of “From the Panther Pit” recorded in the media ce...

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford for Stewart-Haas Racing, won the pole with a time of 30.550 seconds. He lead a pack of Fords that crowded the top five spots, with Denny Hamlin’s No. 11 FedEx Ground Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing being the only non-Ford top-five finisher.

Built Ford fast

February 22, 2019

After monopolizing the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice on Friday, it was Ford that had drivers littered throughout the top finishers after qualify...

Aric Almirola, driver of the No. 10 Smithfield Ford, fist bumps one of his crew members after earning the pole for Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. During round three of “knockout” qualifying, Almirola overcame placing second and third in the two previous rounds to land himself the top spot.

Friday’s finest

February 22, 2019

Tires play a large role in racing, especially at Atlanta Motor Speedway where an aged, abrasive racing surface wears down tires after only a few laps. This tire wear creates a need for more strategic use of pit stops.

Tired of being worn out

February 22, 2019

Atlanta Motor Speedway is a track with a tough, aged surface known to eat away tires only after a few laps of racing. This makes AMS one of the hardest tr...

Kyle Busch, driver of No. 51 Cessna Toyota for Kyle Busch Motorsports, had the best ten consecutive lap average with an average speed of 174.660 mph. Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 Carolina Nut Ford for ThorSport Racing, placed first during the second practice session despite only running ten laps.

Drivers search for long-run speed in second practice session

February 22, 2019

Ben Rhodes, driver of the No. 99 Carolina Nut Ford for ThorSport Racing, finished at the top of the speed chart maxing out at 177.726 mph and 31.194 s...

Justin Haley, driver of the No. 11 LeafFilter Gutter Protection Chevy for Kaulig Racing, finished with a time of 31.184 seconds and a top speed of 177.783 mph. Haley led a group of Chevrolet drivers that dominated the standings in the NXS practices. In both practices, Chevy boasted nine top-15 finishers.

Chevy heavy

February 22, 2019

Similar to the first practice in the NXS, Chevrolet drivers were scattered all throughout the top 15 finishers. Justin Haley, in the No. 11 LeafFilter...

Sheldon Creed, driver of the No. 2 A.M. Ortega/RTL Chevrolet GMS Racing, placed second with a time of 176.876 mph and 31.344 seconds behind Stewart Friesen with a speed of 177.204 and a time of 31.286 seconds. Creed is racing for the first time at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Rookie Sheldon Creed finishes among veterans

February 22, 2019

Stewart Friesen, driver of the No. 52 Halmar International Chevrolet for Halmar Friesen Racing, topped the speed charts of Friday’s first NASCAR Gand...