The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend with the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500, a race that was originally scheduled to run back in March but was postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The drivers continue to race without taking any practice or making any qualifying runs; as a result, NASCAR has set the field according to car owner points and a random draw.  Georgia native Chase Elliott sits on the pole and will bring the field to the green flag.

Stages one and two of the race are 105 laps each with stage three lasting 115 laps for a total of 325 laps around the mile and a half track.

In his final season as a full time NASCAR Cup Series driver, Atlanta Motor Speedway has paid tribute to Jimmie Johnson with a grandstand named after him.  Johnson also gave a rousing and enthusiastic command to start the engines.

On a hot June afternoon, the temperatures are some 40 degrees warmer at 84 degrees than the teams are used to running…or have notes on.

Kurt Busch’s car failed the inspection process three times; as a result, he will have to start the race from the rear of the field and will have to serve a pass through penalty once the green flag waves.

Corey LaJoie and Garrett Smithley failed the inspection process two times and will also have to move to the back of the field.

Cole Custer and Timmy Hill will have to move to the back of the field after the teams made unapproved adjustments to their cars.

The starting lineup for the Fold of Honor Quik Trip 500:
Chase Elliott
Aric Almirola
Joey Logano
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Alex Bowman
Kevin Harvick
Denny Hamlin
Martin Truex Jr
Kurt Busch – moved to the back of the field
Chris Buescher
Erik Jones
Jimmie Johnson
Austin Dillon
Ryan Newman
John Hunter Nemechek
Matt Kenseth
William Byron
Matt DiBenedetto
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Bubba Wallace
Tyler Reddick
Corey LaJoie – moved to the back of the field
Joey Gase
Christopher Bell
Ty Dillon
Ryan Preece
JJ Yeley
Cole Custer – moved to the back of the field
Josh Bilicki
Brennan Poole
Garrett Smithley – moved to the back of the field
Quin Houff
Michael McDowell
Daniel Suarez
Timmy Hill
Reed Sorenson

NASCAR has stopped the cars on the front stretch for a message from NASCAR president Steve Phelps on recent events, the need for change, and an end to racism.  Bubba Wallace – the sport’s lone driver of colour – was very emotional during the message and near tears.

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.  Drivers may stop prior to the competiton caution, but are not allowed to fuel the car.

Teams have 13 sets of tires for today’s race.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race and gets out in front for the lead with Joey Logano is second.  This is the first lap, Chase Elliott has led at Atlanta.

Lap two, the top five are Chase Elliott, Joey Logano, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski.

Lap five, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Joey Logano; Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.  After serving his pass through penalty, Kurt Busch is one lap down.

BJ McLeod has taken his car to pit road for an unscheduled pit stop after getting laps down early in the race.

After only seven laps, lap times have already slowed by one second due to the abrasive track and tire wear.

Lap 15, Chase Elliott continues to lead the race by over half a second on Joey Logano; Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 18, Chase Elliott has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Joey Logano.

Lap 21, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Aric Almirola; Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

With a lead of over two and a half seconds, Chase Elliott is lapping cars; there are now 31 crs on the lead lap with BJ McLeod out of the race.

Lap 25 Chase Elliott now has a lead of over three seconds on Aric Almirola.

At the end of lap 25, NASCAR throws the yellow flag for the competition caution.

Joey Logano wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch out second; Chase Elliott drops to fifth.

Joey Logano brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 31 and gets out in front for the lead as the drivers get three wide across the track.

William Byron gets into the wall but the track stays green.  Byron has to come down pit road for repairs.  It was a flat tire that caused the issue.

Lap 32, the top five are Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Kyle Busch, and Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 36, Joey Logano has a half second lead on Kevin Harvick; Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Martin Truex Jr round out the top five.

Lap 37, Kevin Harvick passes Joey Logano for the lead.  Kurt Busch is back on the lead lap in 20th place with 33 cars on the lead lap.

FOX Sports broadcaster Jeff Gordon announced that Kevin Harvick has led his 10,000th lap.  Larry McReynolds added that Harvick has led 49 percent of the laps run during the years he has been in races at Atlanta.

Lap 45, Kevin Harvick has a lead of nearly a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 50, there are 31 cars on the lead lap with Kevin Harvick leading Martin Truex Jr by over half a second; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.  Kurt Busch is motoring through the field and is now in 15th place…up 17 spots from when the race restarted.

Lap 53, Kevin Harvick now has a lead of a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, and Clint Bowyer round out the top five.

Lap 61, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, and Joey Logano round out the top five with 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 66, Ryan Newman comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop and starts the cycle of pit stops.

Kevin Harvick comes down pit road and hands the lead over to Martin Truex Jr.

Ryan Newman was caught speeding on pit road.

Brad Keselowski was caught speeding on pit road.  Drivers who speed during a cycle of green flag pit stops must serve a pass through penalty.

Kurt Busch has gone from worst to first in 68 laps before making his green flag pit stop.

Lap 70, Kevin Harvick retakes the lead and is now over four seconds in front of Martin Truex Jr.

Aric Almirola has to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a loose wheel.

Lap 78, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five with just 20 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 83, Kevin Harvick has a lead of a second on Martin Treux Jr; Clin Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Chase Elliott round out the top five with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 86, Martin Truex Jr has closed the gap on leader Kevin Harvick to under half a second.

Lap 87, Martin Truex Jr passes Kevin Harvick for the lead and begins to pull away.

Lap 90, the top five are Martin Truex Jr, Kevin Harvick, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 94, Martin Truex Jr ahs a lead of over half a second on Kevin Harvick; Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with just 16 cars on the lead lap.

John Hunter Nemechek brings out the caution flag on lap 95 when he spins out.  After just getting passed, Matt DiBenedetto is the “lucky dog”.

Drivers bring their cars down pit road for fresh tires.                       Martin Truex Jr edges out Kevin Harvick to win the race off of pit road.

Several drivers took the wave around and are now back on the lead lap.  There are now 28 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr brings the field down for the green flag restart with just seven laps remaining in stage one.  Truex gets out in front for the lead with Clint Bowyer in second; Kyle Busch is in third and challenging for second.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage one for his first win at Atlanta and the first stage win this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Martin Truex Jr
Kyle Busch
Clint Bowyer
Denny Hamlin
Kevin Harvick
Chase Elliott
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Erik jones
Jimmie Johnson
Ryan Blaney

Clint Bowyer wins the race off of pit road; followed by Martin Truex Jr and Kyle Busch.

Joey Logano had to make a second trip down pit road for repairs incurred on pit road.

Clint Bowyer brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two.  Martin Truex Jr is the new leader.

Lap 115, Clint Bowyer and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Clint Bowyer taking the lead.

Lap 116, the top five are Clint Bowyer, Martin Truex, Jr, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Kyle Busch.

Lap 120, Clint Bowyer has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with 29 cars on the lead lap.  BJ McLeod is the only driver out of the race.

Lap 128, Clint Bowyer has increased his lead to a second on Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five with Kevin Harvick is sixth.

Lap 137, Clint Bowyer has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Chase Elliott, Denny Hamlin, and Kyle Busch round out the top five.

Erik Jones is reporting a sticking throttle in his car.

Lap 141, Clint Bowyer has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Clint Bowyer gives up the lead when he comes down pit road for his green flag pit stop on lap 148.  Martin Truex Jr is the new leader.

Clint Bowyer had a tire coming apart on his way down pit road

Lap 150, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of over two and a half seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kevin Harvick, Kyle Busch, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 155, Martin Treux Jr has a lead of over three seconds on Denny Hamlin; Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

Lap 157, Ryan Newman again begins the cycle of green flag pitstops.

Lap 160, Martin Truex Jr gives the lead to Brad Keselowski when he comes down pit road for service.

Bubba Wallace had to make a second trip down pit road.

Lap 163, leader Brad Keselowski comes down pit road for service and gives the lead over to Clint Bowyer.

Lap 164, Clint Bowyer has an eight second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Busch in third.

Lap 171, Clint Bowyer ahs a lead of over three seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 175, on older tires, leader Clint Bowyer is seeing his lead dwindle steadily; he currently has a lead of over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr.

Lap 177, Clint Bowyer’s lead is down to just a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 180, Clint Bowyer has just a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr; with Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, nd Kevin Harvick rounding out the top five.

Lap 185, Martin Truex Jr passes Clint Bowyer to take the lead; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Lap 185, Kyle Busch passes Clint Bowyer for second.

Lap 193, Martin Truex Jr has a one second lead on Kyle Busch; Clint Bowyer, Denny Hamlin, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.  There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 200, Martin Truex Jr has a lead of just under a second on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Clint Bowyer, and Kevin Harvick round out the top five.

Michael McDowell brings out the caution flag on lap 202 when he spins out and makes an off road excursion through the grass.

Martin Truex Jr leads a group of drivers down pit road for fresh tires.  Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road while drivers get five wide trying to get off of pit road.

Seventeen drivers took the wave around on that caution flag.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart  with just five laps remaining in stage two.  Busch and Martin Truex Jr battle for the lead with Truex edging out for the lead after a push from Ruan Blaney.

Drivers are getting four wide across the track.

Erik Jones has a flat tire and has to come down pit road.

Martin Truex Jr wins stage two for the stage sweep.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Martin Treux Jr
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kyle Busch
Chase Elliott
Kevin Harvick
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Clint Bowyer
Jimmie Johnson

Kyle Busch wins the race off of pit road with Martin Truex Jr in second.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three on lap 218 and edges out team mate Martin Truex Jr to take the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott.

Lap 219, Kevin Harvick passes Kyle Busch for the lead.

Lap 221, Kevin Harvick has the lead with Kyle Busch in second; Martin Truex Jr, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

Lap 222, at 31.05 seconds around the track, Kevin Harvick has run the fastest lap of the race so far.

Lap 226, Kevin Harvick has a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.

With 88 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Chase Elliott, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five with 28 drivers on the lead lap.

BJ McLeod is still the only driver out of the race.

With 83 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a lead of over half a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

There are 79 laps remaining in the race.  With drivers running multiple grooves, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to back over a second on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, and Chase Elliott round out the top five.

With 67 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick holds on to his one second lead over Martin Truex Jr with Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and  Brad Keselowski rounding out the top five.  There are 27 cars on the lead lap and only one driver out of the race.

Daniel Suarez has made a green flag pit stop; other drivers in the back of the field are following suit but the leaders are still out on the track.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is the first driver in the top 15 to come down pit road for service.

With 60 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr.

Jimmie Johnson is the first top 10 driver to come down pit road as more drivers make green flag pit stops.

Ty Dillon was caught speeding on pit road.

Leaders begin to make pit stops.

Fifty eight laps to go, leader Kevin Harvick makes his green flag pit stop giving the lead over to Ryan Blaney.

Ryan Blaney pits, Joey Logano takes the lead; he, Alex Bowman, and Michael McDowell are the only drivers to make a pit stop.

Ryan Blaney makes his pit stop; giving the lead over to Joey Logano.

With 55 laps to go, Joey Logano comes down pit road for his pit stop.  Green flag pit stops have cycled through and puts Kevin Harvick back in the lead with a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

There are 53 laps remaining in the race, Kevin Harvick holds on to the lead with 23 cars on the lead lap; Martin Truex Jr, Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With 47 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a two second lead on Martin Truex Jr.  Ryan Blaney is reporting a possible vibration.

Erik Jones was caught speeding on pit road.

With 20 cars on the lead lap, there are 45 laps remaining in the race.  Kevin Harvick has a lead of over a second and a half on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

An in-car video of Kevin Harvick shows the leader driving one handed as he holds on to a near two second lead on Martin Truex Jr.

Forty to go, Kevin Harvick has pulled out to a lead of over two seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle busch, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  There are 19 cars on the lead lap.

Just 35 laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a near two second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Thirty to go, Kevin Harvick continues to lead the race with a 1.86 second lead on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Twenty to go, Kevin Harvick has increased his lead to nearly two and a half seconds on Martin Truex Jr; Kyle Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.  After failing inspection and having to start the race from the back of the field and going a lap down due to a pass through penalty, Kurt Busch has moved into the top 10.

Only 19 laps remain in the race, Kevin Harvick now has a three second lead on Martin Truex Jr.  Clint Bowyer’s tire woes continue with another possible tire issue.

With 16 cars on the lead lap, BJ McLeod and Timmy Hill are the only drivers out of the race.

Fifteen to go, Kevin Harvick continues to increase his lead on Martin Truex Jr; he is now over three and a half seconds out in front.

After saying that he didn’t feel like he could make it to the end of the race, Clint Bowyer comes down pit road for fresh tires after another blistered right rear tire.

Ten to go, Kevin Harvick’s lead is back under three seconds as he encounters slower traffic and drivers fighting to stay on the lead lap.

With nine laps to go, Kevin Harvick has a near three and a half second lead on Martin Truex Jr with just 13 cars on the lead lap.

Six to go, with a lead of over three seconds, Kevin Harvick continues to lap cars with just eleven drivers on the lead lap.

With five laps to go, Kyle Busch passes Martin Truex Jr to take second place with Kevin Harvick out in front by nearly three and a half seconds.

Matt DiBenedetto had to make an unscheduled trip down pit road for a tire coming apart.

With a near four second lead, Kevin Harvick takes the white flag.

With a lead of nearly four seconds and only 10 cars on the lead lap, Kevin Harvick wins his third race at Atlanta.  This is his 51st all time NASCAR Cup win and his second win of the year.

On his victory lap, Kevin Harvick has his hand held high with three fingers in the air in a salute to Dale Earnhardt Sr.  Harvick took over the driving duties at Richard Childress Racing in 2001 after Dale Sr died on the final lap of the Daytona 500.  That first race in Atlanta was Harvick’s first Cup win.

The unofficial results of the Folds of Honor Quik Trip 500:
Kevin Harvick
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Ryan Blaney
Denny Hamlin
Kurt Busch
Jimmie Johnson
Chase Elliott
Brad Keselowski
Joey Logano
Austin Dillon
Alex Bowman
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Ryan Newman
Matt Kenseth
Tyler Reddick
Aric Almirola
Christopher Bell
Cole Custer
Clint Bowyer
Bubba Wallace
Chris Buescher
John Hunter Nemechek
Michael McDowell
Matt DiBenedetto
Ryan Preece
Corey LaJoie
Erik Jones
Ty Dillon
Brennan Poole
Daniel Suarez
Quin Houff
William Byron
Josh Bilicki
Garrett Smithley
JJ Yeley
Reed Sorenson
Joey Gase
Timmy Hill
BJ McLeod