The NASCAR Cup Series caps off a triple header weekend of racing with the Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

AMS has announced that they will be repaving and re configuring the track after today’s race. This will be the last time the drivers will see this track. Included in the changes will be higher banks and narrower corners. This is not the first time that the track has been re-configured. It has been 24 years since the track last repaved.

Dawsonville, Georgia native and reigning Cup Series champion Chase Elliott comes home to sit on the pole and bring the field to green. Winner of the Xfinity Series race on Saturday, Kyle Busch will start alongside on the front row.

After failing the pre-race inspection process twice, Martin Truex Jr will have to start the race from the back of the field.

The starting lineup for the Quaker State 400:
Chase Elliott
Kyle Busch
Denny Hamlin
Christopher Bell
Martin Truex Jr – moved to the back of the field
Kyle Larson
Tyler Reddick
Kurt Busch
Ross Chastain
Joey Logano
Chase Briscoe
Matt DiBenedetto
Austin Dillon
Brad Keselowski
Ryan Blaney
Ricky Stenhouse Jr
Alex Bowman
Chris Buescher
William Byron
Aric Almnirola
Kevin Harvick
Erik Jones
Cole Custer
Bubba Wallace
Michael McDowell
Corey LaJoie
Daniel Suarez
Justin Haley
Ryan Newman
Josh Bilicki
Cody Ware
Anthony Alfredo
Bayley Currey
Ryan Preece
Quin Houff
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley

NASCAR has called for a competition caution on lap 25.

Stages one and two of the race are 80 laps each with stage three lasting 100 laps for a total of 260 laps around the mile and a half track.

While the drivers can run 55 to 60 laps on a single load of fuel, they will want fresh tires long before that.

There was a rain shower earlier in the day and there is a chance of more rain during the afternoon.

Chase Elliott brings the field down for the green flag start of the race from the inside lane and jumps out in front of Kyle Busch to take the lead.

Drivers are already three wide across the 55 foot wide track.

Lap two, Chase Elliott leads the race with Kyle Busch in second; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Tyler Reddick is reporting an issue with the cool suit and helmet air hose.

Lap five, Chase Elliott has pulled out to a lead of nearly half a second on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Christopher Bell, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap eight, Martin Truex Jr has moved up to 25th after starting the race from the back of the field.

Lap nine, Chase Elliott has a half second lead on Kyle Busch; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Christopher Bell round out the top five.

Lap eleven, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on leader Chase Elliott to less than a quarter of a second.

After starting the race in 21st place, Kevin Harvick has dropped back in the field. Harvick said that he is committed to the bottom of the track.

Lap 12, Kyle Busch challenges Chase Elliott for the lead.

Lap 14, Kyle Busch passes Chase Elliott on the outside lane to take the lead.

Lap 20, Kyle Busch leads the race with Chase Elliott over two seconds back; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Since taking the lead on lap 14, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a two and a half second lead in seven laps.

Lap 23, Denny Hamlin passes Chase Elliott for second; but the battle is not over as Elliott attempts to retake the spot.

Lap 24, Kyle Busch has a lead of two and a half second on Denny Hamlin; Chase Elliott, Tyler Reddick, and Kurt Busch round out the top five.

Lap 25, NASCAR displays the yellow flag for the competition caution.

NBCSN broadcaster Jeff Burton reported that in the 26 laps run so far, the lap times have dropped two seconds as the tires wear out.

Drivers come down pit road for fresh tires. Chase Elliott loses time on his pit stop after overshooting the pit box. Denny Hamlin wins the race off of pit road with Kyle Busch in second.

Denny Hamlin brings the field down for the green flag restart on lap 30 with Kyle Busch on the outside. Denny Hamlin takes the lead.

Kyle Busch battles Denny Hamlin for the lead.

Lap 31 Daniel Suarez and Ricky Stenhouse Jr wreck bringing out the caution lfag with a wreck. Suarez has heavy smoke coming from his car. Cody Ware was also involved when he got loose. Anthony Alfredo barely avoids being hit by Stenhouse and Suarez.

Kyle Busch brings the field down for the green flag restart from the inside lane on lap 36 and edges out for the lead.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr is just outside the top 10 in 12th place.

Lap 37, Kyle Busch leads the race as the positions shuffle behind him.

Lap 38, Kyle Busch is in the lead with Denny Hamlin in second; Tyler Reddick, Kurt Busch, and Joey Logano round out the top five.

There are 34 cars on the lead lap. Daniel Suarez is three laps down with Ricky Stenhouse Jr on pit road.

Lap 41, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a half second lead on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Pole sitter Chase Elliott has fallen to 20th place.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr is off the track.

Lap 43, Kyle Busch has a lead of over half a second on brother Kurt.

Lap 45, the top five are Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Tyler Reddick, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 51, Kyle Busch has a half second lead on bit brother Kurt; but Kurt is slowly closing the gap.

The top five are Kyle Busch, Kurt Busch, Denny Hamlin, Alex Bowman, and Tyler Reddick. There are 33 cars on the lead lap.

Martin Truex Jr is in 10th place after starting the race from the back of the field.

The Hendrick Motorsports cars are all in the top 20 with three of the four drivers in the top 10 – Alex Bowman leads the way in third.

Lap 56, Kyle Busch is holding on to a half second lead on Kurt Busch; Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 59, Kurt Busch has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to just under half a second with 32 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 62, Kyle Busch has increased his lead on brother Kurt to over half a second; Alex Bowman, Denny Hamlin, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. There are 29 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 65, its the Busch brothers show with Kyle leading the way by over half a second on Kurt; third place driver Alex Bowman is over six seconds back.

Lap 70, Kyle Busch has pulled out to a one second lead on brother Kurt; third place driver Denny Hamlin os nearly eight seconds back; Alex Bowman and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

With nine laps remaining in stage one, Ryan Newman comes down pit road with a worn out tire. The tire has come completely unwound.

Lap 73, Kyle Busch is now nearly two seconds ahead of Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin is over eight seconds back. There are 25 cars on the lead lap.

Five laps to go in stage one; Kyle Busch has a two second lead on Kurt Busch; Denny Hamlin is eight and a half seconds back in third with Alex Bowman and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Lap 76, there are 24 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 78, Kyle Busch is two and a half seconds ahead of Kurt Busch.

With a two second lead on big brother, Kyle Busch wins stage one for his fourth stage win of the season.

The top 10 at the end of stage one:
Kyle Busch
Kurt Busch
Denny Hamlin
Alex Bowman
Tyler Reddick
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano

William Byron
Martin Truex Jr
Kevin Harvick

Staying committed to the bottom of the track, Kevin Harvick has advanced 18 spots during stage one after falling to 28th place.

Denny Hamlin reports a tight condition in his car.

Drivers come down pit road for service Kurt Busch beat out Kyle Busch off of pit road.

Chase Elliott had another issue getting into his pit stall. Trying to get around Cole Custer, and bumps one of Custer’s crew members.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage two and gets out in front for the lead from the inside lane.

Lap 87, the top five are Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, Denny Hamlin, and Alex Bowman.

Drivers are getting three wide across the track.

Lap 89, Tyler Reddick takes second place from Kyle Busch.

Lap 90, Kyle Busch battle Tyler Reddick for second but so far Reddick holds on to the spot.

Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin barttle for fourth.

Lap 92, the top five are Kurt Busch, Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, and Denny Hamlin.

Lap 93, Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of over a second on Tyler Reddick; Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.


Alex Bowman is reporting a vibration in the car. The crew is checking it out.

Lap 97, Kurt Busch has a lead of over a seocn on Alex Bowman; Tyler Reddick, Kyle Busch, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

Lap 103, Kurt Busch has a lead of nearly two seconds on Alex Bowman; Kyle Busch, Tyler Reddick, and Denny Hamlin round out the top five.

During the pit stop Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr made contact on pit road. Both drivers had to make a second trip down pit road to check for damage./

There are 25 cars on the lead lap. Ricky Stenhouse Jr has returned to the track 66 laps down.

Lap 106 Joey Logano comes down pit road. There were no reports of an urgent issue on Logano’s car.

Lap 108, Kyle Busch is challenging Alex Bowman for second; over two seconds behind leader Kurt Busch.

Reports are that there was an issue with one of the tires on Joey Logano’s car.

Lap 111, Kyle Busch takes second and is now two seconds behind the leader big brother Kurt.

Lap 117, Kurt Busch continues to lead the race with Kyle Busch in second.

NBCSN pit reporters are saying there are a few raindrops coming down.

Lap 119, drivers begin their green flag pit stops.

Kurt Busch as a two second lead on Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson round out the top five.

Pit road is very busy with drivers making their green flag pit stops.

Lap 121, Kurt Busch makes his green flag pit stop and gives the lead over the Christopher Bell.

Christopher Bell makes his pit stop and gives the lead over to Cole Custer.

Lap 124, Cole Custer comes down pit road and gives the lead over the Aric Almirola. Ryan Preece is second also needs to make his pit stop.

The rain has let up.

Aric Almirola is reporting that it is “raining a lot” in turn one.

There are 21 cars on the lead lap.

Ross Chastain has unlapped himself putting 22 cars on the lead lap.

Lap 130 – halfway – Aric Almirola leads the race but has yet to make his pit stop; Ryan Preece, Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman round out the top five.

Ryan Preece passes Aric Almirola for the lead on lap 132.

Lap 132, Kurt Busch passes Ryan Preece to retake the lead.

The top five are Kurt Busch, Ryan Preece, Aric Almirola, Kyle Busch, and Alex Bowman.

Lap 135, Kyle Busch gets around Ryan Preece and Aric Almirola for second.

With 23 laps remaining in stage two, Kurt Busch has a lead of over four seconds.

Lap 140, the top fiveare Kurt Busch, Kyle Busch, Alex Bowman, Tyler Reddick, and Kyle Larson.

While there are a few drops of rain in the area, the heat in the track is keeping it dry and good for racing.

Lap 143, Kurt Busch has turned the tables and is now four seconds in front of little brother Kyle.

Kurt Busch started the race in the final spot for the playoffs in 16th, as the leader of the race he is currently in 12th place. Should he manage to go on and win the race, Kurt Busch would be the 12th race winner this season and guarantee his spot in the playoffs.

Lap 153, Kurt Busch has a lead of over four and a half seconds on little brother Kyle; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Kyle Busch is reporting some splitter issues with his car; adding that he has lost some downforce.

Five laps remain in stage two, Kurt Busch has a four second lead on Kyle Busch; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

There are only 21 cars on the lead lap.

Denny Hamlin and Tyler Reddick battle for fifth.

Kurt Busch wins stage two for a Busch brothers sweep. This is Kurt’s third stage win this season.

The top 10 at the end of stage two:
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Alex Bowman
Kyle Larson
Denny Hamlin
Tyler Reddick
Ryan Blaney
Brad Keselowski
Austin Dillon
Martin Truex Jr

Drivers come down pit road for service with the Busch brothers winning the race off of pit road; led by Kurt with Kyle in second.

Alex Bowman reports a continued tight condition in his car.

Denny Hamlin was caught speeding on pit road.

Asphalt is coming up on the track. NASCAR has displayed the red flag on lap 167 for track repairs.

After a red flag delay of over 15 minutes, NASCAR has displayed the yellow flag and the drivers are moving once again.

Kurt Busch brings the field down for the green flag start of stage three with 90 laps remaining in the race. From the inside lane, Kurt Busch edges out Kyle Busch for the lead. Divers are getting three and four wide across the track.

Lap 171, the top fvie are Kurt Busch, Alex Bowman, Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr.

Kyle Busch and Alex Bowman battle for second with Bowman holding on to the spot.

Lap 173, Kyle Busch passes Alex Bowman for second and sets his sights on big brother.

Brad Keselowski takes fifth from Tyler Reddick.

Lap 175, Kurt Busch has a quarter of a second lead on brother Kyle; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Brad Keselowski round out the top five.

There are 22 cars on the lead lap.

When Ryan Blaney made his pit stop at the end of stage two, there was a chunk missing out of one of the cars.

Lap 180, Kurt Busch as pulled out to a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch; Alex Bowman is in third over a second back with Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Ryan Blaney gets aroujnd Brad Keselowski for sixth.

Seventy five laps remain in the race, Kurt Busch has a lead of over a second on brother Kyle; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

All 37 of the cars are still on the track; Ricky Stenhouse Jr is 73 laps down and Daniel Suarez is 13 laps down.

Kevin Harvick is reporting that his car is all over the place with major handling issues.

With 70 laps to go, Kurt Busch has pulled out to a lead of nearly two seconds on Kyle Busch; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five. After a number of issues today, Chase Elliott is in the top 10 in eighth.

Brad Keselowski is reporting a seven out of 10 loose in his car.

Sixty five laps to go, Kurt Busch holds on to his near two second lead on little brother Kyle; Alex Bowman, Kyle Larson, and Tyler Reddick continue to round out the top five.

Lap 201, it has been a pretty clean race so far with few caution flags for on track incidents and long green flag runs.

Lap 202, Kyle Busch has closed the gap on brother Kurt and is challenging for the lead.

Kurt Busch is reporting a tight condition in his car.

Lap 206, Kurt Busch has put a little space between hi and brother Kyle; they are now just under half a second apart.

Lap 207, leaders approached slower traffic.

Lap 209, amidst slower traffic, Kurt Busch has opened up a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch. Third place driver Alex Bowman is over three seconds back.

Lap 210, Joey Logano comes down pit road to begin the cycle of green flag pit stops.

Lap 212, several drivers make their green flag pit stops including Kyle Busch.

Lap 212, leader Kurt Busch comes down pit road for his pit stop. Chris Buescher is the new leader.

Chris Buescher makes his green flag pit stop. Kyle Busch is the new leader.

Kyle Larson was caught speeding on pit road and will have to serve a pass through penalty.

Lap 214, Kyle Busch has a one second lead on Kurt Busch; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

There are 43 laps remaining in the race; “candy Man” Kyle Busch has a one second lead on big brother Kurt.

After serving his pass through penalty, Kyle Larson comes back on the track in 21st place – the last car on the lead lap.

Lap 219, Kurt Busch has closed the gap on leader Kyle Busch to under a second.

Lap 221, encountering slower traffic, Kyle Busch’s lead is down to just over half a second on Kurt Busch; Alex Bowman, Martin Truex Jr, and Tyler Reddick round out the top five.

Lap 224, Kyle Busch has increased his lead to over half a second on brother Kurt.

Lap 226, Kyle Busch leads the race with brother Kurt over half a second back; third place driver Alex Bowman is over five seconds back.

Thirty laps to go, Kyle Busch has a lead of just half a second on Kurt Busch with 21 cars on the lead lap.

Kurt and Kyle Busch are brothers but on the track they are fierce competitors who will battle for positon.

With 26 laps remaining in the race, the Busch brothers have run away from the field with Kyle Busch just half a second in front of brother Kurt but over six seconds ahead of Alex Bowman.

Lap 225, Kurt Busch has caught up to leader Kyle and are battling side by side amid lapped traffic.

Lap 226, Kurt Busch takes the lead with Kyle in second.

Clear of the slower traffic, Kyle Busch works to catch and pass his brother.

Twenty to go, there are 20 cars on the lead lap.

Leaders approach lapped traffic once again.

Kurt Busch as a half second lead on brother Kyle with third place driver Martin Truex Jr over six seconds back with Alex Bowman and Tyler Reddick rounding out the top five.

Lap 242, Kurt Busch has pulled out to nearly a second lead on Kyle Busch.

Lap 243, Kurt Busch is in the middle of slower traffic.
Kurt Busch puts 20th place driver William Byeon a lap down.

Just 14 laps remain in the race, Kurt Busch ahs a lead of over half a second on Kyle Busch.

Lap 248, Kyle Busch closes the gap on leader Kurt Busch to under half a second.

Eleven to go, Kyle Busch has caught up to brother Kyle and is challenging for the lead.

Ten to go, Kurt Busch has increased his lead over brother Kyle to half a second.

Nine to go, Kurt Busch has a half second lead on brother Kyle with 19 cars on the lead lap.

Seven to go, after running up against the wall, Kyle Busch catches brother Kurt and is in a battle for the lead. Kyle Busch looses a bit of time when he nearly gets into the wall.


Six to go, the Busch brothers are separated by just over half a second.

Leaders approach slower traffic once again.

Five to go, Kyle Busch had an issue and has dropped to one second behind Kurt Busch.

Four to go, Kyle Busch is over a second behind leader Kurt Busch; Martin Truex Jr, Alex Bowman, and Ryan Blaney round out the top five.

With a lead of over a second, Kurt Busch takes the white flag.

Kurt Busch wins the Quaker State 400 and secures a spot in the playoffs. Little brother Kyle comes in second. Kurt Busch becomes the 12th race winner of the 2021 season.

Kurt Busch does a burnout that makes the car disappear in a cloud of smoke.

The unofficial results of the Quaker State 400:
Kurt Busch
Kyle Busch
Martin Truex Jr
Alex Bowman
Ryan Blaney
Tyler Reddick
Chase Elliott
Christopher Bell
Matt DiBenedetto
Brad Keselowski
Kevin Harvick
Austin Dillon
Denny Hamlin
Bubba Wallace
Chase Briscoe
Chris Buescher
Cole Custer
Kyle Larson
Joey Logano
William Byron
Ross Chastain
Corey LaJoie
Aric Almirola
Erik Jones
Ryan Preece
Anthony Alfredo
Michael McDowell
Ryan Newman
Justin Haley
BJ McLeod
Garrett Smithley
Bayley Currey
Cody Ware

Josh Bilicki
Quin Houff
Daniel Suarez
Ricky Stenhouse Jr