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Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Starting Lineup and Stats for NASCAR Cup Series Race

After two consecutive weeks of running out west in the desert, the NASCAR Cup Series returns to the east coast this week for the sixth race of the season. The Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500 marks the first of two times this year that NASCAR will race on the rough and rugged surface of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

This article contains all of the vital information necessary to get you ready for the fourth race of the NASCAR Cup Series season. Read on for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 starting lineup, start time, fast facts and statistics.

Check out our NASCAR Cup Series stats article for updated driver stats through the first five races of the season!

NASCAR Cup Series Atlanta Motor Speedway Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
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NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway

63rd Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500
Date: Sunday, March 21, 2021
Start Time: 3 p.m. EST
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway — Hampton, GA
Coverage: FOX
Pole Sitter: Denny Hamlin
Defending Champion: Kevin Harvick

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Details

Distance: 500.5 miles
Laps: 325
Lap Length: 1.54 miles
Stages: Three (Laps 1-105; Laps 106-210; Laps 211-325)
Surface: Asphalt
Turns: 4

Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Starting Grid

See below for a breakdown of qualifying.

Starting PositionDriverCar NumberTeamManufacturer
1Cole Custer41Stewart-Haas RacingFord
2Christopher Bell20Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
3Tyler Reddick8Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
4Chase Briscoe14Stewart-Haas RacingFord
5Kyle Larson5Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
6Justin Haley31Kaulig RacingChevrolet
7Ty Dillon42Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
8Alex Bowman48Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
9Chase Elliott9Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
10Joey Logano22Team PenskeFord
11Kyle Busch18Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
12Austin Dillon3Richard Childress RacingChevrolet
13Kurt Busch4523XI RacingToyota
14Erik Jones43Petty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
15Chris Buescher17Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
16Ricky Stenhouse Jr.47JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
17Michael McDowell34Front Row MotorsportsFord
18Brad Keselowski6Roush Fenway Keselowski RacingFord
19William Byron24Hendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
20Austin Cindric2Team PenskeFord
21Daniel Suarez99Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
22Bubba Wallace2323XI RacingToyota
23Todd Gilliland38Front Row MotorsportsFord
24Harrison Burton21Wood Brothers RacingFord
25Ryan Blaney12Team PenskeFord
26Corey LaJoie7Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
27Justin Allgaier77Spire MotorsportsChevrolet
28Noah Gragson16Kaulig RacingChevrolet
29J.J. Yeley15Rick Ware RacingFord
30Martin Truex Jr.19Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
31Aric Almirola10Stewart-Haas RacingFord
32Kevin Harvick4Stewart-Haas RacingFord
33Ross Chastain1Trackhouse RacingChevrolet
34Denny Hamlin11Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
35Cody Ware51Rick Ware RacingFord
36Josh Williams78Live Fast MotorsportsFord

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying Overview

Following the virus-caused interruption to racing last season, NASCAR did away with practice and qualifying runs at the majority of races. A combination of grouped draws and a performance-metrics formula were used to determine starting lineups. That same formula remains in place for the majority of races on the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season, including this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.

So, what exactly is involved in the performance-metrics formula? Well, it draws on a number of factors including individual race performances and seaosn-long results. The following breakdown illustrates the weighted grades associated with each component of NASCAR’s metrics formula:

NASCAR Cup Series Metrics Formula Breakdown

  • 35 percent: Team owner points ranking
  • 25 percent: Driver’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 25 percent: Car owner’s finishing position from the previous race
  • 15 percent: Fastest lap from the previous race
Kevin Harvick NASCAR Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 starting lineup NASCAR betting
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Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Stats and NASCAR Betting Facts

  • From 1987-2001, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 was run in November as the final race of the NASCAR Cup Series season.
  • For the first time since 2010, the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be one of two races NASCAR runs at Atlanta Motor Speedway this season.
  • Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt, Jimmie Johnson and Bobby Labonte are all tied for the most career wins in this race with four apiece.
  • Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick are tied for the most wins in this race among active NASCAR Cup Series drivers with two. The pair have combined to win the race in each of the last four years.
  • Hendrick Motorsports leads all race teams with nine wins in this race.
  • Chevrolet leads all manufacturers with 23 victories in this race.
  • The Ford manufacturer has had the winning car in each of the last four editions of the race.
  • It has been 25 years since Atlanta Motor Speedway was last repaved.

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