SHR Post-Race Recap: Atlanta – The Official Stewart-Haas Racing Website

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Dated: March 20, 2022
Event: Honor Fold 500 (round 5 of 36)
Series: NASCAR Cup Series
Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway (1.54 mile oval)
Format: 325 laps, divided into three stages (105 laps/105 laps/115 laps)
Winner of the race: William Byron of Hendrick Motorsports

Arrival of the SHR race:
● Chase Briscoe (started 1st, finished 15th / running, completed 325 of 325 laps)
● Kevin Harvick (Started 8th, Finished 21st / Running, completed 325 out of 325 laps)
● Aric Almirola (Started 10th, Finished 22nd / Running, completed 325 laps out of 325)
● Cole Custer (started 20th, finished 34th / crash, completed 150 of 325 laps)

SHR Points:
● Chase Briscoe (3rd with 155 points, 15 on the first)
● Aric Almirola (7th with 143 points, 27 on the first)
● Kevin Harvick (15th with 126 points, 44 on the first)
● Cole Custer (29th with 76 points, 94 on the first)

SHR Notes:
● Briscoe notched his third top-15 finish of the season and his second top-15 finish in three career NASCAR Cup Series starts in Atlanta.
● It was Briscoe’s second consecutive top 15 finish. He won last Sunday at Phoenix Raceway.
● Briscoe’s 15th place finish equaled the previous best result in Atlanta, as he finished 15th last July.
● Briscoe finished third in Stage 2 to earn eight bonus points.
● Briscoe once led for five laps – his first laps led in Atlanta.
● Harvick led twice for 11 laps to increase his Atlanta lap total to a series-best 1,359.
● Harvick has now led 11,368 laps since joining SHR in 2014. He has led 15,794 laps in his entire NASCAR Cup Series career.
● Almirola finished fourth in Stage 2 to earn seven bonus points.
● Almirola once led for six laps to bring his total laps in Atlanta to 50.

Soundbites:
“There at the start I had a bit of damage but our car was really, really good. We could never lead, but I could push really, really good people and, if I had someone good in front of me , i could go on and keep knocking them out there at the end i felt like with my car, and i kept going down, the top was so fast on the straight so i knew i wasn’t going probably won’t win with the damage I had on my nose, so I was just trying to stay committed to running at the top to keep our momentum going, I thought we were going to come out third or fourth and was trying to help the 12 ( Ryan Blaney) and, honestly, to potentially push him to the win, and I got in there and just had him let go in (spin) one and obviously we both hit the fence because of it. It’s unfortunate. We were both going to have a really good day and I somehow got s orte shot in the foot there. – Chase Briscoe, driver of the #14 HighPoint.com Ford Mustang

“Man, we had such a fast Smithfield Ford all day. He handled it very well too. It was nice to race ahead and get stage points. We were spun by the #1 car (Ross Chastain) in fourth and I thought our car was fine but we heard a rattle so we came out to pit road and got some tires to check and that looked good. When we restarted we just didn’t have full power and (we had) some mechanical issues and just had to ride until the checkered flag was waved. I think we would have had a good chance. This team 10 will continue to fight. – Aric Almirola, #10 Ford Mustang Smithfield driver

“The track is so narrow here that they bunched up in front and everyone piled up with nowhere to go so we hit the wall. We didn’t really hit that hard but it broke a part of the right rear suspension and kicked us out. – Cole Custer, driver of the #41 Dixie Vodka Ford Mustang

Next step :
The next event on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule is the EchoPark Automobile Grand Prix on Sunday, March 27 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The race begins at 3:30 p.m. EDT with live coverage provided by FOX and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.


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