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Catch up quickly before Sunday's Oral-B USA 500 (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) RELATED: Play NASCAR Fantasy Live " Sign up for RaceView today What: 55th annual Oral-B USA 500. Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway , 1.54-mile oval in Hampton, Georgia . When: Sunday, Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m. ET. TV/Radio: ESPN, PRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. Distance: 325 laps; 500.5 miles. Pit road speed: 45 mph. Caution car speed: 55 mph. Fuel window: 50-55 laps. On the front row 1. Kevin Harvick , Stewart-Haas Racing No. 4 Chevrolet (190.398 mph). 2. Brad Keselowski , Team Penske No. 2 Ford (190.058 mph) . Fastest in practice First practice: Carl Edwards , Roush Fenway Racing No. 99 Ford (192.855 mph). Second practice: Joey Logano , Team Penske No. 22 Ford (189.351 mph). Final practice: Matt Kenseth , Joe Gibbs Racing No. 20 Toyota (188.251 mph). Driver rating Best driver rating average at Atlanta based on past 15 races: Jeff Gordon , 105.6; Jimmie Johnson , 104.8; Tony Stewart , 100.2; Carl Edwards, 100.0. Last year's winner Kyle Busch, Joe Gibbs Racing No. 18 Toyota. They said it I: "A lot of guys have gone in and out making adjustments. We still have a lot of gains to make on our car, and it's already pretty good. I love racing here and expect to do well. We'll hammer down on it (Saturday)." -- Dale Earnhardt Jr. , on trying to get his No. 88 Chevrolet in race mode for Sunday. They said it II: "Fontana's pretty worn out, but this place is on a whole other level of worn-out. It's pretty crazy, but kind of frustrating, too, because you slow down so much every lap." -- Kyle Larson , who finished a career-best second at similarly well-worn Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California, earlier this season. They said it III: "Once the tires start to wear out, the better car will prevail eventually. It might take a little bit of time, but eventually it will be the best. That's why everyone is trying to make their car good on the long run." -- Joey Logano, last week's winner at Bristol Motor Speedway . Chase picture: A quartet of drivers without regular-season wins have a tenuous grip on the last four provisional berths in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup postseason -- Matt Kenseth, Ryan Newman , Clint Bowyer and Greg Biffle . While their position in the standings has them tentatively in the playoff mix, a victory in Sunday's 500-miler or next Saturday's regular-season finale at Richmond International Raceway would take the guesswork out of the equation. Kyle Larson, Kasey Kahne , Austin Dillon and Paul Menard currently rank as the first four out. Making the list: Jeff Gordon leads active NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers with five victories at Atlanta. His tally is still shy of Dale Earnhardt's nine Atlanta wins, the most on the all-time list. History lesson: NASCAR Hall of Famer Fireball Roberts won the first race in NASCAR's premier series at what was then called Atlanta International Raceway on July 31, 1960. The track has seen several changes over the years, starting life as a 1.5-mile oval and reconfiguring midseason in 1997 to a 1.54-mile track, flipping the start/finish line to the north straightaway and adding a dogleg. Former Atlanta winners in the field: Jeff Gordon (5); Kurt Busch , Carl Edwards, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart (3); Kyle Busch, Kasey Kahne (2), Dale Earnhardt Jr., Denny Hamlin , Kevin Harvick (1). MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Nick Ottinger (05) battled to his first win of the season at Auto Club Speedway .
NASCAR President clears up postseason status RELATED: Full coverage of Tony Stewart incident NASCAR President Mike Helton said Tony Stewart would be eligible for the 2014 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup if he wins one of the final two regular-season races. Helton said that "this has been a very unique set of circumstances to Tony and to out sport. As the league, it's our responsibility to try and make decisions that are correct and right. Sometimes we evaluate circumstances that are given to us and then we make those decisions as correctly as we can. After evaluating the circumstances around this occurrence, we've come to the conclusion that Tony would be eligible to participate in the Chase if he were to earn a spot in it." At Atlanta Motor Speedway , Stewart is set to participate in his first Sprint Cup Series after sitting out the past three races. Stewart is 26th in points. To be eligible for this year's Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, a driver must attempt to qualify for all 26 races leading up to the Chase and be in the top 30 in points. However, according to NASCAR, for rare instances the requirement can be waived as long as the driver is in the top 30. Stewart missed three races following his involvement in a sprint car racing incident earlier this month that resulted in driver Kevin Ward Jr. suffering fatal injuries at Canandaigua Motorsports Park, a half-mile dirt track on the Ontario County Fairgrounds. The investigation regarding the incident is ongoing. Stewart's racing plans outside NASCAR have been canceled and will not resume until further notice. Denny Hamlin experienced his own form of exemption into the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs after he missed the fifth race of the season, at Auto Club Speedway in March, with an eye injury. Five races later, Hamlin scored a regular-season victory at Talladega Superspeedway to clinch a Chase berth. While he didn't know all the particulars of Stewart's situation and his three-race absence, Hamlin said he had no problem with the three-time Sprint Cup champion being eligible should he win one of the remaining two regular-season events. "I don't know. It's a very vague thing," Hamlin said. "I know that originally, you had to have some kind of medical note or something like that, and that's kind of what happened to me with my eye when I met with Mr. Helton and the doctors at California. They said that this is kind of why they've built this program in place to just get better and come back when you can and just win a race. We did that and got ourselves in, but it's tough to say what's considered medical and not, but either way, I'm fine with Tony either in or out, it's good with me." Six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson said he was pleased that NASCAR could be flexible to allow exemptions and that he hoped that course of action would be used going forward. "Obviously, they're setting a precedent here and we'll see what other extreme circumstances develop in future years and how NASCAR looks at that," Johnson said. "I'm happy that they're sympathetic to situations and look at it and are giving a team and driver that opportunity. But again, they've set a precedent here that we're just going to have to be aware of, and hopefully they can continue to evaluate these and handle them in a similar manner." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news WATCH: Latest NASCAR video PLAY: NASCAR Fantasy Live FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
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Kyle Busch won at Auto Club Speedway in the spring of 2013
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