Danica Patrick, Jacques Villeneuve and others talk about the last-lap incident and the day at Road America.
Keep tabs on the activity at Atlanta Motor Speedway This week brings the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series , the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to Atlanta Motor Speedway . The Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will be held on Sunday, March 1 at 1 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX. The XFINITY Series Hisense 250 is on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. The Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 is on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET with coverage on FOX Sports 1. For more information on track times, press conferences and GarageCam, you can check out the full weekend schedule . We know you may not have the time to watch the race action without any interruptions, so if you're on the go, here's how to keep up at Atlanta. NASCAR.com's live Sprint Cup Series leaderboard , XFINITY Series leaderboard and Camping World Truck Series leaderboard update in real-time and offer constant text updates of lead changes, cautions, strategies, strong runs and everything in between. From the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series leaderboard, fans can also access live standings . On the go? Download the NASCAR Mobile app to follow the leaderboards live from your device. Lap-by-Lap will keep you caught up even if you can only take a peek here or there. Check in to read back through all the laps you've missed, or keep an eye on the feed for real-time race updates. We'll also send race updates via Twitter through the official @NASCAR and @NASCARStats handles. RaceBuddy will have enhanced views and coverage for the Sprint Cup Series and for most XFINITY Series races with 10 HD live race views, including six in-car cameras as well as a backstretch camera, pit road camera and more. Haven't tried RaceView yet? If you sign up, you'll get virtual video of cars on the track from various angles and hear what your favorite team is saying over the radio in both the Sprint Cup and select XFINITY Series races. Use it as a second screen or as your only screen. Just want to scan the radios? You can have that too with Scanner (formerly RaceView Audio). On a mobile device? Get RaceView Mobile here . If you want to be more involved in the on-track action, you can manage your fantasy team on NASCAR.com and follow your team's performance in NASCAR Fantasy Live . Mobile users can also download NASCAR Connect , a game from OneUp Sports that allows users to play other fans with race predictions for some off-track competition while drivers battle it out on the track. Live Press Pass video streams will keep the NASCAR action rolling even after the winner goes in and out of Victory Lane. Catch interviews with the top finishers and series champions immediately following the checkered flag for all three national series events, and stay tuned to NASCAR.com throughout the week for the latest news. FULL CHASE COVERAGE • Chase hub page • Chase Grid games • #MyChaseNation
Get the on-track times for everything at Atlanta Motor Speedway Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a tripleheader of NASCAR action, including a unique doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 28. Check out the full schedule below. Note: All times are ET. THURSDAY, FEB. 26: ON TRACK -- 1 p.m.-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team test -- 3 p.m.-4:55 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team test *Test will have one car and one driver from any organization PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 2:30 p.m.: Kyle Larson -- 2:40 p.m.: Carl Edwards -- 5 p.m.: Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Senior VP, Innovation and Racing Development -- 5:15: David Ragan FRIDAY, FEB. 27: ON TRACK -- 10-10:55 a.m..: NASCAR XFINITY Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 11:30 a.m.-12:55 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 1-2:25 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Get results ) -- 2:30-5:25 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- 5:45 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 9 a.m.: Joey Gase -- 11 a.m.: Danica Patrick -- 11:15 a.m.: Tyler Reddick -- 12:15 p.m.: Kasey Kahne -- 3:15 p.m.: Jeff Gordon -- 4:30 p.m.: Motor Racing Outreach announcement with Matt Kenseth -- Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 9:30 a.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series SATURDAY, FEB. 28: ON TRACK -- 9:10 a.m..: NASCAR XFINITY Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- 10:40 a.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Keystone Light Pole Qualifying, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- noon-1:20 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, FOX Sports 1 ( Follow live ) -- 2 p.m.: NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250, FOX Sports 1 (163 laps, 251.02 miles) ( Follow live ) -- 5:30 p.m.: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 , FOX Sports 1 (130 laps, 200 .2 miles) ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- 10 a.m.: CMS and JGR announcement with Marcus Smith, Denny Hamlin -- Post-NASCAR XFINITY Series race -- Post-NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race GARAGECAM ( Watch live ) -- 11:30 a.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series SUNDAY, MARCH 1: ON TRACK --1 p.m.: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, FOX (325 laps, 500.5 miles) ( Follow live ) PRESS CONFERENCES ( Watch live ) -- Post-NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today
Track president: 'We've got history and experience doing March races' Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live For the first time since 2004, NASCAR teams won't load up and head west for the season's second stop following the Daytona 500. Instead, Week No. 2 will find teams from all three national series -- Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck -- headed to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Coming on the heels of the season’s premier race has its challenges, AMS president Ed Clark told NASCAR.com, and weather is always a concern with an early March date in the area. RELATED: Atlanta plans SAFER barrier additions But, Clark said, "We've got history and experience doing March races. "The thing that's different about this one is that in the past, the Daytona 500 kicked the season off, we came home and had two to three weeks of outstanding interest in the sport. The day after the 500 was always your biggest ticket sales day of the year. "In this case, the Daytona 500 is over Sunday afternoon and we’re into Atlanta's race week right then." AMS hosted a Labor Day weekend race from 2010 through this past season. Up until 2010, it hosted two annual Sprint Cup weekends, the first typically falling in early to mid-March. From '82 through 2004, the second Sprint Cup race of the season was held at either Richmond International Raceway or North Carolina Motor Speedway (Rockingham). California's Auto Club Speedway hosted the second stop from '05 through '10 and Phoenix International Raceway had been the host since '11. "It's a plus and a minus," Clark said of being No. 2 on the schedule. "We all remember the year that Cale (Yarborough) and Bobby and Donnie (Allison) got in a fight (at Daytona in '79). The printing press couldn't have printed enough tickets for the next race. … That's a bonus when it happens. The world is watching what goes on at Daytona, there's a lot of focus on the sport. Everything is new. So it's a plus from that standpoint." Weather issues early in the year aren't uncommon for the Atlanta region, however. And the long-range forecast for this year's race weekend didn't look promising. But it has since changed (and will likely again), going from a chance of snow to a 40 percent chance of rain to a 20 percent chance of rain in the span of a week, according to www.NOAA.gov. Clark is more concerned about those things his group can control instead of those it can't. "I haven't even looked at (the weather forecast) in about a day and a half," he said. "No need to. It changes. "That's the approach we've taken all along. We know how to promote races; we've done it for years. Have your plan; work your plan. When you get to race time, you don't want to look back and say there was something you could have done that you didn't do." Part of that plan included an appearance by reigning Sprint Cup Series champion Kevin Harvick on Monday. Prior to Thursday's scheduled test session, Atlanta Motor Speedway Day will be celebrated at the state capitol. Three-time premier series champion and NASCAR Hall of Fame member Darrell Waltrip is expected to join active native Georgia drivers from all three series for a visit with the governor as well as stops as the Senate and House chambers. "The long and short of it," Clark said, "is we've done things we typically do, no matter when the race is." In addition to normal race-weekend preparations, AMS announced Tuesday upgrades to its current SAFER barrier system will be put in place in time for this weekend's events. Camping World Truck Series teams, which haven't competed at AMS since 2012, will share top billing on Saturday with the XFINITY Series in a double-header race day that features the Hisense 250 XFINITY Series race (2 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1) and the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 Truck Series event (5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series event is scheduled for Sunday, March 1 with TV coverage on FOX. "We know we'll have a good race; we always have a good race at Atlanta," Clark said. "If we can get that first one done and all be positive, we have a whole year to work on ('16). I think that's when we will find out what the potential is for the future." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Daytona 500 winner kicks off busy day with champion's breakfast Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live RELATED: Logano wins Daytona 500 " Drivers react to Logano's victory DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- He looked no worse for wear and tear, this year's Daytona 500 winner, as he arrived for the celebratory champion's breakfast at Daytona International Speedway. Joey Logano is no party animal. But he's a racer through and through, as Sunday's victory in the 57th running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season-opener proved. "I didn't sleep much, that's for sure," the 24-year-old Team Penske driver said of his late-night revelry. "We had a good time. "I shut off the TV but my mind just kept thinking about the whole race and how it all played out and I just kept reliving the moment over and over again. It is amazing. It is the Daytona 500." The victory was Logano's ninth overall in the series, and his seventh since joining Team Penske at the beginning of 2013. The breakfast was just the beginning of a busy two days for the champ. Satellite media tour tasks and various call-in duties were to follow Monday morning's fete. Later, appearances on the "Late Show with David Letterman" and Joy Mohr Sports are on the schedule. And that's just Monday's calendar. For team owner Roger Penske, his Sprint Cup Series house is in order. Teammate Brad Keselowski, the 2012 series champion, suffered a rare engine failure 161 laps into Sunday's race, but the expectation is that the No. 2 team will bounce back quickly. RELATED: Blown engine ends Keselowski's day Penske has put some of the series' top drivers in his seats through the years, but rarely has the talent run so deep throughout. There was a time when teams within multi-car organizations operated independently of one another -- and for some that system still exists. It wasn't until Penske merged his Sprint Cup and IndyCar operations that a change in the group's culture began to take place. With it came success. "The sport was about crew chiefs having their own car over in the corner," Penske said, "and we decided to build the cars exactly the same. We have a process. The only time you know what your car is is when they paint it. … "It is a seven-iron, a seven-iron and a seven-iron. The way you hold it might be different … the way Todd (Gordon, Logano's crew chief) or Paul Wolfe (Keselowski's crew chief) will set that car up will make a difference." But at the track, he said, "we see a car that is consistent." Logano and Keselowski split just two wins in '13, their first season as teammates. But last year Keselowski won six times while Logano won five and battled for the title in the series' final event at Homestead Miami Speedway. If similar results are in store for '15, few will be surprised. Logano's certainly off to a strong enough start. MORE: Penske offers up what is the biggest part of Daytona win The one-team approach "has made the difference," Penske said, and low turnover inside the organization is also a contributing factor. His two drivers "respect each other on the race track." "They are different in many ways, but on the other hand they are the same because they want to win and I think they like the cars (set up) pretty much the same," he said. "That gives us an advantage when we go to the track." After Logano's win Sunday, Penske, 78, said he received "about 200 texts and I don't know how many emails" from various people inside and outside the industry. "A lot from people that work for us, obviously sponsors," he said. Steve Wynn, chairman of the board and CEO of Wynn Resorts, "gave me a phone call right after the race. Marvin Odum (of primary sponsor Shell) … it's amazing how many people watch this great race. "And of course that's the reward I get -- when you see those people look up to a team and the accomplishments that you have." And where were Logano's parents, Tom and Debbie, when their son won his first Daytona 500? "Up top," said Tom Logano. "Some people asked me if I was nervous (during the final laps). I said, 'I'm human.' " Debbie Logano was hidden away in the family motorhome in the infield, anxiously watching the race play out. "The door was locked," she said. "Nobody comes in or goes out near the end of the race like that; it's bad luck." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Three-time Daytona 500 champ got caught up in last-lap wreck, finished 33rd SHOP: Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Get full race results " Series standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jeff Gordon's streak of consecutive Daytona 500 starts reached its conclusion here Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, one final charge in the Great American Race that ended with a crash on the backstretch during a green-white-checkered finish. Gordon, a three-time winner of the race, dominated the first half of the 57th running of the event, leading more than 75 of the first 100 laps and 87 in all here on a sun-drenched day. But the multi-car incident relegated the four-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion to a 33rd-place finish, his worst since a 40th-place run in 2012. "I'm not going to miss those final laps," Gordon told members of the media on pit road afterward. "That was just crazy, but (I) certainly would have liked to have had a shot to win. "If you are over there in Victory Lane it is awesome and you enjoy it. If you are not in Victory Lane, you are like, 'oh gosh, when is that next restrictor-plate race?'" Gordon, who will turn over his well-known No. 24 to youngster Chase Elliott in 2016 to focus on other matters, is scheduled to make just three more starts on the plate tracks. The good news is that 32 others remain where the horsepower-robbing plates aren't a factor. In a race that was won for the first time by Team Penske's Joey Logano, Gordon rallied from lost track position to pull within striking distance in the final 10 laps. But the unusual nature of racing at Daytona, where 200 -mph packs of cars often edge forward or drift back depending on the draft, found Gordon 13th when the field roared across the start/finish line with the white flag in the air. On the backstretch, contact with Austin Dillon sent his car spinning, and six others were caught up in the melee. "The bottom line was not as organized and then we stacked them in the middle of (Turns) 1 and 2," Gordon said. "The outside line formed and (I) got a little bit of a run. At that point everybody is just trying to shuffle and take (his or her) momentum and do something with it. Hooked up with Hendrick Motorsports teammate Kasey Kahne, Gordon had begun to muscle his way forward. Getting the lead seemed unlikely, but a top-five wasn't out of the question. "Then they started wrecking, or somebody hit me, I don't know," he said. Chip Ganassi Racing's Kyle Larson said the outside lane "got kind of squirrelly and got into me. "And then the guy behind me just turned me sideways," he said. "It's nobody's fault. We were just racing hard." The crash brought out the yellow flag, sealing Logano's win, with defending series champion Kevin Harvick second and defending race winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. third. Over in the garage, Gordon's crew had begun the task of loading the damaged entry back into the transporter for the trip home to its shop in Concord, North Carolina. Fans milled about, shouting the occasional words of encouragement. "Win at Atlanta (next week's stop), please 24," one shouted to the team. Meanwhile, Gordon soaked it all in, a final Daytona 500 come to an end. "It is disappointing, because things were going so well," he said, "especially that first half. That first half was amazing. I was enjoying that moment very, very much – just being out front, being in control of the race. I felt like we were just doing everything perfectly. "That one restart I chose the outside (lane) and that line just didn't go. From that point on, we were just playing catch-up." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
No. 88 driver takes blame, maintains he 'had one of the best cars' at Daytona SHOP: Buy Daytona 500 gear RELATED: Get full race results " Series standings DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- You win some, you lose some. For Dale Earnhardt Jr., the "some" in question just happen to be Daytona 500s. The 2014 defending winner of The Great American Race finished third in the 57th annual running at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, leading 32 of the event's 200 laps with what he deemed earlier in the week as the fastest car in the field. Unfortunately for the driver of the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet, Earnhardt made the wrong decision on a restart with 19 laps remaining that in the end proved too costly to overcome. "Jimmie (Johnson) was on the quarter panel; he was in a great spot on the guy in front of me," Earnhardt said. "I thought if I could get in behind him, he was going to shoot past to the lead, I could tuck on the quarter panel a little bit as soon as I got on that right rear quarter panel. "You know, just one of them moves. You made some good ones, you make some bad ones. I made a bad one too late. … Just got too cute there. ... Should have won the race." While Earnhardt was particularly hard on himself for the restart snafu, the No. 88 was still in a strong position on the final green-white-checkered sequence. The 12-time NMPA Most Popular Driver winner was in eighth when the final green flag dropped, but "the outside line got going really good" and he was able to advance, though there were "not enough laps to form anything" to send the 88 to Daytona's Victory Lane for the second consecutive February. If there had been enough laps, however -- or, who knows, if the yellow flag hadn't frozen the field on the final lap -- Earnhardt's car was clearly fast enough to almost move up through the field at will. It makes the third-place finish all that more bittersweet. "You don't get cars that good too often" Earnhardt said. "I had one of the best cars out there and that gave me a ton of confidence to keep digging. We were able to get back up to third place. It’s really disappointing because the Nationwide team gave me the best car and we should have won the race. I’m just really disappointed that I didn’t do everything I needed to do. "Good cars like that don’t come every week and you like to take advantage of those and when you're put in a car like that you've got to deliver and we fell a little short today." While Earnhardt won't be able to carry the momentum that comes along with being the Daytona 500 champion that clearly propelled his best season in a decade a year ago -- not to mention the peace of mind that comes with locking a Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup berth after the first of 26 races -- Sunday's race was still about as good as the 88 team could've hoped for, given the changes it has undergone. With a new crew chief in Greg Ives sitting atop the pit box, along with some new over-the-wall pit crew members, engineers and car chief -- the speed and near-flawlessness that Earnhardt exhibited during Speedweeks was extremely encouraging. The driver addressed the first race with these new faces on Twitter after he left the Daytona media center. The whole team is n great form. Good communication. No issues today. Smooth. That's impressive 2 me out of the gate. Something 2 build on. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 22, 2015 We have some new over the wall guys, a few new engineers, a new car chief, a new crew chief. Everyone of them were prepared for Daytona. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) February 22, 2015 They'll get another go in a week from now at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Folds of Honor QuikTrips 500 (March 1, 1 p.m., FOX) "We are ready to go to Atlanta," Earnhardt said. "It’s going to be a fun year.” MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
18-year-old driver wanted more from strong Daytona run Play: NASCAR Fantasy Live DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Erik Jones wrapped up his 2014 Camping World Truck Series campaign with his third win of the season, putting a stomping on the field to the tune of 114 of 126 laps led in the Lucas Oil 150 at Phoenix Raceway. The 18-year-old Kyle Busch Motorsports driver then finished second in Friday night's 2015 season-opening NextEra Energy Resources 250 at Daytona International Speedway, making a last-lap move to position himself for -- albeit coming up just short of -- the win. Bookending seasons with an average finish of 1.5 in a pair of races? Surely, any driver would take that. However, the highly-touted NASCAR Next wheelman wasn't satisfied. "I wish we could have won the race; that's first off," Jones said on pit road following the race. "… It's unfortunate for us to finish second any day, but it's a good run for us. We just wanted to come in here and have a good day, solid day to start off the year. "Second is a great start to the season and we did what we wanted to. We came in here and didn't get wrecked and put ourselves in a position not to be making up all year." That second-place finish was looking like a certain fourth for the latter chunk of the 100-mile event, as the Brad Keselowski Racing duo of race-winner Tyler Reddick and Austin Theriault had a lock on the 1-2 spots ahead of the field. Jones said his final lap strategy was to lay back through Turns 3 and 4, hopeful that if Theriault ended up making a move on his teammate -- which is what ended up happening -- he could pull his No. 4 Toyota Tundra off both of them and attempt to make his way to the front. "It worked up to second, but just couldn't quite get to the lead," he said. Give him one more lap and there's a good chance he puts his truck in Victory Lane. Considering it was just Jones' second career restrictor-plate race, there are still lessons to be learned from finishing a position lower than he'd prefer, particularly from his experienced team owner, who has been offering his sage advice to his young padawan. "Just lots of listening. Lots of listening," Jones said. "Really talked to Kyle a lot about it last year before Talladega. Talked to him more about it here. Read a lot of data that Toyota gives us. Try to apply it all in real‑time. "I think everybody kind of knows the basics of drafting. It's not extremely complicated. It's just a matter of being able to process those during the race and being able to remember all the things you've gathered about it. Actually, I don't mind plate racing. I enjoy it. I had fun tonight. Would have had a lot more fun if we came home one position higher." You see? At all times -- Jones is focused on nothing but winning. It's the same mentality that all of NASCAR's greats shared, and one that bodes well for the future of a talented young driver that is quickly rising within the sport's ranks -- he finished 18th in Saturday's Alert Today Florida 300 XFINITY Series event. While the first win of 2015 will have to wait, it was still crucial for Jones to escape Daytona without digging himself into a points hole, something that he and his team knew could be a possibility. Instead, his momentum remains in tact and the team will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for next weekend's Hyundai Construction Equipment 200 (Saturday, 5:30 p.m. ET, FOX Sports 1). "That was pretty important to us," the Michigan native said. "We talked about it for the last couple weeks. When you start off Daytona and get wrecked or whatever, say you finish 30th, it really gives you a hole to dig out of for really the next four races, even if you run those well. "It's pretty important to finish well here, just get good momentum going for your season. It's my first full‑time season." Atlanta is similarly configured to the 1.5-mile Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he picked up his second win of the year in 2014. Needless to say, he's looking forward to it. "Atlanta is going to be fun. I think our mile‑and‑a‑half program is pretty strong. It was really strong last year. I think we can probably go out and hopefully contend for a win." MORE: READ: Latest NASCAR news PLAY: Sign up for Fantasy Live WATCH: Latest NASCAR video FOLLOW LIVE: Get RaceView today FULL SERIES COVERAGE • Latest news • Standings • Schedule
Reddick: 'I (have) more confidence in our mile-and-a-half package'
This week's host, Matthew Strickert takes you on a stroll of the NASCAR XFINITY Series garage at a sunny, but chilly Atlanta Motor Speedway.