Laps on Laps on Laps!

Atlanta Motor Speedway was the place to be on Sunday February 25 as the 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series kicked off the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.  Driver Kevin Harvick clinched his spot in the second race of the season as leading the scoreboard with 56 points and 181 of 325 laps.

The day started off with a 2 ½ hour rain delay with Kyle Busch leading the starting lineup. But that didn’t stop Harvick, who started in 4th place, from gaining up to a 10 second lead during the race. Harvick has actually led more laps than any of the other drivers at Atlanta with an overall total of 1,152. He celebrated his victory just as he did 17 years ago on his first win of the series, with a 3-finger salute honoring Dale Earnhardt.

Close behind him was Brad Keselowski, who came in 2nd place by 2.6 seconds. Keselowski was one to watch after winning this race last season and racking up 3 straight Atlanta Top 10s. He did jump ahead after a penalty temporarily slowed Harvick. Even though he won stage 2 of the race, he too fell victim to Harvick’s incredible speed.

With 28 laps to go Treyvor Bayne, the 2011 Daytona 500 winner, had a mishap as his engine blew trailing plumes of smoke behind him. This also led Bubba Wallace and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. to crash, taking both of them out of the competition.

Austin Dillon, the recent Daytona 500 champion, started from the rear of the field and finished in 14th place. Dillon was also one to watch after winning the first race of the series just a week before.

Next up is the Penzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube which will take place on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday March 4, 2018.



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  2. Yes,the second race has always had the highest ratings behind Daytona. A rating is the percentage of households with a TV watching a program. Technically, it”s called the Household Rating. Historically, the household rating of the second race has averaged 66 percent of the rating for Daytona. That 66 percent is the highest of any other race. Then the percentage trickles downward throughout the seasonbut bumps upward for the ninth race (Talladega, Richmond, Martinsville). The percentage hits its lowest at the 27th race then slowly increases towards Homestead. The household rating of this race is 61 percent of last week. Not badlast year was 57 percentbut it only increased because the ratings for Daytona were so bad this year. If you added the numbers of households for the first and second races, the sum has historically been at least 12 M households. For the past 2 years and 2014, the sums of Daytona and Atlanta were 12.27, 12.45 and 12.60 M households respectively. This year, however, the sum has dropped to an all-time low of 10.29 M: 6.37 + 3.91 = 10.29. In the NASCAR heydays of 2005 and 2006, the sums exceeded 20 M.

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