After an exciting Daytona 500, the NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Series makes its annual stop at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, Feb. 24. The intermediate track (1.54-mile quad oval) should offer a much different race than last Sunday, as Denny Hamlin started the season off with an emotional Daytona 500 victory for the Joe Gibbs Racing team.
Hamlin will start Sunday's race fourth with Aric Almirola in the pole position. Kevin Harvick, who won last year's race here, is starting 18th while defending Cup champion Joey Logano will start 27th. There are 37 cars in the starting grid.
So if you're wondering, "What NASCAR race is on TV this today?" know this: FOX is airing the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 from Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Race Time/TV Channel
Time: 2 p.m. ET (Sunday) green flag drops
Track: Atlanta Motor Speedway (Hampton, Ga.)
TV: FOX, coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET
Radio: PRN, SIRIUS XM Channel 90
Typically, NASCAR’s Daytona 500 is the most unpredictable race of the season. Restrictor plate racing provides parity, giving hope any of the field’s 40 cars has a chance to win. The second race of the season, Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500, in Atlanta is supposed to be a return to normalcy. Only a handful of favorites are supposed to forge to the front as the sport’s 2019 championship picture takes shape.
Not this year.
This weekend marks the start of perhaps the most unpredictable Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season of racing we’ve seen on intermediate tracks. New rules were implemented this offseason in a move to tighten up competition throughout the field. Based on the All-Star Race last year, the expectation is they’ll increase the importance of drafting and keep the field bunched together similar to the larger restrictor plate tracks Daytona and Talladega Superspeedway produce.