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Video: Atlanta Cup Race Halted at Lap 167 As Track Surface Begins Ripping Apart

UPDATE 6:04 PM ET: The red flag has been lifted after 19 minutes, four seconds and engines have been re-fired as repairs to the track surface at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been completed.

According to NASCAR Camping World Truck Series competitor Clay Greenfield, the track used a product called Aquaphalt to make the patch to fix the pot hole on the frontstretch.

ORIGINAL STORY/VIDEO: Kurt Busch has been on such a tear, where he could very well win Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on pure speed alone, but he could also win the race by the rulebook as the 24-year old track surface, which is set to be replaced after this weekend, has begun to break apart.

The race was red-flagged on lap 167, with Busch in the race lead, and track officials are debating ideas on how to fix the surface, which has begun to tear apart on the frontstretch.

If the race can’t be restarted, Busch would be named the winner. But it appears the track officials are beginning to make repairs to the surface which could allow the race to resume.

A pothole in the track surface at Daytona International Speedway delayed the 2010 Daytona 500. The track officials on that night were able to patch the surface with bondo, which got the race to it’s conclusion.

Jamie McMurray won that day. Will the track be repaired? And if so, who will win?

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Toby is the Founder, Editor and go-to man for He is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, Toby is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award winning writer, and has followed NASCAR as a fan since 1993.

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