Saturday, April 1, 2023

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Turns Quickest Lap in Drafting Practice at Atlanta; Bell Calls it, “Full Blown Chaos”

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was fastest in NASCAR Cup Series practice Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Photo Credit: Jonathan McCoy /

On Saturday, the NASCAR Cup Series drivers put on a frantic show on the newly reconfigured 1.54-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway, as they attempted to learn the new track and the superspeedway-style racing it provides.

Ricky Stenhouse Jr. turned the fastest lap in the session, which was a 29.780 sec. lap time. Kyle Busch was just 0.036 sec. behind Stenhouse in second. Christopher Bell, Harrison Burton and Joey Logano were the remainder of the top-five in the practice.

(Click here for the full NASCAR Cup Series practice results)

In all, the top-33 cars in the practice were within a half second of each other on the speed chart.

Following the session, Christopher Bell called the drafting at Atlanta Motor Speedway, “Full blown chaos,” and Bell seemed shook by the fact that there will be 500-miles of it on Sunday.

Bell, Stenhouse and others also agree that pitting from the pack in the race is going to be very difficult, as there is not real runoff area to reduce your speed in, like there is at Daytona and Talladega.

Sunday’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta is shaping up to be an unpredictable event, and it very well could be one that remains on race fan’s minds for years to come.

Toby Christie
Toby Christie
Toby is the Founder, and Editor-in-Chief of Toby is also the co-host of The Final Lap Weekly Podcast. Additionally, he is a NMPA (National Motorsports Press Association) award-winning writer, and has followed the sport as a fan since 1993.

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