Two Worlds Collide in Atlanta

For the first time ever, the Supercross and NASCAR world will collide in Atlanta, GA for their respective seasons. On Saturday, four drivers will compete in an intermission period during the Monster Energy Supercross event at the Georgia Dome.

Ricky Stenhouse, Jr, Ty Dillon, Clint Bowyer, and Greg Biffle will compete in the Holeshot Challenge. Danica Patrick will hold the 30-second board before the start of the event, and Jimmie Johnson will drop the gate for the challenge. When the gate is dropped, drivers will race to the holeshot line towards the first turn and whoever crosses that line first will be crowned the winner.  Three different brands of motorcycles will be used during the event. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., hosted by Ryan Dungey, will ride a KTM 250 SX-F. Clint Bowyer, hosted by Dunlop, will ride a Kawasaki KXF 250. Ty Dillon will ride a KTM 250 SX-F. Greg Biffle will ride a Honda CRF250F provided by Freewheeling Motorposts of Douglasville, GA.

“Many of NASCAR’s best drivers grew up racing motocross and have a deep appreciation for Monster Energy Supercross and what these athletes do on a weekly basis,” said Todd Jendro, Vice President Operations – Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment. “The holeshot is one of the most important and intense aspects of the race, and the Holeshot Challenge is designed to illustrate that element in a fun and entertaining way.”

“This is an exciting and unique opportunity to return to my first passion in motorsports,” said Bowyer. “My family traveled the country for many years chasing amateur national championships, and I’ve been a lifelong fan of Supercross. I actually went out and bought a bike to practice for this, and I hope some of those old reflexes come out to shine this Saturday night. It’s going to be fun!”

Once the events of the day are done at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, many NASCAR drivers will make the 45-minute trek to Downtown Atlanta. On Sunday, many Monster Energy Supercross drivers will arrive at the Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuickTrip 500. You can catch all the action from Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Georgia Dome all day long on Fox Sports 1.


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