LEGACY MOTOR CLUB Race Preview: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Race Information

– Round: Race No. 19 of 36

– Track Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia

– Race Name: Quaker State 400

Broadcast: Sunday, July 9th at 7:00 PM ET live on USA Network (TV), PRN (Radio), and SiriusXM NASCAR Channel 90

– Team Entrants:

  • No. 42 | Noah Gragson & Luke Lambert – Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
  • No. 43 | Erik Jones & Dave Elenz – Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

Noah Gragson, No. 42 Sunseeker Resorts Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Atlanta Motor Speedway Stats

– NCS Starts: 3; Best Start: 22nd, Best Finish: 12th (Spring 2023)

– NXS Starts: 6; Poles: 2; Best Finish: 2nd (2020), Top 5s: 3, Top 10s: 5, Laps led: 58

– NCTS Starts: 2; Best Start: 3rd; Best Finish: 2nd (2018), Laps led: 43

2023 NCS Season Stats

– Starts: 17; Best Start: 10th (COTA); Best Finish: 12th (Atlanta), Current points position: 32nd


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Shake and Baconate: Through his partnership with Wendy’s, Noah Gragson made Chicago sizzle -literally. Click here and here for a recaps of his ‘day in the life’ in the ‘Wendy City’. Gragson was involved in many on-track incidents but battled back from two laps down to a 25th place finish in the historic inaugural Chicago Street Race.

Best finish so far: Gragson returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, where he garnered his best finish of this season. During the event in March, Gragson was the series fastest entry on restarts with an average speed of 181.308 mph.

Quoting Noah: “We had a really fast car last time out in Atlanta – we passed so many cars, the pit crew was fast, it was one of our most well executed events. This race is so much like a plate race, and I had so much fun in the spring. It was one of those races you wanted just a few more laps to see what we could have done. I’m looking forward to it and it should be exciting under the lights.”


Erik Jones, No. 43 Allegiant Chevrolet Camaro ZL1


Atlanta Motor Speedway Stats

– NCS Starts: 9; Best Start: 10th; Best Finish: 4th (Fall, 2022); Top 5s: 1; Top 10s: 3; Laps Led: 10

– NXS Starts: 2; Best Start: 2nd; Best Finish: 3rd (Spring, 2016); Top 5s: 1; Top 10s: 1

– NCTS Starts: 1; Best Start: 2nd; Best Finish 7th (2015) Top 5s: 1; Top 10s: 1; Laps Led: 37

2023 NCS Season Stats

-Starts: 18; Best start: 8th; Best finish: 6th; Top-10’s: 3; Laps led: 17; Points position: 30th


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Chicago in the rearview:  Erik Jones started the inaugural Chicago Street Race in 21st position and was involved in an early on track incident dropping him back to 35th. Throughout the race conditions ranged from wet streets to dry and Jones climbed his way back into the top-15 by the end of Stage 2. Due to impending darkness, NASCAR made the call to shorten the race from 100 to 75 laps, and Jones ended up finishing the action-filled event in 16th.

Hot-lanta streak: In his last two appearances at the 1.54-mile oval, Jones recorded two top-10 finishes. Last year during this event, he scored a fourth-place finish. The last outing at Atlanta, Jones was in 17th place in the closing laps. He nosed it up the middle line in the pack, advancing nine spots in the final lap, finishing the race in 8th place.

Elenz in Atlanta: During his tenure at JR Motorsports in the Xfinity Series, No. 43 crew chief Dave Elenz built a strong resume for himself at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. In eight starts, Elenz has coached four different drivers to a pole, a victory with Kevin Harvick, four top-fives and six top-10 finishes.

Meet Erik: Former United States Air Force Thunderbird Michelle “MACE” Curran will appear alongside Jones at the Fan Stage on Saturday at 2:00 pm for a #READwithErik event. Jones will read the book authored by Curran titled Upside Down Dreams. The event will be open to the public, and books will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. After the reading, Jones and Curran will hold a private meet and greet for guests who have purchased the Erik Jones ticket package. Click here for details

Quoting Erik Jones: “Atlanta has been good to us ever since they reconfigured the track. We’ve had three strong performances in a row, so I am always looking forward to getting back there. I think our superspeedway package is strong, and Atlanta is a bit different in the fact that there is some handling that comes into play more than your typical Daytona or Talladega. I think it plays out well for us. I hope we have similar speed, we made a good run to the finish and picked up a lot of spots. I believe we will have a shot of performing really well.”