NASCAR Quaker State 400: Top moments from Atlanta Motor Speedway

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The NASCAR Cup Series July schedule continues Sunday with the Quaker State 400 from Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia.

It’s a 260-lap race, and Kurt Busch won last year’s contest, which returned in 2021 after a 10-year hiatus.

You can follow all the action here.

Here are the top moments from the race!

Off and racing

As pole winner Chase Elliott took the early lead, Denny Hamlin and Ross Chastain are getting scrappy in the middle of the pack. 

Pushing and shoving

Alex Bowman gave Elliot a bit of a shove at the end of Stage 1, but it didn’t seem to faze Elliot as he remained in the lead. 

Ryan Blaney passed Elliot to take the lead, but thanks to a big push from Bowman, Elliot regained the lead shortly after. 

Taking the stage

Elliott wins Stage 1!

Stage 2 has started!

Tyler Reddick roared in front at the start of Stage 2, capitalizing when several drivers pitted during the stage break.

A few showers were in the area, but no weather delay is imminent.

Big crash!

Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Larson, Austin Dillon, and a few others were involved in a pretty big crash, with Dillon being knocked out of the race.

Technical issues

Noah Gragson is out with mechanical issues with his car, while Chris Buescher and B.J. McLeod have been ruled out due to the crash. 

After Dillon was ruled out, he blamed Ross Chastain for ruining the race for a good portion of the field. 

We’re halfway through!

On the 130th lap, William Byron sat in first place, Tyler Reddick follows in second and Kurt Busch is in third. 

We had a blowout!

On the 125th lap, Michael McDowell blew a tire out, leaving him three laps behind the pack. 

Stage 2 concluded

Thanks to a last-second surge, Elliot wins his second consecutive stage. 

Another crash! 

At the beginning of Stage 3, there was another crash. It seemed to happen when Garrett Smithley slowed down, causing Ty Dillon to rear-end him, which initiated the accident. As result, William Byron and Tyler Reddick are done for the day. 

Stay tuned for more live updates.


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