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NASCAR Ambetter Health 400 Preview: NASCAR Heads East to Atlanta

NASCAR Ambetter Health 400 Preview
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The West Coast Swing to open the NASCAR season is over as the Cup series heads to Georgia this weekend for the NASCAR Ambetter Health 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Last week William Byron went to victory lane for the second time this season, but once again the race itself wasn’t the biggest story.

The Hendrick cars were all penalized for an issue with hood louvers on the 5, 9, 24, and 48 cars. Denny Hamlin was also penalized after some bold comments on his seemingly never-ending feud with Ross Chastain as well.

Now drivers will take on the high banks of the reconfigured Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Ambetter Health 400 where we could see some unusual suspects at the front given that this track now runs closer to Daytona or Talladega as opposed to the other 1.5-mile tracks on the circuit. Let’s take a look at the entry list.

1Ross ChastainTrackhouse Racing TeamChevrolet
2Austin CindricTeam PenskeFord
3Austin DillonRichard Childress RacingChevrolet
4Kevin HarvickStewart Haas RacingFord
5Kyle LarsonHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
6Brad KeselowskiRFK RacingFord
7Corey LajoieSpire MotorsportsChevrolet
8Kyle BuschRichard Childress RacingChevrolet
9Josh BerryHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
10Aric AlmirolaStewart Haas RacingFord
11Denny HamlinJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
12Ryan BlaneyTeam PenskeFord
14Chase BriscoeStewart Haas RacingFord
15J.J. YeleyRick Ware RacingFord
16AJ AllmendingerKaulig RacingChevrolet
17Chris BuescherRFK RacingFord
19Martin Truex Jr.Joe Gibbs RacingToyota
20Christopher BellJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
21Harrison BurtonWood Brothers RacingFord
22Joey LoganoTeam PenskeFord
23Bubba Wallace23XI RacingToyota
24William ByronHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
31Justin HaleyKaulig RacingChevrolet
34Michael McDowellFront Row MotorsportsFord
38Todd GillilandFront Row MotorsportsFord
41Ryan PreeceStewart Haas RacingFord
42Noah GragsonPetty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
43Erik JonesPetty GMS MotorsportsChevrolet
45Tyler Reddick23XI RacingToyota
47Ricky Stenhouse Jr.JTG Daugherty RacingChevrolet
48Alex BowmanHendrick MotorsportsChevrolet
51Cody WareRick Ware RacingFord
54Ty GibbsJoe Gibbs RacingToyota
77Ty DillonSpire MotorsportsChevrolet
78BJ McLeodLive Fast MotorsportsFord
99Daniel SuarezTrackhouse Racing TeamChevrolet

One thing to keep an eye on all weekend will be the new pit road commitment line. With it being located all the way on the back stretch entering turn 3, I wouldn’t be surprised to see pit entry issues at Atlanta.

Superspeedway races or races that essentially become the same style of race as a superspeedway tend to be a bit unpredictable. However, the best superspeedway driver in the field today, in my opinion, is Denny Hamlin. The Virginia native is a multiple time Daytona 500 winner for a reason.

Check out the schedule below to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the action this week.

NASCAR Ambetter Health 400 Schedule & How To Watch

Friday 03/17

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Qualifying – 2:05 p.m. CT on FS1

NASCAR Xfinity Series Qualifying – 3:35 p.m. CT on FS1

Saturday 03/18

NASCAR Cup Series Qualifying – 10:35 a.m. CT on FS1

Fr8 208 (NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series) – 1:00 p.m. CT on FS1

Raptor 250 (NASCAR Xfinity Series) – 4:00 p.m. CT on FS1

Sunday 03/19

Ambetter Health 400 (NASCAR Cup Series) – 2:00 p.m. CT on FOX

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