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Sunday’s NASCAR Cup race at Atlanta: What you need to know

NASCAR driver Kyle Busch (18) still hasn’t won the Daytona 500 and blamed Goodyear. Here, Busch gets involved in a wreck Sunday with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Erik Jones (77) and Matt Kenseth (20).
NASCAR driver Kyle Busch (18) still hasn’t won the Daytona 500 and blamed Goodyear. Here, Busch gets involved in a wreck Sunday with Dale Earnhardt Jr. (88), Erik Jones (77) and Matt Kenseth (20). jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Distance: 325 laps (stages of 85, 85 and 155), or 500 miles.

Where: Atlanta Motor Speedway, a 1.54-mile asphalt trioval in Hampton, Ga.

When: 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

TV: Fox.

Radio: Performance Racing Network.

Last year’s winner: Jimmie Johnson.

Also this week: Rinnai 250, Xfinity Series, Atlanta Motor Speedway, 1:30 p.m., Saturday, Fox Sports 1. Active Pest Control 200, Truck Series, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, Fox Sports 1.

Worth mentioning: Johnson won his first race of the season at Atlanta in 2016, on his way to a record-tying seventh Cup title ... A rare Xfinity-Truck doubleheader is on tap for Saturday.

NASCAR driver Kurt Busch won the Daytona 500 on Sunday and was greeted in Victory Lane by New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and the Monster Energy girls. Jeff Siner/The Charlotte Observer

Who’s Hot/ Who’s Not

HOT

Kurt Busch: Finally wins a restrictor-plate race, and it’s the big one.

Ryan Reed: Strikes a blow for Diabetes 1 sufferers with his Xfinity victory at Daytona.

Kaz Grala: Not many people had heard of the 18-year-old before he won the Truck Series race at Daytona.

NOT

Kyle Busch: Still hasn’t won the Daytona 500 and blamed Goodyear.

Chase Elliott: Had Daytona won until he ran out of gas.

Brad Keselowski: Seems to have mastered plate racing – except for the Daytona 500.

David Scott

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