Doug "Fireball" Turnbull's Race Blog 

Race Capsule: Harvick dominates Atlanta, Keselowski wins, many speed

  • 10:15 am Monday, March 6th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

As we saw at Daytona last week, leading the last lap is the one that really counts. Brad Keselowski overcame unscheduled pit stops for a loose wheel and a flat tire to stay in contention, then take the lead after race dominator Kevin Harvick sped on pit road. His 22nd-career win is his first at Atlanta Motor Speedway and he almost won the Xfinity Series race the day before. Here is how the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, a hard fought race on AMS’ 20-year-old pavement, played for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Flag to flag: This will be [More]

Saturday AMS notebook: Busch and Bell victorious in doubleheader

  • 10:45 pm Saturday, March 4th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Kyle Busch wins, car sins in Xfinity race 

After Cup drivers Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick won the first two stages of the Rinnai 250, Kyle Busch won the race on pit road after the final stops and easily won this race for the second year in a row. His No. 18 Toyota struggled with rear grip most of the race, but crew chief Scott Graves, working with Busch for the first time, made a final adjustment that kept Busch out front.

But the NOS Toyota failed post-race inspection, as NASCAR said the front right and left heights were too low. They [More]

Scanner Chatter: Garrett Smithley at home with both his team and at AMS

  • 4:10 pm Friday, March 3rd, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

HAMPTON, Ga

Garrett Smithley has come from obscurity to security with JD Motorsports. He has begun his second year in the No. 0 Chevy, having run all but the season-opening Daytona race last season in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.

Smithley’s strong 9th-place run last week in a wounded car gave the team a good boost to this weekend, where the Peachtree City native tackles his home track Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished 24th in his underfunded ride a year ago, but says the new low-downforce package for the NXS cars is drastic.

“It’s like learning how to drive all over again,” he says [More]

Scanner Chatter: Kevin Harvick on the big changes for his team and the sport in 2017

  • 10:09 am Friday, January 27th, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

2014 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champ Kevin Harvick talks to WSB about Stewart-Haas Racing’s big switch from Chevy to Ford. Harvick highlights the challenges in the team building its own chassis  and the manpower in switching the cars’ bodies over.

Harvick also talks about NASCAR’s new segmented race format and how he thrives when dealing with change. He also shares who he’s rooting for in the Super Bowl – it may not be who you think.

Listen now.

Atlanta Motor Speedway announces repave of 20-year-old surface

  • 1:22 pm Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 by Doug "Fireball" Turnbull

Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announce that following the March 5th Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, they will repave the 1.5-mile track surface.

Drivers and fans alike have applauded the multi-groove racing the Hampton, Georgia track has produced over the years, but two decades of racing and weather have aged the surface to the point of needing new pavement. Officials have said for several years that this was coming – the question has always been when.

AMS repaved and realigned the racetrack in 1997, between the March and November races, switching the front and back straightaways and [More]