Cup Series Recap: 2021 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)

Ryan Blaney clinched victory after leading the final 9 laps with an impressive ARP of 2.77. Despite leading 292 laps, Kyle Larson finished 2nd. Alex Bowman showed significant improvement, finishing 3rd.

Cup Series Recap: 2021 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta Motor Speedway)

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Ryan Blaney emerged victorious after leading the final 9 laps, finishing 1st after starting 10th with an average running position (ARP) of 2.77 and a net gain rating (GR-LR) of 4.18. Kyle Larson demonstrated strong performance, leading for 292 laps but finishing 2nd after starting 6th, maintaining an ARP of 1.28 and a net gain rating of 4.07. Denny Hamlin, who started in pole position, led the initial 27 laps but fell to 4th place, affected by an accident involving his car on lap 114, resulting in an ARP of 5.39 and a net gain rating of 2.48.

Alex Bowman showcased significant improvement, starting 14th and finishing 3rd with a net gain rating of 3.37. Meanwhile, Austin Dillon gained 7 spots from his starting position, finishing 6th but with a lower ARP of 9.03 and a net gain rating of 1.58. Notably, William Byron had a wild ride, leading two laps and achieving a 7th place finish, indicating a strong but not dominant performance relative to the leaders.

Christopher Bell struggled, finishing 21st despite starting 8th, demonstrating the impact of the race's bonanza of challenges and fluctuations. Kevin Harvick experienced a bonanza of trouble; after starting 4th, he finished 10th with an ARP of 18.51, suggestive of late-race issues. Kurt Busch's race ended prematurely in 39th after an accident despite a 5.57 ARP, impacting his overall race day greatly.

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