NASCAR Cup Series
Cup Stars React to New Atlanta Layout
Mar 21, 2022
There is plenty to talk about this Monday morning at the water cooler, between the new-look Atlanta Motor Speedway which provided a pair of last-lap passes, William Byron picking up two wins in two days and much more. Here is our weekend stat sheet from the past three days.
- Ross Chastain is really making a splash in the NASCAR Cup Series with three podium finishes in his last three starts. He was third at Las Vegas, second at Phoenix and second at Atlanta on Sunday. Prior to this season, Chastain had only three career top-five runs. Also, William Byron won at Atlanta to be the fifth winner in five races this season.
- On Sunday at Atlanta, there were 46 lead changes in the NASCAR Cup Series race, breaking the track record set back in 1982. The new package and asphalt led to a dramatic day of racing. This year, there have been 150 lead changes in five races, with an average of 30 per show.
- Ty Gibbs won for the second time this season, once again taking the lead in the final 10 laps. This time, Gibbs made a last lap pass on Ryan Sieg to win on Saturday at Atlanta. It was also the fifth time he’s won in his first start at a track in the NASCAR Xfinity Series.
- Corey Heim zoomed to his first NASCAR Truck Series win, ironically this is the sixth win for the number 51 at Atlanta in the truck series with this being the first with Kyle Busch not at the wheel. This was also only the fifth start for Heim.
- Gathering his first PASS National win, Ryan Moore won the Friday night portion of the Easter Bunny 150 at Hickory Motor Speedway (NC). It was Moore’s third overall PASS win, with his two prior wins coming in the PASS South series.
- No repeat here, William Byron was a winner on Saturday as well as he won the Easter Bunny 150 on Saturday at Hickory. Byron has two career Super Late Model wins at Hickory.
- Mason Maggio marks the second first-time winner in a row for the Carolina Pro Late Model Series. They will look to make it three in a row on April 2nd at Hickory.
- Matt Hirschman wins for the second time this season on the SMART Tour. The win also marks his 31st different track he’s won at, and that's just what we have on record at The Third Turn. It could be more with independent shows. We will see if he can add more this season.
- Layne Riggs pocketed two NASCAR Late Model Stock Car wins at South Boston Speedway as they opened up the 2022 season. Riggs had never won at South Boston and he picked up his second win the same day as the first as he charged from 10th to win both 65-lap events.
- Jared Irvan scored his first win of 2022 at Citrus County Speedway (FL) on Saturday night. It should come as no surprise as he was the 2021 track champion at Citrus.