The post-Atlanta power ranking is for the NASCAR Cup Series race six in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway this past weekend.
With six races officially completed, the NASCAR Cup Series has reached the one-sixth mark of the season. Race number six at Atlanta brought about another intermediate track. Kyle Larson was the dominant driver for most of the race, leading more than half of the laps and winning both stages.
The Post-Phoenix NASCAR Cup Series power ranking this week is ready as the series now heads into Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday afternoon. With the fifth different Cup Series winner this past weekend at Phoenix Raceway, one has to wonder, ‘who will continue the streak of different winners this season?’ Or perhaps, your question is, ‘who will become the first repeat winner this season?’ Whatever your question, this week’s power ranking may help sort it all out.
Three weeks in and the fireworks continued on Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. After wins from Michael McDowell and Christopher Bell to start the season, of course, Chris Buescher would spoil the party and dominate the first stage. Buescher would end up slipping back into the field midway through the second stage, but William Byron would take over, winning the second stage and leading over 100 laps for a statement win at the 1.5-miler. There wasn’t much movement at the top of the rankings this week, but the middle and bottom saw some big shakeups.
After the craziness of the Daytona 500 led to Michael McDowell’s upset win, it wasn’t outrageous to think that the Daytona Road Course might tone down a little bit. Early on, it appeared as if that was exactly what would happen, with pole-sitter Chase Elliott driving away from the field and winning stage one with ease.
Daytona 500 Winners and Losers in the NASCAR Cup Series highlights the big or small victories and defeats for drivers throughout the 2021 season.
In each week of NASCAR racing, there are the obvious winners and losers from the different races. So, it’s important to look a little bit deeper into the effect of the result of these races, and how certain drivers, teams, and other NASCAR-affiliate entities are feeling about the weekend. Here’s the first 2021 edition of ‘Winners and Losers.’