HAMPTON, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on the NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway (all times local):
Kyle Larson has won the first stage of Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Larson was the first driver off pit road following a competition caution 35 laps into the race. Kevin Harvick was second in the stage and followed by pole-sitter Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch and Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR debuted a new competition package at Atlanta that showed early promise when the cars ran close together. But the field was strung out and single-file at the end of the first stage.
The stage victory was the sixth for Larson on a 1.5-mile speedway.
Brad Keselowski has recovered from a stomach virus in time to start Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Keselowski jogged from a golf cart into the pre-race driver meeting and predicted he’d go the full 500 miles.
Keselowski missed a portion of the final practice session with a stomach bug and was treated with intravenous fluids Saturday in the infield care center. Team Penske had Austin Cindric on standby in case Keselowski was too ill to drive his No. 2 Ford.
Keselowski’s symptoms first appeared after he surprised fans Friday night in the rainy infield at Atlanta.
Kyle Busch will make his 500th career Cup start when he races Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, where he’s already notched one milestone this weekend.
Busch became the Truck Series all-time wins leader Saturday with his 52nd career victory. He starts from the back in Sunday’s main event because he crashed his Toyota in final practice.
Aric Almirola starts from the pole in the debut for NASCAR’s new competition package. The rules this season are designed to improve the on-track product by slowing the cars and creating more passing opportunities. NASCAR hopes the package creates parity among the teams and increases entertainment for fans.
Brad Keselowski has battled a stomach ailment at Atlanta but is expected to at least start the race. Austin Cindric is on standby as a Team Penske relief driver.
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