All three of NASCAR’s top series took to the track at Atlanta this past weekend. While the races may not have been the most thrilling, there was still something to talk about in each race. Not to mention, the winner of each series got their first win of the year.
The Truck Series took to the track on Friday night. Kyle Busch took the checkered flag, winning his 60th truck race, while John Hunter Nemechek won both Stage 1 and 2. But Jordan Anderson took the spotlight at the track with his tribute to women.
Jordan Anderson took his paint scheme to another level in honor of Women’s History Month. Prior to the race Anderson had tweeted out, “Tag or share with me the name of a deserving woman, or woman-owned business that we should honor and celebrate on our truck this weekend.” The response was overwhelming, and Anderson was up until 2:00 am writing the names of these deserving women on the hood of his truck. I am honored that I was chosen to have my name on that hood.
Saturday night it was time for the Xfinity cars to take the track. Martin Truex, Jr. dominated most of the race, winning Stage 1 and 2, but a costly mistake for speeding on pit row had him starting from the rear of the field after a caution on Lap 114. Truex spent the rest of the laps trying to catch Justin Allgaier but would finish runner up. This was Allgaier’s first win of the season. But the thrill of the race actually came after the race.
Daniel Hemric approached Noah Gragson after the race and confronted him. Gragson had backed into Hemric’s car during a pit stop and Hemric was not happy. Fists were flying. Gragson ultimately got called to the Nascar trailer, but no penalty was handed out for his actions on pit road.
Sunday’s Cup Series race was also dominated by one driver who finished runner-up. Kyle Larson won both Stage 1 and 2 by around 8 seconds each but was unable to hold off Ryan Blaney in the end. This was Blaney’s first win of the season and he celebrated in style by handing the checkered flag to a young fan wearing one of his shirts.