The Atlanta Cup race seen today looked mostly quiet.
Although, no significant dropouts from the big-budget teams regarding the carnage.
But luckily, the race finish has some of the finest limited budget teams finish inside the Top 25.
And the best three in this group deserved this round of applause are:
Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
Having started from 22nd, Stenhouse’s No.47 Chevy Camaro continues to superior.
It aided his mission to get ahead of the race field & remained stable for the entire day.
He’s had a high Stage 1 in 7th before a slow stop during the Stage 2 break saw him lost three spots before the restart.
But he recovered okay having bounced back in the Top 15 & stayed there for the rest of the day with his race car still decent to pull off in 13th.
He went off to a great start from 27th, where Bell’s able to break inside the Top 20 zone.
Even after the competition caution on Lap 22, his No.95 Toyota Camry remained uninterrupted that aided a close Top 10 finish in Stage 1.
Having pitted before Stage 2, he cycled back in the Top 15, and with his race car uninterrupted, it aided Bell to tap off a fantastic lead up to Stage 3 in 12th.
In the end, Bell may have fallen back some spots in a caution-free Stage 3 where at times, he couldn’t defend which identified as his weaknesses.
But Bell is happy to take the Top 20 result in P18.
It’s been a slow start in Stage 1 having fallen a spot to 24th & nothing has changed much except the competition caution and the late John Hunter-Nemechek spin.
These two early cautions helped Bubba moved up a few spots to 17th.
Stage 2 may not be too critical having come home outside the Top 25 after Bubba pitted during another late Michael McDowell spin off Turn 4.
On the run towards the checkered flag, Bubba’s race car didn’t change much.
He’d hoped for more changes to aid his run in the Top 20 if there are a few more yellows came out and him still in contention.
But at least he’s happy to guide his No.43 Chevy Camaro home in 21st.
Congratulations to all three drivers performed today in this group.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. credits the speedy No.47 Chevy Camaro, where he’s thankful for the technical help from satellite partner, Hendrick Motorsports.
As long as this equipment remains uninterrupted, Stenhouse will continue to do his best to nail down a regular Top 10 top 15 finish.
He’s here to prove doubters wrong at JTG after all these years of experience gained at the top level, a run of consistency alongside the survival of cautions is the way for Stenhouse to progress here & there.
For Christopher Bell, It can be hard at times when teams that have a medium to big-budget remain ahead, especially very little has happened compared to last weekend in Bristol, TN.
But you can’t fault his work ethic inside the race car, which reflected his incredible into the Top 20 as soon as the green flag dropped & remained ever since.
There will be big rewards waiting for Bell to snatch up in the next few days to weeks.
So look out for Bell as long as the other big teams drop out and him still in contention to pull off something special for himself & Leavine Family Racing.
And on Bubba Wallace, he did his best to keep himself in and out of the Top 20 mark.
Yes, the equipment itself didn’t benefit his run at Atlanta except for the Front Row Motorsports duo spin-outs in which he would’ve hoped for regarding the result.
But Bubba can be a decent threat to other limited budget teams and force his way ahead of them too.
He has demonstrated to us about his talent having picked up occasional Top 5 & 10 finishes before.
And there’s no doubt he can learn what he did in the race car today & move on to target something realistic that will make Bubba feel satisfied on Wednesday night at Martinsville Speedway in Virginia.