<img class="size-medium wp-image-30975 alignright" src="https:\/\/theenterprise.net\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/23\/2020\/02\/race-track-flag-2035566_1920-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="200" \/>By Reid Spencer\r\n\r\nNASCAR Wire Service\r\n\r\nYou can call Ryan Blaney \u201cThe Spoiler.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith a pass for the lead with eight laps left in Sunday\u2019s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Blaney took the air out of an otherwise dominating performance by Kyle Larson, who had to settle for second place after winning the first two stages and leading 269 of 325 laps.\r\n\r\n\u201cGosh, we had a great long-run car all day,\u201d Blaney said after climbing from his No. 12 Team Penske Ford. \u201cIt took us a little bit to get going. I was pretty free all day, so we made a really good change to tighten me up where I needed it.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt looked like Kyle was getting loose, and I\u2019m happy it worked into our favor that there were a couple of long runs at the end (that) let us kind of get there, and he got slowed up behind some lapped traffic\u2026 It\u2019s nice to close out a race like that\u2014it was awesome.\u201d\r\n\r\nBlaney\u2019s first victory at Atlanta and the fifth of his career extended the streak of different NASCAR Cup Series winners this season to six. The victory was the fifth straight at the 1.54-mile track for Ford drivers.\r\n\r\nFor the fourth time in his career, Larson swept the first two stages of a race and failed to win the event.\r\n\r\n\u201cI think he (Blaney) just got a lot better that last stage, and that changed up my flow of the race a little bit,\u201d said Larson, who won each of the first two stages by more than six seconds. \u201cI could get out to such big leads, and I could take care of my stuff and run the bottom where it was maybe slower, but I could take care of my tires.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe was fast there (in the final run), and I just wanted to maintain that gap that I had, so I had to run in the faster part of the race track and just used my stuff up. He was a lot better than me there late in the run. I hate to lead a lot of laps and lose, but we had a really good car that we brought to the track. Our (No. 5) Hendrick Cars Chevy was stupid-fast there for a long time. I don\u2019t know if we got that much worse, or if he got way better.\u201d\r\n\r\nAlex Bowman ran third, followed by Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch. Austin Dillon, Chris Buescher, William Byron, Martin Truex Jr. and Kevin Harvick completed the top 10.\r\n\r\nThe first two stages featured only one caution for an on-track incident. On a restart on Lap 113, after the break at the end of Stage 1, Kyle Busch spun his tires at the front of the pack in the outside lane, causing Chase Elliott and Kurt Busch to check up behind him.\r\n\r\nKurt Busch steered down to the middle lane, but off-center contact from Hamlin\u2019s Toyota sent the No. 1 Chevrolet into the Turn 1 wall and out of the race.\r\n\r\n\u201cYeah, I think the No. 18 (Kyle Busch) was the outside-lead car,\u201d said Kurt Busch, who ran near the front of the field throughout the first stage. The No. 9 (Elliott) kind of checked-up, too. I checked up\u2026 It was just the accordion effect and then I jumped to the middle. I\u2019m like \u2018I\u2019m here\u2019; I positioned myself. It wasn\u2019t like I rearranged my lanes and made another block.\r\n\r\n\u201cHe (Hamlin) didn\u2019t do anything vicious or malicious there. It\u2019s a 500-miler, and these are the days that it hurts the worst. This absolutely hurts the worst because we had a top-five, winning Monster Energy Chevy.\u201d\r\n\r\nElliott, the reigning series champion, sustained damage on that same restart, but his troubles didn\u2019t become terminal until the third stage, when his engine blew to cause the fifth caution of the afternoon.\r\n\r\n\u201cYeah, obviously we broke a motor there later on,\u201d Elliott said. \u201cWe got some damage there on that restart. Kyle (Busch) kind of spun his tires and then I was pushing him, and Kurt (Busch) was pushing me. We all just really jammed together hard and ended up hurting the nose some. I don\u2019t know if that had something to do with breaking the engine or not.\u201d\r\n\r\nEarly tire troubles ruined the afternoon for defending race winner Harvick, who pitted with a flat left rear as the rest of the field restarted on Lap 32 after a competition caution. Larson lapped Harvick later in the first stage, and the 2014 series champion didn\u2019t get the lap back until he took a wave-around under the fifth caution, for Elliott\u2019s blown engine.\r\n\r\nHarvick battled back to finish 10th but could advance no further.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nNASCAR Cup Series Race - 63rd Annual Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500\r\n\r\nAtlanta Motor Speedway\r\n\r\nHampton, Georgia\r\n\r\nSunday, March 21, 2021\r\n\r\n \r\n<ol>\r\n \t<li>(10)\u00a0 Ryan Blaney, Ford, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(6)\u00a0 Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(14)\u00a0 Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(1)\u00a0 Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(19)\u00a0 Kyle Busch, Toyota, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(13)\u00a0 Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(17)\u00a0 Chris Buescher, Ford, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(9)\u00a0 William Byron, Chevrolet, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(2)\u00a0 Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(7)\u00a0 Kevin Harvick, Ford, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(20)\u00a0 Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(12)\u00a0 Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(28)\u00a0 Ryan Newman, Ford, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(21)\u00a0 Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 325.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(3)\u00a0 Joey Logano, Ford, 324.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(15)\u00a0 Bubba Wallace, Toyota, 324.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(25)\u00a0 Daniel Suarez, Chevrolet, 324.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(27)\u00a0 Cole Custer, Ford, 324.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(18)\u00a0 Michael McDowell, Ford, 324.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(16)\u00a0 Aric Almirola, Ford, 324.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(8)\u00a0 Christopher Bell, Toyota, 323.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(39)\u00a0 Austin Cindric(i), Ford, 323.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(24)\u00a0 Chase Briscoe #, Ford, 323.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(22)\u00a0 Erik Jones, Chevrolet, 323.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(23)\u00a0 Ryan Preece, Chevrolet, 323.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(29)\u00a0 Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet, 323.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(32)\u00a0 Anthony Alfredo #, Ford, 322.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(4) \u00a0Brad Keselowski, Ford, 321.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(30)\u00a0 Corey LaJoie, Chevrolet, 319.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(26)\u00a0 Justin Haley(i), Chevrolet, 319.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(33)\u00a0 Cody Ware(i), Chevrolet, 316.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(34)\u00a0 James Davison, Chevrolet, 316.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(35)\u00a0 Quin Houff, Chevrolet, 314.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(31)\u00a0 BJ McLeod(i), Ford, 313.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(36)\u00a0 Joey Gase, Chevrolet, 308.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(38)\u00a0 Timmy Hill(i), Ford, 305.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(37)\u00a0 Josh Bilicki, Ford, 285.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(5)\u00a0 Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, Engine, 220.<\/li>\r\n \t<li>(11)\u00a0 Kurt Busch, Chevrolet, Accident, 113.<\/li>\r\n<\/ol>\r\n \r\n\r\nAverage Speed of Race Winner:\u00a0 144.595 mph.\r\n\r\nTime of Race:\u00a0 3 Hrs, 27 Mins, 41 Secs. Margin of Victory:\u00a0 2.083 Seconds.