NASCAR Atlanta Sprint Cup race: winner, results, schedule

The NASCAR race action today shifted to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Sprint Cup race known as the Folds Of Honor QuikTrip 500. It’s the second major event of the 2015 NASCAR season, following last weekend’s Daytona 500 which was won by Joey Logano, giving him the points lead heading into today’s action – but how would the results hold up by the time the checkered flag rolled around?

Logano entered the race in first in the Sprint Cup standings, with 2014 Chase for the Cup winner Kevin Harvick five points behind him in second place. Dale Earnhardt, who may be on the verge of a breakout season after taking a major leap last season, was also tied for second place. Denny Hamlin and Jimmie Johnson, the latter of whom dominated NASCAR for multi year stretch before falling back to the pack, rounded out the top five. But Johnson started in thirty-seventh place today, giving him low odds of pulling off the victory in Atlanta – or did it?

By the time the smoke cleared, the QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup NASCAR race was indeed won by Jimmie Johnson, who climbed all the way from the back of the pack. Kevin Harvick, who started in second position, also finished there. With the winner and results now set for Atlanta, the next race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup schedule is the Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas next weekend.

New England Patriots in 2015: Bill Belichick, Tom Brady last hurrah

The New England Patriots have been driven by the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady train for more than a decade, with several Super Bowl wins to show for it. Now they enter the 2015 season as defending champions once again, and while they have a strong shot at repeating, there are a number of reasons why this could be the dynasty’s last hurrah for awhile.

Let’s forget DeflateGate for the moment, which will cost the Patriots a draft pick at most. The more vital concern in 2015 is whether Tom Brady can have another career year, which was a necessity in 2014 to lift the team above its own various roster deficiencies. That was most evident in the first few weeks of the season, when Brady wasn’t at his best, and the team stunk because of it. Once he was able to turn it on, New England instantly became the AFC favorite.

But Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger, and while he’s heard that and shrugged it off before, he’ll enter the 2016 season at the age of thirty-nine. Even if he continues playing, his body will have begun breaking down significantly, as all quarterbacks do by that age. That means 2015 could be his last hurrah; if he wins a second consecutive Super Bowl, he might well retire and go out on top. In such case Bill Belichick will be left to rebuild around young Jimmy Garoppolo, and while he may end up being the real thing, the championship window will close for at least a little bit while he finds his footing. That makes 2015 a particularly crucial season for the New England Patriots all around.

NASCAR race today: Xfinity 250 Atlanta time TV channel live stream

Today’s NASCAR race is the the Hisense 250 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as the Nationwide Series continues to transition into the Xfinity Series after a title sponsor change at the beginning of the 2015 schedule. For the moment the points standings are upside down, with the most popular drivers near the bottom and a number of lesser known drivers near the top. But that could all change at Atlanta, as it’s still early in the season. Today’s race airs on a niche TV channel as well as a live stream online.

Ryan Reed tops the NASCAR Xfinity Series standings with 47 points after the opening week race at Daytona, while Chris Buescher is in second place with 43 points and Ty Dillon is in third place with 42 points. Reigning 2014 winner Chase Elliott is in 20th place after a disappointing opening-race showing, while frequent points leader Regan Smith is in 26th place. Today’s NASCAR race is the first of a triple header at Atlanta, with the Camping World and Sprint Cup also holding races on the same track this weekend.

The Atlanta Hisense 250 NASCAR race today has a start time schedule of 2:00pm eastern time and airs on TV channel FS1, Fox Sports 1. Those who can’t find that channel on the dial can also watch the race as a live stream online.