HAMPTON, Ga. — Kevin Harvick added to a sizable list of good memories at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he won Sunday's QuikTrip 500 at the 1.5-mile oval in Hampton.
The victory was the third for the Stewart-Haas driver at Atlanta — the site of his very first NASCAR Cup Series win way back in 2001. He also won two years ago at AMS.
Harvick, who started the race with a series-best — by far — 1,197 laps led at the track, collected his second victory of the season. His first came at Darlington on May 17.
The 2014 Cup champion took the lead for the final time on Lap 219 of the 325-lapper and from there was never seriously challenged.
Finishing second was Kyle Busch of Joe Gibbs Racing. Busch, the defending series champion, is still looking for his first victory of the season. He finished 3.5 seconds behind Harvick
Third was Joe Gibbs Racing's Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 Cup champion who was looking for his first victory in 22 starts at Atlanta. Truex won the first two stages Sunday,
Fourth was Team Penske's Ryan Blaney. Denny Hamlin of the Gibbs team — who was the winner of this year's Daytona 500 — finished fifth.
Following the race, TV crews caught driver Bubba Wallace, who finished 21st, appearing to get lightheaded while talking to members of his crew before collapsing in their arms. FOX then interviewed Wallace on live air as the driver sat on the wall along pit road, but during then interview he appeared to again get lightheaded, bowing his head down and closing his eyes.
As a member of his crew grabbed him, a voice could be heard saying, "where's medical?"
"He is not OK," FOX pit road interviewer Jamie Little said before cameras cut away.
Fox later showed Wallace sitting on the wall, alert and surrounded by crew members, with Fox NASCAR announcer Mike Joy saying, "Bubba Wallace is OK, being tended to by medical personnel."
Sunday's race was the 10th of the season and sixth since racing resumed after a two-plus-month hiatus caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Because of the pandemic, the race was run without fans in the grandstands.
Chase Elliott of Hendrick Motorsports started the race from the pole and held the lead until pitting for a competition caution on Lap 25. Those were the first laps that the Georgia native and the sport's most popular driver led in his five starts at his home track.
Elliott, whose hometown is Dawsonville, would not lead again after losing the lead in the pits and would finish eighth.
The series will be back on the track on Wednesday evening at Martinsville Speedway's short track.
Prior to the green flag to start the race, the field was brought to a stop during the final warmup lap. As the cars sat on the front stretch, NASCAR president Steve O'Donnell addressed the teams and the television audience on the radio.
His message was that the sport and the country "must do better" when it comes to racial injustice. His message was followed by a moment of silence.
The words were related to the recent death of George Floyd, a black man who died on March 25 in Minneapolis when white officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes.