1500 Highways 19 & 41 South
Hampton, GA 30228
Phone: (770) 946-4211
Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees; Straightaways: 5 degrees
Straights: Front stretch - 2332 feet; Backstretch - 1800 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating: 75,000 [was 92,000, 98,000 and 124,000]
March 2015 Race Winner: #48-Jimmie Johnson, 131.078mph, started 37th
March 2015 Pole Winner: #22-Joey Logano, 194.683mph, finished 4th
Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/1997, 197.478mph
Last Race Won from 1st Starting Position: Kasey Kahne (03/19/2006)
Youngest Pole Winner: Terry Labonte, 3/15/1981 - 24 years, 3 months, 27 days
Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 11/14/1993 - 53 years, 10 months, 4 days
Pole Winners: 46
Most Races - All Time: Richard Petty, 65
Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9
Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, 7
Most Top 5s All-Time: 26 - Dale Earnhardt [46 starts]
Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982
Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993, 3/8/2009, 3/7/2010
Most Running at the Finish: 41 - 3/20/2006, 3/18/2007, 3/9/2008
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th
Lead Lap Finishes (All-Time): Jeff Gordon, 28 in 42 races
Most Laps Led: Cale Yarborough, 3,283 laps led
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 39 - Chevy; 29 - Ford; 9 - Dodge; 3 - Toyota
Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 108]
AMS files request for new NASCAR race date: After losing its Labor Day race date and being moved to the second race of the season, Ed Clark, president of Atlanta Motor Speedway, confirmed he has filed a formal request as part of NASCAR's schedule realignment process to move its race date to a different spot on the schedule. "Ideally, I'd like to be later and we've talked about that," Clark told Kickin' the Tires. "But I am not somebody who advocates somebody who has a good date giving up their date just to help me. It needs to be good for whatever you do. In an ideal world, I would love to see them go to the West Coast and come back to us. The way it works, they (NASCAR) send all the tracks a letter saying, 'if you desire to change your date, we need to have a formal request back" so, I did that. I didn't ask for a specific date. I just asked NASCAR to look at it. Marcus (Smith, general manager) and Bruton (Smith, CEO) pretty much handle all of that but they knew I was doing it." Clark said from a selfish standpoint he wants his track's race in a better place on the schedule. Once that happens, he said he hopes they can stick with that date to build momentum but there is no way he would want any track operator to lose a date they like. "I've always said that if I could handpick my dates, I would run the last week of April and the last week of September," Clark said. "They are beautiful weather conditions there. But we are roughly 120 miles from Talladega and you can't get those two events close together. If it was all done in a vacuum, I would never in a million years advocate taking somebody's date that they are happy with just to help us. If there was a win-win situation then, yeah, it would make sense." In the days following the Atlanta race weekend [March 1st], there was speculation and jokes the track was in a downward spiral. Speculation by some was it might lose its lone Sprint Cup Series date because of poor attendance - that caused Clark to bristle. He said Atlanta coming off the schedule has not been discussed. "Anything is a possibility but there has been no talk of it," Clark said. "And I can't see NASCAR pulling out of a traditional market, you know, that was one of the markets that built NASCAR and has so many sponsors headquartered there. There's a bunch."(Kickin' the Tires)(5-17-2015)
Jimmie Johnson wins at Atlanta: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 4th win at Atlanta and his 71st career win.
#4-Harvick finished 2nd (again) followed by #88-Earnhardt Jr., #22-Logano, #20-Kenseth, #78-Truex Jr., #47-Allmendinger, #55-Moffitt (best career finish), #2-Keselowski and #31-Newman.
Harvick has now either won or finished 2nd in five consecutive races and led the most laps of the race with 115.
Pole winner #22-Logano led much of the first part of the race, leading 84 laps, finishing 4th.
There were 28 lead changes among 12 drivers. There were 10 cautions for 54 yellow flag laps with a nine minute red flag with 19 laps to go after a big wreck..
The average speed was 131.078 mph.
See unofficial race results, awards, money won, laps led, cautions and more on the Unofficial Race Results page (pdf) and check out the Penalty Report (pdf) and Lap Summary Report (pdf).
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-1/2-2015)
Jeff Gordon gets a special gift from AMS's president Ed Clark.(Harold Hinson Photo)
Gordon recieves gifts from Atlanta Motor Speedway: "Jeff you're going to be receiving quite a few things this year, I'm sure, as people pay tribute to you," track president and general manager Ed Clark said. "Atlanta has a special bond with Jeff Gordon. He started here and some of the most memorable moments in Atlanta Motor Speedway have involved Jeff. He's had five wins and celebrated four championships here. He's a real ambassador for the sport and someone we're all real proud to have been able to work with. You're not going anywhere, so this isn't a goodbye, but we have two things we want to present to you." The first was a framed replica of this year's souvenir program featuring Gordon signed by the entire full-time track staff. The big unveiling, literally, was a maroon and yellow bandolero for Gordon's kids, Ella and Leo. "Leo is going to want to sleep in this," Gordon said on inspection. "I have a feeling this might end up in his bedroom for a year or two before he can drive it. But that's awesome. I was watching practice for XFINITY earlier and I saw the 'Thanks 24' out there in the grass. It put a big smile on my face. You're right, it's a very special place to me." Gordon said he'd never forget his first race - or his first driver's meeting at Atlanta. His first race was Richard Petty's last and the King gave all the drivers a money clip with their starting position on it. Which Gordon still has. "I wasn't that proud of (my starting position) at the moment," Gordon said with a chuckle. "I think we started 21st. But I'll remember that forever."(AMS)(2-28-2015)
Atlanta Traffic Plan for the races: During this week's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the south side of Atlanta may experience increased highway congestion. Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each gate.
Basic Traffic Plan for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend (Feb. 26-March 1):
Southbound fans traveling via Interstate Highway 75 have a choice of major routes to take: either Georgia Highway 19/41via Exit 235 or Georgia Highway 20 via Exit 218. Northbound fans traveling via Interstate 75 can choose from Hampton-Locust Grove Road at Exit 212 or Georgia Highway 20 at Exit 218. Fans are encouraged to choose their route based on where they would like to park on property. Fans will be directed to a certain lot based on the direction from which they enter the speedway. Trams, shuttle buses and sidewalks will allow fans to easily access their seats, regardless of where they park on property. Fans are advised that the direction from which they enter speedway property is the same direction to which they will exit.
ENTERING THE SPEEDWAY:
Via Georgia Highway 19/41:
From the NORTH: Those arriving from the North (traveling southbound via Georgia Highway 19/41) will be directed to parking lots on the north side of the property and should utilize Speedway Boulevard. Fans will turn right at Speedway Boulevard and park in the yellow, red or green parking lots off of Speedway Blvd. Buses and those with vehicle credentials will need to stay in the left lane, use the counter-flow lane as they approach the speedway and enter just south of the main entrance, at Entrance E.
From the SOUTH: Those arriving from the South (traveling northbound via Georgia Highway 19/41 through Griffin) will turn left at the main speedway entrance and will be directed to the blue parking lot.
Via Georgia Highway 20:
Those arriving via Georgia Highway 20 will be directed to the Weaver and Orange parking lots on the south side of the property.
EXITING THE SPEEDWAY:
Fans will be routed out the same way they entered. If fans enter from the north, they will be directed northbound. Those who enter from the south will be directed southbound. For more information about the race weekend traffic plan, please contact Dustin Bixby at (770) 946-3917 or Micah Lillard at (770) 946-7366. For up-to-the-minute traffic updates during race weekend, please contact the traffic command center directly at (770) 707-5015.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
More information is available at www.511ga.org. Traffic information will also be provided by WSB 750 AM and 95.5 FM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news.(AMS)(2-26-2015)
Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Grand Marshal Named: Major Dan Rooney, the founder and CEO of Folds of Honor, will serve as the grand marshal of Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, March 1. Rooney, an F-16 fighter pilot in the Oklahoma Air National Guard, founded Folds of Honor in 2007 after returning home from his second tour of duty in Iraq. The charity is dedicated to providing educational, opportunities to family members of those who have been killed or disabled while on active duty. For more information about Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR weekend or to purchase tickets, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(2-25-2015)
Open Test Session Gives Fans a Four-Day Weekend of NASCAR at AMS: NASCAR will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway one day earlier during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend. NASCAR will conduct an open test session for its Sprint Cup Series teams on Feb. 26, giving teams an opportunity to gain valuable track time in advance of the season's first race on an intermediate track with the new rules package. The Speedway welcomes fans to attend the event and watch from the grandstands and enter at Gate 13. Admission is free with a Sunday grandstand ticket or a $10 donation to the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. For more information on the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend, call 877-9-AMS-TIX or go to atlantamotorspeedway.com/tickets. (AMS)(2-25-2015)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Statement on Protective Barriers: Following discussions yesterday between Atlanta Motor Speedway and NASCAR officials and a subsequent review of the existing SAFER barriers at the facility, AMS will add a number of additions to its existing barrier system. The protective wall at the exit of pit road near Turn 1 will be extended, and a tire barrier will be added along the inside wall of Turn 4 to offer supplementary safety protection. The installations will add a total of 130 linear feet of additional protective barrier prior to this weekend's NASCAR events. Further review regarding future installation of additional SAFER barriers at the facility will take place following Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Atlanta Motor Speedway is dedicated to providing the safest possible facility for its fans and drivers.(AMS)(2-24-2015)
Race Week Arrives in Atlanta: After a stirring season-opening weekend in Daytona, the 2015 NASCAR season shifts 400 miles north to Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. One of the most storied tracks on the circuit and a favorite among drivers, Atlanta Motor Speedway promises to continue the intense competition seen in the season's opening event, as drivers get their taste of the 2015 intermediate rules package. Kevin Harvick, last year's NACAR Sprint Cup Series champion and tonight's second-place finisher in the Daytona 500, will get things started with a special race week-opening burnout in his #4 Chevrolet in front of Phillips Arena in Downtown Atlanta Monday afternoon. On-track action gets underway Thursday with the first open team test of the new NASCAR season. Sprint cup teams will get their first true taste of the 2015 rules package with a four-hour practice session from 1:00 to 5:00pm/et (no TV). Sprint Cup Series drivers will then vie for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 pole position Friday evening, beginning at 5:45pm/et in the Drive Sober Georgia Qualifying Day. The racing cranks up with a unique same-day doubleheader Saturday afternoon with the NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series hitting the AMS asphalt in the Hisense 250 and the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200. Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race highlights the weekend and caps off Atlanta's 2015 NASCAR week in what is shaping up to be an intriguing second race of the season. For more information about Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR week or to purchase tickets, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(2-23-2015)
Richard Petty to be inducted into Speedway Lane Hall of Fame HOF: Richard Petty, a seven-time NASCAR champion, winner of over 200 career races and a 2010 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, continues to collect numerous accolades for a legendary career behind the wheel of a stock car that began nearly 60 years ago. Petty will be inducted into the City of Hampton, Georgia's Speedway Lane Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 6:00pm/et on Thursday, Feb. 26 at Downtown Hampton's Depot Park, as the home city of Atlanta Motor Speedway honors the racing legend to kick off its four-day 2015 NASCAR weekend. Established in 2013, Hampton's Speedway Lane Hall of Fame honors influential drivers with strong ties to Georgia and Atlanta Motor Speedway. Its current members include Fayetteville, Georgia's Rex White and Dawsonville, Georgia's Bill Elliott, both 2014 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductees.
"It's always great to be recognized, no matter where you're at," said Petty. "Atlanta's been there since 1960, and we've been going there since then. It's good to see the local (community) get involved in what they've had all these years. It's going to help the whole situation by having the community behind you. They're going to step forward, and that's a big plus."
Special guest speakers at the induction ceremony will include Petty, Hampton mayor Steve Hutchison and Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark. Additionally, a special tribute will honor the late Captain Herb Emory, longtime local Atlanta traffic reporter, impassioned civic activist and icon in the motorsports press community. Following the ceremony, Petty will serve as the grand marshal of the 3rd Annual Hauler Parade, as NASCAR XFINITY Series transporters cruise through Downtown Hampton prior to entering Atlanta Motor Speedway's main infield tunnel. The parade will kick off at 6:30pm/et, beginning near Depot Park and proceed down Main Street. Fans of all ages are invited to attend the parade and experience the charm of Downtown Hampton, as the thrill of NASCAR arrives for its annual stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Hampton, approximately 25 miles south of Atlanta, is easily accessible from Interstate-75 via Highway 19/41 by taking Exit 235 or via Highway 20 by taking Exit 218. For more information about Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR weekend or to purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(2-23-2015)
Atlanta truck race gets sponsor: Leading earthmoving and material-handling equipment manufacturer, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas, Inc., has been named the title sponsor of the Feb. 28, 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Hyundai Construction Equipment 200. The race, preceded by the Hisense 250 XFINITY Series race, will be the second in a unique Saturday NASCAR doubleheader, as the Camping World Truck Series returns to Atlanta for the first time since 2012. Located in Norcross, Georgia, a key business hub in the state, Hyundai Construction's facilities include a warehouse and office space for the company's finance, sales and service operations for its construction equipment and forklift product lines. The Hyundai brand has a global reputation as a leader in providing its customers with innovative, high-quality equipment that serves all facets of the construction industry.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(2-17-2015)
Atlanta to honor Jeff Gordon with race weekend tribute: In 1992, few could have predicted that when Jeff Gordon strapped into the #24 car for Hendrick Motorsports at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his first Sprint Cup Series start on Nov. 15 of that year that he was embarking on a career more than two decades long to become one of the sport's foremost icons. Twenty-three years and four Sprint Cup Series championships later, Gordon will return March 1 to Atlanta, still driving the #24 for Hendrick Motorsports, to compete for his sixth career victory there, as his final full-time season behind the wheel begins in earnest. Through the years, both Gordon and his fans have made countless memories, many of which are rooted in his Atlanta success and the four championships he has celebrated at the storied track. As part of the weekend tribute to Gordon, Atlanta Motor Speedway has established a commemorative ticket package for his final race in Atlanta as a full-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver. Fans who take advantage of the extremely limited Jeff Gordon ticket package will receive $24 off individual tickets in the Upper Winners Grandstand, Upper Champions Grandstand or Upper Earnhardt Grandstand for the March 1 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. Additionally, fans who renew their tickets for 2016 will be invited to special event with Gordon in attendance during next year's race weekend, as well as an automatic entry into the Atlanta Motor Speedway Insider's Club.(AMS)(2-10-2015)
New camping venue will be in place for Atlanta race weekend: A new entertainment venue and an ultimate camping experience giveaway highlight the camping opportunities for fans attending Atlanta Motor Speedway's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend Feb. 26-March 1. The Gathering Place pavilion, adjacent to the Legends Campground, will be a center of nighttime activity, featuring a large patio, a fire pit, picnic tables and a stage that will host free live music on Friday and Saturday nights after on-track activity concludes. Reserved camping areas at Atlanta Motor Speedway start at just $100, and options include tent and pop-up camping, coveted infield RV locations, lakeside spaces and even exclusive trackside locations complete with full amenities, views overlooking the AMS oval and both grandstand and pre-race pit passes. Handicap camping spaces are also available. Fans are encouraged to secure their camping plans early, as a limited number of reserved spaces are available. Camping areas outside the track and all unreserved areas will open on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8:00am. Trackside camping areas open Monday, Feb. 23 at noon, while the infield opens to campers on Thursday, Feb. 26 at noon.(AMS)(2-8-2015)
Fan Suites and Club One Access still available at Atlanta: Fans wishing to elevate their race day experience at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend have several suite-level options that provide unmatched amenities from high above all the high-speed action. The Champions Suites, located above the Champions Grandstand near the start/finish line, offer fans of all ages individually purchased theater-style seating in an indoor, climate-controlled atmosphere. Tickets include pre-race pit and stage-front access to the pre-race party, expansive buffet and beverage service, a souvenir race program, lanyard, private bathrooms and closed-circuit video. Additionally, the Champions Suites will allow for one complimentary Champions parking space for every four tickets purchased. Champions Suite tickets start at just $295 for Sunday only and $395 for both Saturday and Sunday. Club One, Atlanta Motor Speedway's most deluxe individual suite option, offers an all-inclusive experience with some of the most desirable sightlines available. A Club One ticket includes individual theater-style seating in an upscale, indoor environment, reserved parking and a pre-race pit pass with stage-front party access. Other amenities include high-end décor, an expansive complimentary buffet with beverage service, a souvenir race program, lanyard, a courtesy golf cart shuttle to and from the parking lot, driver and celebrity question-and-answer sessions, raffle prizes and closed-circuit video on more than 60 flat screens. Each Club One ticket also includes access to the Sight and Sound observation deck on the roof of Club One. With a view of the track at a vantage point between the exit of pit road and the entrance of turn one, the deck is located less than 100 yards from where each driver's spotter stands during the race. Access to the observation deck is available exclusively to Club One ticket holders. Club One seating is available for just $675 for Saturday and Sunday access or $545 for Sunday only.(AMS)(2-6-2015)
Many Atlanta Ticket Specials Expire Feb 2nd: Fans have a very limited amount of time to take advantage of many of the ticket specials for Atlanta Motor Speedway's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend Feb. 26 through March 1. A majority of the limited-time offers will expire Monday, Feb. 2 at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to take advantage of these value-priced offers while they are still available. There are several money-saving ticket specials available for each day of the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend for single tickets, groups or families for every budget. For the ticket specials that expire and more information, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit Atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-30-2015)
Atlanta Fan-Friendly Hotel Deals and Travel Packages Available: Fans attending the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 26 through March 1 have numerous affordable options for lodging and travel in the immediate Atlanta area through local partnerships. Marriott Hotels, the official hotel partner of Atlanta Motor Speedway, as well as several other local Atlanta area hotels have partnered with Atlanta Motor Speedway to offer fans lodging options with affordable rates while they are visiting the speedway during the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. Each of these hotels will offer fans affordable nightly rates while not requiring multiple-night stays. A complete listing of Atlanta Motor Speedway's fan-friendly hotels is available by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com. Additionally, PrimeSport, the leader in providing direct access to the biggest sporting events and the official travel package provider for Atlanta Motor Speedway, is offering fans exclusive travel packages for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend.. For more information or to purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-26-2015)
Campground Lake at Atlanta gets a new name: A small lake covering one of the nearly 900 acres that make up Atlanta Motor Speedway has a new name. Inspired by a pair of ever-present residents of the bird variety who have made a home out of its cozy confines and grassy banks, the AMS staff has dubbed the lake within the unreserved tent campground near the oval's fourth turn "Swan Lake." While visitors of many species frequent the lake for its convenient water access, feeding grounds and nearby jogging trail, its full-time residents, male and female swans affectionately known around AMS as Ricky and Danica, can be seen most days feeding, floating and frolicking - as all swans do - in and around the lake's shoreline. But Ricky and Danica are just a small portion of the abundant wildlife population at AMS, which includes several hundred geese, an abundance of fish, the occasional wandering deer and a small group of cats, including Shaky Leg, the courageous feline who infamously scampered across the track in front of Kevin Harvick during last year's Oral-B USA 500. Race fans can read all about Swan Lake and stay up to date with all the exciting Atlanta Motor Speedway news by signing up for the email newsletter by visiting the Atlanta Motor Speedway website at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-23-2015)
2015 Pocono Groundhog Day Special: It's time for Pocono Raceway's annual Groundhog Day Special! They have partnered up with Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs for a great offer this year! On February 2nd, the eyes of the world will focus on the esteemed Punxsutawney Phil to see if he will prognosticate an early spring or six more weeks of winter. If Phil does NOT see his shadow, anyone who purchases a Pocono Raceway $25 Gift Card, as part of this Groundhog Day Special, will receive $20 in Free Slot Play from our pals over at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. More info at poconoraceway.com.(Pocono Raceway)(1-22-2015)
Atlanta Motor Speedway extends ticket office hours: To better serve customers purchasing event tickets and camping spaces for the Feb. 26-March 1 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has extended its ticket office hours through Sunday, March 1. Beginning this Saturday, the ticket office will be open on weekends, including Saturdays 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the ticket office will extend its weekday hours an additional three hours and will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, Feb. 9. Several money-saving tickets options are still available for each day of the upcoming Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend, see these options at atlantamotorspeedway.com. For more information or to purchase tickets today, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-22-2015)
Buy one, get one at Atlanta: For one week only, Atlanta Motor Speedway is making an unbelievable discount offer available to fans for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 on Sunday, March 1. Race fans can purchase "buy one, get one," or "BOGO" Lower Champions Grandstands or Upper Winners Grandstands seats located on the AMS front stretch. This offer presents a 50 percent discount off the normal value and allows purchasers the opportunity to get two front stretch tickets for the price of one. Lower Champions Grandstands tickets, normally $99 apiece, will be available for $49.50 each, while Upper Winners Grandstands tickets, regularly priced $135, are on sale for $67.50 each. The BOGO promotion is only available while supplies last and will end at 5:00pm on Monday, Jan. 26. Fans are strongly encouraged to act quickly before the limited inventory runs out. All BOGO tickets must be purchased in pairs.(AMS)(1-20-2015)
Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety sponsoring qualifying at Atlanta: The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety will serve as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying day at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, Feb. 27. The event will be named the Drive Sober Georgia Qualifying Day. GOHS's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is a safe driving program that targets impaired drivers through concentrated patrols and sobriety checkpoints. The zero tolerance campaign reminds motorists that if they get caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher, they will be arrested and go to jail. The Drive Sober Georgia Qualifying Day will feature a full day of high-speed NASCAR action on the Atlanta Motor Speedway oval. NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series, XFINITY Series and Sprint Cup Series teams will each take part in practice sessions during the day before Sprint Cup Series qualifying begins at 5:45pm to determine the pole winner and the starting order for Sunday's Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500.(AMS)(1-17-2015)
New Children and Student ticket pricing at Atlanta: Atlanta Motor Speedway has raised the age for children's tickets for its annual NASCAR weekend, making it more affordable for families to enjoy the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. Specially priced Sunday grandstand tickets for children ages 17 and under as well as students with a valid ID are available for as low as $19. Half-priced tickets are also available for children and students in all grandstand sections. Children 17 and under are also admitted free to both Friday, Feb. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying as well as the Feb. 28 NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Atlanta 200. To purchase, call 877-9-AMS-TIX or purchase online.(AMS)(1-10-2015)
Hisense to sponsor Atlanta XFINITY race: Multinational electronics manufacturer Hisense has been named the title sponsor of the Feb. 28, 2015 NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Hisense 250 and will be the first race of a rare NASCAR XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series doubleheader. Based in Qingdao, China, Hisense began in 1969 as a small radio factory and has since grown into a multibillion-dollar global conglomerate with a workforce of over 75,000 worldwide. The company is a world leader of flat-panel TVs, household appliances and mobile communication devices. Hisense USA, a subsidiary of Hisense Company Ltd. was established in 2001 and operates a Georgia-based R&D center to bring a more market-centric approach to product development and technological innovations. Today, Hisense USA sells into retailers across North America such as hhgregg, Best Buy, Walmart, Costco.com, Canadian Tire and many others. Hisense products are exported to over 130 countries and regions around the world. The Hisense 250 will kick off a unique NASCAR racing doubleheader at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Saturday, Feb. 28, followed closely by a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(1-5-2015)
Folds Of Honor and QuikTrip named Atlanta race sponsor: QuikTrip, along with the nonprofit organization Folds of Honor, have been named the title sponsors of the March 1, 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. "I have had a love for speed my entire life. To combine the speed of NASCAR with the powerful, life-changing force of Folds of Honor is simply beyond my wildest dreams," said Major Dan Rooney, founder of Folds of Honor. "Thank you to QuikTrip for being a long-term partner to Folds of Honor and for fueling the future of our military families." Based in Owasso, Oklahoma, Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 that provides educational scholarships and assistance to families of military men and women who have been killed or disabled while serving our country. Assistance helps support private education tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher educational tuition assistance for spouses and children. Since its founding in 2007, the organization is proud to have awarded over 7,500 scholarships, including more than 2,000 in 2014. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 will cap three days of thrilling racing action on Sunday, March 1. The weekend begins Friday, Feb. 27 with Sprint Cup Series qualifying. A rare doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 28 will feature back-to-back Camping World Truck Series and Xfinity Series races. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 is the second race of the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and will provide drivers an early-season opportunity to secure a win and qualify for the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup.(AMS)(12-15-2014)
Atlanta removing 17,000 seats, Charlotte 41,000 UPDATE: Atlanta Motor Speedway's parent company, Speedway Motorsports, Inc., announced Tuesday that they will remove 17,000 seats from the track's grandstands. The company anticipates using those areas for premium hospitality, advertising and other facility purposes. Their sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway, is losing 41,000 seats.(wgxa.tv), see image of the CMS construction at Slugger Labbe's Twitter.(12-10-2014)
UPDATE: Alterations announced this week are in line with a trend of tracks removing seats. Charlotte, after removing 41,000 seats this winter, will be down to permanent seating of 89,000 in 2015, a startlingly low capacity considering its location in NASCAR's epicenter. But it's par for the course. Atlanta is removing 17,000 seats to get down to 75,000; Dover is removing 17,500 seats to get down to 95,500; and Daytona is removing its backstretch grandstands of 46,500 next spring to go to 101,500 seats. Other tracks on the circuit have made similar changes.
At its peak in 2007, International Speedway Corp.'s 12 major tracks had 1.1 million grandstand seats (not including suites). After the Daytona renovation, ISC will be down 30 percent to approximately 761,000 seats.
In 2013 alone, the following ISC tracks cut seats: Talladega (from 108,000 to 78,000), Richmond (91,000 to 71,000), Chicagoland (69,000 to 55,500), Michigan (84,000 to 71,000), California (81,000 to 68,000), Darlington (60,000 to 58,000) and Homestead (56,000 to 46,000). Any additional cuts likely will be revealed when its annual report comes out in January.
With the current Charlotte and Atlanta reductions, Speedway Motorsports has cut 101,000 seats (12 percent) across seven of its tracks since 2009, although it added 38,000 at Kentucky when it moved a Cup race to that track. SMI, which includes suites in its capacity estimates, cut capacity in 2013 at Atlanta (from 98,000 to 92,000), Bristol (158,000 to 153,000) and New Hampshire (96,000 to 95,000).
Dover listed 135,000 seats in 2009, so its reduction in recent years is 29 percent. At one point, it reduced 20,000 seats by replacing the current seats with wider ones for more fan comfort, a move done by many racetracks. Indianapolis and Pocono, privately owned, do not have to report their capacities, but Indianapolis also has removed seats.(see full article at the Sporting News)(12-11-2014)
Speedway Children's Charities Donates Life-Saving AED Machine to Henry County Middle School: On Monday, Speedway Children's Charities at Atlanta Motor Speedway, along with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) and AED Brands, donated a life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED) machine to Henry County Middle School in McDonough. "This is the first step in ensuring that all children in Henry County schools are much safer by having this vital piece of equipment added to the tools available to the staff," said Scott Fillmore, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Along with Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and the support of partners like AED Brands, we intend to eradicate this problem as quickly as possible." The school was in dire need after their current AED machine recently stopped operating. The brand-new unit was presented to Henry County Middle School principal Dr. Kimberly Anderson, school nurse Debbie Black and athletic director Troy Baker. "We are thrilled to have this partnership with Speedway Children's Charities and continue our efforts to improve the lives of children in our community," said Laura Turner, community outreach coordinator at CHOA. Speedway Children's Charities Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1982, is committed to raising funds for qualified children's charitable organizations. To date, the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities has raised over $1 million for local children. To learn more about Speedway Children's Charities and how to get involved, please visit speedwaycharities.org/atlanta.(AMS)(11-13-2014)
Atlanta Offering Discounted Tickets to Active Military & First Responders for 2015 NASCAR Weekend: In honor of current and former men and women in uniform, Atlanta Motor Speedway will again partner with GovX to offer discounted tickets for members of the military and first responders to events during the 2015 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, scheduled for Feb. 27 to March 1. GovX is an e-commerce portal for active, retired and guard members of the military, in addition to those associated with related government agencies. GovX is partnering with Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year to offer tickets for the NASCAR weekend at a discounted rate. Other events and professional sports teams that GovX has partnered with to provide their services include Charlotte Motor Speedway and the Atlanta Braves. Discounted tickets for 2015 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway are available to military who are active, retired or have guard status, in addition to first responders at a rate of up to 25 percent off of the regular price. Discounted tickets can be easily purchased by visiting atlantamotorspeedway.com/GovX and creating a free, online GovX ID.(AMS)(11-11-2014)
Capt. Herb Emory Remembered: There is an empty seat in the back corner of the media center this weekend, an area that is usually filled with booming laughter and lively stories, replaced instead with a single ballcap laid there in memoriam of Capt. Herb Emory. That voice went silent in April when Emory died from a sudden, massive heart attack while assisting victims of a car accident in front of his home. For anyone who has ever lived in Atlanta, Capt. Herb was the voice of drive-time traffic, instructing commuters on backups and delays throughout the city. For race fans everywhere, he was one of the sport's biggest proponents, hosting a weekly racing show on WSB-AM for nearly 20 years. This weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway officials and NASCAR drivers will be honoring the memory of the great man who gave so much to the sport. Atlanta Motor Speedway has painted a special "Capt. Herb" logo in the corner of the frontstretch ballfield and will honor his vast community service efforts during a pre-race presentation to his widow, Karen Emory.(AMS Pit Notes)(8-31-2014)
Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Race Date Changed to March 1: The 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be held on Sunday, March 1st and will be a daytime event. The event weekend will include all three of NASCAR's National touring series with a double header on Saturday that features a 200-mile Camping World Truck Series race and a 250-mile NASCAR Nationwide series race. Sprint Cup Series qualifying will be held Friday afternoon. The Atlanta event date will move from Labor Day Weekend the second weekend of the NASCAR season following the Daytona 500. Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2014 NASCAR weekend includes night racing events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call Atlanta Motor Speedway at or (770) 707-7904.(AMS)(8-26-2014)
Some possible 2015 Sprint Cup schedule changes UPDATE3: Jim Noble of ESPN/SiriusXM/PRN tweeted Monday evening, "The Southern 500 at Darlington (SC) Raceway will return to its traditional Labor Day weekend date [Sunday, Sept 6th] when NASCAR announces the 2015 Sprint Cup schedule, perhaps as early as this weekend. Atlanta Motor Speedway - which has raced on Labor Day weekend since 2009 - will have its lone Sprint Cup race weekend moved earlier in the season to week #2 - Sunday, March 1, 2015. One other notable change will be the Bristol (TN) spring weekend -- often plagued by weather issues in March, Bristol successfully lobbied for a later date, and will now hold its spring Cup race on Sunday, April 19, 2015."(8-19-2014)
UPDATE According to a source who works inside the sport, the date of the 2015 NASCAR spring Sprint Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway will be moved to Sunday, April 19. Due to the unpredictable weather in the Bristol area and lackluster attendance, BMS officials have long lobbied NASCAR for a change away from current date of March 16. Lynsey Wilson, communications manager of Bristol Motor Speedway and Dragway, did not confirm any schedule alteration when reached late Monday. "Conversations are ongoing and once details are finalized, we will release our 2015 plans," said Wilson, who declined further comment. NASCAR officials are expected to officially announce the full 2015 Sprint Cup schedule soon. That announcement could come this weekend during the IRWIN Tools Night Race at BMS. The source also said the Southern 500 Darlington race date will shift back to its traditional Labor Day weekend while the Atlanta race will move to the second week of the season on March 1. During an Aug. 5 interview, BMS general manager Jerry Caldwell expressed his desire for a switch in the spring race date. There was no statement from Helton on Monday night and Caldwell did not comment.(Bristol Herald Courier)
UPDATE2: Two sources well connected with NASCAR confirmed the news Tuesday to the Morning News but did not want to be identified. Darlington Raceway president Chip Wile said Tuesday the track "doesn't respond to rumors."(Morning News)(8-20-2014)
UPDATE3: NASCAR will move the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway back to its traditional Labor Day weekend date starting in 2015. Bruton Smith, chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., confirmed Friday that he has given up the Labor Day weekend date at Atlanta Motor Speedway and will move the Atlanta race to March. Bristol Motor Speedway will get Darlington's mid-April date. "We gave up that Labor Day event and switched that - it's going back to Darlington," Smith said Friday. The last Southern 500 at Darlington was in 2003, ending a tradition that had started in 1950. NASCAR and Darlington's parent company, International Speedway Corp., moved the race to California Speedway in 2004, and then to Atlanta in 2010. Smith said cold weather has plagued the Bristol events in March, and rain has been fairly common at Bristol on that weekend. He said the average temperature in mid-April at Bristol is the mid-70s and it is warmer in Atlanta in March.(Sporting News) AND Smith said the All-Star race would remain at Charlotte Motor Speedway and he wouldn't be willing to change the event's date. He also said he felt the Sprint Cup season finale should return to Atlanta where it was held for more than a decade.(RacinToday)(8-23-2014)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Renamed In Memory Of Marcy Scott: Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced that the infield media center has been named in memory of Marcy Scott, the track's late Director of Marketing & Promotion. The building will be known as the Marcy Scott Media Center. Scott was the Director of Marketing & Promotion for Atlanta Motor Speedway from 2005 until she passed away last November following a lengthy and courageous fight with cancer. She was also the fourth quarter recipient of the NMPA's 2013 Spirit Award. "I cannot think of anything more fitting to name in Marcy's honor than the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center," Atlanta Motor Speedway President & GM Ed Clark said. "Marcy's charisma, passion for racing and overall outlook on life continue to improve all of us at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's very appropriate that many of the same people that hold such a high regard for Marcy will be working out of a building named in her honor while they are at Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend."(AMS)(8-15-2014)