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Race: Sunday, September 5, 2010 in Hampton. GA
Title Sponsor: Emory Healthcare
Scheduled Green Flag (approx): 7:46pm/et
Television Coverage/Re-air/TV Team
NASCAR Pre-race: ESPN - 7:00pm/et
Television Race Coverage: ESPN, 7:30pm/et
In the Booth: Marty Reid, Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit Reporters: Dr. Jerry Punch. Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Vince Welch
On-track studio: Allen Bestwick, Brad Daugherty, Rusty Wallace, Ray Evernham, Tim Brewer
SPEED's NASCAR Raceday Pre-Race Show: 5:00pm/et with John Roberts, Kyle Petty, Kenny Wallace
Scheduled Race Re-Air Dates/Times:
Monday, September 6 at 3:30am/et on ESPN2
Wednesday, September 8 at 12:00pm/et on SPEED
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Saturday, September 4, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Happy Hour 'Final' practice: Saturday, September 4, 1:45 - 2:30 pm/et, TV-SPEED
Qualifying Information/Times/Television coverage
Qualifying Draw: Saturday, September 4, 10:00 am/et
Qualifying: 2 laps for positions 1-42, Saturday, September 4 at 4:40 pm/et, TV-SPEED, no re-air scheduled;
AND live via radio at PRN Radio only on NASCAR.com.
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Stewart wins at Atlanta: #14-Tony Stewart won the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of 2010, 3rd at Atlanta and 38th of his career. Stewart has one at least one race in every year of his Sprint Cup career, now 12 straight years with at least a win every season. Stewart is the 11th winner of 2010. #99-Edwards finished second followed by #48-Johnson, #31-Burton, #18-Busch, #2-Busch, #33-Bowyer, #39-Newman, #42-Montoya and #47-Ambrose. Pole sitter, #11-Hamlin dominated the first part of the race, leading 74 laps before imploding an engine and finishing 43rd. Bowyer's 7th place finish and #1-McMurray finishing 15th and dropped to 14th. #39-Newman moved to 13th in drivers points, but is 117 points out of 12th with one race to go. Bowyer needs to finish 28th or better at Richmond to clinch a spot in the chase. The top-10 in drivers points have clinched a spot in the Chase.
There were 22 lead changes among 7 drivers and 8 cautions for 53 yellow flag laps. The attendance was reported at 93,200, down from last years 111,300.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs are ESPN2, Monday, September 6 at 3:30am; and SPEED, Wednesday, September 8 at 12:00pm/et.
See race results, awards, laps led and more on Jayski's Atlanta Race Results/Awards page.(9-5-2010)
Atlanta Notes and Facts:
• Tony Stewart won the Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
• 38th series victory in 417th start
• Last win came at Kansas in October, 2009, 31 races ago
• Won in all 12 seasons he has competed in the Cup series
• 38 wins ranks 18th all-time
• Third win at Atlanta in his 24th start
• 11th different driver to win in 2010
• The last owner/driver to win at Atlanta was Richard Petty in 1977
• Led eight times for 176 laps including the final 25
• Led the most laps for 52nd time in his career, winning 26 of them
• Climbed from sixth to fourth in points
• He clinched a spot in the Chase
• 14th top-10 finish at Atlanta
• 14th top-10 finish in 25 races in 2010
• Stewart Haas Racing Sixth series win
• Second win in 2010 (Ryan Newman at Phoenix)
• First win at Atlanta
• 13th win in 2010 for Chevrolet
• 36th win at Atlanta for Chevrolet
• Carl Edwards (finished second) second second-place finish of 2010, 61 races since his last win.
• Jimmie Johnson (third) first top-5 finish since his win at New Hampshire eight races ago, only second top 10 in that span
• Jeff Burton (fourth) fifth top-5 this season but first since Daytona in July
• Kyle Busch (fifth) only his second top-5 finish in the last 11 races (win at Bristol). Recovered from speeding penalty on Lap 49.
• Kurt Busch (sixth) used pit strategy to score a top-10 finish, was running 18th with 100 laps to go
• Clint Bowyer (seventh) 13th top-10 this season
• Ryan Newman (eighth) jumped two spots to 13th in points but 117 behind 12th-place Bowyer
• Marcos Ambrose (10th) scored his fourth top-10 finish this season, second on an oval
• Jamie McMurray (15th) lost 28 points to 12th, now 128 behind
• Mark Martin (21st) lost 46 points to 12th, now 147 behind
• Points leader Kevin Harvick finished 33rd after having tire problems Denny Hamlin led 74 laps before losing an engine and finished 43rd, he lost 5 points positions but still clinched a spot in the Chase.(ESPN)(9-6-2010)
Race Fast Facts - Atlanta:
#14-Tony Stewart won the Emory Healthcare 500, his 38th victory in 417 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is his first victory and 14th top-10 finish in 2010.
This is his third victory and 14th top-10 finish in 24 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#99-Carl Edwards (second) posted his ninth top-10 finish in 13 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 13th top-10 finish in 2010.
#48-Jimmie Johnson (third) posted his 12th top-10 finish in 19 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Eight more drivers have clinched a spot in the 2010 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup: Kyle Busch, Tony Stewart, Carl Edwards, Jeff Burton, Jimmie Johnson, Kurt Busch, Matt Kenseth and Denny Hamlin. Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon had already clinch a spot.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-5-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Atlanta, race 25 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3585
2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3366, -219
3) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 3325, -260
4) #14-Tony Stewart [1 win], 3302, -283
5) #99-Carl Edwards, 3288, -297
6) #31-Jeff Burton, 3261, -324
7) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 3247, -338
8) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3228, -357
9) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3225, -360
10) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 3147, -438
(all above have clinched a spot in the Chase)
11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 3110, -475, +161
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 3066, -519, 117 pts ahead of 13th
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2949, -636, 117 points out of the chase
14) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 2938, -647, -128
15) #5-Mark Martin, 2919, -666, -147
16) #00-David Reutimann [1 win], 2880, -705, -186
2009 Chase Drivers who will miss the 2010 Chase
17) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya [1 win], 2866, -719
18) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2856, -729
36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(9-5-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Richmond:
No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th and the #26 team remains 36th with the points spread from 35th to 36th drops to 98.
34) #71-Cassill/TRG: 1864, +151
35) #7-Conway/RGM, 1811, 98 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #26-Green/Latitude43: 1713, -98 points out of the top 35
37) #38-Blaney/Front Row: 1706, -105
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(9-5-2010)
Penalty Report - Atlanta:
Car#, Lap, Reason, Penalty
#18, 49, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Pass Thru
#18, 49, Commitment Line Violation, Pass Thru
#00, 95, Safety violation, Must come in, No Radio Communication
#11, 148, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#16, 152, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#19, 152, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#39, 153, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#12, 252, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#6, 253, Excessive speed ENTERING pits, Tail End
#29, 254, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#21, 259, Pitting before pit road is open, Tail End
#71, 261, Running the stop and go sign/light, Stopped on track & lap was gotten back
#82, 265, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#98, 265, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#9, 303, Pitting before pit road is open, Garage
#29, 304, Excessive speed EXITING the pits, Tail End
Lucky Dogs - Who got a lap back on each caution at Atlanta: (and their finish)
Caution 1: #88-Earnhardt Jr., 22nd
Caution 2: #18-Busch, 5th
Caution 3: #31-Burton, 4th
Caution 4: #17-Kenseth, 11th
Caution 5: #1-McMurray, 15th
Caution 6: #83-Sorenson, 14th
Caution 7: #00-Reutimann, 16th
Caution 8: #6-Ragan, 19th
Pit Stall Selections - Atlanta: The selections of pit stalls for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway have been made. Pole sitter #11-Hamlin chose pit stall 1 [as do most pole sitters].
Outside pole sitter #39-Newman took pit stall 23, the second with an opening in front of it [at the start-finish line].
#18-Busch, who starts 3rd took the 21st pit stall, the first stall with an opening in front of it.
The 43rd and final pit stall was taken by #00-Reutimann, who starts 13th.
To see where all the drivers/teams pit stall is, see the pit selection chart on the Pit Stall Selection chart.(9-4-2010)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Live in Prime Time from Atlanta: The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races for 500 miles in prime time under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday night, Sept. 5, and ESPN will have a live telecast of the event. The NASCAR Countdown pre-race show kicks off the evening at 7:00pm/et with the race telecast at 7:30pm/et and the race’s green flag is scheduled for 7:46 pm/et. Marty Reid will call the action with analysis by Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree. Tim Brewer will report from the ESPN Craftsman Tech Garage, while pit reporters will be Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Mike Massaro and Dr. Jerry Punch. NASCAR Countdown from the ESPN pit studio will be hosted by Allen Bestwick with analysis by Rusty Wallace and Brad Daugherty. The studio team will interact with the booth during the telecast of the race.
Race Coverage of the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Sunday, September 5, 2010.
Television (TV): ESPN at 7:30 pm/et; pre-race show at 7:00 pm/et; green flag approx 7:46pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) and Sirius XM Satellite NASCAR Radio 128
Scheduled Race Re-Airs:
ESPN2, Monday, September 6 at 3:30am
SPEED, Wednesday, September 8 at 12:00pm/et
Lowest-finishing, non-wrecked car to be inspected: NASCAR has instituted a new postrace inspection policy for Sprint Cup races in which the first car out of the race that is not involved in an accident will be held for teardown, much like the cars that currently finish in the top five. That meant that Aric Almirola’s #09 Phoenix Racing’s Chevy was thoroughly inspected after the Las Vegas Motor Speedway race. His engine was taken to be torn down later this week at the NASCAR R&D center in Concord, NC. The policy is expected to impact the start-and-park teams – teams that typically bring a car but don’t have funding to run the entire event. These teams often are not in the top 35 in owner points, so they are required to qualify on speed. The new policy means it is likely that one of the cars that qualify on speed for every race will end up getting torn down. NASCAR Vice President of Competition Robin Pemberton said Sunday the move was not to discourage start-and-park teams. “We’re just expanding our inspection process and making sure that everybody feels like everybody is on the same playing field, that’s all,” Pemberton said. “It’s all about making sure that the guys who get beat that don’t make the race understand that the guys who get in the race, for the most part, are doing everything right.” The move could cost these teams money, as they will have to pay for an engine rebuild that they might not have needed if they didn’t run many laps. Pemberton said the engine might not be torn down weekly but acknowledged it could cost teams $30,000 for a rebuild. That could lead to those teams racing more instead of risking the cost of a rebuild. Or it could lead to those teams not showing up if they can’t afford to have the motor rebuilt.(SceneDaily)(3-1-2010)
NASCAR Revises Green-White-Checkered Race Procedure: NASCAR announced a revision to one of its race procedures, allowing a maximum of three restart attempts prior to the White Flag under NASCAR's Green-White-Checkered flag finish. If the leader has taken the White Flag and the caution flag is displayed, the field is frozen and the race will not be restarted. Previously, there was only one restart attempt. The new procedure will be implemented beginning with today's running of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' Gatorade Duel at Daytona and will apply to all three national series. NASCAR officials met with drivers and teams Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway to discuss the change and get their input. The announcement was made during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series' drivers and crew chiefs meeting Thursday morning. "We want to do all we can to finish our races under green flag conditions – the fans want to see that and so do the competitors," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "We felt that putting a cap at three attempts to finish the race under green is the way to go. It gives the fans what they want and it also gives the teams a better opportunity to prepare for their end of race strategy." The change amends procedure 9-14C of the 2010 NASCAR rulebook.(NASCAR), see rules and notes on my Green-White-Checker rule page.(2-11-2010)
NASCAR tweaks wave-around rule: NASCAR has tweaked its rule on wave-around cars under caution. The new rule now dictates that cars under penalty at the time of the caution are ineligible for the wave around. The change began last week with the Sprint Cup race at Kansas Speedway after a situation came up in the Nationwide Series race that was new to the double-file restart system instituted in June. In the Nationwide race, Roush Fenway Racing's Carl Edwards was penalized for speeding under green, and then the caution came out. He stayed out and didn't pit and then was among those cars on the end of the lead lap. He then got the "wave around" the caution car (along with the rest of the cars that had stayed out and were on the end of the lead lap) to get to the rear of the line of lead-lap cars. Edwards then went to the end of the line to serve his penalty. That move would not be allowed anymore. The driver would not get the wave around and would start a lap down at the rear of the field on the restart, the penalty for a driver who had a speeding penalty under green but never served it before the caution came out. The new rule in general is any driver under penalty is no longer eligible for the wave around.(SceneDaily)(10-11-2009)
Jayski's - 2010 Sprint Cup Race Results Page and from last season: Jayski's - 2009 Sprint Cup Race Results Page
(pole and race winner with speed and starting/finishing position, links to race results, drivers & owners points, pit stall selections, qualifying results/starting lineup, practice speeds and chase stats as well as link to race track and race information page for each race)
NEWS, PRACTICE and QUALIFYING
news, notes and links
Hamlin wins pole at Atlanta: #11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Pole for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with a speed of 187.380mph for his 1st pole of 2010 and 8th of his career. Hamlin has now won at least one pole in 6 straight seasons. Hamlin's pole is the 50th pole for Joe Gibbs Racing. #39-Newman will start 2nd followed by #18-Busch, #14-Stewart, #99-Edwards, #56-Truex Jr., #42-Montoya, #48-Johnson, #6-Ragan and #9-Kahne.
The go-or-go homers who made the race (8): #46-McDowell, #87-Nemechek, #26-Carpentier, #38-Blaney, #36-Yeley, #55-Bliss, #21-Elliott and #13-Mears.
The go-or-go homers who failed to qualify for the race (4): #32-Leffler, #09-Cassill, #66-Riggs and #64-Bodine.
See the starting lineup, qualifying speeds and notes on my Atlanta Starting Lineup/Qualifying Results page.(9-4-2010)
Qualifying Fast Facts - Atlanta:
#11-Denny Hamlin won the Coors Light Pole Award for the Emory Healthcare 500 with a lap of 29.587 seconds, 187.380 mph.
This is his eighth pole in 176 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races.
This is the 50th series pole for Joe Gibbs Racing. Its first pole came in April of 1995 with Bobby Labonte at Martinsville.
This is his first pole and seventh top-10 start in 2010. Hamlin's last pole came at Auto Club Speedway in October of 2009, 30 races ago.
This is his first pole in 11 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway. His previous best start at Atlanta was fourth in October of 2006.
#39-Ryan Newman (second) posted his 14th top-10 start of 2010 and his 13th in 18 races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#18-Kyle Busch (third) posted his eighth top-10 start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It is his 14th in 25 races this season.(NASCAR Statistics)(9-4-2010)
Coverage of Qualifying for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is scheduled for Saturday, September 4, 2010 at 4:40pm/et.
Television (TV): SPEED 4:30pm/et
Radio: Performance Racing Network (PRN) only on NASCAR.com
Jayski.com: Jayski's Semi-Live Qualifying Page
Qualifying Re-Air: none
Qualifying Order for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted. 47 cars/drivers are listed. Go-or-go homers will qualify at the end of the session, once the top-35 drivers are done.
The first of the top-35 drivers scheduled to go out is #6-Ragan.
The final top-35 driver scheduled to go out is #56-Truex Jr..
The first go-or-go homer scheduled to qualify [36th] is #66-Riggs with the final driver scheduled to qualify being #09-Cassill.
See the full qualifying order on the Atlanta Qualifying Page.(9-4-2010)
Happy Hour Practice: for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 45 scheduled mintes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
no speeds listed: #32-Leffler
slowest: #7-Conway 171.630 & #64-Bodine 176.786.
best 10 lap average #48-Johnson 175.355mph
see all the speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Atlanta Practice Speeds Page.(9-4-2010)
Atlanta Happy Hour practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#13-Casey Mears, 25th
#38-Dave Blaney, 32nd
#46-Michael McDowell, 33rd
#87-Joe Nemechek, 35th
#55-Mike Bliss, 36th
#26-Patrick Carpentier, 38th
#21-Bill Elliott [PC], 40th
#36-J.J. Yeley, 42nd
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#09-Landon Cassill, 43rd
#66-Scott Riggs, 44th
#64-Todd Bodine, 45th
#32-Jason Leffler, no speed(9-4-2010)
1st Practice: for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, after 120 scheduled mintes, the top 5, slowest and notes:
slowest: #7-Conway 173.039 & #55-Bliss 173.413.
best 10 lap average #39-Newman 177.807mph
see all the speeds, laps run, average speeds on my Atlanta Practice Speeds Page.(9-4-2010)
Atlanta practice rank for the non top-35 drivers:
if things stay the same, these eight drivers would make the race:
#21-Bill Elliott [PC]
these drivers would miss the race if the order stayed the same:
#26-Patrick Carpentier, 41st
#36-J.J. Yeley, 42nd
#66-Scott Riggs, 45th
#55-Mike Bliss. 46th
[PC] = [past champion and order, 1 is more recent champ]
Some Chassis selections for Atlanta:
#1-Jamie McMurray: Crew Chief Kevin “Bono” Manion and the #1 McDonald’s Chevy team has elected to bring a brand new chassis #1016 this weekend to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#2-Kurt Busch and his Steve Addington-led “Blue Deuce” team will be racing their “PRS-704” Miller Lite Dodge this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The team debuted this car on Feb. 21 at Auto Club Speedway, where Busch started 12th and finished sixth. This chassis was utilized one other time since then when Busch started fourth and finished sixth in the June 6 race at Pocono Raceway.
#5-Mark Martin: crew chief Alan Gustafson has chosen Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 5-550 for Sunday night's race at Atlanta. Martin drove this chassis to an 11th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last month and to a seventh-place finish at Pocono Raceway the following week. Sunday's race will be Martin's 50th Cup start at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
#6-David Ragan: Primary: RK-617 Last ran Chicago – finished 12th; Backup: RK-620 Last ran Vegas – finished 23rd. The Roswell Center (SLIC – 3034) in the South Atlantic District was selected as the UPS Maximum Center for the September NASCAR race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Roswell Center is the number one rated center in Georgia and is recognized for its exceptional service performance.
#12-Brad Keselowski: The #12 Penske Dodge Charger team will use chassis PRS-733 during Sunday night’s Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Keselowski drove this chassis to a 20th-place finish at Pocono Raceway in August.
#14-Tony Stewart: Chassis No. 14-515: This car is a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, but it was essentially rebuilt since failing to qualify for the November 2008 race at Texas. Prior to Texas, Chassis No. 14-515 made two starts, with its debut coming in August at Michigan finishing 31st with Tony Raines driving. Raines was again at the wheel at Kansas finishing 23rd. The 2009 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte marked the third career start with Stewart at the controls to take the car’s first victory as well as the first win of any kind for Stewart-Haas Racing. Last year’s Brickyard 400 was the car’s first point-paying start of 2009, where it qualified seventh and led two laps before finishing a solid third. In 2010 it was run at Darlington where Stewart finished 23rd. The chassis returned to the track at Pocono in August finishing second.
#17-Matt Kenseth: Primary: RK-694 (Last raced at Indianapolis). This weekend at Atlanta, Kenseth will pilot the #17 Crown Royal Black Ford Fusion.
#18-Kyle Busch: Chassis No. 274: Sunday night’s Emory Healthcare 500 will be the second-ever start for No. 274. This maiden voyage for this chassis came in the July Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where Busch started 23rd and brought home a solid eighth-place finish.
#19-Elliott Sadler: The #19 RPM team has prepared chassis No. 280 for this weekend’s event. This is the same Ford Fusion the team utilized for the Indianapolis event, the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte and the spring event in Atlanta.
#20-Joey Logano: and the #20 Home Depot Team is taking chassis #281 this weekend for the Emory Healthcare 500. This is a new chassis for the team that will make its debut this weekend. The back-up chassis is #272 which has competed in three races in 2010: Chicagoland (18th), Charlotte (16th) and in June at Michigan (10th). Welcome aboard The Home Depot associates from store # 8452 from Hadley, Mass., and store #6978 from Suwanee, Ga. The store numbers will ride along with Logano on The Home Depot Toyota this weekend at Atlanta.
#29-Kevin Harvick: will pilot Chassis No. 288 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Earlier in the year, this Chevy scored a win at Michigan in August. Additionally, Harvick scored runner-up finishes at Indianapolis and at Auto Club, finished ninth at Atlanta, and finished seventh at Dover. The Shell-Pennzoil team raced this chassis three times in the latter part of the 2009 season, finishing 18th at Charlotte, fifth at Texas and third at Homestead.
#31-Jeff Burton: will race Chassis No. 314 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. This is a brand new Caterpillar Impala that will be put through its initial paces this weekend.
#33-Clint Bowyer: will pilot Chassis No. 310 from the Richard Childress Racing NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stable. Built new in 2010, Bowyer drove this Chevrolet Impala to fourth-place finish in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July.
#42-Juan Pablo Montoya: Crew Chief Brian Pattie and the #42 team are bringing chassis #1003 to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, marking the third race of the season for this chassis. Montoya previously ran this chassis at Chicagoland where he qualified 10th and finished 16th and in the Coke 600 where he finished 38th due to an on-track incident.
#43-A.J. Allmendinger: The #43 RPM team led by crew chief Mike Shiplett has prepared chassis No. 276 for this weekend’s event at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This car was run on two other occasions this season. Allmendinger drove it in the Indianapolis and Martinsville events.
#48-Jimmie Johnson: Chassis No. 592 will be the primary for Sunday night's event. Johnson last piloted that car to a 10th-place finish at Pocono in July. Back up chassis No. 553 has collected three wins in four starts – the most recent coming at Auto Club Speedway in February.
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.: Crew chief Lance McGrew and the #88 engineers will unload Hendrick Motorsports Chassis No. 88-612. This is a brand new chassis that has not been raced.
#98-Paul Menard: Crew chief Slugger Labbe and the #98 RPM crew have prepared chassis No. 683 for this weekend’s event. This is the same car the team ran at both events at Michigan, the May Charlotte races and the Auto Club Speedway race early in the season.
#99-Carl Edwards: The #99 will carry the silver Aflac paint scheme at Atlanta this weekend. The #99 crew will unload RK-702 which is a brand new Ford Fusion.(from team PR's/sites if reported)(9-3-2010)
The Entry List for the Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway is posted, 47 teams/drivers [for 43 spots] are listed, including:
Not in top 35 of owners points:
#09-Landon Cassill (2009 race winner as owner)(38/24)
#13-Casey Mears (40/24)
#21-Bill Elliott (past champ 1988)(45/8)
#26-Patrick Carpentier (36/24)
#32-Jason Leffler (49/9)
#36-J.J. Yeley (39/24)
#38-David Gilliland (37/24)
#46-Michael McDowell (41/24)
#55-Mike Bliss (44/24)
#64-Todd Bodine (47/12)
#66-Scott Riggs (43/24)
#87-Joe Nemechek (42/24)
In the event qualifying is rained out or cancelled:
the eight who would make it : #'s 26,09,21,26,38,36,13,87
missing the race would be : #'s 66,55,64,32,
See the full entry list at my Jayski's Atlanta Entry List.(8-30-2010)
Top-35 in Owner Points and guaranteed a starting spot at Atlanta:
No one moved in to or out of the top-35. The #7 team stays in 35th and the #26 team remains 36th with the points spread from 35th to 36th drops to 125.
33) #71-Cassill/TRG: 1794, 160 points ahead of 36th
34) #37-Gilliland/Front Row: 1790, +156
35) #7-Conway/RGM, 1759, 125 points ahead of 36th
these teams/ drivers must qualify by speed:
36) #26-Carpentier/Latitude43: 1634, -125 points out of the top 35
37) #38-Blaney/Front Row: 1615, -144
The teams are NOT locked in past the next race as the owners points change after each race.
For the owner points standings, see my Owners Points Standings page.(8-21-2010)
2010 Sprint Cup Driver Championship Points Standings:
[after Bristol, race 24 of 36]:
rank, car#, driver, points, behind
1) #29-Kevin Harvick [3 wins], 3521 [clinched spot in the Chase]
2) #24-Jeff Gordon, 3242, -279 [clinched]
3) #18-Kyle Busch [3 wins], 3170, -351 [needs to start next 2 races to clinch]
4) #99-Carl Edwards, 3113, -408
5) #11-Denny Hamlin [5 wins], 3108, -413
6) #14-Tony Stewart, 3107, -414
7) #31-Jeff Burton, 3101, -420
8) #17-Matt Kenseth, 3095, -426
9) #48-Jimmie Johnson [5 wins], 3077, -444, +257
10) #2-Kurt Busch [2 wins], 3073, -448, +253
11) #16-Greg Biffle [1 win], 3055, -466, +235
12) #33-Clint Bowyer, 2920, -601, 100 pts ahead of 13th
Chase for the Sprint Cup - Contenders:
13) #1-McMurray [2 wins], 2820, -701, 100 points out of the chase
14) #5-Mark Martin, 2819, -702, -101
15) #39-Ryan Newman [1 win], 2802, -719, -118
16) #9-Kasey Kahne, 2784, -737, -136
2009 Chase Drivers not in top 16
19) #42-Juan Pablo Montoya [1 win], 2728, -793, -192
36) #83-Brian Vickers, 1158 [out season with illness]
See drivers championship points standings on Jayski's Drivers Points Standings page.(8-21-2010)
What happens if qualifying gets canceled/rained out? -->
After the 5th race of the season, the current season OWNERS points are used:
#1) - First 35 by current Owner Points [position 1-35][top 35 teams do NOT need to attempt ALL the races]
#2) - Last Years Sprint Cup Champ or the Event Champion if not already in the field
#3) - Car Owners whose team has won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#4) - Drivers who have won in the previous and current season not already in the field
#5) - ALL Past Sprint Cup Champions not in by 1 thru 4 [is NOT charged against the 6 past champ provisionals]
#6) - Qualifying Attempts [not starts] with Owners points as the tie breaker, if still tied then by best finish
#7) - Qualifying Order Position
(all above apply as long as the team was entered by the entry deadline - usually 7-13 days before the race)
Qualifying Rules/Notes/News page
Go or Go Home Drivers to Qualify Together: Teams outside the top 35 in owners points will qualify together at the end of the qualifying session. The thought is that nobody would have an advantage in track conditions.
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
How to break a tie during qualifying? (same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings (not drivers points).
Determining Race Line-Ups - Top 35 Guarantee: At the start of the 2005 season, NASCAR instituted a new procedure for establishing the starting race field in the Sprint Cup Series [NSCS]. NASCAR revamped the system by simplifying the procedure with teams no longer accruing provisionals throughout the season to gain entry into the starting fields. While starting positions one through 42 in the NSCS still will be determined by qualifying speed, the new system will assure the highest-ranked 35 positions of the NSCS OWNER [not Driver] championship points that have entered the event prior to the entry deadline [usually 13 days before the day of the race] one of those starting positions in the field, providing they have made an attempt to qualify [which usually means the team at least practiced and made an effort to qualify].
The remaining seven positions [36-42] will be assigned to those drivers with the fastest qualifying speeds whose car owners are not among the top 35. The final starting position [43rd] – the champion’s provisional – can be utilized by a car owner whose driver is a current or past Sprint Cup champion who participated as a driver during the current of previous season and was entered in the event for that owner in that car prior to the entry deadline.
If there is more than one series champion vying for the position, it will be given to the most recent series champion. If the final provisional starting position – 43rd in the Sprint Cup – is not filled by a current or past series champion, it will be assigned to the next eligible car owner according to qualifying results.
Through the first five races of the season for the Sprint Cup, the top 35 in the NSCS of the previous owner championship points entered in the event prior to the entry deadline will be assured one of the 42 starting positions in the field, provided they have made an attempt to qualify. From the sixth race on, the current owner championship points will be used to determine the top 35 each race week. In the event that conditions prevent qualifying from being run, starting positions will be assigned according to the respective series’ current Rule Book.(NASCAR PR)
Simple: so the field is set by speed to where the 7th fastest non-top 35 driver is on speed. The any drivers in the top 35 of OWNERS [not drivers points] are placed to the 42nd spot. The 43rd spot is used for the most recent past Sprint Cup champion NOT already in the field from being in the top-35 in owners points or one of the seven no top-35. If their is not past champ for the 43rd spot, it goes to the next fastest [8th fastest driver]
Past Champions Limited To 6 Provisional Berths in Sprint Cup: See my 2010 Past Champions Provisional Page for more
RACE RECORDS, NOTES, RULES and NEWS
Four straight wins for Kyle Busch, going for record: The fourth consecutive NASCAR win at Chicagoland was the second time this season Busch has accomplished the feat, matching his sweep of the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races at Dover in May, followed by Truck Series and Nationwide wins at Charlotte. It put Busch alongside Billy Wade (1964), David Pearson (1966 and 1968), Cale Yarborough (1976), Darrell Waltrip (1981) and Mark Martin (1993) as four-time winners in consecutive NASCAR events.
With Busch entered in all three NASCAR National events this weekend [Trucks at Kentucky and Nationwide & Sprint Cup at Atlanta], Busch could find himself having leapfrogged past another handful of legendary NASCAR competitors on the all-time winning streak list. Should Busch emerge victorious at Kentucky, he’ll join Fred Lorenzen (1964), Richard Petty (1971), Bobby Allison (1971) and Pearson (1973) with five wins in a row. Saturday’s Nationwide race could then put Busch alongside Harry Gant (1991) with a six-race winning streak. And Sunday’s Emory Healthcare 500 would then be Busch’s opportunity to make it seven wins in a row and join Mark Martin (1993) with the second-longest streak in history. Petty’s 10-race streak of Sprint Cup wins in 1967 is the longest.(JGR)(9-2-2010)
September 2009 Race Winner: #9-Kasey Kahne, 134.272mph, started 2nd
- March 2010 Race Winner: #2-Kurt Busch, 131.294, started 11th
- Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Nov 12, 1995, 163.633mph
- Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph
- Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch (03/09/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 7 days)
- Oldest Race Winner: Morgan Shepherd (03/20/1993 - 51 years, 5 months, 8 days)
- Race Winners: 42
September 2009 Pole Sitter: #1-Martin Truex Jr., 184.149mph, finished 26th
March 2010 Pole Sitter: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 192.761, finished 15th
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 (03/15/1981 - 24 years, 3 months, 27 days)
Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant (11/14/1993 - 53 years, 10 months, 4 days)
Pole Winners: 44
Most Races - All Time: Richard Petty, 65
- Most Races - Active Driver: Bill Elliott, 60
Most Wins - Active Driver: Bobby Labonte, 6
- Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9
Most Poles - Active Driver: Ryan Newman, 7
- Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, 7
Most Top 5s: 26 - Dale Earnhardt
- Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]
Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993, 3/8/2009, 3/7/2010
- Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961
- Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977
- Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986
Most Running at the Finish: 41 - 3/20/2006, 3/18/2007, 3/9/2008
- Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 4/1964
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th
Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982
- Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963
- Most Leaders: 17, 3/12/2000
- Least Leaders: 3, 6/30/1963
Lead Lap Finishes (All-Time): Dale Earnhardt, 26 in 46 races
- Lead Lap Finishes (Active): Jeff Gordon, 23 in 36 races
Most Laps Led: Cale Yarborough, 3,283 laps led
- Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961
- Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969
Most Wins by Manufacturer: 35 - Chevy; 9 - Dodge
Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 102]
- Races won from starting pos 2: 12
- Races won from starting pos 3: 9
- Races won from starting pos 4: 10
- Races won from starting pos 5: 13
- Races won from starting pos 6: 4
- Races won from starting pos 7: 5
- Races won from starting pos 8: 6
- Races won from starting pos 9: 6
- Races won from starting pos 10: 1
- Races won from starting pos 11: 4
- Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,19,22,31,35,37,39: 1
- Races won from starting pos 14,17,20,21: 2
- Races won from the top 5: 58 of 102
- Races won from the top 10: 80 of 102
- First Career Starts at Atlanta: Rusty Wallace [3/80]; Jeff Gordon [11/92]; Scott Wimmer [11/2000]
At Atlanta Motor Speedway:
* Originally called Atlanta International Raceway, the track was then a 1.5-mile paved speedway.
* The first NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta was on July 31, 1960, won by Fireball Roberts from the pole.
* The track was re-measured to 1.522 miles in the spring of 1970.
* It was renamed Atlanta Motor Speedway in 1990.
* The track layout was reversed and the track was re-configured to 1.54 miles between the two races in 1997.
* There have been 102 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Speedway, two races per year except 1961, which had three.
* Fireball Roberts won the pole and race for the first NASCAR Sprint Cup race in 1960.
* 44 drivers have won a pole, led by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, each with seven.
* Six of Newman’s seven poles came in consecutive races between March 2003 and October 2005.
* 42 drivers have won a race; 22 have won more than once, including Kurt Busch, who won two of the last three races.
* Dale Earnhardt scored nine victories, more than any other driver. Cale Yarborough is second, with seven.
* Bobby Labonte heads the list of active drivers with six victories. Labonte is tied with Richard Petty for third on the all-time win list at Atlanta.
* The Wood Brothers have 12 victories, more than any organization. They last won there in 1993 with Morgan Shepherd.
* 14 races have been won from the pole. The last to do so was Kasey Kahne in 2006. Both races last season were won from the second starting position.
* 58 races at Atlanta have been won from the first five starting positions.
* Bobby Labonte won the 2001 fall race from the 39th starting position, the deepest in the field that a race winner has started at Atlanta.
* There have been seven season sweeps, most recently by Jimmie Johnson in 2007.
* Two of the last three races had a margin of victory under a half second.
* There have been 161 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in Georgia.
* 169 NASCAR national series drivers all-time have their home state recorded as Georgia.
By the Numbers at Atlanta Motor Speedway: As NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series stars return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 5, hundreds of thousands or race fans will descend upon the Speedway, massive amounts of equipment will be used, and speeds will be among the noteworthy statistical figures used on race weekend. Below is a numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts, and figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
$0: Cost of parking in any of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s grass parking lots for the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR night racing weekend.
.006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in the Spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the closest ever in the track’s history.
1: Total number of drivers to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the same weekend in Atlanta, which Carl Edwards did in the Spring of 2005.
2: The fewest cautions in a 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Atlanta during the running of the 1977 Atlanta 500.
3 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds in the #3 Chevrolet: Dale Earnhardt’s record time for a 500-mile Cup race at AMS on November 12, 1995.
6: Bobby Labonte has the most wins among active drivers at AMS. His first win came at the 1996 NAPA 500 and his most recent win in the 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.
7: Most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole wins by one driver in Atlanta, shared by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman. Baker was Newman’s NASCAR racing mentor.
8: The number of musical artists performing at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend, including: Foreigner; Colt Ford; Drivin’ N’ Cryin; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Emory Healthcare 500 National Anthem and pre-race); Grip; Eddie James Gang; Holly Hardin; and Song of Atlanta Show Chorus (Great Clips 300 National Anthem).
9: Most individual wins in Atlanta Motor Speedway history by Dale Earnhardt.
13: The number of Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races won from the pole position.
14”: The size of coolers fans can bring in to the Atlanta Motor Speedway with their favorite beverage. Just make sure they are 14”x14”x14” and soft sided.
20: Total length in miles of wiring used in television production of a NASCAR race.
24: The degree of banking in the turns at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
32: Most cars finishing on the lead lap, during the 1998 NAPA 500.
35: Number of victories for Chevrolet, the most among any manufacturer at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
42: Different winners in the 50-year Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing history.
45: Record number of lead changes in the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1982.
63: The number of televisions in Club One, Atlanta Motor Speedway’s public luxury suite overlooking Turn 1.
66: Number of AMS starts for Richard Petty, the record for all drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
65-75: Number of HD cameras used in the average NASCAR television broadcast.
94: Number of 500-mile races staged at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any NASCAR-sanctioned track. (Eight events in the 1960s were 250, 300 and 400-mile events.)
100: Total points separating 12th-place driver Clint Boyer, the last position to qualify for NASCAR’s Chase for the Sprint Cup, from 13th-place driver Jamie McMurray entering the Emory Healthcare 500.
133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race.
197.478 mph: Track record for one-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying set by Geoffrey Bodine in November 1997.
500: Terry "Mr. 500" Green, the Grand Marshall for the Emory Healthcare 500, was the 500th heart transplant recipient by Emory Healthcare.
887: Total acreage at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
1,320 feet: Total length of pit road at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
26,807: Total number of miles driven at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Richard Petty, the most of any NASCAR driver in Atlanta’s history.
$3,534,134: Career Sprint Cup winnings for Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.(AMS)(8-31-2010)
PAINT SCHEME NEWS
Back to the 'regular' scheme for Kurt Busch: After running the special Miller Lite “Vortex” color scheme in all the races dating back to the “All Star” race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22, Kurt Busch will be behind the wheel of a #2 Penske Racing Dodge adorned with the “regular” Miller Lite color scheme for several races beginning with this weekend at Atlanta. “We’ll go back to what we were running during the first race at Atlanta and run that for a couple of races,” said Busch. “We have another special color scheme we’ll roll out during the Chase.”(Tom Roberts PR), see images of the regular and Vortex schemes on my #2 Team Schemes page.(9-2-2010)
New sponsor for Montoya at AMS: Juan Pablo Montoya and the #42 team will welcome a new sponsor this weekend at Atlanta, Huggies. This will mark the first appearance for both Kimberly Clark and its brand Huggies in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on the #42 Chevy (EGR), see an image of the scheme on my #42 Team Schemes page.(8-31-2010)
FordParts.com scheme returns for Elliott: For the second time this season, Wood Brothers Racing will switch from their familiar red-and-white Motorcraft schemes to the blue-and-white colors of FordParts.com at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Launched in June, FordParts.com allows repair shops, body shops, fleets, and do-it-yourselfers to order Genuine Ford and Motorcraft parts online. Earlier this summer, Bill Elliott raced his #21 FordParts.com Ford Fusion during the Michigan International Speedway race in mid-June. Elliott qualified 29th and finished the NASCAR event in the 28th position. Every part available on FordParts.com is recommended by Ford Motor Company and features the trusted Genuine Parts or Motorcraft brand name. From air-conditioning compressors to wire sets – it's the right fit for any Ford, Lincoln or Mercury vehicle.(Ford Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #21 Team Schemes page.(9-1-2010)
New look for Hamlin's #11 at Atlanta IMAGE: Sport Clips will serve as the primary sponsor of Denny Hamlin's #11 Toyota this weekend at Atlanta. It is the first time the long-time Joe Gibbs Racing partner in the Nationwide Series has sponsored a Sprint Cup Car. Sport Clips is headquartered in Georgetown, Texas with more than 700 Sport Clips locations in 38 states. The franchise ranked in the top 100 overall and top 50 in growth for the sixth straight year in Entrepreneur Magazine's "Franchise 500."(JGR), see an image of the scheme on my #11 Team Schemes page.(8-31-2010)
Newman's Car to Pay Tribute to U.S. Army Reserve in Atlanta: The paint scheme on Ryan Newman's #39 Chevy in Sunday night’s Emory Healthcare 500 Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway will pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. Army Reserve. Founded in 1908, the U.S. Army Reserve (USAR) is the federal reserve force of the U.S. Army. Reserve Soldiers receive the same training as active-duty Soldiers and are offered the opportunity to serve near home until they are needed to deploy. Reserve Soldiers combine civilian experience with military training to provide specialized skills for military missions around the world. "The U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers have played a vital dual role in maintaining a strong nation – both in their military and civilian careers,” said Newman. “It is truly an honor for our team to recognize the dedicated Reserve Soldiers on our #39 Chevrolet in Atlanta. We like the ultra-fast Atlanta track and it is our goal to put the Army Reserve Chevrolet in position to contend for the race win."(US Army Racing), see an image of the scheme on my #39 Team Schemes page.(8-30-2010)
Special scheme for Kahne at Atlanta: The #9 Budweiser Ford Fusion will sport a different look at Atlanta Motor Speedway when the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series returns to the track next weekend. Valvoline will have its colors featured on the usually all-red Ford Racing machine. Kasey Kahne, driver of the #9 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford Fusion and defending race winner, has made 13 starts on the 1.54-mile Hampton, Ga. track. In addition to two victories, Kahne has earned one pole, six top-five and eight top-10 finishes at Atlanta (RPM). See an image of the scheme on my #9 Team Schemes page.(8-26-2010)
Special scheme designed by Gordon's daughter: #24-Jeff Gordon will run a special paint scheme "designed" by 3-year old daughter Ella at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 5. Ella – with the assistance of some finishing touches by NASCAR's first officially licensed artist Sam Bass -- created the design for "My Papa's Car." The design also will feature the new logo of the newly renamed Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation, and the car design and die-cast purchase information can be viewed at www.jeffgordonchildrensfoundation.org. "I can't wait to run Ella and Sam's design, and I can't think of a better way to showcase the new Foundation logo and name than on that car," said Gordon, driver of the No. 24 Chevrolet. "DuPont has graciously allowed us to run this scheme during one of their races, and I really appreciate their continued support of the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation in its efforts to raise awareness and funds for childhood cancer research."(HMS). see an image of the scheme on my #24 Team Schemes page.(8-21-2010)
Carquest returns to sponsor #5 team: Carquest Auto Parts has extended its relationship with Hendrick Motorsports and the #5 Chevy driven by Mark Martin through the 2011 NASCAR season. The two-year pact will showcase Carquest with primary sponsor placement in eight points races annually beginning in 2010. When its red, white and blue shield is not on the hood, Carquest will maintain a significant presence on the #5 Chevys as a major associate sponsor. "Carquest is pleased to be an eight-race primary sponsor of Mark Martin and the #5 team for the 2010 NASCAR season," said Temple Sloan III, president and CEO of General Parts/Carquest Auto Parts. "In our eight years as a partner of Hendrick Motorsports we have enjoyed many successes, and this year has been tremendous. As the Official Auto Parts supplier to Hendrick Motorsports we are proud to have Mark, Alan Gustafson (crew chief) and the team partnering with us. Winning is the goal our team strives for every day, both on the track and in our stores." For more information about Carquest, visit www.Carquest.com.(Hendrick Motorsports)
The CARQUEST Auto Parts #5 Impala is scheduled to race in 2010 at:
Martinsville in March
Charlotte in May
New Hampshire in June
Daytona in July
Bristol in August
Atlanta in September
California in October and
Texas in November.
See an image of the scheme on my #5 Team Schemes page.(11-13-2009)
More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
Track/Race Length: 1.54 mile quad oval, 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Degree of Banking: Turns: 24 degrees; Straightaways: 5 degrees
Straights: Frontstretch - 2332 feet; Backstretch - 1800 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Grandstand Seating: 101,000
Grand Marshal: Emory’s 500th heart transplant patient in 2008, Terry “Mr. 500” Green
Command to start engines: Terry “Mr. 500” Green
Honorary Starter/Wave Green Flag: ?
Invocation: Joe Gibbs
National Anthem: Grammy-nominated Ernie Haase & Signature Sound
Military Flyover: 4 F-15's, 159th Fighter Wing, USAF, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Belle Chasse, LA
For the season race officials by track, see my Race Officials page
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ESPN's NASCAR Track Guide: Atlanta Motor Speedway
September 2009: see my Atlanta Race Info page
March 2010: see my Atlanta Race Info page
17 fans who were at 1st race at AMS attend race: Kenny Meleary of Fayetteville, Ga., was at the first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway 50 years ago, and he’s been to every race since then. He remembers the mud he trudged through that first day to sell tickets for the Dixie 300 – which started at $8.95 – and he remembers fondly the early days of the race track. He watched the track evolve into one of the premier motorsports showplaces in the country, and he’s still enthralled with the speeds and the action. Meleary was among a group of 17 fans who attended a press conference Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway celebrating the track’s 50th anniversary. NASCAR President Mike Helton and Speedway Motorsports Inc. Chairman Bruton Smith also attended the event, along with 1960 NASCAR champion Rex White, a resident of Fayetteville, Ga. “These folks are at the heart and soul of the history and roots of NASCAR,” said Helton, who also served as Atlanta’s track president from 1979-86. “When you come to the speedway and you come to Georgia, there are some pretty good stories from this neck of the woods that would support that this area contributed greatly to the early years of racing.” Michael Greer of Monticello, Ga., was 8 years old when he attended the inaugural Dixie 300 at AMS, and he said what he remembers most is the incredible noise from the race. “We sat in some of the lower rows, and the grit, the grime, the noise is what sticks out most in my mind,” Greer said. “Of course, as an 8-year-old boy, the mud was just an added bonus. And I’ve been an avid NASCAR fan ever since.” For the record, that first race was held on July 31, 1960 and was won by Fireball Roberts, who pocketed $10,130 for the victory.(AMS)(9-5-2010)
Invocation and Flyover for Atlanta announced: Joe Gibbs Racing owner and Super Bowl winning NFL coach Joe Gibbs will give the pre-race invocation prior to the running of the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 5. Gibbs' pre-race invocation will be followed by the National Anthem performed by Ernie Haase & Signature Sound, with a flyover featuring four F-15 C/D Eagle fighter jets from the 159th Fighter Wing of the United States Air Force/Air National Guard stationed at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans in Belle Chasse, La. The F-15 C/D Eagle fighter jets will also perform the flyover for Saturday's Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race. Gibbs has won three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championships as a NASCAR team owner, in addition to winning three NFL Super Bowls as head coach of the Washington Redskins. In addition to his interest in professional sports, Gibbs is active in Christian ministry and founded Youth for Tomorrow, a residential youth home, private school, and teen counseling center, in 1986.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(9-2-2010)
Emory Healthcare to Conduct Free Health Screenings in Display Lot: Emory Healthcare, the title sponsor of the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 5, will conduct free health care screenings in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Display Lot during the Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend. Bringing a pit crew of healthcare volunteers to Henry County for the Emory Healthcare 500, Emory will conduct three varieties of screenings on the Atlanta Motor Speedway property, plus provide wellness information on smoking cessation and general health and wellness. These screenings will include blood pressure screenings, body mass index (BMI) screenings, and head, neck and skin cancer screenings.(AMS)(9-1-2010)
National Anthem Singer Announced for Atlanta Cup race: Grammy-nominated Ernie Haase & Signature Sound will perform the National Anthem prior to the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, Sept. 5. The patriotic pre-race event will feature the group performing the National Anthem, preceded by, “I Pledge My Allegiance.” The group will be joined by a choir from Hampton First Baptist Church in Hampton. During the performance, local families of fallen military members will join EHSS in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Infield where they will help display a vast American flag to honor America’s soldiers. In addition to Sunday’s performance by EHSS, the pre-race National Anthem for the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race on Saturday, Sept. 4 will be performed by the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus. The Song of Atlanta Show Chorus is a group of more than 100 women of all ages dedicated to celebrating the art of barbershop-style music. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(9-1-2010)
Fan Tips for Those Attending the Atlanta Race Weekend: Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway during the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend.
* Gate Openings – Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Gate 13 on Friday (5:30 p.m.), Gates 12 to15 on Saturday (10:30 a.m.), and all gates on Sunday (2:00 p.m.).
* Important Note: For fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each grandstand.
* Fan Assistance Program – The Fan Assistance offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property. Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.
Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events and will depart regularly from the designated tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited
Campground tram route: Runs along inner perimeter road through all public parking and most camping areas.
Infield tram route: Runs from the guard house at the new tunnel into the infield along the road course.
* Fan Assistance Information Stops – Atlanta Motor Speedway is hosting three Fan Assistance Information Stops with two locations near the Display Lot on the Speedway’s perimeter road and one location in front of the Ticket Office.
* ***NEW FOR SEPT. 2010*** Fan Alert Text Message Program – Fans can text message issues, concerns or complaints to Atlanta Motor Speedway by texting number 69050 and writing keyword AMS followed by your issue and location. A central dispatcher will promptly assist with the issue.
* ATM Machines – Bank of America will have 11 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property. You will find ATM machines at Gates 13 and 15 (will call). There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty
* Camping Guidelines – Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Family Campground) although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you respect your neighbors and only use them when necessary. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.
* Traffic Reports – Traffic information will be provided by WSB 750 AM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. 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.
* Outside Food - While we pride ourselves on providing an excellent variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14”x14”x14” and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway. Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.
* Handicapped Parking Enforcement – Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and/or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative’s handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of the handicapped parking sticker is required to be in the vehicle.
* Ticket Resale – No tickets may be resold on Speedway property. This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer. For more information on TicketExchange, visit www.ticketmaster.com.
* Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway: Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com
* First- Aid: During race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has Emergency Assistance locations in each grandstand as well as the Infield. Should you or anyone in your party require Emergency Assistance while you are on AMS property, please visit one of those locations or, if needed, dial 911.
* As with any large event, there is going to be increased traffic come race weekend, so Atlanta Motor Speedway would also like to encourage all fans coming to any event throughout the weekend to come early and stay late. All General Parking lots at AMS are open 24 hours a day (no overnight camping allowed), so fans should feel free to get here early to beat the traffic and check out everything the Speedway has to offer come race weekend.
* For more information on race weekend or to answer any questions you may have please visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call (770)-707-7904.(AMS)(8-30-2010)
Atlanta Traffic Alert: During this week’s Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the south side of Atlanta will experience increased traffic flow throughout the weekend. With more than 100,000 fans expected for the Emory Healthcare 500. For its fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each gate.
Basic Traffic Plan for the Emory Healthcare 500 weekend (Sept. 3-5):
Fans have a choice of which major route to take, either Hwy. 19/41 or Hwy. 20 from I-75 southbound. I-75 northbound race fans can exit at Exit 212 Hampton-Locust Grove Road or Exit 218, GA Hwy 20. Please choose which route to take based on where you 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 get to their seats easily regardless of where they park on property. Be advised that the direction from which fans enter speedway property is the same direction to which they will exit out.
ENTERING THE SPEEDWAY:
From Hwy. 19/41:
FROM THE NORTH: Those traveling from the North (traveling southbound on Hwy. 19/41) will be directed to parking lots on the north side of the property and should utilize Speedway Blvd.
Those traveling south on Hwy. 19/41 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 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 traveling from the South (traveling northbound on Hwy. 19/41 from Griffin) will turn at the main speedway entrance and will be directed to the blue parking lot.
From Hwy. 20: Those traveling on Hwy. 20 will be directed to the orange parking lot on the south side of the property.
EXITING THE SPEEDWAY: Fans will be routed out the same way they came in. If they entered from the North, they will be directed northbound. Those who enter from the South will be directed southbound. 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.(AMS)(8-30-2010)
Atlanta names Grand Marshal for Emory Healthcare 500: When Emory Healthcare and Atlanta Motor Speedway officials began searching for the grand marshal of this year’s Emory Healthcare NASCAR 500 Sprint Cup Series race, they didn’t have to search long or far to find the perfect candidate – and who already possessed the perfect tailor-made nickname for such an occasion. Lawrenceville native Terry “Mr. 500” Green has been named the grand marshal for this year’s race, to be held on Labor Day weekend at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Green’s story - and how he came to be known as “Mr. 500” - actually had nothing to do with automobile racing when the title was created back in March 2008, after he became the 500th heart transplant recipient at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Green is also one of very few – if not the ONLY patient from Emory - who can actually say he was born twice in the same hospital and mean it. Not only did he receive his heart transplant at Emory almost 61 years to the day of his birth, but he was also born in the hospital, which no longer delivers babies (Emory University Hospital Midtown – previously Emory Crawford Long - has long since provided these services.)
“It was a very special feeling to have a new chance at life because of my heart transplant, and the fact that I was also the 500th person to receive a new heart at Emory was extra special,” said Green, who is a fifth generation Gwinnett County native. “To be named the grand marshal for the Emory Healthcare 500, an event that is such an incredible show, and means so much to Georgia and the Atlanta metropolitan area each year, is beyond a special surprise – it is an honor. I am so excited to see my first race in person, and I will forever carry with me the memory by being a part of such a special event.” For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-30-2010)
$69 for Four-Day Entry to Atlanta Motor Speedway: NASCAR fans can attend four days of racing activities at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Emory Healthcare 500 for just $69 on Sept. 3-6, arguably making the Emory Healthcare 500 the most-affordable race weekend on the NASCAR circuit. By purchasing a $39 Turn 3 Elliott Grandstand ticket to the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race and a $30 general admission ticket to the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series night race, fans will also receive free admission to the Friday Fan Fest presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers and to Monday’s Breakfast on Bruton, a free Infield fan breakfast. In addition to NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series night races and a super late model race during the Friday Fan Fest presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers, additional fan activities during the Emory Healthcare 500 include concerts by Foreigner, Colt Ford and Drivin’ N Cryin’, the 2010 Boost Mobile FreestyleMX.com Tour and Big Green Egg cooking demonstrations, among others. The biggest Labor Day party in the USA is at Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend on Sept. 3 -5. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-29-2010)
AMS Campgrounds Open: While the Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway is still more than 10 days away, fans have already begun lining up for unreserved camp sites for the marquee NASCAR night racing weekend. Unreserved campgrounds at Atlanta Motor Speedway open at 8:00am/et on Saturday, Aug. 28. And while four days remain before the campgrounds open, the first NASCAR fans queued in line at the Speedway on Friday, Aug. 20 to reserve their place for the Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend. In addition to unreserved camping options for the Emory Healthcare 500, the Speedway has a limited number of Infield tent campsites and Trackside Terrace RV sites with full hook-ups remaining, plus exterior tent campsite availability. For more information or to purchase tickets and camping for the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR night racing weekend, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-28-2010)
Papa John’s Offers VIP Package for Atlanta Motor Speedway: Atlanta Motor Speedway and partner Papa John’s Pizza are giving fans a chance to meet NASCAR driver Jeff Burton, NASCAR team owner Michael Waltrip and “Papa” John Schnatter at the Emory Healthcare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 5. Papa John’s Pizza will play host to a VIP Experience Papa John’s Pizza Party at Atlanta Motor Speedway where race fans will meet Burton, Waltrip and Schnatter, in addition to receiving Papa John’s Pizza, Coca-Cola beverages, a VIP tour and a goody bag. VIP Experience Papa John’s Pizza Party packages start at just $79 and include admission to the VIP Experience and one reserved grandstand ticket for the Emory Healthcare 500. Fans who have previously purchased a ticket to the Emory Healthcare 500 can upgrade their ticket to include admission to the VIP Experience for just $39. The VIP Experience Papa John’s Pizza Party will be held in the Infield Hospitality Village from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. To purchase tickets, order a pizza online from PapaJohns.com and save your order confirmation email. Then visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/PapaJohns/ and click the link to purchase tickets and enter the promotional code/order number located on the confirmation email to secure your VIP Experience.(AMS)(8-25-2010)
Colt Ford Added to AMS Race Weekend Music Lineup: Upcoming country music star and Georgia-native Colt Ford will perform a free concert prior to the Sept. 5 Emory Healthcare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Colt Ford, best known for his hit single, “Cold Beer,” will perform on the frontstretch display area Coca-Cola Fan Stage at 1:00 pm. Colt Ford adds country music flair to a brimming Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend music lineup that also features popular favorites Foreigner and Drivin’ N Cryin’. Foreigner will perform a pre-race concert on the Atlanta Motor Speedway frontstretch prior to the Emory Healthcare 500, while Drivin’ N Cryin’ will perform two concerts during the Friday Fan Fest presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers and on the Fan Stage Sunday at 3:45 pm/et. Fans interested in exclusive and intimate access can purchase a Pre-Race Party Pass to gain stagefront admittance to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s famed frontstretch for the Foreigner performance and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions. Pre-Race Party Passes cost just $49 and only a limited number will be sold. In addition to performances by Foreigner, Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Colt Ford, the Emory Healthcare 500 will also feature a Battle of the Bands competition on the Fan Stage with performances beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 4. Acts interested in performing can contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Events Department at (770) 946-3954. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-24-2010)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Partners with 35 Fan-Friendly Hotels: Atlanta Motor Speedway has increased its list of fan-friendly hotels to 35 local partner hotels for the track’s Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend. Each partner facility guarantees a room rate of $120 or less without requiring a mutli-night stay during the Sept. 3-5 weekend. Because many hotels have limited availability for the NASCAR race weekend, fans are encouraged to act early to lock in the discounted rates.
In addition to these options, great rates are also available through the Speedway’s official hotel, The Renaissance Concourse Hotel Atlanta, and fans can also book options through the Speedway’s partnership with www.Vroomz.com. Race fans can access the complete list of partner hotel properties by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com and selecting the “Fan Friendly Hotels” link under the “Visitor’s Guide” tab. Fans can directly access the list at atlantamotorspeedway.com/fans/hotels/. For more information on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s hotel partners or to purchase tickets to the Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(8-22-2010)
Atlanta announces one race for 2011: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced the facility's 2011 event schedule will include one NASCAR racing weekend on September 2-4. One of the original NASCAR superspeedways, the track has hosted two of NASCAR's premier event weekends for 50 years, including the upcoming Emory Healthcare 500 slated for Sunday night, Sept. 5. "Atlanta Motor speedway has provided top-quality racing entertainment to spectators from across the nation and around the world for 50 years," said speedway president, Ed Clark. "While our schedule will change, our commitment to the racing fans who have been the heart and soul of Atlanta Motor Speedway through these years will be stronger than ever. Our entire staff will be even more driven to produce the top annual sporting event in Georgia for many years to come."(AMS)(8-5-2010)
Emory Healthcare Named Title Sponsor for Atlanta Sprint Cup Series Event: Emory Healthcare has been named the title sponsor for Atlanta Motor Speedway's Sept. 5 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race, which will be named the "Emory Healthcare 500." The multiple-year contract calls for Emory Healthcare to sponsor the Speedway's 2010 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event and become the official health care provider of Atlanta Motor Speedway. Emory Healthcare is the largest and most comprehensive health system in Georgia.(AMS)(8-5-2010)
Friday Fan Fest schedule at Atlanta: Adding an extra night of Labor Day weekend racing to commemorate the track's 50th Anniversary season, Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced details for the Sept. 3 Friday Fan Fest presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers. Friday night's action will include the Georgia Best Chevy Dealers 150 late-model race on the "Thunder Ring" quarter-mile track, a pre-race concert featuring Drivin' N Cryin', a question-and-answer session with NASCAR drivers and a late-model autograph session. The event will be free for fans displaying tickets to either Saturday or Sunday's NASCAR races and will cost only $10 for all others. The Friday Fan Fest presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers will kick off with a 6:00 p.m. NASCAR question-and-answer session featuring Clint Bowyer, Jeff Burton and David Ragan, with other drivers to be added, and hosted by Rutledge Wood from SPEED. Fans will be invited onto the frontstretch to be stagefront for the event. Immediately following the question-and-answer session, Georgia-based rockers Drivin' N' Cryin' will take to the stage for a concert at 6:45 p.m., while drivers from the Southern Superstars Short Track Series will be giving autographs and posing for photographs at their cars on the frontstretch. Following the Drivin' N Cryin' concert, the Friday Fan Fest presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers will continue as the green flag waves for the Southern Superstars Short Track Series as they take to Atlanta's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" for the Georgia Best Chevy Dealers 150. Green-flag action begins at approximately 8:45 p.m. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS PR)(7-26-2010)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Searching for Fans Who Attended First Race in 1960: Atlanta Motor Speedway is seeking fans who attended the track’s first race, the 1960 Dixie 300, to take part in their 50th Anniversary celebration and pre-race festivities before the track’s Labor Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race. Select fans from the Speedway’s inaugural race in 1960 will be chosen to take part in the Labor Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on Sunday, Sept. 5. These fans will be introduced during pre-race festivities and participate in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver introductions, including a photo with the starting field. In addition, these fans will have an opportunity to meet with media to share their stories from the 1960 race when they watched Fireball Roberts claim victory in the Speedway’s first NASCAR race. For more information on this promotion or to verify attendance at the 1960 Dixie 300 find info at the Atlanta Motor Speedway site.(AMS)(6-17-2010)
Atlanta Motor Speedway Adds New Campground for Labor Day Weekend: In an effort to provide fans with more convenient camping options and meet demand surrounding the track’s Labor Day NASCAR weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has created a new RV campground providing fans some of the closest access to the track’s frontstretch grandstands. The Legends Premium campground is nestled along Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Perimeter Road near the Speedway’s main entrance. In addition to frontstretch grandstand proximity, the north end of the Legends Premium campground sits directly across from the Speedway’s Display Lot that plays host to concerts, fan activities and driver appearances on race weekend. Legends Premium camp sites are 45-feet long by 25-feet wide and do not include RV hook ups. Each Legends Premium space costs $250 for the Labor Day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend. For more information on the Legends Premium campground or to purchase tickets to Atlanta Motor Speedway Labor Day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-3917, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(4-30-2010)
Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Atlanta Motor Speedway
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Speedway Radials
Number of Tires:
Sprint Cup: Left-side -- 1,500, Right-side -- 1,500;
Nationwide: Left-side -- 575, Right-side -- 575
Tire Codes: Left-side -- D-4384; Right-side -- D-4406
Tire Circumference: Left-side -- 87.3 in.; Right-side -- 88.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front -- 30 psi; Left Rear -- 30 psi;
Right Front -- 50 psi; Right Rear -- 47 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front -- 22 psi; Left Rear -- 20 psi;
Right Front -- 48 psi; Right Rear -- 45 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 50-54 laps, based on fuel mileage (Sprint Cup).
Notes: Teams in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series will be running the same Goodyear tire codes at Atlanta this weekend . . . teams will run the same left-side tire code (D-4384) that Sprint Cup teams ran at Atlanta in the spring . . . they will, however, be on a new right-side code (D-4406), which features a minor construction change from what was run in the spring . . . this tire set-up was confirmed out of a Goodyear test at Atlanta on June 21-22 . . . drivers participating in that test were Jamie McMurray, Paul Menard and Ryan Newman . . . as on all NASCAR ovals greater than one mile in length, teams are required to run liners in all four tire positions at Atlanta . . . air pressure in those inner liners should be 12-25 psi greater than that of the outer tire.
Yeley replaced by McDowell in the #46? Chevy? UPDATE3: have not seen anything 'official' but on J.J. Yeley's Twitter, Yeley says he is out of the #46 Whitney Motorsports Dodge Sprint Cup Series ride and Michael McDowell is in, starting at Atlanta Sept 5th. No word who will drive the #55 PRISM Motorsports Toyoya McDowell has driven most of the 2010 season. McDowell said on his Facebook that he will be releasing an update soon on his Sprint Cup plans as he doesn't want the rumor mill to get ahead of him too much.
and later Yeley added on his Twitter ""Went and got my stuff today from the Shop. Never heard from the owner at all. I guess they are getting New cars and Chevy engines. Must B nice", so the team may be switching from Dodge to Chevy?(8-24-2010)
UPDATE: Michael McDowell will replace J.J. Yeley in the #46 Sprint Cup car for Whitney Motorsports, a team spokesman confirmed Tuesday.(SceneDaily)(8-25-2010)
UPDATE 2: looks like Yeley will be in the #36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevy at Atlanta per J.J. Yeley's Twitter.(8-25-2010)
UPDATE 3: Michael McDowell will replace JJ Yeley in the #46 Whitney Motorsports Sprint Cup Series Dodge [and Chevy], effective immediately. McDowell told Sirius NASCAR Radio's Sirius Speedway with Dave Moody that the opportunity to run complete races for Whitney Motorsports was a major factor in his decision to change teams. "That's the main factor for me," he said. "Prism Motorsports was great and I appreciate everything they've done for me this year. But Dusty's program will allow us to run full races, and that's huge. We'll run four or five full races the remainder of this season –- most likely Atlanta, Phoenix, Texas, Talladega and Homestead -- and we're committed to run 15 full races next year. We'll almost certainly run the first five races in 2011, then keep going as long as the sponsorship holds out, starting and parking when we're not fully funded." McDowell said team owner Dusty Whitney will partner with Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines for this season's remaining intermediate track events, fielding Chevys at Atlanta, Kansas, California, Charlotte, Talladega, Texas, Phoenix and Homestead. The team will continue to run Dodge Chargers at Richmond, Loudon, Dover, and Martinsville.(Sirius Speedway)(8-26-2010)
Blaney Tapped to Drive for Front Row: Dave Blaney will be back in the driver's seat next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, taking the wheel of the #38 A&W All American Food Ford for Front Row Motorsports. Blaney will practice and attempt to qualify the car for the Emory Healthcare 500, a race that the #38 team must make on speed. The team intends to run the entire race.
Blaney has 350 starts in his 13-year Cup career. The Atlanta event will be his first time driving for Bob Jenkins' Front Row Motorsports.
Front Row also fields entries driven by Travis Kvapil and David Gilliland. The third Cup Series entry was driven in the past two race events by Tony Raines, who is still with the team.(Breaking Limits)(8-25-2010)
Carpentier back in the #26 at Atlanta: When Patrick Carpentier climbed into the #26 Latitude 43 Motorsports Ford on Sunday at Michigan International Speedway the bar wasn't set very high. In fact veteran crew chief Frankie Stoddard said all the team wanted out of the 39-year-old Canadian pilot was a finish in the Top 35 of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Carfax 400. Carpentier finished 29th. For Carpentier it was a tough welcome back to NASCAR Sprint Cup oval racing in the heat of August. With high track temperatures all afternoon at MIS he said it was a physical challenge. "My neck is sore, my bum is sore and my arms are sore," he said when he got out of the car at the end of the race. "I forgot just how hard these (Sprint Cup) cars are to drive and how you have to battle every lap." The chemistry between Carpentier and the team was so good in fact, that there is a possibility that the Canadian could resume a full-time Sprint Cup ride in the #26 Ford. "We have had discussions," he said. "For sure I will race in Atlanta next month. But for me it I was very impressed with how these guys operate." Stoddard said that the team has had its eye on Carpentier since last season when he was driving the #10 Dodge for Gillett Evernham Motorsports.(in part from the Toronto Star)(8-20-2010)
See the Sprint Cup Series Team / Driver Chart, which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.