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It's all about the atmosphere!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One of the best parts of a day at the racetrack is the racing. But there is so much more to it than that...

That is especially true here at Atlanta Motor Speedway as we get ready for the Kobalt Tools 500! Throughout the weekend, we'll have no shortage of activity for our fans outside the track!

We'll have driver souvenir rigs (located in the parking lot behind the Champions Grandstand), where you can buy your favorite driver's shirt, cap or other collectables and also get some Kobalt Tools 500 gear! Also, some drivers will be signing autographs at their souvenir haulers - check the white markerboards at each trailer to see if and when a driver is signing during race weekend!

So far, the following drivers are scheduled to sign autographs. But also be sure to check the white dry-erase board at each souvenir rig to see if a driver is signing autographs during the weekend, as many signings are announced at the last minute.

Sam Hornish Jr. 9:45 a.m. Sunday, Penske Souvenir trailer

Ricky Carmichael, 11 a.m., Friday, Team Chevy Display

Jamie McMurray's pit crew, 10:15 a.m., Sunday, Team Chevy display

David Ragan, 9:40 a.m., Sunday, UPS Souvenir Rig

Kurt Busch, 9:45 a.m., Sunday, Miller Lite Souvenir Rig

And just to the side of the souvenir rigs is the display lot (behind the Earnhardt Grandstands)! Here is where we'll have the Cornhole Tournament - the Scotts Turfbuilder Cornhole Classic all three days during race weekend with the finals on Sunday. The overall winner takes home $500 and four suite tickets to our Labor Day race!

This area is also where you will find the Speedway Children's Charities tent, which is where you can find info on charity events during race weekend including Sunday's Coca-Cola Family Track Walk! This is free if you have a race ticket! The walk begins at 9 a.m., so be registered by 8:45 a.m.! 

In this same area will be the fan stage, where we'll have music from bands such as Blackberry Smoke, games, entertainment and meet and greets with celebrities including Paul Sr. from Orange County Choppers and NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour drivers Burt and Jason Myers! The Myers Bros. will sign autographs around 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

Paul Sr. will sign autographs around 11: a.m. Sunday. Shortly after, we'll have the Olympic Bobsleds teams on site for a fan q and a!

Also in this area will be the SPEED Stage! This is where Trackside will be aired Friday with special guests Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr. 

Other SPEED stage events include:

Friday

12:00 PM NASCAR Live - Hosted by John Roberts

5:00 PM NASCAR Live - Hosted by John Roberts

6:00 PM SPEED Autograph Session - With SPEED Truck Series Talent

6:30 PM - NASCAR Smarts- With John Roberts, Kyle Petty, and Rutledge Wood

8:00 PM Trackside - Hosted by Steve Byrnes, Larry McReynolds, Jeff Hammond, and Darrell Waltrip

Guests: Ryan Newman and Martin Truex Jr.

Saturday

11:50 AM NASCAR Live - Hosted by John Roberts

8:00 PM - Fast Track to Fame - Be the first to see a LIVE taping of SPEED's brand new show!

Singers, dancers, comedians and a whole lot more perform in front of three judges, including Riki Rachtman, a former rock star and host of radio's NASCAR 24/7; Hollywood talent manager Kathy L. Carter, and a special guest judge. The show will be hosted by Michael Waltrip and Fox on-air personality Charissa Thompson

Sunday

9:00 AM PRN up to SPEED - Hosted by Doug Rice and Brad Gillie with special NASCAR Guests

10:00 AM NASCAR RaceDay - Hosted by John Roberts, Kenny Wallace, Kyle Petty, Wendy Venturini and Hermie Sadler