Hey everyone! This is Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway! For most race fans, whether you have grown up going to your local short track or attending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, the summertime means Night Racing! Looking ahead, the NASCAR schedule is peppered with night races, all of which will set the table for the NASCAR Night Race Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend! For quite some time, we worked with NASCAR to have a night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and the response of you, our fans last September made the decision for host a night race one that we absolutely are glad we made!
There are few things in racing that are both as electric and magical as a night race. To begin with, you've got the atmosphere. Fans have been tailgating all day (with some having been at the track even longer) and have been having good times together. All of this builds up to that evening's activities inside the track for the night race. When you turn on the lights at the track, the feel is just different. The weather is cooler and the lights of the track reflect off of the cars as the fly around the track at the lightning-fast pace. If you look close enough, you can see sparks light up the dark night as cars either make contact with each other or the track's outside wall.
And of course, night racing tends to bring out something else – hot tempers. For whatever reason, night racing is synonymous with driver confrontations – maybe it's a throwback to racing on Saturday nights that so many drivers grew up doing and many of us fans are used to. Some of the more-famous driver run-ins have happened during night races, from Terry Labonte and Dale Earnhardt Sr. at Bristol to Kyle Busch and Dale Earnhardt Jr. a few years back at Richmond.
When those races were over, the action of the night before was a very hot topic. When the Labor Day night race weekend is over at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you'll want to say that "I was there. I was a part of the Largest Labor Day Party in the USA."
Labor Day weekend will be an incredible time here at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The closer it gets, the more excited we are about it. It consumes all of what our staff is doing right now and we hope you'll join us to be part of it!
For Courtney Kemp, everything really is "Better in Metter." We'd like to congratulate Courtney as the winner of our "Celebrate the 50th with 50" promotion. Courtney, of Metter, Ga., has won fifty frontstretch tickets to the Labor Day weekend NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway! It's safe to say that she will now have a lot of brand new "best friends" wanting one of her tickets.
We've also launched our latest fan promotion, "Best Video to Victory Lane." Fans can submit a Youtube video (consisting of video or still images) from their experience at NASCAR event at Atlanta Motor Speedway and enter at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/50. Don't forget to include a link to your Youtube video! We're looking forward to seeing the videos that our fans will be sending in of them enjoying the racing and the atmosphere around NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway!
Get ready for the fireworks! You don't have to wait until July Fourth for fireworks! Just come on out to Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 1st and 2nd for what will one of the Atlanta area's earliest and biggest fireworks displays! We'll have fireworks on July 1 sponsored by Marco's Pizza after Thursday Thunder. Then on July 2, we'll have them again prior to Friday Night Drags! We hope to see you at the track as we celebrate America's Independence!
I hope to see you at the track very soon! If you see me, be sure to say hello and feel free to pass along any suggestions of what we can do a better job of!