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President's Blog: The Road To The Chase Runs Through AMS

Monday, July 26, 2010
Photo: Atlanta Motor Speedway

Each February, when the air is chilly and windy, hope springs eternal for each team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With the start of each season, every team feels that it has a shot at qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 10-race playoff format – The Chase for the Championship. Now, as the season works its way through the latter part of the summer, the clock is ticking for many teams looking to make their way into The Chase. And for many of those teams, the road to the Chase runs right through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Night Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

As if Labor Day race weekend under lights at Atlanta wasn't exciting enough, now there' s the factor of the race being a must-run well for teams if they want to make it into the Chase. It'll make racing under the lights on Labor Day weekend all the more exciting!

The final race prior to The Chase is the one following our race, at Richmond. Teams on the bubble of either barely making or missing the Chase can ill afford to have a bad night at Richmond. For that reason, running well under the lights at AMS will be all the more important. A bad finish at Atlanta could force one driver to need to finish within the top five at Richmond to make the Chase, while a good finish by another could all but lock them into the Chase, allowing them to coast into the final ten races.

Last year, for example, we saw Kasey Kahne rebound from a tough race at Bristol to win our night race. As a result, he all but locked up a spot in the Chase.

For many teams, making the Chase can define whether or not a season is successful. These next few races could end up being some of the most exciting of the year because of how much is at stake, and we're excited to be in the middle of it here at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

There are so many things that make race weekend exciting at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend. You've got the gathering of old and new friends in the parking lots, grandstands and campgrounds; the atmosphere of a night race and just getting to have a great time on Labor Day weekend. Add in the fight to get into the Chase to the mix, and you've got a race weekend that you've got to be a part of!

Our staff is continuing to work to provide a more than full weekend for our fans on Labor Day weekend, giving them an experience that they will never forget! With this in mind, we're excited to announce a great event for our fans on Friday, Sept. 3 of Labor Day weekend – the Friday Fan Fest Presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers! We'll kick things off around 6 p.m. with a NASCAR driver Q&A session hosted by Rutledge Wood of SPEED and it'll include David Ragan, Jeff Burton, Clint Bowyer and other drivers to be announced later! Then, we'll have a concert by Drivin' N Cryin' followed by the Georgia Best Chevy Dealers 150, a 150 lap late model race on the ¼-mile "Thunder Ring" featuring the Southern Superstars Short Track Series!

Best of all – this is a FREE event if you purchase either Saturday or Sunday NASCAR tickets! All other admission is $10.

Here at Atlanta Motor Speedway, we want to give our fans an experience they will never forget while they are with us. We cannot wait to have all of you with us for Labor Day weekend under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

See you at the track!

Ed