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President's Blog: Welcome to Race Week at Atlanta!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

After nearly of year of waiting, the time has finally arrived! It's race week at Atlanta Motor Speedway! And not just any race week – it's time for NASCAR Night Racing's return to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend! On behalf of our entire staff, it is my honor to welcome each and every one of you to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Largest Labor Day Celebration the USA! Whether you're young or old, come from just a few miles from the Speedway or from as far away as Australia, we're very excited that you have chosen to  or are at the moment making plans to join us for a weekend of night racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

As a staff, this weekend is what we work all year for – to put together a first-class event for each of our fans. One of the truly exciting things about being at the track as a race weekend gets closer is seeing how, in a matter of days, our facility, slowly and piece by piece, is transformed into one of the largest cities in the state of Georgia, filled with excited fans, competitors, and many others! We are committed to providing a first-class experience for you, whether it's your first of 50th time at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

We'll start our on-track action Friday night with the Friday Fan Fest Presented by Your Georgia Best Chevy Dealers. It'll include Q&As with Jeff Burton, David Ragan and Clint Bowyer, a concert by Drivin' N Cryin' and the Georgia Best Chevy Dealers 150 late model race on our ¼-mile frontstretch 'Thunder Ring." Best of all, admission is free if you have a Saturday or Sunday NASCAR admission ticket!

On Saturday, we'll get things going early with NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series practice with qualifying in both series to follow. That'll set the table for that night's NASCAR Nationwide Series race, the Great Clips 300!

Then, on Sunday, it'll be the Sprint Cup Series drivers' turn! After a few days of tailgating, friends and fun at the racetrack, it'll be time for the Emory Healthcare 500! But before the racing starts, we've got a very exciting pre-race show for our fans! One of the most legendary rock n roll groups of all time, Foreigner, will take the Pre-Race Party stage for a concert, and the introduction of the field for the Emory Healthcare 500 will follow right after that! Then, it'll be time for 500 miles of Sprint Cup night racing!

On Monday, the race weekend isn't over. We're hosting a Breakfast on Bruton, a free breakfast for fans with Emory Healthcare 500 tickets in the Nationwide Series garage. It's our way of saying thanks to our fans for their support for the past 50 years!

There's just something about night racing that sets it apart from any other type of racing in NASCAR. To start with, the temperatures are cooler at night. The cars just look different. Maybe it's the way that they look as the light reflects off of them. Perhaps it's how you can see sparks very easily as cars make contact with either one another, the wall or the asphalt. Night racing gives many of us a flashback to racing on the local short tracks that many of us grew up attending. It's almost as if it's the way that racing was meant to be!

We're very excited to have each of our fans with us for not only a weekend of night racing, but here with us as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. As a facility, we have seen some of the most historical moments in NASCAR at Atlanta Motor Speedway. We not only have some of the best racing, but we also have the best fans in all of NASCAR. It's you, the fans who have made Atlanta Motor Speedway a success, and we appreciate you for it.

Travel safely to Atlanta, and get ready for lots of great racing as you are part of the "Greatest Labor Day Party in the USA."

We look forward to seeing each and every one of you at the track this weekend!

Sincerely,

Ed Clark
President and General Manager, Atlanta Motor Speedway

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