Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway is already an event that you cannot afford to not be a part of. It has excitement, fast cars, adrenaline, the world's best drivers racing under the lights, fun, friends and even more all rolled into one can't-miss weekend!
Now, with NASCAR's changes to qualifying for the Chase for the Championship, Labor Day promises to be even more exciting!
NASCAR has announced that the final two spots in the Chase, the 11th or 12th positions, also referred to as wild card positions, will be determined by the two drivers ranked between the 11th and 20th positions following the 26th race of the season at Richmond. Under this formula, Jamie McMurray would have made the Chase in 2010 and Kyle Busch would have done so in 2009.
So what does this all mean for Labor Day weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway? Well, it means that as NASCAR heads to Atlanta for a weekend of night racing, drivers not locked into the Chase could all but lock themselves a spot in the Chase by winning under the lights on Labor Day weekend!
In other words, drivers ranked 11th through 20th will have a very high incentive to go for broke at Atlanta Motor Speedway, potentially setting the table for some high-stakes, spark-flying drama.
Consider this scenario, for example. Let's say that no driver ranked 11th-20th has a race victory coming into Labor Day weekend. If any driver ranked in those positions can win at Atlanta on Labor Day weekend, they'll make their way into the Chase as a result of a victory at AMS.
What it all comes down to is this – when night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway, it'll be the biggest Labor Day party in the USA. If you're a race fan, you cannot afford to miss out on it!