Earlier this week marked the 100th anniversary of Chevrolet, the Official Vehicle of Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Throughout its history, Chevrolet has enjoyed many of its greatest moments here at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With 37 Sprint Cup Series victories at Atlanta, the Chevy nameplate has made its way to Victory Lane more times at AMS than any other manufacturer. Rex White won here in October of 1962, wheeling a Chevy to Victory Lane. The first win by a Chevy at AMS proved to be the start of a half-decade of dominance at one of the favorite tracks of numerous fans and drivers.
Throughout the history of Atlanta Motor Speedway, which spans more than half a century, Chevrolet has won three races in a row on six different occasions while in three instances, Chevy has won four consecutive races at Atlanta.
Not only has Chevy won numerous times at AMS, but some of its most memorable victories have occurred here as well.
Two of the closest finishes in NASCAR history, in the 2000 and 2001 spring events at Atlanta, featured Chevy claiming the win with Dale Earnhardt edging Bobby Labonte is 2000 and Kevin Harvick holding off Jeff Gordon in 2001.
Championship moments? Chevy’s had plenty of those here as well. During the 1990s, Earnhardt Sr., Jeff Gordon and Terry Labonte each celebrated season championships at Atlanta.
And recently, this past Labor Day Weekend to be exact, Jeff Gordon held off teammate Jimmie Johnson in a thrilling late-race duel to win the AdvoCare 500 for what was his 85th career victory.
Happy Birthday, Chevy!