Hello again, race fans! This is Atlanta Motor Speedway President and GM Ed Clark with the latest installment of the Inside Line, the exclusive newsletter for you, the members of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Insiders Club!Things are getting pretty ramped up here at the Speedway as the start of Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine as well as Thursday Thunder gets closer. Of course, the AdvoCare 500 is also drawing nearer each day. It’ll be here before we know it!

We’ve also recently announced an inaugural event that is coming up Aug. 10 – Global Rallycross Atlanta! I had a chance to ride along in a Global Rallycross car with Tanner Foust when we announced the event, and boy, what a rush! It’s going to be incredible seeing those cars here in August.

Now, let’s talk some NASCAR!

The race for a championship has taken a pretty major turn within the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With Denny Hamlin’s back injury expecting to cause him to miss about six weeks, which would account for about five races, his hopes of winning a championship would appear bleak.

But don’t count Hamlin out, as his best friend may be the wild card in the Chase for the Championship qualifying format. Don’t forget, the final two spots in the Chase are filled out by drivers ranked in positions 11 through 20 in the points standings who have the most race victories. If Hamlin can finish in the top 20 and win a handful of races, he may be able to sneak into the Chase.

You want to talk about something compelling to watch? You’re setting it up for a driver coming off an injury eager to prove a point. It has all the makings of must-see racing, and you’ll have an in-person view of it here on Labor Day Weekend!

Ask The GM

I’m coming to the race for the first time at Atlanta this Labor Day Weekend and am looking for a hotel to stay at that’s budget-friendly. Any suggestions?

First of all, we’re excited you’ll be joining us for the first time! We’re glad to hear that you’ll be joining us on Labor Day Weekend.

As far as hotels go, we’re pleased to have built up a list of fan-friendly hotels for our fans to utilize during race weekend. These hotels agree to offer fans reasonable rates during NASCAR race weekend here at AMS and not require a multiple-night stay.

Our fan-friendly hotels are listed on our Web site, and as Labor Day Weekend gets closer, hotels will be added on to the list as they partner with us. You can find it at http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/fanzone/hotels/.

We look forward to seeing you at the track!

Have a question about Atlanta Motor Speedway?

E-mail it to insiders@atlantamotorspeedway.com and you will have a chance to have your question answered in a future Inside Line newsletter!

Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on Labor Day Weekend!