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Throughout the current NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season, Matt Kenseth and Jimmie Johnson have set a very high bar - one which only they can match. Through the first 26 races of the season, the two drivers combined to win nine times, which adds up to approximately a third of the regular season events.

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Springboarded by AMS, Busch Is In Title Hunt

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Just once in the past 10 seasons has the winner of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event at Atlanta Motor Speedway gone on to be that season's points champion. Kyle Busch, however, finds himself in good position to use his AdvoCare 500 win as a springboard to his first Cup title.

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The Chase for the Sprint Cup gets underway this weekend, and it does so with a fresh imprint of Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway on it. Of the drivers who either scratched their way into the Chase or barely missed the playoff, their fates were partially shaped by the AdvoCare 500.

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Ever since Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag to win last year's AdvoCare 500, we have been looking forward to this weekend, as NASCAR night racing makes its return to Atlanta Motor Speedway, and we hope you'll be here part of it.

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Labor Day Weekend is already one of the NASCAR season's most exciting events with the AdvoCare 500 featuring night racing on one of racing's fastest and most exciting tracks. But it's even more exciting with what'll be going on before the green flag!

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Goodyear will utilize a new technology during the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend on Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For the right-side tire, Goodyear has combined one compound used at Michigan to control heat in the tread's inner half with the other half of the tread, previously run at Atlanta.

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The thrilling speed of Atlanta Motor Speedway is impossible to resist! Recently, Atlanta rap artist T.I. headed out to the track and got behind the wheel of a Richard Petty Driving Experience car, driving up to 150 mph!

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Another class has been enshrined into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, elevating another group of racing legends to among the highest positions in all of stock car racing.

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Carl Edwards, Kyle Busch and Ryan Newman are some of the biggest names in NASCAR. But that’s not all that they have in common. All three failed to qualify to the Chase of the Championship last year, and their road to redemption will be a major storyline entering the 2013 season.

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Pin It For A Gen-6 Poster!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

We are all excited about NASCAR's new Generation-6 cars and all that they'll bring to the track this season! We're so excited that we're giving you a chance to win a poster celebrating the progression of NASCAR's competition models which have raced through the years! 

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If you've ever been a part of camping at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you likely know that few things match the experience and sense of community which comes with being in the campgrounds on Labor Day Weekend. That camping was recently featured on The Travel Channel's Ultimate RV Getaways!

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Hitting Their Apex at Atlanta

Friday, January 11, 2013

Ask anyone who has ever been involved in racing, and they are likely to tell you that it’s a sport filled with numerous highs and lows. But for three drivers, Atlanta Motor Speedway stands out as the apex of their racing careers, each of them earning their first and only wins in NASCAR’s premiere series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Making Sense Of Silly Season

Monday, December 17, 2012

The NASCAR offseason usually means one thing – more shuffling than a game of cards. This year is no different with high-profile drivers moving their team shop addresses to another location.Confused? Don’t panic. We have a full breakdown below of where some of the biggest names in NASCAR are heading for the 2013 season.

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Become An AMS Insider!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Want a chance to win exclusive prizes that you can't get anywhere else? All you have to do is become a member of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Insiders Club by renewing your AdvoCare 500 tickets by Feb. 15, 2013! Plus, you'll receive a lanyard for each NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ticket that you purchase!

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The cream is indeed rising to the top. During the past few races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, it has not been hard to find where Brad Keselowski or Jimmie Johnson are in the running order. Odds are that one, if not both of them have been near the front of the field. And it couldn’t be more fitting.

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This past summer on the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Masters Division put on one of the best shows of any Thursday Thunder division as four drivers had a chance to win the division title heading into the final night. That same group of drivers appear poised to thrill fans again at the Legends Nationals. 

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Denny Hamlin had a large reason for celebration at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend when he won the AdvoCare 500. That celebration, though, could lead to an even bigger one. As the Chase for the Championship enters its final stretch, Hamlin finds himself right in the middle of a hunt for his first championship.

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NASCAR has announced a number of competition changes for the 2013 season, highlighted by a new qualifying format in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series that places a greater emphasis on speed. Below is a breakdown of next season’s slate of competition updates.

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In most sports, the future is just that, the future. Whether it’s young football prospects tabbed as the ‘next big star’ by recruiting analysts or a can’t miss baseball prospect having to work their way through the minor leagues, time usually gets in the way of future stars making a big impact right away.

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Great Partners Like AdvoCare Make It Happen!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

In racing, it's hard to accomplish much of anything, big or small, without outstanding partners. Here at Atlanta Motor Speedway, we're fortunate to have had AdvoCare, the Official Performance Elite Product of Atlanta Motor Speedway, with us for another NASCAR Labor Day Weekend of night racing! 

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Is This Heaven? No, It's Atlanta

Thursday, September 6, 2012

During race weekend, Nate Ryan of USA Today wrote a story about why drivers love racing at Atlanta. So in case you missed reading it for yourself, here it is! If you love racing at Atlanta, you can certainly relate to it! 

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Winning 50/50 Raffle Number

Monday, September 3, 2012

A big thank you to everyone to participated to all Speedway Children's Charities events this weekend! Below, please find the winning number is the 50/50 raffle:

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Another Incredible Night Race Show Awaits!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

If you've been with us at the track so far this weekend, you have probably witnessed one heck of a show! We've seen exciting racing under the lights with two dramatic finishes! It's a definite reminder that in racing, it's not over until the checkered flag falls!

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After Ricky Stenhouse Jr. got by Kevin Harvick on a late restart to win the NRA American Warrior 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, there was, without question, plenty on the mind of drivers. Here's what the top finishers said after the race. 

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After Mark Martin’s scary crash into an opening on pit road two weeks ago at Michigan, Atlanta Motor Speedway has beefed up its safety barriers in similar pit road openings for this weekend’s races.AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark said the track had added concrete barriers and barrels filled with river sand in X pit-road openings.

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Comedian Jeff Foxworthy talks with a strong southern accent. He sports a bushy mustache much like the one his racing idol Dale Earnhardt was known for. He became famous for his ever-growing line of “You Might Be a Redneck” jokes, many of which were borne of NASCAR racing experiences.

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In the midst of the razor-thin, door-to-door action in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series this season, there has been one element from past years that has been missing. But this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, that element returns!

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Bring Your Appetite To The Track!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

One thing’s for sure during race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, you won’t go hungry! Fans can find a wide variety of food at the track in addition to satisfying beverages! It's all part of what makes Labor Day Weekend at AMS the Biggest Labor Day Party in the USA!

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Pin Your Way To Pit Passes!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Race fans, start your pinboards! That's right, we're giving all of our fans following us on Pinterest a chance to win a ticket upgrade for the weekend of NASCAR Night Racing here at Atlanta Motor Speedway! It's a chance to win two weekend pre-race pit passes!

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Can you believe it?! NASCAR Night Racing on Labor Day Weekend is nearly here at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Who better to tell you about what race weekend here is like than some of your own – fans of Atlanta Motor Speedway themselves!

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When Kyle Busch’s car limped its way into the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series garage on Sunday, it not only continued the No. 18 team’s string of bad luck, but also made the AdvoCare 500 an even more critical race for one of the sport’s biggest names.

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When the drivers of the NASCAR Nationwide Series take on one another on Sept. 1, they'll be doing so in the NRA American Warrior 300, a race in which the NRA will honor our soldiers defending our freedoms each day around the world! 

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For drivers looking to claw their way into the Chase for the Championship, time is running out. The AdvoCare 500 on Sept. 2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of six races remaining prior to the field being set for the playoff format in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

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In recent years, the fresh faces within NASCAR’s Nationwide Series have oftentimes played second-fiddle when going for victory, seeing NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers drop down and win a majority of the events.

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The top up and coming drivers will go for the checkered flag on Saturday night under the lights on Labor Day Weekend in the NASCAR Nationwide Series NRA American Warrior 300! With the track lit up, drivers will tackle one of racing's most challenging and exciting tracks for 300 miles of night racing!

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Matt Kenseth's career at Roush Fenway Racing includes a long list of highlights. But despite a championship trophy and spoils of victory from winning some of NASCAR's biggest races, there's something missing in Kenseth's racing resume from his time at Roush - a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s recent victory is unquestionably a breath of fresh air for many within NASCAR. For four years, ‘Junior Nation” has been waiting for a win, and now it has one. The victory, however, was no fluke.

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It's already begun to air on TV, but just in case you need something else to get you wired up for race weekend, check out our TV commercial for Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

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If you spend a few minutes around individuals passionate about automobiles, a debate is likely to happen quickly. It’s that of one car enthusiast claiming that their favorite brand of car is better than any other.

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With the organization closing in on its 200th victory and holding a combined nine NASCAR Sprint Cup Series titles among its active drivers, winning is expected at Hendrick Motorsports. For Jeff Gordon and Kasey Kahne , the AdvoCare 500 on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway stands of a good chance of playing a pivotal role in whether or not either will qualify for the Chase for the Championship.

It has been a frustrating 2012 so far for both drivers. Gordon is 21st in the points standings after six races with just one top ten finish while Kahne is 31st with his best finish being 14th.

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Throughout their racing careers, Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon have crossed paths many times, sometimes by trading paint and going against one another for victories and championships. There are indeed numerous common threads between both drivers. Both have roots in the open-wheel ranks and spent part of their childhoods in Indiana in addition to winning multiple championships.

Now,they are tied together in another way. With Stewart having won seven of the past 16 Sprint Cup races dating back to last season, it puts Stewart in select company, joining Gordon’s staggering 1998 season of dominance.

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As a sport, NASCAR prides itself on its access to its drivers, teams and personalities. Just hours before  a race, fans can see their favorite driver up-close at the track through driver appearances in fan zone areas, autograph sessions or through other question & answer opportunities for fans.

This access is what separates NASCAR from other major sports. One cannot easily go to an NFL or Major League Baseball game and get that kind of access to their favorite athlete.

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It’s hard to believe, but the time is almost here! Following an off-season that has seemed as if it would never end, the start of the 2012 NASCAR season is almost upon us! In just a few short days, that rumble of stock car engines will fill the air, christening another exciting season in the world’s premiere form of racing!

But at times, the wait can be agonizing. Here are 10 signs that you are ready for the 2012 season to arrive.

10. You refuse to get into your vehicle by opening the door. Instead, you climb in through the window.

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Making Sense Out Of Silly Season

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A lot of newness fills the beginning of each season, as every team starts with a renewed feeling of optimism. After all, everyone begins the season tied for first place, giving many teams the belief that this is their chance to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship. For other drivers, there are aspirations of a first Sprint Cup Series victory or qualifying for the Chase for the Championship. 

For some drivers, it's also a time to get used to a new team. Confused with all the driver and crew chief changes? Not to worry! Here's a breakdown of who has gone where entering the 2012 season.

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Full Rundown of ESPN's Speedweeks Coverage

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

With the NASCAR season getting underway at Daytona International Speedway this week, ESPN’s multimedia platforms will have two weeks of comprehensive coverage of events surrounding the Feb. 26 running of the Daytona 500.

Television coverage, highlighted by Daytona locations for ESPN’s flagship program SportsCenter and ESPN2’s daily news program NASCAR Now, coverage of NASCAR Media Day on ESPNEWS and NASCAR Nationwide Series practice and qualifying, will culminate with the NASCAR Nationwide Series 300-mile race on ESPN on Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Get ready, Atlanta fans! The No. 3 AdvoCare Bus is coming your way! The No. 3 bus, emblazoned with the No. 3 to commemorate Austin Dillon and AdvoCare's partnership in the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season. Be on the lookout for the bus at various locations in the Atlanta area, where AdvoCare Spark samples will be available. AdvoCare distributors will also be present to talk and meet with anyone interested in AdvoCare and its products.

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Scores of big names have joined fans for NASCAR events through the years at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Future United States President Jimmy Carter, retired four-star general Colin Powell, country music icon Charlie Daniels, Dukes of Hazzard cast member John Schneider and actor Tom Cruise are but some of the big names who have joined us during race weekends. 

Should things go a certain way on Super Bowl Sunday, a reigning Super Bowl champion could be added to that list. Among the players vying to be part of the Super Bowl champions on Sunday will be New England Patriots receiver Chad Ochocinco. 

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Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark visited recently on Tradin' Paint on Sirius NASCAR Radio with veteran racing broadcaster Rick Benjamin and legendary NASCAR crew member Danny "Chocolate" Myers.

Click here for a link to audio of the segment!

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Here we are! 2012 has arrived. During the holidays, many of us at Atlanta Motor Speedway were fortunate to be able to recharge our batteries, so to speak, and spend time with friends and family. We hope you were able to do the same! 

But now, it's 2012 and we're back at it working on making this year one of the most exciting yet at Atlanta Motor Speedway! It seems like it is a long way off right now, but Labor Day Weekend will be here very soon, capped off by the AdvoCare 500 and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing under the lights!

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Favorite Christmas Memories From The AMS Staff

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

As visions of sugarplums dance in our heads, Christmas is nearly upon us! In the midst of the all the rush around the Holiday season, the staff of Atlanta Motor Speedway would like to take this time to wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Much like an experience on race weekend, Christmas creates fond memories, which last a lifetime. Here are a few favorite Holiday memories from a few of us at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

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Wow! What a year it’s been at Atlanta Motor Speedway! Without question, there has been no shortage of memorable moments during 2011. We’ve had the honor of having thousands of fans come through our gates during the past year. In 2011, we’ve seen thrilling drag racing on grassroots level at Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine and some of the best up-and-coming short-track racers at Thursday Thunder.

Then, on Labor Day Weekend, the best drivers in NASCAR converged on Atlanta for some night racing, where a time filled with fun, tailgating, friends, racing and more was capped off by the AdvoCare 500.

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Stewart's Title Push Began In Atlanta

Monday, November 21, 2011

Before catching fire in the Chase for the Championship, there had to be a spark for Tony Stewart's charge to winning the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title. For Stewart and his No. 14 team, that jolt came on Labor Day Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Heading into September, Stewart's season resembled anything but the look of championship form. He had just one top five finish since the third race of the season at Las Vegas and had yet to win a race. Stewart was also mired back in the points standings in 10th place, meaning a bad race in Atlanta could contribute to him not qualifying for the Chase at all.

 

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Atlanta No Stranger To Intense Title Chases

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This weekend, the fate of determining the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion will come down to the wire, with Carl Edwards leading Tony Stewart by a razor-thin margin. Here at Atlanta Motor Speedway, we're no strangers to intense, neck-and-neck fights for a season championship, as many titles have been decided here, and the most famous of those came in 1992 at the Hooters 500, an event still regarded by many as the “Greatest Race in NASCAR History."

Here's a look back at a day of which was unforgettable for the drivers, thousands in attendance and millions watching around the world. 

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Danica Patrick is making a move forward in her racing career in 2012, with plans to enter at least eight NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events. And of those events, one will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend even more of a marquee event on the 2012 schedule.

She is also slated to run the entire NASCAR Nationwide Series season for JR Motorsports, meaning fans at AMS on Labor Day Weekend will have the chance to see Patrick race two times during the same weekend.

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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.

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Is being able to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway critical to being a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion? According to the latest standings in the Chase for the Championship, that answer would appear to be yes.

With its exciting blend of speed and a racing surface forcing drivers to manhandle a car, AMS is one of the most challenging tracks in NASCAR. For that reason, a list of winners at Atlanta Motor Speedway coincides with the top drivers in NASCAR.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway is no stranger to driver-owner combinations dominating the competition at one of racing's fastest and most challenging tracks.

In recent years, Carl Edwards and Roush-Fenway Racing, Bobby Labonte and Joe Gibbs Racing, Jimmie Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports and a few years before that, Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motorsports each got on a nice roll at AMS. If a driver wanted to win at AMS during those eras, it was a known fact that the dominant driver of that time period would likely stand in the way of Victory.

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It's not hard to see the signs of the changing of seasons at Atlanta Motor Speedway. From the windows of our corporate offices overlooking turn four, a nice view of the entire track is offered, which includes the tree lines on the other side of turn two and the trackside terrace. There, leaves are slowly changing color, offering a picturesque reminder of what's to come later this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Next month, on Nov. 18 to be exact, we'll be starting off the Christmas season a bit early, but the view will be worth it!

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Goodyear Aiding "Support Our Troops"

Monday, October 3, 2011

From now until December 3rd, Goodyear is raising funds for Support Our Troops, a nonprofit nationwide organization which helps America’s troops and their families. The funds raised through the Goodyear effort will benefit the organization’s highly effective programs, which deliver more than $10 million per year in care packs and requested items to the front lines, positive support at home, kids’ camp assistance and more.   

Goodyear kicked off this program by running special "Support Our Troops" tires in the NASCAR and NHRA races the weekend of Sept. 16-18, and has included them in a special charity auction to add to the fundraising.  Don’t miss your chance to bid on auction items ranging from autographed authentic, race-used Goodyear Support Our Troops tires and other unique items donated by teams and partners by visiting www.goodyear.com/supportourtroopsThe auction ends on October 10th but your support of the program doesn’t have to. You can join Goodyear’s efforts by texting the word TROOPS to 20222 to donate $10* to the Support Our Troops organization. *$10.00 will be charged to your mobile phone bill or deducted from your prepaid balance. Msg & data rates may apply. Service is available on most carriers. All purchases must be authorized by account holder. Terms: www.hmgf.org/t. Text STOP to 20222 to unsubscribe; text HELP to 20222 for help.
  
There's much more on Goodyear's website! Not only can you bid on unique NASCAR memorabilia but you can watch NASCAR & NHRA drivers compete in Goodyear’s Boot Camp Challenge. Check out the videos on www.goodyear.com/supportourtroopscheck out the obstacle course and hear drivers talking smack about the competition. Who do you thi Continue...

Earlier this season, the thought of Tony Stewart contending for the lead in the Chase for the Championship seemed off-base. Sure, the two-time champion is one of the sport's top drivers and certainly knows how to win. But as the season entered late August, Stewart hardly had the look of a championship contender.

In fact, with the way Stewart's season was going at the time - two top five finishes prior to the month of September -  some projections didn't rule out the chances of him missing the Chase all together, and Stewart even suggested that if his team were to be in the Chase, he questioned if it'd even be able to contend for a title.

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A handful of drivers came to Atlanta Motor Speedway looking to race their way into position in the Chase for the Championship. While some drivers leave Atlanta in strong position, other depart having been bitten by the tough and challenging racing surface during the AdvoCare 500.

Of all the drivers that came to Atlanta in need of a shot in the arm to aid a bid to qualify for The Chase, perhaps none got a bigger boost than Tony Stewart, who ran up front early and finished third.  With a race to go before the Chase field is set, he is in 10th place, 23 ahead of Brad Keselowski.

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