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Friday, August 1, 2014

Happy August, race fans! This is Atlanta Motor Speedway President & GM Ed Clark! You're probably familiar with the old Christmas song, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." Here at Atlanta Motor Speedway, we have our own ideas about what the best time of the year is. It's this month!

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Well, it's that time of year again, race fans for Atlanta Motor Speedway President and GM Ed Clark to offer up some bold predictions of what will happen throughout the 2014 NASCAR season!While some of the picks in the past have been pretty accurate, others have been, well to use a racing term, they "missed the set-up." 

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Each May, I am honored to be on the voting committee for the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Those of us within this group have the tough task of deciding who the next five members of the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be. If you want to talk about a challenge, this would be it!

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Ed Clark's Racing Hero

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

In our lives, unique people come along who enhance our experiences and over time, become special to us in one way or another. For some us, it may be a teacher or a mentor. For others, it's the influence of celebrities, sports figures or even individuals who shaped history.

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Earlier this year, the staff at Atlanta Motor Speedway decided to pick my brain and see how much about the upcoming NASCAR season I could accurately predict. The best part about making these predictions? You are right 100 percent of the time when you make them.

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Well race fans, it’s finally here! After almost a year of waiting, it’s finally time for the return of NASCAR Night Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway! I tell people all the time that for our staff, this weekend is like our Super Bowl. Pretty much all that we do year-round is centered around this race weekend.

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Joey Logano's recent win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series may have been his first trip to victory lane this year. But for many of us, it was a very familiar site! Although his win at Pocono was the second of his career, many of us within the Legends program at Atlanta Motor Speedway are used to seeing him win and win often.

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Hey race fans; this is Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark. I’ve been involved in racing for a long time, and it’s a sport that can be very humbling at times. For me, one of those moments comes every May when I have the honor of being part of the group that votes in each year’s class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

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Right now is an exciting time to be around Atlanta Motor Speedway. Not only is the AdvoCare 500 Labor Day Night Race Weekend fast approaching, but also a handful of NASCAR drivers are showing everyone the caliber of racers, which Thursday Thunder has produced! 

Since we began to hold races on our ¼-mile “Thunder Ring” in 1998, numerous drivers have competed in Legends and Bandolero cars through the years. Some of those drivers have, vaulted by the experience gained from racing on summer Thursday nights here at the Speedway, moved up among the NASCAR ranks.

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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!

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Each February, when the air is chilly and windy, hope springs eternal for each team in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. With the start of each season, every team feels that it has a shot at qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series 10-race playoff format – The Chase for the Championship. Now, as the season works its way through the latter part of the summer, the clock is ticking for many teams looking to make their way into The Chase. And for many of those teams, the road to the Chase runs right through the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Night Race at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

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Hey everyone! This is Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway! For most race fans, whether you have grown up going to your local short track or attending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events, the summertime means Night Racing! Looking ahead, the NASCAR schedule is peppered with night races, all of which will set the table for the NASCAR Night Race Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend! For quite some time, we worked with NASCAR to have a night race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and the response of you, our fans last September made the decision for host a night race one that we absolutely are glad we made!

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Hey everyone, this is Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series is heading toward the summer with the Coca-Cola 600 in its rear-view mirror. If there’s one thing that the racing at our sister track of Charlotte Motor Speedway has shown us, it is that we may very well have a very exciting rivalry on our hands between Kurt Busch and Jimmie Johnson.

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Hey everyone, this is Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Major League Baseball has Cooperstown. The NFL has Canton. Now, NASCAR has its Hall of Fame in Charlotte. This past weekend, the first class of the NASCAR Hall of Fame was inducted. We’d like to send our personal congratulations out to the members of NASCAR’s inaugural Hall of Fame Class – Bill France Sr., Bill France Jr., Richard Petty, Junior Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Sr.!

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Hey everyone! This is Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway! Without question, this is shaping up to be an exciting week if you are a NASCAR fan.

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Hey everyone! This is Ed Clark, President and General Manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway!

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