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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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