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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!

Let's talk some racing!

When you look at the career of Jeff Gordon, some of its biggest moments have occurred here at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Gordon's career was jump-started at Atlanta in 1992, the same year that he caught the eye of Rick Hendrick before going on to make his first Cup start later that year here at AMS. As Gordon's career ascended, he enjoyed many memorable moments here, hoisting multiple championship trophies and winning for the 85th time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in the 2011 AdvoCare 500.

From Gordon catching the eye of Rick Hendrick in 1992 and his first Cup start later that year, hoisting multiple championship trophies and his 85th win coming at AMS in 2011, if you're a fan of Jeff Gordon, Atlanta Motor Speedway is likely a special place.

In less than two weeks, Gordon will take center-stage again. With the AdvoCare 500 being the next-to-last event before the Chase for the Championship is set, Atlanta is a huge race for drivers looking to make the Chase, and that includes Gordon.

Currently 14th in the points standings, Gordon is 26 markers out of the top ten. As Gordon said on TV before this past Sunday's race, he pretty much needs a combination of at least one win and top-five finishes during the next three races in order to make the Chase.

Can Gordon rally back? Either way, we'll all find out on Labor Day Weekend as one of the sport's biggest names will pretty much need to win or else.

Ask The GM

What time do grandstand gates open on race weekend?

On Friday, we'll open Gate 13 at 11 a.m., and all gates at 2:30 p.m. while on Saturday, Gate 13 opens at 10:30 a.m. with all gates opening at 2:30 p.m., and a grandstand ticket for both days gets you in to see all track activity on those days.

All grandstand gates open at 2:30 p.m. Sunday as well.

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!

One exciting week at AMS

Monday, August 5, 2013

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!

Let's talk some racing!

This is one of the most unique, if not exciting weeks we have had in quite some time at Atlanta Motor Speedway. For starters, the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend is less than a month away. We trust that you're looking forward to it as much as we are!

This Saturday, we'll host Global Rallycross Championship racing for the first time in the SYLVANIA Silverstar® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta event. International competitors from as diverse of racing backgrounds as you can imagine will be here racing and doing so just six days after the Los Angeles X-Games!

In short, GRC racing is a combination of action sports, motocross and short track racing. But the event itself will only be the beginning of an exciting 28 hours or so.

On Friday Night, we'll host another round our immensely popular grassroots drag racing series, Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine. After that ends around 11 pm., we'll get to work right away on turning a pile of about 15 tons of dirt into a racetrack for Saturday's GRC event.

Needless to say, it's going to be quite a fun week around the Atlanta Motor Speedway offices!

Ask The GM

Do you offer track tours?

Tours of Atlanta Motor Speedway are offered most days year-round and are $5 for adults and $2 for kids 6-11 with 5 and under being free. A track tour includes a drive around the track in a tour van as well as the garage area and victory lane, depending on what other track activity may be going on at the same.

Track tours may be purchased at the AMS gift store between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday. We encourage fans to (770) 707-7970 to make sure tours will be given when you plan on visiting.

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!

One of the perks to being a member of the AMS Insiders Club? A chance to win once in a lifetime experiences during NASCAR race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway!

Congrats to our winners so far! We will update this list as winners are selected with each Inside Line Newsletter!

  • March 4: Brian Phillips (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 4: Robert Bosarge (Saturday pace car ride).
  • March 5: Robert Buchanan (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 5:  Edward Webster (Wave the green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying).
  • March 6: Stephen Ingram (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session.
  • March 6: David B. Justin (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 7: Jim Griswold (Cold garage passes).
  • March 7: Rick Wolf (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 8: Dennis Hartenberger (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 8: John Cashman (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 11: Edward Hull (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 11: Mark Weling (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 12: Mike Lauret (Saturday pace car ride)
  • March 12: Michael J. Seymour (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 13: Katherine Noll (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 13: David Wesley (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 14: David Bryant (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 14: Don Culbreth (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 15: Howard Ray (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 15: Nancy Franks (Sunday pace car ride)
  • March 18: Lynn Smith (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 18: Ron Nance (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 19: Fred Aleschus (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session). 
  • March 19: Brenda Stone (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • March 20: Connie Ferrell (Wave the green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying).
  • March 20: Karen Pannell (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • March 21: Jennifer White (Saturday pace car ride)
  • March 21: Cary Norwood (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • March 22: Larry Spell (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • March 22: Donald Davenport (Cold garage passes).
  • March 25: William Knapp (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).  
  • March 25: Jeff D. Lloyd (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 26: Carl Beck (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).  
  • March 26: Lee & Judi Page (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 27: Dale Rainbolt (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).  
  • March 27: Cathy Arrington (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 28: Kevin Pelfrey (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).  
  • March 28: Mark Kyle (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • March 29: Jerry Barrows (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • March 29: Rhonda McKinney (Cold garage passes).
  • April 1: Brent Bivens (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 1: Steve Green (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 2: Danny Wilkerson (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 2: Bobbie Smallwood (Victory lane access following the Advocare 500).
  • April 3: Gordon Winchester (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 3: Jody Miller (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 4: Dianne Roberts (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 4: Jim Brewer   (Cold garage passes).
  • April 5: Al Timmerman (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 5: Ricky Hayes (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 8: Jimmy Harris (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 8: Mark Townsend (Saturday pace car ride).
  • April 9: David Anders  (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 9: Derrick Warren (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 10: Michael Littleton (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 10: Joni Norman (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 11: Jason Colombo (Victory lane access following the Advocare 500).
  • April 11: Deke Smith (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • April 12: Pam Brooks (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 12: Robert Hasinbiller (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).    
  • April 15: Debra Belifore: (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 15: Jerry Shipman (Saturday Pace Car Ride).
  • April 16: Jeffrey Gilley (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 16: Joe Sledge (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 17: Terri Norton (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 17: Billy Crump (Wave the green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying).
  • April 18: Kelly Patton (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 18: Chad Henderson (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 19: Natalie Beck (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 19: David Kalmbach (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 22: Ronald Gross (Cold garage passes).
  • April 22: Ray Sikes (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 23: Barbara Harper: (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 23: Sean Lewis (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 24: Don Vance (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 24: Christina McGinley (Saturday Pace Car Ride).
  • April 25: Karl Haase (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 25: Joe Crowley (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 26: Tina Morningstar (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 26: Brad Hertzing (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 29: Ronald Mahan (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • April 29: Tim Pugh (Sunday Pace Car Ride).
  • April 30: Ronald Parks (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • April 30: David Castile Jr. (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 1: Shaun Presley (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 1: Rocky Stuckey (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 2: Cheryl Linski (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 2: Pam Hendrickson (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 3: Harold Eichholtz (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 3: Leslie Brock (Two cold garage passes)
  • May 6: Janet Coleman (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 6: David Peppers (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 7: Russell and Tracy Tully (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 7: Carl Norris (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 8: Ralph Livingston (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 8: Charles Cook (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 9: Steven Meggs (Saturday Pace Car Ride)
  • May 9: Walter Jackson (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 10: Clint Musselwhite (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 10: Robbie McBride (Victory Lane access following the AdvoCare 500)
  • May 13: Timothy Moss (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 13: John Evans III  (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 14: Charles Carlan (Access to Victory Lane following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race).
  • May 14: Theodore Reitano (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 15: Randy Taft (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 15: Robin Woodall (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • May 16: James Burns (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 16: Kenny Smart (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 17: Chris Collins (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 17: Justin Castelberry (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 20: Stacy Jones (Two cold garage passes)
  • May 20: John Savage (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 21: Jeff Lydon (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 21: Nina Story (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 22: Emmett Miller (Saturday Pace Car Ride)
  • May 22: David Davis (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 23: Steve Shaver (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 23: David Keske (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).   
  • May 24: Michael Peterson (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 24: Nelda Edwards (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • May 27: Cindy Johannigman (Saturday Pace Car Ride)
  • May 27: Kim Bruner (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • May 28: Debbie Medert (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • May 28: James Scott (Victory Lane access following the NASCAR Nationwide Series night race on Aug. 31).
  • May 29: Tim Lusk (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • May 29: Paula Smith (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 30: Tommy Cummings (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • May 30: Lisa Riddle (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • May 31: Alan Pennington (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • May 31: Scott Carter (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 3: Michael Banks (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • June 3: Ken Webb  (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 4: Jamie C. Morgan (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • June 4: Lori Martin (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 5: Steve Winstead (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • June 5: Justin Spencer (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • June 6: Ricky Moore (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • June 6: Beth Veit (Two cold garage passes)
  • June 7: John L. Davis (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • June 7: Jimmy Brooks  (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 10: Renee Rodgers (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 10: Matthew Tompkins Victory Lane access following the NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Aug. 31).
  • June 11: Jerry Hurt (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 11: Brooke Vanormer (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 12: Patrick Marano (Saturday Pace Car ride)
  • June 12: Leah Pettis (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 13: Saundra Schmitt (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 13: Steve Ray (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 14: Marty Lawson (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 14: Tony Ennis (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 17: Fred Keller (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 17: Jerry Garland (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 18: Tom Roberts (Sunday pace car ride)
  • June 18: Robert Jarrett (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 19: Robert C. McKenzie (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • June 19: James Jordan (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 20: Randy Boyette (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 20: Tara Ridarick (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 21: Darrell Brown (Access to victory lane following the AdvoCare 500)
  • June 21: Wesley Rice (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 24: Henry Choate (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 25: Katie Westerfield (Saturday pace car ride)
  • June 25: Rick Reed (Access to victory lane on Saturday, Aug. 31)
  • June 26: Jerry Katz (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 26: John Griffeth (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 27: Donnie Hicks, Jr. (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 27: James Douglas (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 28: Marvin Hollis (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • June 28: Ron Zebedee (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 1: Diane Rogers (Two cold garage passes)
  • July 1: Alan Grossman (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 2: Ronald Denney (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 2: Mary Gerdes (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 3: Ron Schwarz (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 3: Lori Kern (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • July 4: Malcolm Ford (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 4: Darryl Gumz (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 5: David Johnson (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 5: John Deal (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 8: Karen Letterman (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).
  • July 8: Tony Campbell (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 9: Matthew Adams (Saturday pace car ride).
  • July 9: Larry Shumate (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 10: Jonathan Shaffer (Wave green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying) 
  • July 10: David Jones (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 11: Michael Hurt (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 11: Robin Pate (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 12: Dennis Myers (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 12: Jeffrey Duncan (Access to victory lane on Saturday, Aug. 31)
  • July 15: Blake Kreeger (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 15: Robert Sears (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith). 
  • July 16: Lori Kern (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • July 16: Brayton Kingsley (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith).  
  • July 17: David Friar (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith)
  • July 17: Sikes McCord (Saturday pace car ride)
  • July 18: Gordon Phillips (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith)
  • July 18: Michael A. Walker (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith)
  • July 19: Hank Jarrard (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith)
  • July 19: Terry Austin (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith)
  • July 22: Stewart Owens (Access to victory lane following the AdvoCare 500)
  • July 22: Laurie Kennedy (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 23: Shannon Teem (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 23: William Brinkley (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 24: Gary Hunter (Saturday pace car ride)
  • July 24: Frank Stewart (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 25: Kriystal Harness (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • July 25: Earl Hoover (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 26: Beverly Lynn (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 26: Herbert Bigbee (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session).
  • July 29: Chris Herman (Two cold garage passes)
  • July 29: Jennifer Farringer (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 30: Thomas Nichols (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • July 30: Ralph Bilbrey (Saturday pace car ride)
  • July 31: John Mull (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session)
  • July 31: Larry Geiger (Wave green flag during NASCAR Sprint Cup qualifying) 
  • Aug. 1: Joe Tribble (Saturday Q&A with Ed Clark and Bruton Smith) 
  • Aug. 1: Joanne Segars (Access to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver autograph session)
  • Aug. 2: Stephen Colosimo (Access to pre-race drivers meeting)
  • Aug. 2: Travis Barrett (Meet & greet with Billy Currington).

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!

Let's talk some racing!

Time flies, doesn't it? We're less than 40 days from NASCAR's return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500 night race weekend.

The closer Labor Day Weekend gets, the more it is shaping up to be a win or else scenario for Chase for the Championship contenders. Think back to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race in 2009. That year, Kasey Kahne found his way to victory lane, and his win at Atlanta got him into the Chase. Chances are very good that a handful of drivers will likely need to win at Atlanta in order to make the Chase.

One win by a driver ranked around 11th or 12th would move them toward the top ten in the standings. For a driver ranked around 17th to 20th, a win would inject them well into wild card contention.

What it all comes down to is this. If a driver hasn't had quite the results they had hoped for in 2013, they can turn things around in a hurry on Labor Day Weekend!

Drivers will have nothing to lose when they come to Atlanta, and they'll be laying it on the line under the lights on Labor Day Weekend!

Ask The GM

When do race team haulers enter for race weekend this year?

This year, NASCAR Nationwide Series haulers enter at 7:30 a.m. Friday with the Sprint Cup transporters at 8:30 a.m. The haulers enter at the main infield tunnel at turns 1-2.

We welcome all fans to come watch the team transporters enter the speedway on race weekend. It's kind of the official kickoff to a great weekend of racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the 18-wheelers head through the tunnel and into track to park in the garage area.

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!

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!

Let's talk some racing!

In less than 55 days, we'll be NASCAR night racing here at Atlanta Motor Speedway! And as that time draws closer, the AdvoCare 500 will become even more important for drivers looking to solidify their spot in the Chase for the Championship! If a driver has a bad race in the next week or two, there's still time for them to bounce back and get back into the hunt for a Chase spot. But if they run poorly here on Labor Day Weekend, it's a whole different story.

If the Chase field were to be set now, Kurt Busch and Tony Stewart would qualify with the final two spots among drivers in the top ten of the points standings with Martin Truex, Jr. and Kasey Kahne picking up wild card spots. Among those drivers who would be missing the Chase at this point? Jeff Gordon and defending Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski.

The drivers in and out of the Chase change weekly, and odds are that the fight for a berth in the Chase will come down to the wire. You can bet that a number of drivers will be "feeling the heat" when they arrive here on Labor Day Weekend!

Ask The GM

Are One-Day Pre-Race Pit Passes Available For Race Weekend?

Yes! Fans can purchase pre-race pit passes for Saturday only for $75 or $100 for Sunday only! Pre-race pit passes grant you access to the pits up to an hour before track activity! There's something special about being in the pit area before a race. You have cars being rolled out to the grid and teams prepping pit boxes for the race. It truly is an electric atmosphere - you can feel the energy building up as you witness the start of the race is getting closer!

For more information about pre-race pit passes, visit http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/events/pitpasses/

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!

 

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!

Let's talk some racing!

Can you believe that we are less than 75 days away from the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend! Labor Day Weekend is getting here fast!

And the closer we get to welcoming all of you back to the track on race weekend, more things begin to happen here at the Speedway!

Last week, we had an exciting announcement. We're thrilled to welcome Great Clips and Jeff Foxworthy's™ Grit Chips, who will jointly sponsor our NASCAR Nationwide Series event on Aug. 31, the Great Clips / Grit Chips 300!

We have also announced Jake's Ice Cream as the Official Ice Cream of Atlanta Motor Speedway. A few us have gotten to sample it, and let's just say that you'll want to eat some of it when it's sold here at the track on Labor Day Weekend as well as at Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine and Thursday Thunder!

We also had cars on the track here last week for two days of Goodyear tire testing as Goodyear works on developing a tire to be supplied to race teams during Labor Day Weekend! In a word, the cars were fast when they were on the track! At one point, drivers were turning laps as fast as qualifying speeds from last year while doing laps that were in race trim. There was no shortage of star power in the cars, either as Kasey Kahne, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Trevor Bayne, Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Marcos Ambrose and Denny Hamlin each participated.

The calendar moving into the summer months also means we're getting closer to the debut of Global Rallycross Racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 10 with Global Rallycross Atlanta! These cars are something exciting to watch! They can accelerate to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds and they race on surfaces composed of asphalt, dirt and water in a form of racing that's a combination of door-to-door rally car competition and drifting! Tickets are just $20 and for $5 more, you can gain paddock access!

Ask The GM

When does the infield open to campers on Labor Day Weekend?

If you want to talk about one of the most exciting things to watch during race weekend, this would be it! We enjoy looking out over the infield as campers arrive, moving in like an invasive force to take over the infield campgrounds!

This year, we'll open the infield tunnel to campers on Thursday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m.! If you've always wanted to camp out in the infield, you still have a chance to do so - a very limited number of infield spaces still remain! Call (877) 926-7849 for information!

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!

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!

Let's talk some racing!

As of now, it looks like we have a pretty nice preview of NASCAR's championship battle shaping up. Throughout this season, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have enjoyed more success than anyone else, each winning three point-earning races.

Both have shown an ability to win in multiple ways, either by dominating the field, such as Johnson did on Sunday, or by improving their cars during the race to move into position for the win.

While Johnson clearly had the car to beat in his wins at Martinsville and Pocono, he stayed in contention before seizing the top spot late to pick up the win at Daytona.

As for Kenseth, he overpowered the field to win at Las Vegas and Kansas. At Darlington, on the other hand, he led just 17 laps. And of those laps led, 13 of them came during the race's final 13 circuits.

So both drivers have shown an strong ability this season already to win in multiple ways. A very fun summer of racing is coming up, that's for sure!

Ask The GM

What's Going On At The Track On Friday Of Race Weekend?

We're definitely excited about everything going on during Labor Day Weekend, and that includes all of Friday's activities!

Earlier in the day, cars from both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be on track for practice before Sprint Cup qualifying. Then, we'll set things up for the Q&A with Brad Keselowski and others on the frontstretch! And after that, get ready for some speed with the Sprint Car Shootout with cars from the USCS Sprint Car Series going around the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" at lightning-fast speeds!

The best part about all of this? Your grandstand ticket for Friday gets you in to see it all!

We look forward to seeing you at the track!

Have a question about Atlanta Motor Speedway?

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

Don't Call Harvick A Lame Duck

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

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!

Let's talk some racing!

One of the biggest changes within the NASCAR season during the last ten years has been "silly season," a phrase used to describe the decisions of drivers, crew chiefs and sponsors moving to a new team for the next season.

It used to be the case that this sort of news would be at the forefront within the last month or so of a season. Within the last few years, "Silly Season" kicked into high gear by the end of May. For Kevin Harvick, it started earlier.

With news out before this season even began that this would Harvick's final year at Richard Childress Racing before leaving RCR to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing, it was understandable to hear some speculate that Harvick and the No. 29 team would have a drop-off in results as a result of Harvick being a lame duck.

Now, you may be wondering: What is a lame duck, anyway? Well, according to historical records, the term was initially used in the London Stock Market in the 1700s to describe investors unable to pay their debts. Over time, the phrase was applied to politicians who are in their final term with those around them already looking forward to their eventual replacements. 

But back to Harvick and Richard Childress Racing!

With his win on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harvick has won twice in the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points events. He has three top-five finishes during that same stretch, the only blemish being a DNF after being caught up in an accident at Talladega.

The bottom line is this - don't count out Kevin Harvick as the season goes on. He is setting himself up to be a major factor in claiming something that Richard Childress Racing has not had since 1994 - a championship in NASCAR's top division.  

Ask The GM

Can I Bring a Cooler Into The Grandstands On Race Weekend!

You absolutely can! We are very happy to allow fans to bring a cooler into the stands on race weekend. The only two things we ask is that they are no larger than 14x14x14 and that they contain no glass objects.

We look forward to seeing you at the track!

Have a question about Atlanta Motor Speedway?

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

Kenseth Setting A Torrid Pace

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

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!

Let's talk some racing!

Sometimes, a driver moving to a new team can pay off. Other times, it can backfire. Matt Kenseth is a prime example of the former.

Kenseth is already setting a torrid pace with three wins so far this season while also running well enough to win earlier this year at Daytona and Richmond. His win at Darlington came with a substitute crew chief, something speaking volumes about the strength of both Kenseth and the No. 20 team at Joe Gibbs Racing.

There's a strong argument that Kenseth may be on the way to one of the best seasons of his career.  Kenseth has won more than three races just twice in his career, in 2002 and 2005.

The burning question as we go throughout the season, however, will be if Kenseth can do what no driver at Joe Gibbs Racing has done since 2005 - win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship.

If what we've seen so far this year says anything, it's that the championship race will be very fun to watch!

Ask The GM

I've already bought my tickets but am thinking about moving to the suites. Can I do that!

You certainly can! If you have already purchased your tickets for Labor Day Weekend, you can upgrade them at any time! Just call our ticket office at 877-926-7849 and they can assist you in either moving your seats to a different section or upgrading you to a seat in the Elliott Suites, Champions Suites or Club One!

We look forward to seeing you at the track!

Have a question about Atlanta Motor Speedway?

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

Recollections of Earnhardt

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

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!

Let’s talk some racing!

This week would have been the 62nd birthday of Dale Earnhardt, Sr. I was fortunate to get to know Dale during the late 1970s and early 1980s when Earnhardt’s NASCAR career was on a quick upward progression and I was working at Charlotte Motor Speedway. I even stayed at Earnhardt’s house for a short time when I first moved to Charlotte! We were both really good friends back then and did a lot of stuff together.

I’ll never forget, though, what happened after the 2000 season. This was when the NASCAR awards banquet was held in New York City. Earnhardt finished second in the points standings that year to Bobby Labonte, but unlike some of the past season-ending banquets, he actually stuck around after the banquet. We went to the after-party and low and behold, there's Dale and (his wife) Teresa there.

Not long after that, Dale told me and my wife, Teresa, to join he and his wife off to the side. We must have been there for about 45 minutes. This was a different Dale Earnhardt. He was talking about what's really important and taking care of your employees and the people that work for you and they all take care of you...things that just weren't the old driven Dale Earnhardt kind of guy.

It kind of struck me. You got the feeling that he had made it, and now his thing was to elevate other people and help them out, with the drivers he was hiring at DEI and things like that. Even my wife was like ' that's not the Dale we've seen all those years but isn't it refreshing to see him that way?'

There's never been a tougher competitor on the track who is more determined to do it.

Ask The GM

I have always wanted to camp at the track on race weekend. What kind of options do you have available?

Camping is one of the many things that you just have to experience in person at the racetrack. It’s something that you cannot do when you’re not there for yourself!

We have various camping options available to fit whatever your camping preference may be. We have spaces available for tent and pop-up units in addition to RVs! So whatever you are camping in, we have a campsite for you, both in reserved and unreserved campgrounds both in the campgrounds outside the track or in one of the infield campgrounds of which there are only a few spaces remaining!

One of the neatest things on the week leading up to Labor Day Weekend is seeing how the facility here at Atlanta Motor Speedway slowly fills up, and that definitely includes looking out from our offices over the campgrounds!

If you’d like additional camping information, you can call 877-926-7849 or visit http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/events/camping/.

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!