GET READY FOR LABOR DAY: Everyone agrees: Night racing plus one of NASCAR's fastest tracks plus Labor Day weekend will equal a heck of a racing event.
"Anytime you can race at night at a place like this it's gonna be cool," Carl Edwards said. "It should be an All-Star style event, and it should be a blast."
LOGANO WASHED OUT OF FIELD: Bad weather dashed the dreams of former Atlanta Motor Speedway Legends champion Joey Logano, who was attempting to make the field for Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500 at his home track. The cancellation of Friday's Hot Shot Qualifying locked him out of the 43-car field and further delayed his attempt to get a 1.5-mile race under his belt before he begins a full season of competition in the Sprint Cup Series next year.
SCHEDULE CHANGE TONIGHT: Friday evening's schedule has been adjusted, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice will begin as soon as the track is ready and conclude at 5:15 p.m. Hot Shot Qualifying will begin at 7:10 p.m.
Media availabilities that were scheduled for 4:30 p.m. and after will be adjusted. A new schedule will be posted on the dry-erase board in the media center.
YOUNG LOGANO: Joey Logano might be a professional race car driver, one about to embark on his rookie season in the Sprint Cup Series - the crème de la crème of American auto racing.
But he still lives at home.
"Why would he leave?" joked his dad, Tom Logano. "Somebody cooks, cleans, does the laundry. He has no curfew. Of course, he still lives at home."
FASTRACK RACE CANCELLED: Atlanta Motor Speedway officials have cancelled the Fastrack Racing Series 100 Late Model race scheduled for tonight on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring. With rain expected most of the afternoon, Vice President of Events Brandon Hutchison said he wanted to keep the track clear for the NASCAR Sprint Cup's Hot Shot Qualifying this evening.