Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced today that MBNA America, the world¿s largest independent credit card lender, and Bass Pro Shops, the nation¿s leading outdoor retailer, will be the title sponsors of the track¿s first NASCAR Winston Cup race of the season on Sunday, March 9, 2003. The race, the fourth stop on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit, will be known as the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. MBNA also sponsored the spring Winston Cup race last season. ¿Being a sponsor of one of the biggest single-day sporting events in Georgia continues MBNA¿s decade-long relationship with Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of our valued customers,¿ said Richard K. Struthers, executive vice chairman of MBNA American Bank. Bass Pro Shops is beginning its foray into race sponsorship with this partnership. Headquartered in Springfield, Mo., Bass Pro Shops currently operates stores in 14 cities nationwide, including Atlanta. The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 is the culmination of an action-packed weekend of racing, beginning with Georgia Power Qualifying on Friday, March 7, the fastest qualifying session on the NASCAR Winston Cup circuit. The excitement continues on Saturday, March 8, when the up-and-coming stars of racing compete for the trophy in the ARCA 400. For more information about the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. Great seats are available by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or by visiting Ticketmaster.