Racin¿ and ropin¿ will collide this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, as the United States Cowboy Tour Championship Rodeo returns for another exciting night of bareback riding, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, cowgirl¿s barrel racing, team roping and bull riding. Fox racing analyst Jeff Hammond will be the featured competitor in the team roping event, as more than 200 of the nation¿s best cowboys and cowgirls will be competing for over $40,000. The rodeo, presented by Bellamy Strickland Chevrolet/GMC rides into town Friday and Saturday, landing on Speedway Blvd. at AMS, with shows starting each night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 4-12. There is a $4 discount for families of four or more. ¿We received a warm welcome from the people of Atlanta Motor Speedway and strong support from the community last year,¿ said Gordon Whitener, president of the USCT. ¿We¿ve learned that race fans also love the excitement of fast horses, wild bulls and the skills of professional cowboys and cowgirls.¿ For more information visit www.uscowboytour.com or call (678) 721-0280. HELP THE KIDS: The Atlanta chapter of the Speedway Children¿s Charities will be hosting its annual spring reception in the Tara Ballroom at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Friday, March 7, from 6:30pm ¿ 8:30pm. NASCAR drivers Ward Burton, Buckshot Jones and John Andretti will attend, and Speed Channel¿s Trackside Live will be broadcasting from the reception. Fans are invited to attend this hors d¿oeuvres reception. Cost is a $100.00 per person contribution, and attire is business casual. For more information contact Pat Thompson at 770-946-3921. Also, Speedway Children¿s Charities will once again be selling raffle tickets during the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and this year the prizes are two Indian motorcycles ¿ the Indian Scout and the Indian. The raffle will continue throughout the year and will culminate at the fall race in Atlanta. Raffle tickets are just $5. ARCA NOTES OF INTEREST: More than 50 top-level teams with drivers from 17 states are entered for the 35th annual ARCA 400. ¿ The Atlanta ARCA 400 (249 miles/162 laps) is the second longest race of the year for the ARCA RE/MAX Series, second only to the 300-miler at Talladega Superspeedway. ¿ From the drivers entered in this year¿s race, only Steele, Kimmel and Bob Strait are former Atlanta ARCA winners. 3 former ARCA RE/MAX Series champions are entered: Steele, Kimmel & Hillenburg. ¿ Ann Arbor, Michigan veteran Mike Buckley will be making his 100th career RE/MAX Series start at Atlanta, while Jason Jarrett will be making his 50th. DRIVER APPEARANCES: At Atlanta Motor Speedway, we do not have a complete list of driver appearances in town. We have tried to piece together the most complete list possible for fans. Below is what has been confirmed: · TONY STEWART: Stewart will be signing autographs at the Bass Pro Shops¿ Discover Mills location on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. The session is open to only 700 fans and will be done on a first-come, first-served basis. · BRETT BODINE: Bodine will be signing autographs Wednesday at Hooters of Douglasville from 6-7 p.m. Also on Wednesday, Bodine will also be signing autographs at the NASCAR Silicon Speedway at Douglasville¿s Arbor Place Mall from 7-9 p.m. On Thursday, Bodine will be signing autographs at Hooters of Tara Boulevard from 7-9 p.m. · BOBBY LABONTE: Labonte will be signing autographs at the Last Lap Motorsports store at 290 Barrett Parkway in Kennesaw from 5-7 p.m. The first 700 fans who stop in the store now can pick up an wristbands. You must be present to get a wristband ¿ one per person. You must have a wristband to enter Bobby's autograph line. · RUSTY WALLACE: Wallace will sign autographs at his Miller Lite Souvenir trailer immediately following Happy Hour on Saturday · BILL ELLIOTT: Elliott will be the featured guest at Wednesday¿s 2003 Atlanta Sports Council Motorsports Luncheon at the Marriott Marquis (Downtown) at 12:00noon/et (registration begins at 11:30am/et). Bill Elliott, Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark and Atlanta Sports Council President Gary Stokan will kick off 2003 Atlanta Motorsports season. Fans are welcome to attend but advised that Bill Elliott will not be signing autographs. Cost is $25 per person or $250 per table of 10. No walk-up purchases will be accepted. To reserve your seat now, please call (404) 586-8510. TALLEST STOCK CAR IN THE WORLD: Platinum Racing will debut the world¿s largest race car March 7-9 during the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. The three-and-a-half story inflatable slide, which is a scale replica of a NASCAR Winston Cup car, took six moths to engineer but only one day to construct. The slide inflates in a mere 3-5 minutes using multiple blowers. Atlanta race fans of all ages will have the opportunity to be among the first to enjoy the thrill of zipping down the world¿s largest racecar. The slide will be open Thursday, March 6 ¿ Sunday, March 9 from 7a.m. to 1 a.m. and the cost of admission is $5. It will be located in the display lot (in front of the Earnhardt and Champions Grandstands).