Busch drivers Scott Wimmer, Coy Gibbs, Hank Parker Jr. (pictured), Georgia native Joey Clanton and points leader David Green were all at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Monday for media day to promote the Oct. 25 Aaron's 312.
Wimmer, Gibbs and Clanton took the media on ride-alongs in the specially prepared Busch Series 2-seater race car, exposing journalists from the area to a 160-mph ride.
Green is hopeful that when he returns to Atlanta next month, it will be to help clinch his first Busch Series title. But he's got young guns Brian Vickers and Scott Riggs right on his tail, and veterans Ron Hornaday and Jason Keller aren't far behind. Green currently leads by just 48 points, with 111 points separating the top 5 drivers.
Gibbs came to town a day early, catching part of the Washington Redskins-Atlanta Falcons game on Sunday at the Georgia Dome. The son of former Redskins coach and current Falcons minority owner Joe Gibbs, Coy was asked who he was rooting for. He politely evaded the question, claiming to be a fan of both teams. Gibbs is currently leading the chase for the rookie title this year, barely holding off Stockbridge's Joey Clanton.
Clanton, who just five years ago was competing in Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder Series, is competing in Brewco Motorsports' second car as a teammate to Green. He finished a season-best fifth a few weeks ago at Pike's Peak and is challenging Gibbs for rookie honors.
Wimmer is happy to be returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway, the track he made his surprising Winston Cup debut at three years ago. After missing the ARCA race, Wimmer and his Bill Davis Racing team decided to let him attempt the Cup race. He made the field, actually leading nine laps before finishing 22nd. Wimmer has started fourth in the Aaron's 312 race at Atlanta the past two years and is looking for a strong finish this fall.
Parker Jr. will be driving in the Oct. 25 Aaron's 312 for Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Chance 2 Motorsports, piloting the No. 8 Remington Bass Pro Shops car.
Great seats are still available for the Oct. 25 Aaron's 312 and the entire Oct. 24-26 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend. For tickets, call Ticketmaster or the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.