EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 To Thrill Fans in Atlanta
Tuesday, February 24, 2004
If you listen to veteran NASCAR Crafstman Truck driver Bobby Hamilton, the inaugural EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway could be the best truck race all year long.
¿It¿s going to be a heck of a race,¿ Hamilton says. ¿You¿ll probably see more lead changes in our 200-mile race than you¿d ever seen in a 500-mile car race ¿ and at Atlanta Motor Speedway, that¿s saying a whole lot. This will be a great place to run a truck race.¿
And Hamilton would know. A 12-year veteran of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup series, Hamilton moved full-time into the trucks last season, finishing sixth in the championship standing. He ended up 11th in the first race of 2004 at Daytona.
Roush Racing driver Carl Edwards won that race in Daytona, his fourth victory in two years on the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series, by avoiding the big wrecks and holding off defending series champion Travis Kvapil by 0.141 seconds.
But even fresh off the drama of the Daytona race, Edwards thought the EasyCareVehicle Service Contracts 200 could be even more spectacular.
¿It¿s going to be an awesome race the way that the grooves work out to where you can run the top and the bottom,¿ Edwards says. ¿That¿s going to be an unbelievable example of the kind of competition the truck series is known for. It kind of reminds me of Charlotte, the way you can run all over the race track and make different lines work. Those are the kind of race tracks that are fun for me. They remind me of dirt, where you can try different things to make it work. I really think the fans are going to see an unbelievable race there.¿
Craftsman Truck veteran Rick Crawford had an even better way to describe the action of 36 trucks on Atlanta¿s high-banked 1.54-mile quad-oval.
¿It¿s probably going to be the world¿s largest short-track race, especially for us,¿ Crawford says. ¿We¿ll be hauling [butt] and we¿ll be able to race three or four wide.¿
Fans can save $5 on their tickets by purchasing them before March 1, and that deadline is quickly approaching. Call the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, or call Ticketmaster.