With less than two months left until the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and the excitement about the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup Championship intensifying on a weekly basis, the AMS ticket office has expanded its hours to handle the rush. ¿We¿ve been staying very busy over here,¿ AMS Ticket Manager Kelley Horton said with a tired smile. ¿We love this time of year, but I have to admit this time it¿s been hard to even find time to grab something to eat with all the phone calls and orders we¿ve had coming in.¿ Between bitefuls of cold barbecue and Brunswick stew, Horton said the rush hit a little earlier than normal this year, something she attributes to the excitement of the new championship format. ¿We always get pretty busy right after Bristol, but we¿ve been going all-out for a couple of weeks now,¿ Horton said. ¿With us being the seventh of 10 races in the chase for the championship, people are starting to realize that the championship could well be decided right here, at the fastest track in NASCAR. They don¿t want to miss that.¿ To accommodate the rush, from now until race weekend, the ticket office will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday hours will be 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. There are still plenty of fabulous ticket specials and other opportunities for fans to take advantage of, including: Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 Tickets starting at just $30 Don¿t miss the seventh of 10 races in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup, when a championship is on the line for the nation¿s 43 best drivers. $69 Three-Day Thriller Ticket This three-day ticket package includes one frontstretch ticket to Friday¿s Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night and ASA 150, one East Turn Saturday Busch Series Aaron's 312 ticket and one backstretch Sunday Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 ticket. $125 Pit Pass For just $125 fans have a chance to be inside the coveted pit area, in the heart of the racing activity. Pre-race pit passes are good for Sunday morning until one hour prior to event time As an added bonus, fans will also be allowed in the pit area for a limited time on Friday and Saturday. Fans must be at least 14 years old to be admitted into the pit area. Pre-race pit passes are not good for gate admittance and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket. $75 Friday-only Pit Pass Don¿t want to purchase a pit pass for the whole weekend? How about for the most action-packed day in racing? For just $75, fans can be inside the coveted pit area, in the heart of the racing activity, for IROC practice, Aaron¿s 312 Qualifying, NEXTEL Cup practice, Georgia-Pacific Qualifying and the ASA 150. That¿s almost 12 hours of racing action for just $75! Fans must be at least 14 years old to be admitted into the pit area. Pre-race pit passes are not good for gate admittance and must be accompanied by a grandstand ticket. For more information about tickets and packages, call the ticket office at (770) 946-4211.