Atlanta Motor Speedway Not Affected By NASCAR Rule Changes
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Atlanta Motor Speedway will not be one of the tracks affected by NASCAR¿s new altered race weekend schedules, speedway officials confirmed Tuesday.
Both of Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s NASCAR race weekend qualifying rounds are sponsored ¿ in the spring by Georgia Power, in the fall by Georgia-Pacific ¿ and have strong crowd draws. The 2004 qualifying day crowds have been the largest in speedway history.
¿I applaud NASCAR for what they¿re trying to do, and I appreciate them taking into consideration that this type of format doesn¿t suit all tracks,¿ said Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. ¿We have commitments to our sponsors and our fans for three full days of great racing, and that¿s what we¿ll deliver.¿
The March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 weekend will kick off with Georgia Power Qualifying Night, which will be held under the lights for the first time during the spring race weekend. Qualifying will be followed by the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. The Aaron¿s 312 Busch Series race, will be held on Saturday, March 19, while the Golden Corral 500 NEXTEL Cup race will cap the weekend on Sunday, March 20.
The Oct. 28-30 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend will again kick off with Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night and continue on Saturday with the newly added second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, which will be followed by the return of the Crown Royal IROC season finale. The weekend will culminate with the running of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, the seventh of 10 races in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.
Tickets are on sale now and start at just $65 for the entire Golden Corral 500 weekend. For more information, call Ticketmaster or the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.