Chevrolet has definitely made its mark on Atlanta Motor Speedway in recent years. And that mark is in the shape of a bowtie.
Chevrolet drivers have dominated Victory Lane at Atlanta, winning 10 of the last 13 races at the lightning fast high-banked 1.54-mile track. Jeff Gordon, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart, Jimmie Johnson and Dale Earnhardt Jr. have helped to make Atlanta Motor Speedway a home track for Chevy.
Labonte has won six races in the last nine years and has the best record in Atlanta of active drivers.
But Labonte, who switched to Chevrolet power in 2002, hasn¿t been able to count all six of his wins for Chevy. In fact, the only win his bowtie brigade can claim is his most recent, the spring 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. Prior to that, Labonte was winning under General Motors¿ other banner, Pontiac.
And that makes not just Chevrolet, but General Motors, the dominant force in Atlanta. In fact, the only non-General Motors car to win at Atlanta since 1997 was Kurt Busch in the fall 2002 NAPA 500.
BURTON ON WEATHER CHANNEL: For race fans interested in conditions for Sunday¿s Golden Corral 500, The Weather Channel is a mandatory pit stop Thursday as NASCAR driver Jeff Burton joins the crew to discuss this weekend¿s weather and how conditions can affect both drivers and fans.
From 8-9 a.m., Burton will spend time with meteorologists Heather Tesch and Marshall Seese to talk about this weekend¿s Golden Corral 500 forecast.
After learning about weather forecasting, Burton will explain how drivers monitor the weather to get properly set up for a race and how they adapt to conditions during a race.
Burton will also be making an appearance on Thursday from 12-2 p.m. at the Austell Cingular Wireless Store. He will be signing autographs and talking to the media for this two-hour appearance.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION: NASCAR Craftsman Truck driver Terry Cook will sign autographs Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway at the Power Stroke Diesel by International racing simulator from 2:30-3 p.m.
The two-seat simulator is located between Gates 14 and 15, where fans can meet local Atlanta training staff and clients from Paws With A Cause. PAWS Assistance Dogs will demonstrate how they help people with disabilities lead independent lives. This event is open to the public and media.