Can you believe it? There is only three weeks left until the start of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekend and Atlanta Motor Speedway is bustling with activity.

With the October 30 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 playing a pivotal role in the outcome of the NEXTEL Cup Chase for the Championship, race teams have had the date circled on their calendars for months. The race will go a long way in determining the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion.

"The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 really plays a large role in shaping the remainder of the Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup," said Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark. "When the teams leave Atlanta, you are going to have only a few guys still in contention for the championship."

Accompanying the stars of NASCAR's elite division will be the NASCAR Craftsman Truck series and Crown Royal IROC series hitting the pavement on Saturday. If history is any indication, Saturday may provide the best racing of the weekend.

"The IROC race we had here last fall was one of the best races I have ever seen at Atlanta Motor Speedway," Clark said. "As far as the Craftsman Truck Series goes, we have had two races and two photo-finishes. The trucks run so well here."

In addition to the great racing that Atlanta Motor Speedway promises, fans attending the race in October will enjoy a new and improved Atlanta Motor Speedway. A large sidewalk has been poured, encompassing the speedway, a new ticket booth has been constructed, trams and shuttles are in place to move pedestrians and nearly 50 acres of camping has been added.

Perhaps the largest difference fans will notice when they visit Atlanta Motor Speedway is the Georgia Highway 20 Extension that runs from I-75 to the speedway.

"That is going to make a huge difference for fans driving to the race," Clark said of the road extension. "This is one of the biggest things that has happened at Atlanta Motor Speedway in years."

Great seats for the entire race weekend are still available and can be purchased by calling 770-946-4211 or 877-9AMSTIX. Fans can also order tickets 24 hours a day at www.ticketmaster.com