In particular, the Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) race cars run exceptionally well at the 1.54-mile quad-oval. Making their inaugural visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway last fall, the Crown Royal IROC cars put on a magnificent show for the fans in attendance.
Making its debut in 1974, the Crown Royal IROC series pits champions from all forms of motorsports, including the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, World of Outlaws, Champ Cars, Grand American Road Racing series and the Indy Racing League, against each other in an equally prepared Pontiac Trans-Am race car. Drivers battle mostly for being recognized as the champion among champions, but a $1 million purse goes to the Crown Royal IROC champion after the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Drivers make it no secret that Atlanta Motor Speedway is the premier venue to host an IROC race.
"The pavement is so worn and there are several grooves at Atlanta making Atlanta Motor Speedway one of the best, if not the best, race tracks for stock cars," said 2004 Crown Royal IROC champion Matt Kenseth. "You can run any groove and you can pretty much run wide open around the track, so it just makes for good racing in all types of cars because the track is so good."
If history is any indication, this year's season finale will be another great race. Last year, the Crown Royal IROC series was one of the best races in Atlanta Motor Speedway history.
"The IROC race we had here last year was one of the best races we have ever hosted," Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager Ed Clark said. "There was passing on the apron and they were racing four wide in the turns. It was unbelievable."
When he starts the race, four-time Crown Royal IROC champion Mark Martin will secure his record-setting fifth Crown Royal IROC series championship on Saturday, October 29. Martin, who set the all time record for career Crown Royal IROC wins in Daytona earlier this year, makes it known the importance that drivers place on success in the Crown Royal IROC series.
"The success that I have had in IROC has meant more to me than anything else in my career," said Mark Martin, winner of 34 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup races.
Accompanying the Crown Royal IROC race on Saturday will be the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck race. The Craftsman Truck series has visited Atlanta Motor Speedway twice and has two photo-finishes to show for it. Saturday could be the best day of racing the entire weekend, at a very reasonable price.
Great seats for the entire Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 race weekend, including the Crown Royal IROC race 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