As the final coats of paint are applied, Atlanta Motor Speedway once again looks like the world-class racing facility it was before an F2 tornado ravished it on July 6. In fact, it is a much improved facility.

"Since day one, we have pledged to build Atlanta Motor Speedway back in time for the October 28-30 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500," said Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Not only are we going to meet that goal, we were able to take this disaster and use it as an opportunity to make Atlanta Motor Speedway a more fan-friendly track."

Getting the track to its current shape has been an enormous undertaking, requiring around-the-clock crews, hundreds of thousands of man-hours and countless contractors and sub-contractors.

Below is a list of numbers compiled which represents just some of the reconstruction efforts.

  • Over 8 miles of fencing
  • 97 contractors and sub-contractors
  • 129 New flag poles
  • 639 plumbing fixtures
  • 750 tons of air conditioning systems
  • 10,000 tons of asphalt
  • Over 12,000 square yards of carpet
  • 20,250 cubic feet of concrete
  • 272,000 square feet of sheetrock
  • 350,000 man hours

    "Over the next year and a half, you will see even more improvements as we continue the rebuilding of the facility," Clark said. "We have a long history of continuous upgrades and improvements to bolster the overall fan experience we plan to continue after the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend."

    A track known for incredible racing and fan experience continues to rise to a higher level.

    Great seats for the entire Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 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