Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the first annual invitation-only all-star Legends event, called the Papa John's Invitational. Former Legends star and hometown driver, Reed Sorenson will climb into the AMS flagstand on Friday night and wave green flag to start the event. Sorenson was the 1998, 1999 and 2001 AMS track champion. In only five seasons racing Legends, Sorenson logged 84 wins, with many at AMS.
Double Duty: Many drivers will attempt to race both the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 and the EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Among the distinguished list of drivers are: Bobby Labonte, Kyle Busch, Mike Bliss, Johnny Benson, Mike Skinner and Jimmy Spencer.
100 Races Strong: Lester will make his 100th career NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start Saturday. Lester made his first NCTS start on April 22, 2000, at Portland International Raceway. In his 100 starts, Lester has one top-five finish, four top-10 finishes and three pole positions to his credit. Two of those poles came in consecutive races this year.
Spring Truck Winner: Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend will bring back a lot of memories for Ron Hornaday and his GM Goodwrench team. Trading paint coming out of turn four, a photo finish and a victory lane burn-out celebration were all part of the previous visit's excitement. That was the highest point of the season for the No. 6 team and they would love to do it all over again. A highly motivated crew is bringing a positive attitude and the same winning truck to the race track this Saturday for the running of the EasyCare Vehicles Service Contracts 200. With that combination there is no reason to believe that they can't reclaim the winner's circle and create a few new memories to take home with them.
"Last time we were in Atlanta was awesome," said Hornaday. "The race was so close and that just makes it more rewarding. The fans got an awesome show and it reminded me how good it feels to win. We have had a few races this year where we should have won, but for whatever the reason things just didn't go our way. It's nice to know we are going back to a track that we have some confidence in. If we can put it all together, this weekend should be a lot of fun."
Hornaday will compete this weekend with the same truck he won the spring race with.
Atlanta-based company: The Challenger® brand, which already graces a full line of quality tractors, combines and hay tools, is making its debut as a NASCAR Nextel Cup Series primary sponsor by riding on board with Johnny Benson and the No. 23 Bill Davis Racing Dodge this weekend in Atlanta. Atlanta is Challenger's home track, as the corporate headquarters for parent company AGCO Corp. are located in Duluth, Ga. This is not the first association between NASCAR and Challenger. The Challenger brand made its initial Nextel Cup sponsorship debut as a new associate sponsor of the No. 22 Caterpillar car and driver Scott Wimmer this August in the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and has been along for the ride every weekend since. It will continue its associate program with the No. 22 team through 2006. For the last couple of years, HOLT CAT in Dallas, Texas, has also supplied Texas Motor Speedway with several Challenger wheel tractors that are used for year-round maintenance of the 1,500-acre complex. For more information on any of Challenger's full line of agricultural products visit www.challengerag.com.