Governor Sonny Perdue Celebrates Atlanta Motor Speedway Day Today at State Capitol

Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue and Sen. John Douglas hosted the fifth annual Atlanta Motor Speedway Day today at the Georgia State Capitol.

The function included NASCAR NEXTEL Cup champion and ESPN analyst Rusty Wallace, Cup drivers Kevin Harvick and David Ragan, Busch driver Steve Wallace, Craftsman Truck drivers Bill Lester, Chase Miller, Joey Clanton and Truck team owner Billy Ballew.

Fans in attendance were treated to a parade lap around the State Capitol that saw Gov. Perdue, Harvick and Wallace turn laps on the streets of Downtown Atlanta in NEXTEL Cup style stock cars.

Gospel Choir Comprised of Atlanta College Students toPerform National Anthem Prior to Nicorette 300 Busch Series Race

The New Life Inspirational Gospel Choir of the Atlanta University Center comprised of college students from the greater Atlanta area will perform the National Anthem prior to the start of the Nicorette 300 NASCAR Busch Series race on Saturday, March 17.

The choir consists of members from Morehouse, Spelman, Morris Brown, Atlanta Metropolitan and Georgia Perimeter Colleges as well as, the Interdenominational Theological Seminary, Georgia Tech and Georgia State, Emory, Kennesaw State, Devry and Clark Atlanta Universities.

Chevrolet to Debut New R07 Small-Block Engine in Busch Race at AMS

When Scott Wimmer hits the track practicing for in his No. 33 Chevrolet, he will have a new power-plant under the hood.

Wimmer, who drives for Richard Childress Racing, will be the first to attempt to race with the new engine. The R07 Chevrolet small-block V-8 carries a displacement of 358 cubic inches, NASCAR's maximum. Chevrolet's previous entry, the SB2 only utilized 350 cubic inches of displacement.

On the R07 engine block, the fuel pump has been moved from the passenger side of the block to the driver side, reducing the possibility of a fire when the car contacts the wall. External oil and coolant lines have also been eliminated to enhance safety.

Kyle Busch Visits Luella Middle School as Part of Animal Ambassadors Program

Virginia Busch, president of the Sea World and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund teamed up today with NEXTEL Cup driver Kyle Busch to present several unique and exotic animals to students at Luella Middle School in Locust Grove, Ga.

Eighth-grade students got an up-close and personal look at a bald eagle, alligators, penguins, otters and more, all while learning about their ecosystems and how they can help protect them.

Kyle Busch, who's Chevrolet will be sponsored by the Sea World and Busch Gardens Conservation Fund, talked to the students about his racing career as well.

Busch will race in both the Nicorette 300 Busch race on Saturday, March 17 and the Sunday Kobalt Tools 500 NEXTEL Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.