Drivers competing in the Oct. 26-28 Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend will be battling for their share of a record $6,704,886 purse.

The posted purse for the Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event is a record $6,156,331 with a minimum $296,475 earmarked for the winner.

Nearly $550,000 is up for grabs in the Oct. 27 EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event. This year's posted awards represent an increase of nearly $150,000 over the 2006 October NEXTEL Cup and Craftsman Truck events at AMS.

 

Fans Have Opportunity for a ‘Behind the Scenes' Tour During Oct. 29 Car of Tomorrow Test at Atlanta Motor Speedway

Fans who purchase a ticket to the March 9, 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 NEXTEL Cup race during the Monday, Oct. 29 Car of Tomorrow test at AMS will receive a free behind-the-scenes tour.

During the test, which approximately 50 NEXTEL Cup teams are scheduled to attend, ticket buyers will go under the track, down pit road and into victory lane, where the winner of the Pep Boys Auto 500 NEXTEL Cup race celebrated less than 24 hours before.

Admission to the test is free for anyone who purchased a Pep Boys Auto 500 or 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 NEXTEL Cup ticket. Free parking is available in the Blue Lot across from the Earnhardt Grandstand and fans can enter the track through Gate 14.

‘Rocketman' Ryan Newman Getting Close to First Win in Over Two Years

Ryan Newman's success at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been mostly limited to Friday nights, but lately, Newman has been tantalizingly close to winning on Sundays and last week's NEXTEL Cup race at Lowe's Motor Speedway was his closest in months.

After lurking near the front of the field for the majority of the race, Newman charged to the lead on a restart with several laps to go. Newman proceeded to create a commanding lead when his car suddenly snapped loose and he found himself in the outside retaining wall, pointing to a flat tire for his misfortune.

"We ended up blowing a left rear tire," Newman said. "It blew and spun around. I felt it pop and it spun and hit the wall. We tried to complete some more laps, but that was it."

Atlanta Motor Speedway, nearly identical in size to Lowe's Motor Speedway should provide Newman with another good chance at victory, as well as an opportunity to sit alone atop the AMS record books with eight career poles.

Currently, Newman is tied with Buddy Baker at seven poles, but being the fastest car during Georgia-Pacific Qualifying on Friday night, Oct. 26, will give Newman sole possession of the top spot.

Fans can purchase tickets to the Oct. 28 Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race, as well as the weekend's accompanying events, by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at 877-9-AMS-TIX, 770-946-4211