Atlanta Motor Speedway will be busier than ever in 2008 hosting several new large events in addition to an already full schedule.

Highlighting the 2008 event schedule is the return of two Sprint Cup races in March and October, as well as several first-time events at AMS. Below is a schedule of the major events taking place this year. Updated calendar information can be found at http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/.

 

2008 EVENTS

 

February 16 - 17: Eastman Gun Show

The southeast's leader in collectible firearms shows moves their popular event to the Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup garage. Hundreds of dealers from all over the southeast will display various military, hunting and sporting firearms.

March 7: Georgia Power Qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the American Commercial Lines 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race

The world's top drivers converge on the fastest NASCAR track on the circuit for a full weekend of speed and pageantry.

2007 Pole Winner: Ryan Newman, 193.124 mph

2007 Craftsman Truck Winner: Mike Skinner, 105.739 mph

March 8: Nicorette 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race

Three hundred miles of grueling, side by side stock car racing. Immediately following the NASCAR action, the stars of tomorrow will compete in Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters on Atlanta Motor Speedway's famous "Thunder Ring" quarter-mile oval.

2007 Nicorette 300 Winner: Jeff Burton, 191.080 mph

March 9: Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race 

Defending NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway to defend his Atlanta Motor Speedway season sweep of 2007. Johnson won the spring and fall races on his way to a second straight series title. He brings a two race win streak to the track known for its high speeds and close racing action.

2007 Winner: Jimmie Johnson, 152.915 mph

March 14 - 16: Great American Auction

Automobile dealers from all over Atlanta fill the massive infield of Atlanta Motor Speedway for a weekend of the best automotive deals available. New and used vehicles will be available for sale prices and by auction. Buyers will be allowed to drive their new purchase on the famous high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway.

March 29: Classic Auto Auction & Car Corral

Cars and trucks from all eras will be available to the highest bidder. Classics, customs, restorations and show room vehicles from all over the southeast will venture through the auction line. This event is the east coast version of the famous Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions seen on ESPN and Speed TV.

April 18 - 20: Southeastern RV SuperShow and Outdoor Camping Extravaganza

The southeast's largest display of RV's including motor homes, travel trailers, fifth wheels, pop-up campers, van campers and toy haulers. Hundreds of units from almost every manufacturer will be available for shopping and comparing. Plus, hundreds of camping vendors, cooking seminars, camping seminars, camping club displays, live entertainment, race car rides and much more. For more information, please visit http://www.garvshows.com/.

May 2 - 3: Mopar Southern Classic

The North Georgia Mopar Club annual car show invades the speedway infield for two days of Mopar muscle. Drag racing, huge swap meet, car show, dyno-competition and vendor display area. For more information, please visit http://www.northgeorgiamoparclub.com/.

May 3: Major League of Monster Trucks

Sixteen of the nation's most prolific monster trucks will compete in high speed races in which these vehicular monsters destroy everything in their path. The race course will be one of the largest areas ever created in monster truck competition with the entire speedway ball field utilized for racing and car crushing action. Some of the monster trucks expected to compete include Bigfoot, Gunslinger, T-Maxx, War Wizard, Madusa, Samson, Avenger and others.  Pre-event pit party, driver autographs and more will be offered to fans purchasing tickets. For more information, please visit http://www.majorleagueofmonstertrucks.com/.

May 3 - 4: Eastman Gun Show

The southeast's leader in collectible firearms shows moves their popular event to the Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup garage.  Hundreds of dealers from all over the southeast will display various military, hunting and sporting firearms.

May 30: Street Warriorz National Tour

The Atlanta Motor Speedway drag strip cranks up with the second annual Street Warriorz National Tour. The night includes live music, a huge car show, stereo contest, Street Warriorz bikini contest, plus hundreds of fast cars, cool paint jobs and much more. For more information, please visit http://www.streetwarriorz.com/.

June 5 - August 7: (each Thursday Night): Thursday Thunder Racing Series

Tomorrow's NASCAR stars compete weekly in Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters.  Family oriented fun in a kid-friendly environment which includes autograph sessions, a rock climbing wall, clowns, face painters, carnival games and more. Nightly special events include church leaders competing in the Faster Pastor race, trivia games, a backwards race, mascot race, trailer race and more. Kids are admitted for just $1 while adults pay only $5.

June 6: Drag Racing & Car Show

Atlanta Motor Speedway opens up for drag racing and a car show. Grudge racing is encouraged on the drag strip where racers compete in heads up racing action. Any car or truck is eligible for competition. Must be 16 years of age to compete (with completed parental consent form) and must wear a helmet. Take the racing off of the streets and into a safe environment at the speedway.

June 13 - 15: 2nd Annual NAPA Southern National Goodguys Rod & Custom Show

The nation's number one producer of car shows brings thousands of hot rods, customs and classic autos and trucks to fill the entire Atlanta Motor Speedway infield. Vehicles produced prior to 1972 will enhance the experience creating an ‘American Graffiti' atmosphere. Hundreds of vendors will be displaying in the NASCAR garages. There will also be a model car contest for the adults and a build and take home area for kids. Live entertainment and a full weekend of family fun can be found at the GoodGuys Rod and Custom Show. For more information, please visit http://www.good-guys.com/.

June 20 - August 29: (each Friday Night) Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags and Show-N-Shine Car Show

Local competitors power up for weekly drag racing among several divisions. Everything from full blown dragsters to grandma's grocery-getter will compete in side by side, heads up drag racing along the speedway's pit road eighth-mile drag strip. The Show-N-Shine Car Show offers the not-so-adrenaline powered a chance to show off their rides in the comforts of the NASCAR garage. Race fan car show along pit road, race fan participation and special events make for a great evening at the speedway.

June 28 - 29: DukesFest '08 and a Hazzard County Fair

Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the popular 80's television show, "The Dukes of Hazzard" at the annual reunion of the series stars. Join John Schneider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke), Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke) and others for autograph sessions, photo sessions and fun. New to the show this year is the Hazzard County Fair, which will include a carnival midway, petting zoo, county fair games, live entertainment, a demo derby, lawn mower races and the Hollywood Stunt Show finale on Sunday. This will be a full weekend of fun and excitement as DukesFest comes home to the area where it was originally filmed. For more information, please visit http://www.dukesfest.com/.

July 3: Thursday Thunder Fireworks Display

One of the largest fireworks displays in the Atlanta area will coincide with Thursday Thunder championship racing.

July 4: Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags and Show-N-Shine Car Show July 4th Fireworks

One of the largest fireworks displays in the Atlanta area will coincide with the speedway's popular Friday night drag racing event.

July 26 - 27: Eastman Gun Show

The southeast's leader in collectible firearms shows moves their popular event to the Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup garage.  Hundreds of dealers from all over the southeast will display various military, hunting and sporting firearms.

September 20 - 21: 19th Annual NOPI Nationals

The nation's largest compact car show celebrates its 19th birthday this year at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Nearly 7,000 show vehicles will be on display throughout the speedway infield with hundreds of vendor displays and fan interactives available. National championship competitions will be held in drifting, hydraulics, stereo, swimsuit and burn-out events. National recording acts will also perform live each day of the event. For more information, please visit http://www.nopinationals.com/.

September 28: March of Dimes "Ride to the Speedway'

The annual ride includes a large display of vendors, live entertainment, food and beverage along with the opportunity to ride the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway on your motorcycle.  Tethered balloon rides, helicopter rides and a motorcycle show will also be available. All proceeds benefit the March of Dimes.

October 3 - 5: Super Chevy Weekend

The fastest cars in drag racing will be on hand for an awesome display of power on the pit road drag strip. Nitro funny cars, jet dragsters, alcohol burning rail cars along with some of the fastest cars in the southeast will be competing in three full days of racing at the speedway. The show also brings along some of the nation's leading vendors of high performance parts, hottest display cars and more. Fun for all ages. For more information, please visit http://www.superchevyshow.com/.

October 11: Classic Auto Auction & Car Corral

Cars and trucks from all eras will be available to the highest bidder. Classics, customs, restorations and show room vehicles from all over the southeast will venture through the auction line. This event is the east coast version of the famous Barrett-Jackson Auto Auctions seen on ESPN and Speed TV.

October 24: NASCAR Sprint Cup Qualifying

The world's top drivers converge for the second time in 2008 on the fastest track on the NASCAR circuit for a full weekend of speed and pageantry.

2007 Pole Winner: Greg Biffle, 192.453 mph

October 25: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Race

One hundred thirty-five laps of grueling, wheel to wheel, fender crunching truck racing. Plus, the stars of tomorrow will compete in Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadsters on Atlanta Motor Speedway's famous "Thunder Ring" quarter-mile oval.

2007 Winner: Kyle Busch, 127.381

October 26: Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race

Race Number seven in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship is a make-or-break event for the best drivers in the world. The 500 mile showdown in Atlanta is a turning point in the final run for the points title.

2007 Winner: Jimmie Johnson 135.26

November 15 - 16: Eastman Gun Show

The southeast's leader in collectible firearms shows moves their popular event to the Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup garage.  Hundreds of dealers from all over the southeast will display various military, hunting and sporting firearms.