Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway during the October 2008 Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR race weekend.

Gate Openings
Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Friday (12 p.m., gates 2,12,13,15), Saturday (9:00 a.m., all gates except 3 and 14), Sunday (9 a.m., all gates).

Important Note
For fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each grandstand.

Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol Program
The Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property.  Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Nationwide Insurance Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.

Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events and will depart regularly from the designated Nationwide tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited

Campground tram route
Runs along inner perimeter road. Through all public parking and most camping areas, with a stop at Entrance M.

Infield tram route
Runs from the guard house at the new tunnel into the infield along the road course.

Nationwide Insurance Pit Stops
Nationwide is hosting two tented rest areas the display lot. Stop by and relax for a few moments to help fight exhaustion during the race weekend.

ATM Machines
Bank of America will have 12 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property.  You will find ATM machines at gates 13, 14, and 15 (will call).  There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty and East Turn Grandstands, as well as near the infield concessions area.

Camping Guidelines
Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Mid-State Family Campground) although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you respect your neighbors and only use them when necessary. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.

Traffic Reports
Traffic information will be provided by WSB 750 AM.  Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at

Beer Cut-Off Times
Beer sales will conclude with 50 laps left in each race.  For your convenience, please be sure to make your purchases before this time.

Outside Food
While we pride ourselves on providing a variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14”x14”x14” and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway.  Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.

Handicapped Parking Enforcement
Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and/or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative’s handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of the handicapped parking sticker is required to be in the vehicle.

Ticket Resale
No tickets may be resold on Speedway property.  This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer. For more information on TicketExchange, visit

Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway
Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visiting

During race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has Emergency Assistance locations in each grandstand as well as the Infield. Should you or anyone in your party require Emergency Assistance while you are on AMS property, please visit one of those locations or, if needed, dial 911.


As with any large event, there is going to be significant traffic come race weekend, so Atlanta Motor Speedway would also like to encourage all fans coming to any event throughout the weekend to come early and stay late. All General Parking lots at AMS open at 6 a.m., so fans should feel free to get here early to beat the traffic and check out everything the Speedway has to offer come race weekend.

For more information on race weekend or to answer any questions you may have please visit or call 770-707-7904.