Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Drivers to Appear in E-Z-GO 200 NCTS Race
Kyle Busch, Hamlin, Newman, Kvapil, Speed, McCumbee to Compete on Sat.
Kyle Busch, a three-time NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series winner at Atlanta Motor Speedway, highlights a six-member list of Sprint Cup drivers set to compete in Saturday's E-Z-GO 200. In addition to Busch in the No. 51 Billy Ballew Motorsports Miccosukee Resorts/NOS Energy Drink truck, his Cup teammate, Denny Hamlin, will also race for Ballew in the No. 15 Ergon Hypren truck. With a win in the E-Z-GO 200, Busch would improve to a perfect four-for-four in NCTS races at Atlanta and also tie the mark for the most truck wins at any one track.
In addition to Busch and Hamlin, noteworthy Cup entrants in the E-Z-GO 200 include Ryan Newman and Travis Kvapil, the 2001 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Rookie of the Year. Rising stars Scott Speed and Chad McCumbee will also compete in both the NCTS and Sprint Cup races.
Chrissy Wallace Set To Make First NCTS Start at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Daughter of Mike Wallace Known in Atlanta for Legends Success
While the father-and-son duos in sports are a relatively common storyline, as the daughter of Mike Wallace, Chrissy presents an unfamiliar story in a sport teeming with testosterone.
Wallace, daughter of Mike and niece to Rusty and Kenny, won at Atlanta Motor Speedway in her first ever visit to the track in a Bandolero car, making her the first woman to win a Legends race at Atlanta.
"I'm looking forward to coming to Atlanta because, for me, this is a special track," said Wallace. "The first time I raced there I became the first woman to in Atlanta. Now, we've been running well in the truck lately and I'm hoping to come back to Atlanta and qualify decent and finish in the top 10."
After winning in her Bandolero, Wallace won again when she returned to the track and won in a Legends car. She hopes to carry that same success into the E-Z-GO 200.
Can Gordon Win in Atlanta to Continue Winning Streak?
While Jimmie Johnson is the talk, recent statistics say Gordon is favorite
Jeff Gordon is winless in 2008 and his streak of winning at least one race in each year since 1994 is in jeopardy with just four races remaining on the year. However, statistics compiled from the past three years in Atlanta would suggest Gordon is the favorite in Georgia.
While Jimmie Johnson is certainly good at Atlanta - he has an average finish of 6.5 over the last three years - Gordon is better; Gordon has an average finish of sixth in his last six starts in Atlanta. Gordon and Matt Kenseth (average finish of 6.17 in his last six races at Atlanta) are the only drivers with a better average finish than Johnson at Atlanta in the last three years. With an average finish of sixth in the last three years and four career wins at Atlanta, Gordon might have an opportunity to claim his first win of 2008 in the Pep Boys Auto 500.
Quotable: Matt Kenseth on Atlanta Motor Speedway
In Atlanta to promote the Pep Boys Auto 500 last Tuesday, former NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth made multiple comments about Atlanta Motor Speedway as the track prepares to play host to the seventh race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup:
"I like Atlanta," said Kenseth, who has six top-five finishes at Atlanta in his career. "I mean, it's always been one of my favorites. It's a lot like Rockingham, but a lot bigger and faster. It's a lot of fun for the drivers, there are several grooves out there and you can pass and kind of look around at other grooves so that makes it a lot of fun."
Speaking about his favorite line on the track: "It depends on how your car is handling and how the track is," explained Kenseth. "The high line was better for a long time, but it seems like the track has worn pretty good. The top is almost as wore out as the bottom, so it seems like it has kind of come back to where it's pretty equal again. It seems like the bottom of [turns] three and four is maybe a little better and the middle to the top in [turns] one and two is better for whatever reason."
Flyover Set for Pep Boys Auto 500
C-130 and 919 Special Operations Group from Eglin AFB in Florida to provide flyover
The 919th Special Operations Group from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida will conduct a military flyover before the Pep Boys Auto 500, including a Lockheed C-130 Hercules. The massive C-130 is the main tactical airlifter for many military forces worldwide, used by more than 50 nations in more than 40 models and variations.
Keni Thomas, former Army Ranger, to perform at VAULT Stage on Sunday
Thomas will perform at 11 a.m. on Sunday of Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend
Former US Army Ranger Keni Thomas will perform a special concert on Sunday of the Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend. The concert is presented by Vault and the USO and Thomas will be appearing on the VAULT Stage at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 26. The VAULT Stage is located behind the Earnhardt Grandstand near Gate 15. Fans are encouraged to help the USO support our military members by making contributions into bottle-shaped bins beside the VAULT stage or by donating Coke Rewards points at mycokerewards.com.
Thomas, a former Ranger, fought with the 3rd Battalion, 75th Rangers in Somalia and was engaged in part of the battle highlighted in "Blackhawk Down." Since ending his military career, he has pursued music as his career and passion and was featured in the movie, "Sweet Home Alabama."
Brantley Gilbert, Local Country Artist, To Perform Before Pep Boys Auto 500
Gilbert of Jefferson to Sing "Georgia On My Mind" at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Up-and-coming country act Brantley Gilbert will be performing "Georgia on my Mind" before the start of the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sunday, Oct. 26. Gilbert, a native of Jefferson, is slated to perform at 1:53 p.m. preceding the Pep Boys Auto 500.
Glen M. Gardner, Jr. Named Grand Marshal for Saturday's Festivities
Glen M. Gardner, Jr. has been selected as the Grand Marshal for Saturday's E-Z-GO 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. Gardner, who served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966-1970, was recently selected as the Commander-in-Chief for the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the VFW 109th National Convention.
Tickets to the entire Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend are available by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX (877-926-7849), 770-946-4211 or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.