Video Traffic Information Added to AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com
10 traffic information videos posted under 'Traffic Tips' within 'Fan Guide' tab
Atlanta Motor Speedway has added 10 videos with traffic information to the track's official website, www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. Located under the 'Fan Guide' tab as 'Traffic Tips,' the series of videos provide accurate information for fans to better understand traffic flow entering and exiting Atlanta Motor Speedway, while displaying traffic routes from an aerial perspective. While the track has cleared all post-race traffic from the facility in less than two hours for each of the last four races, the videos will allow fans to better prepare for attending the Pep Boys Auto 500.
Fans can directly link to the 'Traffic Tips' video at http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/handler.cfm/template,video/cat_id,44 010?sort=display.
Michael Waltrip Set to Make 1,000-Career Start in Pep Boys Auto 500
Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark 1,000 combined Cup, Nationwide and Truck Start
Veteran NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip will make his 1,000th NASCAR start at Atlanta Motor Speedway when he starts the No. 55 for the Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sunday, Oct. 26. After finishing 18th in Martinsville in his 999th-combined NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Craftsman Truck Series start, Waltrip returns to Atlanta for number 1,000, where he has eight career top-10 finishes. Waltrip claimed 30th in March's Kobalt Tools 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A full story on Waltrip's resilient career can be found at http://www.nascar.com/2008/news/features/10/22/mwaltrip.1000.starts/index.html.
Ryan Newman Will Be on the Cusp of History on Hot Shot Qualifying Night
Newman looking for record setting eighth pole on Friday night
Ryan Newman is positioned on the cusp of history. Should Newman claim the pole during Friday's Hot Shot Qualifying Night, Newman would surpass his mentor, Buddy Baker, with eight-career pole wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Currently tied with Baker at seven poles apiece, the duo represents the best pole performers in Atlanta's history. Newman, who has three career top-10 finishes in Atlanta, always enters qualifying at Atlanta Motor Speedway as a favorite.
"I would like to think that when we go to Atlanta, I'm going to have a shot at the pole," said Newman. "It has been a track where I really like to qualify and where I qualify well."
Because of their relationship, passing Baker would be significant to Newman.
"Everyone always asks me about what it would mean to break Buddy Baker's pole record at the track, since we are tied with seven each," continued Newman. "It would be bittersweet because it's Buddy's record, but it would also be an honor for me. Buddy has really helped me throughout my racing career. He has been a good friend to me and my family and a mentor. Buddy was my teacher when I first came to Penske Racing. I tell everyone that Buddy would take me to tracks and work with me, but not the way that you would think. We would get to a track, and we would drive the tracks backwards because he said it would give me a different perspective of the entry and exit points. He was right. That taught me how to approach those areas of the race track when I was driving on it the right way. When we worked together, Buddy would never tell me what I was doing right, but he would point out where I was doing something wrong. He was teaching me to learn from my mistakes. How he worked with me and what he taught me is something that I will never forget. He has really been somebody special to me in my career."
Clint Bowyer Seeking Win at Atlanta Motor Speedway
After showing incredible consistency in previous three races, Bowyer looking for win
While many pundits act as though the Chase for the Sprint Cup is all but concluded, Clint Bowyer's career statistics show the No. 07 Jack Daniel's Chevrolet should be in a good position to finish strong in Atlanta.
After finishing 25th and 27th respectively in his first two races at Atlanta, the 29-year-old Bowyer has recorded back-to-back-to-back sixth-place finishes and has led 54 laps at AMS. Entering Atlanta in fifth place in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings - Bowyer is currently 242 points behind Jimmie Johnson - a win on the 1.54-mile quad-oval would catapult Bowyer back into the title hunt.
"The sensation, for me, it really isn't much because Atlanta is so big," said Bowyer, speaking of the speeds at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "At Atlanta, the grip is so far down that you almost back into the corner in (turns) three and four. It's a different race track than most of the places we go, but it's a lot of fun."
In addition to his past success at Atlanta, Bowyer has three top-10 finishes in his last five races and has not finished worse than 12th in his last nine races, giving the Richard Childress Racing driver momentum entering the Pep Boy Auto 500.
Chevrolet Power Might Put Hornaday Back in Points Driver's Seat
Hornaday looking to maintain Chevy success at Atlanta, en route to first place in points
In a tight points race between Johnny Benson and Ron Hornaday, Jr. in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series, driving a Chevrolet could be the difference.
Hornaday currently trails Benson by 65 points, but is looking to maintain a string of Chevy Silverado success in Atlanta to reclaim the points lead. Chevrolet has recorded four victories in just eight NCTS races in Atlanta, one won by Hornaday in 2005. If the Craftsman Truck Series standout can lead Chevrolet to Victory Lane again in Atlanta, Hornaday will likely find himself in the driver's seat for the NCTS points standings.
"Atlanta has been one of our best tracks lately. We started on the pole for the past two races and led a lot of laps, but finished second both times," said Hornaday. "Atlanta Motor Speedway is a very fast track, probably one of the fastest tracks we run on. The turns have a lot of banking and you can carry some really good speed into the straight-a-ways. We're going to go to Atlanta this time and try to seal the deal and get another win."
Multiple NASCAR Drivers Set to Make Autograph Appearances
Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers Bowyer and Johnson highlight list of signings
Chase for the Sprint Cup drivers Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer have set times to sign a limited number of autographs, in addition to appearances by Travis Kvapil, David Gilliland and many others who will announce their appearance plans at later dates. In addition to Gilliland's Sunday appearance, the driver of the No. 38 Aflac Cancer Center entry will also visit patients at the Aflac Children's Cancer Center on Thursday, Oct. 23.
Friday, Oct. 24:
Jimmie Johnson - 1:30 p.m. - Team Lowe's Racing Fan
Current Chase for the Sprint Cup points leader Jimmie Johnson will be signing a limited number of autographs at the Team Lowe's Racing Fan Experience, located near Gate 13. Wristbands will be available to the first 200 people beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday.
Sunday, Oct. 26:
Clint Bowyer - 11a.m. - Jack Daniel's Experience
Clint Bowyer, who sits fifth in the Chase for the Sprint Cup standings, will be signing autographs at the Jack Daniel's Experience, located in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Display Lot.
David Gilliland - 10 a.m. - Ford Racing Merchandise Trailer
David Gilliland, who has recorded two top-10 finishes in 2008, will sign autographs on Sunday morning at the Ford Racing Merchandise Trailer, along with Travis Kvapil.
Travis Kvapil - 10 a.m. - Ford Racing Merchandise Trailer
Travis Kvapil, who has one pole and three top-10 finishes in 2008, will sign autographs on Sunday morning at the Ford Racing Merchandise Trailer, along with David Gilliland.
Reed Sorenson Charity Golf Classic Set for Thursday
NASCAR drivers, celebs and more compete at Eagle's Landing CC for SCC
The Reed Sorenson Charity Golf Classic presented by Autotrader.com will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 at renowned Eagles Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga. Benefiting the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities, the event will help kickoff the Pep Boys Auto 500 race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Classic is a major fundraiser for the Atlanta chapter of SCC.
Among noteworthy entrants, the event will feature Reed Sorenson, Juan Pablo Montoya, Rutledge Wood from Speed, Tony Eury Jr., crew chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and current Atlanta Braves pitcher Tim Hudson.
NASCAR drivers on racing in Atlanta
Casey Mears on qualifying at night:
"Qualifying at night, as a driver, you have to know that the track is going to have tons more grip. You've got to make sure that you're getting absolutely everything out of your car. And, most likely, you've been practicing during the day. So, when you get in the car at night, you have to be ready to push it harder and get more out of it, because the grip is going to be there.
"I wouldn't say I hold my breath for the whole lap, but for sure in the corners. When I get into that corner and the G-forces hit me, yeah, I'm holding my breath a bit."
Clint Bowyer on why Atlanta reminds him of a dirt track:
"You're constantly searching around for the groove. It seems like the groove is always moving. You'll be down on the bottom, then it will be up at the wall and then you might find a little bit of something in the middle. You're sliding around ... you're dirt-tracking around there. You're driving the car off the right-rear tire like you do on a dirt track."
Ken Schrader on why Atlanta is preferred by drivers over other 1.5-mile tracks:
"The racing surface is wider. I think the track is wider and the groove is wider. It gives you more options, so it's a little bit better than some other tracks."
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.