Atlanta Motor Speedway is gearing up to host the Pep Boys Auto 500 on September 6, the track's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race in its history. For the event, a contingent of fans numbering in the hundreds of thousands, massive amounts of food, and speed figures are among the noteworthy statistical figures used on race weekend.
Below is a numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts, and figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway:
0: Total number of NASCAR Sprint Cup night races run in Atlanta Motor Speedway history. (The upcoming Pep Boys Auto 500 on Sept. 6 will be the track's first Sprint Cup night race).
.006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in the Spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the closest ever in the track's history.
1: Total number of drivers to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the same weekend, which Carl Edwards did in the Spring of 2005.
2: The fewest cautions during the running of the 1977 Atlanta 500.
3 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds in the No. 3 Chevrolet: Dale Earnhardt's record time for a 500-mile Cup race at AMS on November 12, 1995.
6: Bobby Labonte has the most wins among active drivers at AMS. His first win came at the 1996 NAPA 500 and his most recent win in the 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.
7: Most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole wins by one driver, shared by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman. Baker was Newman's NASCAR racing mentor.
9: Most individual wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Dale Earnhardt.
20: Total length in miles of wiring used in television production of a NASCAR race.
32: Most cars finishing on the lead lap, during the 1998 NAPA 500.
35: Number of victories for Chevrolet, the most among any manufacturer at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
41: Different winners in the 50-year Atlanta Motor Speedway Sprint Cup racing history.
45: Record number of lead changes in the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1982.
61: The most starts by any active driver at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bill Elliott.
66: Number of AMS starts for Richard Petty, the record for all drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Bill Elliott is second with 61 starts.
65-75: Number of HD cameras used in the average NASCAR television broadcast.
92: Number of 500-mile races staged at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any NASCAR-sanctioned track. (Eight events in the 1960s were 250, 300 and 400-mile events.)
133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race.
197.478 mph: Track record for one-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying set by Geoffrey Bodine in November 1997.
887: Total acreage at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
1,320 feet: Total length of pit road at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
78,000 lbs.: Total weight of traveling ESPN NASCAR Countdown studio.
$3,295,245: Career Sprint Cup winnings for Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.
History will be made this September during the Pep Boys Auto 500 on September 6 as Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts its first NASCAR Sprint Cup night race. Fans can be a part of history by calling the AMS ticket office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or an authorized Ticketmaster retail outlet.