Atlanta Motor Speedway Sets Record One-Day Ticket Sales on Monday

Atlanta Motor Speedway set a single-day ticket sales record on Monday for the Sunday night Pep Boys Auto 500.

In addition to establishing a new single-day mark for ticket sales, Atlanta Motor Speedway's ticket sales for the Pep Boys Auto 500 are up significantly over 2008 sales as of the close of business on Monday.

"Yesterday was the best day for ticket sales in my 17 years at Atlanta Motor Speedway and it really speaks to the anticipation surrounding our first night race," said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager. "We're building a new NASCAR tradition with the Pep Boys Auto 500 and night racing on Labor Day weekend and fans are responding with tremendous interest."

Diamond Rio, SHeDAISY to Perform National Anthems at AMS

Grammy-nominated country artists Diamond Rio and SHeDAISY will perform the National Anthems prior to the running of the Pep Boys Auto 500 and Degree V12 300 at Atlanta Motor Speedway respectively.

Nominated for 13 Grammy awards, Diamond Rio will sing the National Anthem prior to the running of Sunday's Pep Boys Auto 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race. In addition to the Anthem, Diamond Rio will headline a Pre-Race Party concert prior to the race.

Also giving fans up-close access to NASCAR Sprint Cup driver introductions, a limited number of stage-front passes are available for $49. The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a performance by up-and-coming country star Jason Michael Carroll. A Pep Boys Auto 500 ticket is also required for admission to the party area.

County vocal group SHeDAISY will perform the National Anthem prior to Atlanta Motor Speedway's Nationwide race, the Degree V12 300 on Saturday night. SHeDAISY has been nominated for one Grammy, two Academy of Country Music Association awards, and one Country Music Association award.

To purchase Pre-Race Party Passes or ticket to the Pep Boys Auto 500, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (77) 946-3917 or (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Stats Don't Show It, but Surging Marcos Ambrose Favors Atlanta

Marcos Ambrose favors Atlanta Motor Speedway.

His career records won't show it - he has a best finish of 29th in two appearances at AMS - but Ambrose runs well at Atlanta.

"The stats don't show it, but I favor Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Ambrose. "We had a motor blow up there in the spring when we were running in the top-10 and I ran well there last year in my only previous Cup start. We have a good handle on our 1.5-mile program and expect big results."

Ambrose, formerly noted solely for his road racing accolades, isn't the only one expecting strong results from the Aussie. After a number of recent strong showings, many fans and pundits are boarding the Ambrose bandwagon and for good reason. Ambrose has posted some remarkable finishes in his first full year in the Sprint Cup Series, including a fourth-place finish at Talladega, sixth at Pocono, third at Infineon Raceway, sixth at Daytona, second at Watkins Glen, and a tenth and a third-place finish at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Now turning heads on ovals in addition to his road course success, Ambrose should soon find his way to Victory Lane on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. And with glimpses of his potential emerging in his previous two races on the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway and a liking for the track, Ambrose could find Victory Lane as soon as this weekend.

Chief Lighting Officer Ready to Turn On the Lights

Atlanta Motor Speedway's Chief Lighting Officer is eagerly anticipating his responsibility of turning on the lights for Atlanta's first NASCAR Sprint Cup night race.

Jack Welch was selected from more than 750 entrants to serve as the track's Chief Lighting Officer in a promotional earlier this year. As Atlanta's CLO, Welch will make history as he "flips the switch" to turn on the lights, receives VIP for the Pep Boys Auto 500 and participates in pre-race festivities.

"We are very excited about the trip and being involved with turning the lights on at Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Welch, a resident of Pearl, Miss. "What a great way to celebrate my birthday weekend!"

Upon being selected, Welch literally could not believe the news.

"It was one of those situations where they said, ‘I won,' and I didn't believe the girl on the phone," said Welch. "My wife and I are extremely excited and I can't wait to turn on the lights."

Welch's birthday is Sept. 7.