Eager to support their hometown Atlanta Braves as they return to the Major League Baseball postseason, Atlanta Motor Speedway officials have wagered with Infineon Raceway officials over the outcome of the National League Division Series between the Braves and San Francisco Giants.
The wager between the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. tracks will feature each betting local fare; the Speedway from the Peach State will offer homegrown Georgia peaches, while Infineon Raceway, nestled in the scenic Sonoma Valley, will offer some of the region's outstanding wine.
"The Giants may have home-field advantage and talented pitching highlighted by back-to-back Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum, but we're confident in Bobby Cox's ability to lead our Braves past the Giants in his last year as the Braves' manager," said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager. "Throughout the years, Bobby has been a friend of the Speedway and a number of his players have joined us at races during his tenure."
Knowing the front end of the rotation is the Braves' strength, Clark has confidence the Braves will prove to be superior in the opening round of the playoffs.
"With a pitching staff fortified by three All Star-caliber arms in [Tim] Hudson, Derek Lowe and Tommy Hanson, the Braves will certainly outduel the Giants to advance to the National League Championship Series," added Clark. "Plus, our staff members would love to take home some fine wine, courtesy of our friends at Infineon, to enjoy while watching the Braves in the NLCS."
While Atlanta Motor Speedway has the utmost confidence in the Braves, Steve Page, president and general manager of Infineon Raceway, had other thoughts.
"The Giants are on a roll and feature one of the best starting pitching rotations in all of baseball," Page said. "I look forward to sharing those Georgia peaches with the entire raceway staff."
Game one of the NLDS between the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants will begin in San Francisco on Thursday, Oct. 7 with a 9:30 p.m. start time EST. Following the first two games of play, the NLDS will move to Atlanta for the third game of the series on Sunday, Oct. 10 with a 4:30 p.m. start EST.
Atlanta Motor Speedway will play host to the Big Green Egg Eggtoberfest on October 15 & 16, hosting grilling and Big Green Egg enthusiasts for two days of delectable fanfare. NASCAR night racing will return to Atlanta Motor Speedway during Labor Day weekend in 2011 with all three NASCAR national-touring series racing during the three-day holiday weekend.
Prior to hosting the Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend in June of 2011, Infineon Raceway will also play host to the West Coast Moto Jam, May 11-15. The motorcycle racing event will feature AMA Pro Road Racing, Supermoto and the TTXGP electric motorcycle series.
For more information on both NASCAR-sanctioned facilities, visit www.speedwaymotorsports.com.