There's a flood of excitement with the start of each NASCAR season, and this year will be no different because when the checkered flag falls at Daytona, it'll turn the page toward one of the highlights of the early portion of the season - the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway! The season may begin in Daytona, but it'll pick up serious steam at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Race weekend at AMS will be the first chance for drivers and teams to prove themselves early in the season. With all three NASCAR series having put restrictor-plate racing in the rear-view mirror, the annual weekend at AMS will enable teams, drivers and their fans to get a handle on what to expect for a better portion of the season.

Atlanta also stands to be a prime event for drivers looking to put a bad start to the season behind them. If a team had a tumultuous speed week, their first chance to take a step back in the right direction will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

And then there is the novelty factor. If you like seeing what’s new, Atlanta Motor Speedway will be the place to be Feb. 26 through March 1!

New sponsor and driver combinations will debut at the start of the season. As odd as it sounds, the days of Carl Edwards in a No. 99 car for Roush Fenway Racing have come and gone. Now it’s a bright-orange colored No. 19 for Joe Gibbs Racing. Over at Richard Petty Motorsports, a driver with redemption on his mind is Sam Hornish Jr., getting behind the wheel of the No. 9 car. Hornish, who most recently competed full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2010, returns to NASCAR’s top division following race victories in each of the past two NASCAR Nationwide Series (now NASCAR Xfinity Series) seasons.

Last year, Georgia’s Chase Elliott claimed the NASCAR Nationwide Series title as a rookie. This year, Bubba Wallace will attempt to do the same while driving for Roush Fenway. A major first step will be here, during the Hisense 250 on Saturday Feb. 28, an event that’ll be followed by the Atlanta 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.

Plus, cars will be on the track one day earlier this year! NASCAR will hold an open test session for all Sprint Cup Series teams on Thursday, Feb. 26, and admission to watch from the grandstands is either $10 or free with the purchase of a Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 grandstand ticket.

There are a lot of reasons to be part of race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway andwe’re excited that you will be here as part of it!

It’s not too late to purchase your tickets for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway! Call 877-926-7849 or go to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/tickets!