While fans from many local areas and across the state of Georgia will head to Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend for the AdvoCare 500 weekend, some of the fans attending races at the speedway will traverse many miles on their way to the biggest Labor Day party in the USA.
This weekend's AdvoCare 500 will feature spectators from all 50 states in the United States, including several foreign countries. Countries that will be represented at this weekend's event include: Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Puerto Rico and Sweden.
The international flavor will continue in the garage area, with drivers hailing from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Columbia and Italy.
Chase Spots Up for Grabs at Atlanta Motor Speedway
With yesterday's announcement from NASCAR that Jeff Gordon is guaranteed a spot in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the total number of drivers that find themselves locked-in grows to six.
Six drivers have already clinched a spot in the Chase, whether through a top-10 standing in the points or through the Wild Card. Kyle Busch, Jimmie Johnson, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards are locked into the top-10, while Kevin Harvick and Gordon have guaranteed at least a Wild Card berth into the Chase. It is highly likely both drivers will cement top-10 positions in points this weekend in the AdvoCare 500 at AMS.
For drivers looking to leave Atlanta with one of the other six Chase spots, the number to watch will be 49. Any driver that leaves AMS Sunday night with a 49-point lead over the 11th place driver clinches a top-10 Chase spot.
Here are the Chase-clinching scenarios for drivers contending for the playoffs:
Kevin Harvick and Jeff Gordon: Both are 93 points ahead of 11th, Harvick can guarantee a top-10 spot with a finish of 40th or better, 41st with one lap led or 42nd with the most laps led.
Ryan Newman: The native Hoosier is 73 points ahead of 11th, and can guarantee a top-10 spot with a finish of 20th or better, 21st with one lap led or 22nd with the most laps led.
Kurt Busch: Busch finds himself 60 points ahead of 11th as the series heads to Atlanta. A top-10 spot can be clinched with a finish of seventh or better, eighth and one lap led or ninth with the most laps led.
Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Tony Stewart, who find themselves 39 and 21 points ahead of 11th, can both mathematically reach the 49-points needed to lock themselves in, but need help in doing so. No specific finish guarantees a spot at this point.
There are Wild Card clinching senarios that could take place on Sunday, but each one hinges on various finishes from different competitors.
Fantastic Deal Still Available for Race Fans
For fans looking for a great value and the opportunity to be up-close to the action, the Atlanta Motor Speedway $149 Start/Finish Line Package is the perfect option.
For just $149, customers get an Upper Champions Grandstand ticket to both the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Sunday, Sept. 4 and the Great Clips 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race on Saturday, Sept. 3. Also included is a Sunday Pre-Race Pit Pass. This is a total savings of over $111.
With NASCAR's changes to the pit road dress code for 2011, a variety of clothing options that were previously not allowed are now accepted for this year's AdvoCare 500. Fans can dress comfortably in shorts, open-toed shoes, sleeveless shirts, skirts and dresses for their visit to pit road.
Pink the Color of Choice at Atlanta Motor Speedway This Weekend
This weekend's Chevrolet Camaro SS pace car for the AdvoCare 500 will feature a different look for a good cause.
Chevrolet will feature a specially-themed Camaro SS pace car for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at both Atlanta and Richmond. This weekend's pace car will be pink in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month for October.
For each caution lap that the pace car leads the Sprint Cup field under for the next two races, Chevrolet will make a $200 contribution to the American Cancer Society.
"With October—which is right around the corner—being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Chevy wanted to take this opportunity to raise awareness of our collaboration with the American Cancer Society by pacing with specially themed Camaro SS pace cars the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta and Richmond," said Jeff Chew, Chevy Racing Marketing Manager. "Hopefully, this will serve to help race fans remember all of the upcoming events in October, and remind everyone that we all can do our part in helping in the fight against breast cancer."
Atlanta Falcons on Hand for Great Clips 300
Three members of the Atlanta Falcons will be visiting Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend as the special guests of Peachtree City native Reed Sorenson. Pro-Bowlers Ovie Mughelli, Michael Turner and Roddy White will join the No. 32 team on Saturday night to watch Sorenson compete in the Great Clips 300.
Sorenson, a new season ticket holder with the franchise, attended a team practice on Tuesday and will join General Manager Thomas Dimitroff in watching the team's fourth preseason game on Thursday night at the Georgia Dome. Sorenson's Crew Chief Trent Owens and Car Chief Shannon Rursch will also join Sorenson for the game.
NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2-4. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 start at $39 and $19 for students. Children 12 and under admitted free for the Great Clips 300 and the Good Sam Club 200 with an adult ticket. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.