With the Oct. 26-27 national championship for Legends and Thunder Roadster racers quickly approaching, there is no better time to take a look at the weekend schedule and gain a grasp of what fans can expect during the two extensive days of competition among the nation’s best Legends drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

On Friday, Oct. 26 the spectator gates will open at 1:00 p.m. in time for fans to watch heat races for both Legends and Thunder Roadster drivers. All four divisions of Legends cars and the Thunder Roadster cars will be inverted from an earlier morning heat race to set the lineup for the second heat. Following Bandolero practice, the Legends divisions will hold their annual Race of Champions, featuring the state champions in those various divisions. And at 6:00 p.m. the Bandolero drivers will draw for position and race under the lights to conclude the day’s activity.

Championship day on Saturday, Oct. 27 will get started at 2:00 p.m. with the C-Main races for all four divisions of Legends cars. Each main race except the four championship feature events will have a maximum number of 24 competitors. The top four finishers in the C-Main will advance to the B-Main. From there, the top four finishers will then move to the Championship A-Main feature race. The C, B and A-Main races will be 20-lap events. The lineup for the A-Main feature races will be determined by a points system that will be tallied throughout the weekend, combining qualifying and heat races. Those points will lock drivers into their appropriate race and starting positions.

Below is a schedule of events for the 2012 Legends Asphalt Nationals:

Friday, Oct. 26:

1:00 p.m. Spectator Gates Open
Legends and Thunder Car Heat #2 (invert from Heat #1)
3:45 p.m. Bandolero Practice (20 minutes)
4:15 p.m. Legends Young Lions Race of Champions (20 laps or 20 minutes)
Legends Semi-Pro Race of Champions (20 laps or 20 minutes)
Legends Masters Race of Champions (20 laps or 20 minutes)
Legends Pro Race of Champions (20 laps or 20 minutes)
6:00 p.m. Bandolero Race – Draw and Run (20 laps)

Saturday, Oct. 27:

1:30 p.m. Spectator Gates Open
2:00 p.m. C-Mains (Top four finishers transfer to the B-Main)
Young Lions Division (20 laps)
Semi-Pro Division (20 laps)
Masters Division (20 laps)
Pro Division (20 laps)

B-Mains (Top four finishers transfer to the A-Main)
Young Lions Division (20 laps)
Semi-Pro Division (20 laps)
Masters Division (20 laps)
Pro Division (20 laps)
Bandolero Main Event (20 laps)

Opening Ceremonies and Championship A-Main Features
Young Lions Division (40 laps)
Semi-Pro Division (40 laps)
Thunder Roadster Division (30 laps)
Masters Division (40 laps)
Pro Division (40 laps)

Friday grandstand admission is $5 with kids seven and under admitted free. Friday grandstand admission can also be free to those who purchase a Saturday grandstand ticket. Saturday grandstand tickets are just $10 with kids seven and under admitted free.

For the full schedule and more information on the 2012 Legends Car Nationals at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Oct. 26-27, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call (770) 946-4211 or (877) 9-AMS-TIX.

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