Georgia Governor Nathan Deal opened the activities and events surrounding the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 Labor Day race weekend with a pair of ceremonial laps around Atlanta Motor Speedway today following a breakfast to benefit Speedway Children's Charities.Prior to speeding around the track, the Governor spoke at the breakfast about the economic impact of Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR Sprint Cup Race as well as the community outreach performed by Speedway Children's Charities.

"The AdvoCare 500 is one of the biggest - if not the biggest single day sporting event held in the State of Georgia," said Governor Deal. "It brings many thousands of jobs and much money to the State of Georgia as a result of it being held here."

Following the Governor's speech, Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark along with Governor Deal raced around the 1.54 mile speedway aboard the official Chevrolet Camaro pace car at the head of the pack of a group of supporters from Speedway Children's Charities.

"It's an honor to have the Governor back at Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Clark. "We are grateful for his support, not only with our NASCAR Sprint Cup race, but also with the work Speedway Children's Charities performs in our community."

Other events scheduled leading up to the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Race on September 1 include the Reed Sorensen Charity Golf Classic on August 29 and the NRA David Ragan Shootout on August 30. A question and answer session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski as well as qualifying for the AdvoCare 500 is also on August 30th. The Great Clips / Grit Chips 300 will be on Saturday, August 31 with the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup race on Sunday, September 1.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend for the AdvoCare 500 race weekend. Tickets are on sale now and adult tickets start at $39. Student tickets cost just $19. Other specials are available while supplies last. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call the AMS Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX or (770) 946-4211.