Hello again, race fans! This is Atlanta Motor Speedway President and GM Ed Clark with the latest installment of the Inside Line, the exclusive newsletter for you, the members of the Atlanta Motor Speedway Insiders Club!
Let's talk some racing!
Time flies, doesn't it? We're less than 40 days from NASCAR's return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500 night race weekend.
The closer Labor Day Weekend gets, the more it is shaping up to be a win or else scenario for Chase for the Championship contenders. Think back to our inaugural NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race in 2009. That year, Kasey Kahne found his way to victory lane, and his win at Atlanta got him into the Chase. Chances are very good that a handful of drivers will likely need to win at Atlanta in order to make the Chase.
One win by a driver ranked around 11th or 12th would move them toward the top ten in the standings. For a driver ranked around 17th to 20th, a win would inject them well into wild card contention.
What it all comes down to is this. If a driver hasn't had quite the results they had hoped for in 2013, they can turn things around in a hurry on Labor Day Weekend!
Drivers will have nothing to lose when they come to Atlanta, and they'll be laying it on the line under the lights on Labor Day Weekend!
Ask The GM
When do race team haulers enter for race weekend this year?
This year, NASCAR Nationwide Series haulers enter at 7:30 a.m. Friday with the Sprint Cup transporters at 8:30 a.m. The haulers enter at the main infield tunnel at turns 1-2.
We welcome all fans to come watch the team transporters enter the speedway on race weekend. It's kind of the official kickoff to a great weekend of racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the 18-wheelers head through the tunnel and into track to park in the garage area.
We look forward to seeing you at the track!
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Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing you on Labor Day Weekend!