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!
As of now, it looks like we have a pretty nice preview of NASCAR's championship battle shaping up. Throughout this season, Jimmie Johnson and Matt Kenseth have enjoyed more success than anyone else, each winning three point-earning races.
Both have shown an ability to win in multiple ways, either by dominating the field, such as Johnson did on Sunday, or by improving their cars during the race to move into position for the win.
While Johnson clearly had the car to beat in his wins at Martinsville and Pocono, he stayed in contention before seizing the top spot late to pick up the win at Daytona.
As for Kenseth, he overpowered the field to win at Las Vegas and Kansas. At Darlington, on the other hand, he led just 17 laps. And of those laps led, 13 of them came during the race's final 13 circuits.
So both drivers have shown an strong ability this season already to win in multiple ways. A very fun summer of racing is coming up, that's for sure!
Ask The GM
What's Going On At The Track On Friday Of Race Weekend?
We're definitely excited about everything going on during Labor Day Weekend, and that includes all of Friday's activities!
Earlier in the day, cars from both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series will be on track for practice before Sprint Cup qualifying. Then, we'll set things up for the Q&A with Brad Keselowski and others on the frontstretch! And after that, get ready for some speed with the Sprint Car Shootout with cars from the USCS Sprint Car Series going around the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" at lightning-fast speeds!
The best part about all of this? Your grandstand ticket for Friday gets you in to see it all!
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!