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!

One of the biggest changes within the NASCAR season during the last ten years has been "silly season," a phrase used to describe the decisions of drivers, crew chiefs and sponsors moving to a new team for the next season.

It used to be the case that this sort of news would be at the forefront within the last month or so of a season. Within the last few years, "Silly Season" kicked into high gear by the end of May. For Kevin Harvick, it started earlier.

With news out before this season even began that this would Harvick's final year at Richard Childress Racing before leaving RCR to drive for Stewart-Haas Racing, it was understandable to hear some speculate that Harvick and the No. 29 team would have a drop-off in results as a result of Harvick being a lame duck.

Now, you may be wondering: What is a lame duck, anyway? Well, according to historical records, the term was initially used in the London Stock Market in the 1700s to describe investors unable to pay their debts. Over time, the phrase was applied to politicians who are in their final term with those around them already looking forward to their eventual replacements. 

But back to Harvick and Richard Childress Racing!

With his win on Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Harvick has won twice in the past four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points events. He has three top-five finishes during that same stretch, the only blemish being a DNF after being caught up in an accident at Talladega.

The bottom line is this - don't count out Kevin Harvick as the season goes on. He is setting himself up to be a major factor in claiming something that Richard Childress Racing has not had since 1994 - a championship in NASCAR's top division.  

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Can I Bring a Cooler Into The Grandstands On Race Weekend!

You absolutely can! We are very happy to allow fans to bring a cooler into the stands on race weekend. The only two things we ask is that they are no larger than 14x14x14 and that they contain no glass objects.

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