Elliott, Logano have strong ties to Georgia, Atlanta Motor Speedway
Just one race remains in the 2014 NASCAR season, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series champion and a contender for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series title have strong ties to both Georgia and Atlanta Motor Speedway.
In NASCAR's highly competitive Chase for the Sprint Cup format, Joey Logano is one of four drivers having qualified for the Championship Round, where he'll be joined by Kevin Harvick, Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin.
Logano, whose best finish at Atlanta was second in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at AMS, has won five races this season, more than any other driver. The Connecticut native's racing foundation was laid at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Logano still ranks among the most legendary drivers to race in the Speedway's Thursday Thunder legends and bandolero series. He still holds the series record for most consecutive feature wins at 14. Logano also won division championships in both Bandolero and Legends car divisions, claiming titles in the bandits and semi-pro divisions.
In the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Georgia native Chase Elliott clinched the season title this past weekend at Phoenix. The son of NASCAR legend and 2015 NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee Bill Elliott, Chase Elliott made his Atlanta NASCAR debut earlier this year. He was the fastest qualifier and led 36 laps before finishing fifth in the Great Clips 300 to benefit Feed The Children. As a rookie in the NASCAR Nationwide Series, Elliott has won three times, the most of any full-time driver in the series.
Like Logano, Elliott left his imprint on Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway. He won a pair of feature races in the bandolero bandits division in 2007 and also competed in the semi-pro division in 2008 before moving up the racing ladder toward NASCAR as numerous Thursday Thunder drivers have done through the years.
NASCAR makes its return to Atlanta Motor Speedway Feb. 27 to March 1. The weekend will kickoff with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying on Friday and be followed by the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 28. The thrilling action will be capped off Sunday with 500 miles of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.
For more information on the 2015 NASCAR weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.