A total of 13 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams took part in a Goodyear tire test on Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway in preparation for the AdvoCare 500 NASCAR night race weekend August 30th to September 1st.
"The thirteen teams testing at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the most we've had at the track in a number of years," said Ed Clark, President of Atlanta Motor Speedway. "It shows how important the AdvoCare 500 is as teams head towards the Chase."
Among speeds seen today in Atlanta include 189.150 mph by Aric Amlirola while Jamie McMurray turned in a speed of 188.443 mph on the 1.54 mile speedway.
Carl Edwards, who won his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in Atlanta in 2005, was among the drivers testing on Tuesday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
"The first win in Atlanta was a life changing event," said Edwards. "If it was up to me, we'd race here once a month."
A three-time winner in Atlanta, Kurt Busch was also at Atlanta Motor Speedway testing in preparation for the AdvoCare 500. Busch, whose most recent Atlanta win came in 2010 currently 12th in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series point standings. Busch said that Atlanta's racing surface sets it apart from other facilities.
"Tire wear is so different at Atlanta than any other race," said Busch. "I'm excited to see how the tire is going to be with the race and the restarts and the long green flag runs."
Other drivers that took part in the testing in Atlanta included Brad Keselowski, Kasey Kahne, Casey Mears, Matt Kenseth, Paul Menard, Martin Truex, Jr., AJ Allmendinger and David Reutimann.
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.