Making his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut in 2012, motocross and rally car racer Travis Pastrana will visit Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 1 for 300 miles under the lights at AMS.Pastrana was scheduled to make his Nationwide Series debut last season but was delayed to this year following an ankle injury during the X Games in July of 2011. In addition to select Nationwide Series races, he will also run 11 K&N Pro Series events in 2012.

"Travis brings a unique following to NASCAR, which will help introduce new sets of eyes to the sport," said AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark. "He is a highly competitive individual, and he is obviously talented in multiple areas. He delivers a distinctive excitement to all events he competes in, and his enthusiasm is evident, which carries over to the audience in the stands."

Pastrana will be the second high-profile NASCAR newcomer making their debut at AMS on Labor Day weekend. Pastrana will be joined by former open-wheel racer Danica Patrick as they take on Atlanta's 1.54-mile speedway on Saturday, Sept. 1 during the 300-mile Nationwide Series race.

NASCAR night racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 2, 2012. Tickets for the AdvoCare 500 are on sale now. For more information, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.