As 2017 comes to a close, track crews at Atlanta Motor Speedway are hard at work prepping the 20-year-old surface for another high-octane NASCAR race weekend to come in February 2018.

Homestead Miami came and went, as the checkered flag waved to mark the end of an era to begin another one. Though drivers, cars, and sponsors may change, the rough and tough surface of AMS remains steadfast. Even as the "Should They Repave or Not" debate continues, drivers and fans alike wait with great anticipation for one of their favorite races of the season.

Track crews have been sealing and repairing torn seams and cracks in the aging surface since the end of October, doing everything possible to protect the track from the harsh winter weather. It's safe to say these preparations were made just in time as sleet and snow fell upon the Atlanta area last week. More precautions will be taken if deemed necessary to defend her from Old Man Winter.

In late November came another scene that screamed, "Race Day is Coming" - painting the track. AMS' hard-working crew spent days carefully painting race sponsors' names and logos on the aprons, one step closer to hearing and feeling those engines roar once again. Soon will come the repainting of the track walls, giving this beloved racing venue a brand-new glow. This sharp, clean look won't last long though, as fans from all over the world will pour in to sign their names and send well wishes to their favorite drivers on race morning. Fans will mark their presence at the track, making memories that will last a lifetime.

Arrangements for the 2018 NASCAR race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway will continue throughout December, January, and early February. Perfect landscaping will be performed, more logos will be painted, flags and banners will be raised, pre and post-race activities will be organized down to the minute, and that's just scratching the surface. All of this hard work will be on full display in February during every second of the race weekend. AMS will once again shine in all her glory as 40 cars fly by a crowd of thousands.

As AMS continues to prepare for the 2018 NASCAR race weekend, one question remains: "Are you ready?"

Have you bought your tickets and Pre-Race Pit Passes yet? Have you made your camping arrangements? Have all of your tailgating gear together?

What are you waiting for?

Come February 23-25, 2018, the greatest drivers in the world will once again take to the historic asphalt of AMS to try to mark their place in the history books. Will a veteran of the sport continue to dominate? Or will a young up-and-comer prove his worth by tackling the worn beast?

Don't miss your chance to witness the new era of NASCAR in action at AMS! Purchase your tickets today by calling 877-9-AMS-TIX or purchase online here.