A Whole Lot More Than Race Weekend!
Many fans associate Atlanta Motor Speedway with its annual NASCAR weekend that caps off with the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500. But there is a whole lot more to what happens at Atlanta Motor Speedway throughout the rest of the year!
Covering more than 880 acres, AMS is one of the region's premiere facilities, hosting events ranging from motorsports entertainment, the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama, music festivals, private events and more!
Sure, planning for when NASCAR turns AMS into one of the largest cities in Georgia for a span of three days is a year-round job (yes, we even have a jail on race weekend!), but the hive of activity at our facility is one that is non-stop.
Once over the NASCAR haulers pack up and head on down the road, attention here zeroes in on one of our most visible events of the year - the Summit Racing Equipment Atlanta Motorama! Next year will be the fifth year of this massive car show event - and the biggest one yet - so plan now to be here April 18-19, 2018!
And then comes the current time of year, when we stage weekly events both in the areas of short-track racing as well as street-style drag racing!
On Thursday evenings, up-and-coming drivers and veterans of the quarter-mile take to the track with one goal in mind - to claim the checkered flag at Thursday Thunder presented by Papa John's Pizza! For only $5, or free for kids ages 5 and under, fans can see the high-intensity drama of short track racing and be part of the fun of grandstand entertainment each and every week! Gates open at 6 p.m., and feature races begin at 7:30 p.m.!
On Fridays, the speed goes to a straight line when the action becomes all about drag racing and proving whose car can get to the end of the pit lane drag strip first at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags!
With 18 divisions, there's a spot for most any car to take part in one of the country's most successful grassroots drag racing programs! And did you know that even you can race at Drags? That's right! For $20, you can enter your very own vehicle to drag race or show it in the weekly Show-N-Shine.
Plus, all show participants have the opportunity to drive their vehicle on the track in the Speedway Cruise, just before drag racing eliminations get under way! Grandstand admission is $10, and the spectator gates open at 6:30 p.m. Drag eliminations roll off at 9:09 p.m.
Now, with more than 880 acres, that means we have plenty of space to host various activities! Later this year, we'll continue to host Imagine Festival as well as the Georgia State Fair. In October, the Atlanta Air Show will be staged at AMS as well! You can always find a listing of upcoming events at the link below!
And did you know that you can also rent all or part of our facility for an event? Throughout the year, Rinnai, the official/exclusive water heater of Atlanta Motor Speedway, hosts clients, employees and others at AMS with Active Pest Control also being among those doing so. You can also rent parts of our venue for parties, prom events, dinners and so much more!
So while many may first think of NASCAR when they think of Atlanta Motor Speedway, there is also a whole lot more going on around here throughout the year!