Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - March 6, 2010 AMS TICKET SALES UP: Advanced tickets sales for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 are brisk and remain above last year's pace. With a forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s,...
Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 2 - March 6, 2010
AMS TICKET SALES UP: Advanced tickets sales for this weekend's Kobalt Tools 500 are brisk and remain above last year's pace. With a forecast calling for sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s, the AMS ticket department has added ticket representatives and is expecting a significant walkup crowd when gates open at 9 a.m.
Kobalt Tools 500 tickets start at $39 and can be purchased by calling (877) 9-AMS-TIX, visiting the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office or by going online to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. Tickets purchased online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com can even be printed out at home, providing fans with the ultimate in ticket buying convenience.
WENDELL SCOTT DECALS ON CARS AT AMS: NASCAR Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck Series vehicles will carry a special commemorative decal honoring Wendell Scott's first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start on March 4, 1961.
Wendell was a racing pioneer, becoming the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR's premier series on Dec. 1, 1963.
"This is enormous for our family in so many ways," Sybil Scott said. "(My father) would want the young drivers coming up today to be inspired."
Ryan Gifford, one of the Drive for Diversity participants, visited with Scott's family earlier this year for the reality show Changing Lanes, and he said the experience humbled him.
"It really showed me what he went through to open the door for someone like myself," Scott said. "I couldn't be more grateful."
And that's what Sybil Scott hopes her father's true legacy is: creating opportunities for future minority drivers.
"Daddy's legacy is through the diversity program," Sybil Scott said. "The doors are open pretty wide right now, I feel very strongly.
"I can only look at these drivers and think of how my dad would be their greatest fan. He would be out there encouraging them and would want others to be supportive. That's how to keep Daddy's legacy alive."
BILL ELLIOTT IN A ROADSTER: Bill Elliott has a full racing schedule this weekend. Not only will he compete in Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500, he'll race a Roadster today at 4 p.m. on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring. AMS track president Ed Clark has already wrapped up the Roadster championship for the Winter Flurry season, so he'll focus his efforts on the Masters race, trying to pick up another title.
Also expected to compete in the Roadsters race are Bill Elliott development drivers Casey Roderick and Trey Poole, and Joe Gibbs development driver Max Gresham. Roderick has been stellar in his ARCA starts so far, finishing second in his debut and winning the pole for his second race last weekend in West Palm Beach, where he was leading the race when his transmission failed.