Atlanta Motor Speedway facts 2010-08-31

By the Numbers at Atlanta Motor Speedway HAMPTON, GA. (Aug. 31, 2010) -- As NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series stars return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 5, hundreds of thousands or race fans will descend...

By the Numbers at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTON, GA. (Aug. 31, 2010) -- As NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series stars return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2010 Emory Healthcare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 5, hundreds of thousands or race fans will descend upon the Speedway, massive amounts of equipment will be used, and speeds will be among the noteworthy statistical figures used on race weekend.

Below is a numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts, and figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

$0: Cost of parking in any of Atlanta Motor Speedway's grass parking lots for the Emory Healthcare 500 NASCAR night racing weekend.

.006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in the Spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the closest ever in the track's history.

1: Total number of drivers to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the same weekend in Atlanta, which Carl Edwards did in the Spring of 2005.

2: The fewest cautions in a 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup race in Atlanta during the running of the 1977 Atlanta 500.

3 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds in the No. 3 Chevrolet: Dale Earnhardt's record time for a 500-mile Cup race at AMS on November 12, 1995.

6: Bobby Labonte has the most wins among active drivers at AMS. His first win came at the 1996 NAPA 500 and his most recent win in the 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

7: Most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole wins by one driver in Atlanta, shared by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman. Baker was Newman's NASCAR racing mentor.

8: The number of musical artists performing at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day Weekend, including: Foreigner; Colt Ford; Drivin' N' Cryin; Ernie Haase & Signature Sound (Emory Healthcare 500 National Anthem and pre-race); Grip; Eddie James Gang; Holly Hardin; and Song of Atlanta Show Chorus (Great Clips 300 National Anthem).

9: Most individual wins in Atlanta Motor Speedway history by Dale Earnhardt.

13: The number of Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races won from the pole position.

14": The size of coolers fans can bring in to the Atlanta Motor Speedway with their favorite beverage. Just make sure they are 14"x14"x14" and soft sided.

20: Total length in miles of wiring used in television production of a NASCAR race.

24: The degree of banking in the turns at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

32: Most cars finishing on the lead lap, during the 1998 NAPA 500.

35: Number of victories for Chevrolet, the most among any manufacturer at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

42: Different winners in the 50-year Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing history.

45: Record number of lead changes in the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1982.

63: The number of televisions in Club One, Atlanta Motor Speedway's public luxury suite overlooking Turn 1.

66: Number of AMS starts for Richard Petty, the record for all drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

65-75: Number of HD cameras used in the average NASCAR television broadcast.

94: Number of 500-mile races staged at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any NASCAR-sanctioned track. (Eight events in the 1960s were 250, 300 and 400-mile events.)

100: Total points separating 12th-place driver Clint Boyer, the last position to qualify for NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup, from 13th-place driver Jamie McMurray entering the Emory Healthcare 500.

133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race.

197.478 mph: Track record for one-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying set by Geoffrey Bodine in November 1997.

500: Terry "Mr. 500" Green, the Grand Marshall for the Emory Healthcare 500, was the 500th heart transplant recipient by Emory Healthcare.

887: Total acreage at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

1,320 feet: Total length of pit road at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

26,807: Total number of miles driven at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Richard Petty, the most of any NASCAR driver in Atlanta's history.

$3,534,134: Career Sprint Cup winnings for Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.

For more information on the upcoming Emory Healthcare 500 race weekend or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit

-source: ams

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Geoffrey Bodine , Kevin Harvick , Ryan Newman , Jamie McMurray , Richard Petty , Buddy Baker