Atlanta Motor Speedway news 2009-03-03

The Speedway Children's Charities Fast Talk event presented by has confirmed the NASCAR celebrities for its question and answer session. The lineup for Fast Talk presented by includes NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards, ...

The Speedway Children's Charities Fast Talk event presented by has confirmed the NASCAR celebrities for its question and answer session.

The lineup for Fast Talk presented by includes NASCAR drivers Carl Edwards, Kasey Kahne, Ryan Newman, Mike Skinner and Michael Waltrip, plus Jack Roush, Roush Fenway CEO and co-owner and Sam Bass, famed NASCAR artist. These additions will join previously-scheduled speakers Mike Helton, NASCAR president, and Bruton Smith, owner of Speedway Motorsports, Inc.

Fast Talk presented by will include dinner, drinks and a viewing of Georgia Power Qualifying Night from one of the most unique and luxurious seats in NASCAR, Atlanta Motor Speedway's Club One. The event will be hosted by Performance Racing Network's Doug Rice.

Fans wanting to attend can register online at

Georgia-Native Reed Sorenson To Visit Campbell High School

In an effort to raise awareness for safe driving among teenagers, NASCAR upstart and Georgia-native Reed Sorenson will visit Campbell High School in Smyrna on Wednesday, March 4 at 2 p.m.

Joined by SPEED TV commentator John Roberts, Sorenson will encourage communication between parents and teens on the issue of safe driving. This event comes on the heels of Atlanta being identified as the eighth most-deadly area for fatal teen crashes.

The event will take place between 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. and interview availability will be before and after the event.

Aaron Rents, Inc.'s Community Outreach Program Comes to Atlanta

Partnering with Atlanta Motor Speedway for Saturday's American Commercial Lines 200, Aaron's Community Outreach Program will host Youth on the Move during the March 7 American Commercial Lines 200.

Youth on the Move will play host to a group of deserving children from varying cultures and backgrounds for their first ever NASCAR event during the American Commercial Lines 200 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The group of children will watch the race from an Atlanta Motor Speedway suite.

Youth on the Move is a program dedicated to providing inner-city youth ages 12-21 with the academic support, leadership training, career and life planning, and cultural development opportunities to prepare them for success as adults. The program enables youth to advance to the next grade level, graduate from high school and create a post secondary plan that leads to financial self-sufficiency by age 21.

Atlanta Motor Speedway has supported Aaron's Community Outreach Program and their efforts to expose children to the sport of NASCAR since the two companies first partnered in 2000.


Quotable and Notable Driver Quotes on AMS and the Kobalt Tools 500

Carl Edwards, driver of the No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion:

"I just really like the [Atlanta Motor Speedway]. It drives like a half-mile dirt track. The way you drive around it feels a lot like the tracks I grew up racing on, even though it's completely different it still gives me that same sense of the momentum so I really like that.

"Between the surface, tires and car moving around, you have to really drive the car and I enjoy that. That's probably why I run well there. All those things plus I love going there; it's a fun place to race."

Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion:

"I really like racing at Atlanta because it has a reputation for being one of the fastest race tracks we race at each season and that makes for some pretty exciting racing. The speeds we carry into turn one at Atlanta is probably the fastest corner out there so handling is very important. We were able to bring home a top-10 finish last weekend at Las Vegas so that was a big boost to our IRWIN Industrial Tools team as we head into another 1.5-mile track. Our team has had some pretty great race cars so far this season, and we just continue to showcase our talent on the track, so I'm looking forward to Atlanta."

John Andretti, driver of the No. 34 Window World Chevrolet Impala:

"Atlanta (Motor Speedway) is always a lot of fun. You can always count on there being a lot of lead changes. The track has really evened itself out. It's low in grip, and any time a track is low in grip, you have to search for it. ... It's a bumpy race track, now with low grip. You'll see a lot of lead changes because you don't have to follow a guy through a groove. You've got plenty of options when you need to make your way around someone. No doubt it's an exciting place to race."

Todd Bodine, driver of the No. 30 Germain Racing Toyota Tundra:

"Atlanta is a neat track. It has a lot of momentum -- the closer to wide open you can run the faster you can go. It's a lot of fun on old tires. It really gets to be fun on older tires when you start slipping and sliding and you can make a difference (in your lap speeds) with what you do as a driver."

Colin Braun, driver of the No. 6 Con-Way Freight Ford F-150:

"We didn't have the greatest finishes at Atlanta last year, but it's still one of my favorite tracks. It's so fast which makes it really fun to drive. Two green-flag pit stops killed us in the spring race when we had a really fast truck. In the fall, the limited practice really hurt us and we were just too free all day.

"This time around the weather is supposed to be good so we should be able to get all of our practice in, and we've got a great truck. Erik Darnell won at Michigan with this truck last June so I feel confident we will be very competitive Saturday afternoon."

-credit: ams

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Todd Bodine , Mike Skinner , Ryan Newman , Colin Braun , Jamie McMurray , Kasey Kahne , Carl Edwards , Jack Roush , Mike Helton , Reed Sorenson
Teams Germain Racing