Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 4 - Friday, March 6, 2009 AMS: MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER: Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, said Atlanta Motor Speedway is a hard track to pin down because it's ever-changing. "It's...
Atlanta Motor Speedway Pit Notes 4 - Friday, March 6, 2009
AMS: MULTIPLE PERSONALITY DISORDER: Jeff Burton, driver of the No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, said Atlanta Motor Speedway is a hard track to pin down because it's ever-changing.
"It's a split-personality race track," Burton said. "In qualifying, it's fast. In the race, it's very slick with very low grip."
Not known for his qualifying prowess, Burton will concentrate on the slick and low-grip race scenarios, trying to piece together his first career win in Atlanta. In 26 starts, Burton has a top finish of fourth
ATLANTA 'BAD-FAST': Kurt Busch loves racing in Atlanta, and not just because he's won here before.
"When you get fresh tires here, your car is bad-fast," Busch said. "But it chops off quickly. It makes it fun for drivers, but you have to be careful at the beginning not to run too hard or over-rev the engine."
Busch won the fall race in 2002 at Atlanta and managed a sixth-place finish at the fast track last fall.
BRUTON ON ATLANTA: With temperatures hovering in the low 70s and sunshine aplenty, Speedway Motorsports Inc. CEO Bruton Smith is preparing for one of the best spring race weekends in Atlanta's recent history.
"It will be a great sporting event," Smith said. "Far more people will come to enjoy this beautiful weather with us. I'm expecting a terrific show."
Smith is also hoping this weekend's race will again provide the kind of drama Atlanta Motor Speedway is known for, including two of the closest finishes in NASCAR Sprint Cup history.
The 2000 and 2001 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 races both featured photo finishes, with Dale Earnhardt holding off Bobby Labonte by .010 seconds in 2000 and Kevin Harvick squeaking past Jeff Gordon by .006 seconds in 2001.
LMS TO OPEN '50 YEARS OF FIRSTS': Lowe's Motor Speedway officials announced Friday that as part of the superspeedway's 50th-year celebration, a 17,424-foot interactive exhibit will be erected near the track's main entrance. The display, which will be located near the Speedway's main entrance, will feature race cars, memorabilia, a Victory Lane backdrop and an autograph area.
The exhibit will open at 1 p.m. on Monday, May 4, with an appearance by NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Kasey Kahne.