Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday pit notes 1

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY'S PEP BOYS AUTO 500 PIT NOTES 1 Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009 ATLANTA READY FOR 2010: The successful inaugural Labor Day race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway hasn't concluded yet, but already AMS officials are looking forward to...

ATLANTA MOTOR SPEEDWAY'S PEP BOYS AUTO 500 PIT NOTES 1
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009

ATLANTA READY FOR 2010: The successful inaugural Labor Day race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway hasn't concluded yet, but already AMS officials are looking forward to 2010. The 1.54-mile quad-oval will once again host two NASCAR race weekends, March 5-7 and Sept. 3-5, 2010.

The spring race weekend will again feature NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, and will kick off with one of the fastest nights in NASCAR, Georgia Power Qualifying Night.

The Labor Day weekend will showcase night racing in the south, with both the NASCAR Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series taking to the track under the lights.

TICKET SALES UP AGAIN: AMS chalked up two more days of near-record ticket sales Friday and Saturday, further boosting projected attendance for today's Pep Boys Auto 500. This was on the heels of Monday's single-day ticket sales record.

"We've wanted to have a night race here for almost as long as the fans, and we're grateful for the response to this weekend's event," AMS President and General Manager Ed Clark said. "We've continued to add ticket sellers and expand our ticket office hours, and still we aren't fully meeting the demand. We apologize to fans who experienced challenges in purchasing tickets, and we will alleviate these issues before the March 7 Kobalt Tools 500."

GATEWAY TO AMS ANNOUNCED: Elizabeth "B.J." Mathis, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Commissioners, announced Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway a new initiative that will welcome race fans to Henry County.

Construction will begin next year on a new "Gateway to Atlanta Motor Speedway" that will feature a Victory Lane replica viewable from Interstate 75 at exit 218 to Bruton Smith Parkway, the main traffic artery heading to the superspeedway.

"Henry County is the gateway to Atlanta Motor Speedway, and we are quite proud of that fact," Mathis said. "We want to make sure that everyone entering into Henry County knows that too."

A NASCAR Sprint Cup race car, racing flags and a replica of winner's circle, along with extensive landscaping, will greet visitors year-round once construction is complete.

"We're proud we're in Henry County, and we're proud of the support we receive from them," Ed Clark said.

-credit: ams

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