WHAT THE FANS SAY: As any good promoter would tell you, NASCAR would be nothing without its fans. In honor of Atlanta Motor Speedway's 50th Anniversary celebration, here is what fans surveyed Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway had to say about the...
WHAT THE FANS SAY: As any good promoter would tell you, NASCAR would be nothing without its fans. In honor of Atlanta Motor Speedway's 50th Anniversary celebration, here is what fans surveyed Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway had to say about the fast track.
Ryan Wagner (Kennesaw, Ga): "I first came to Atlanta Motor Speedway because it's close, but I keep coming back because of how the staff treats its race fans. It's expensive for fans to attend races, but when you get someone willing to go the extra mile -- that's something special. If more of that would go on, maybe some places wouldn't have the attendance problems they have. That's why we're here."
Brett Waddell (Sparta, Ga.): "I love coming to Atlanta because it's always a good race. Everything here is a good experience. We sit in the Winner's section because it has the chair backs. And it's easy to get here, and easy to walk up from the campground, not too far away. Plus everybody here is just so nice, and the place is clean and organized and orderly. You can leave your campsite and don't have to worry about somebody stealing your stuff. I was so glad to see the big crowd last night; I thought, 'Holy cow, this is a lot of folks.' I think today's going to be even bigger."
William Jackson (Fayetteville, Tenn.): "We've been coming here since 1992; we came for Richard Petty's first race. We really liked it, so we've been coming back ever since."
Jim Jackson (Conroe, Tex.; brother of William Jackson): "I was here for the first race because I was in school at Auburn at the time. I remember that first race was so muddy, and I remember all the tires blowing out. And the track was so steep. We also went to Daytona that year, and (Atlanta) was much better because it was smaller. Then we came back starting in 1992; at first it was a big family group of us, and now it's my brother and I. But we come here because of the speed, and because it's good racing. We sit on the start/finish line, and we've seen some close finishes. I think the best one is probably Kevin Harvick's win in 2001.
BUFFETT SIGHTING: Warren Buffett, perhaps the most successful stock market investor and one of the wealthiest men in America, was at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday for the Emory Healthcare 500 as a guest of NASCAR team owner Joe Gibbs.
After being introduced at the driver's meeting, he quipped, "I understand these guys can do pit stops in 12-plus seconds. I'm going to see what we can do to get it under 11."
Buffett was donning an M&M's cap; no word on whether it was a race prediction or a suggestion to buy Mars stock.