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Atlanta Motor Speedway News

Track Specifications:
Track Length: 1.54 mile quad oval
Race Length: 325 laps, 500.5 miles
Stage 1 & 2: 85 Laps (each)
Final Stage: 155 Laps
Banking/Turn 1 & 2: 24 degrees
Banking/Turn 3 & 4: 24 degrees
Banking/Frontstretch: 5 degrees
Banking/Backstretch: 5 degrees
Frontstretch Length: 2,332 feet
Backstretch Length: 1,800 feet
Pit Road Speed: 45mph
Pace Car Speed: 55mph
Fuel Window: 50-55 laps
Grandstand Seating: 75,000 [was 92,000 and 98,000]
Last repave: 1997
Next repave: 2017
Opened: 1960

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Track Records & Stats

March 2017 Race Winner: #2-Brad Keselowski, 140.898mph, started 5th
Race Record: Dale Earnhardt, Nov 12, 1995, 163.633mph
Slowest Race Record: Fred Lorenzen, 1962, 101.983mph
Youngest Race Winner: Kyle Busch, 3/09/2008 - 22 years, 10 months, 7 days
Oldest Race Winner: Morgan Shepherd, 3/20/1993 - 51 years, 5 months, 8 days
Different Race Winners: 43

March 2017 Pole Winner: #4-Kevin Harvick, 190.398mph, finished 9th
Track Qualifying Record: Geoffrey Bodine, 11/16/1997, 197.478mph
Last Race Won from 1st Starting Position: Kasey Kahne (03/19/2006)
Youngest Pole Winner: Terry Labonte, 3/15/1981 - 24 years, 3 months, 27 days
Oldest Pole Winner: Harry Gant, 11/14/1993 - 53 years, 10 months, 4 days
Worst Starting Spot to Win: Bobby Labonte, Nov 2001, started 39th
Pole Winners: 46

Most Races - All Time: Richard Petty, 65
Most Races - Active Driver: Dale Earnhardt Jr., 29
Most Wins - All Time: Dale Earnhardt, 9
Most Wins - Active Driver: Jimmie Johnson, 5
Most Poles - All Time: Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman, 7
Most Poles - Active Driver: Ryan Newman, 7
Most Top 5s All-Time: 26 - Dale Earnhardt [46 starts]
Most Top 5s Active: 14 - Jimmie Johnson
Most Top 10s: 33 - Richard Petty [65 starts]
Most Top 10s Active: 17, Matt Kenseth; 16, Jimmie Johnson

Most Lead Changes: 45 - Nov 1982
Fewest Lead Changes: 6 - 3 times, most recently June 1963
Most Leaders: 17, 3/12/2000
Least Leaders: 3, 6/30/1963
Most Cautions: 11 - 11/1993, 3/8/2009, 3/7/2010
Fewest Cautions: 1 - 7/9/1961
Most Caution Laps: 99, 11/6/1977
Fewest Caution Laps: 7, 11/2/1986

Most Running at the Finish: 41 - 3/20/2006, 3/18/2007, 3/9/2008
Fewest Running at the Finish: 10 - 4/1964
Lead Lap Finishes (All-Time): Jeff Gordon, 28 in 42 races
Lead Lap Finishes (Active): Dale Earnhardt Jr. & Matt Kenseth, 22
Most Laps Led: Cale Yarborough, 3,283 laps led
Fewest Laps Led by a Race Winner: 1 - David Pearson 9/17/1961
Most Laps Led by a Race Winner: 308 - Cale Yarborough, 3/30/1969

Most Wins by Manufacturer: 40 - Chevy; 30 - Ford; 9 - Dodge; 3 - Toyota

Races won from starting pos 1: 14 [of 110]
Races won from starting pos 2: 12
Races won from starting pos 3: 9
Races won from starting pos 4: 10
Races won from starting pos 5: 16
Races won from the top 5: 61 of 110
Races won from starting pos 6: 4
Races won from starting pos 7: 6
Races won from starting pos 8: 6
Races won from starting pos 9: 7
Races won from starting pos 10: 2
Races won from the top 10: 86 of 110
Races won from starting pos 11: 4
Races won from starting pos 12,13,15,18,22,31,35,39: 1
Races won from starting pos 14,17,19,20,21,37: 2


Track News and Announcements

Atlanta will need to patch holes since no repave: Atlanta Motor Speedway was originally scheduled to repave the 21-year-old surface following the 2017 QuikTrip 500 but that wasn't what the drivers wanted; still there is major work that needs to be done as the track has cracks and crevices - nearly the size of a racecar - that need repairs.
The delayed repave is something track president, Ed Clark, said is inevitable and costly. However, until that day comes, which could be following the 2018 event, huge chunks of the track must be dug out and patched over. It was something they found after he and his staff walked the entire track the day after the race. "Some of them probably won't be the full width of a car but most of them will likely be the length because a lot of the unravelling we've seen is along the seams in between runs of the asphalt," Clark told Kickin' the Tires, during a meeting at the track on Tuesday. "That's where you get your first cracks and as time goes by they just seem to erode out from the sides. Some will be that wide but the majority of them, I hope, will be no more than maybe three to four feet wide."
Clark said it was a little-known fact that speedway officials patched the track following the Xfinity Series race earlier this year. There were several cracks that had become larger during that race and something had to be done before the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series cars hit the track the next day. Despite the need for the repairs Clark said he thinks the track will hold up, unlike when large potholes developed at Daytona International Speedway that had to be fixed with Bondo a few years ago.(Kickin The Tires)(5-5-2017)

Atlanta Motor Speedway to delay repave: After an in-depth review and exhaustive consultations with NASCAR, Goodyear, race teams and drivers, Atlanta Motor Speedway has elected to postpone its plan to resurface the 20-year-old 1.54-mile racing surface at least until after its 2018 NASCAR weekend.[More](3-28-2017)

Atlanta Air Show to be held at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Officials from Atlanta Motor Speedway and B. Lilley Productions announced that the track will host the inaugural Atlanta Air Show, October 14-15. It will be the first air show in history to be held at a motor speedway.[More](3-12-2017)

Keselowski wins at Atlanta: #2-Brad Keselowski won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 1st win at Atlanta and 22nd career win. He led 21 of the 325 laps. Keselowski took the race lead with 60 laps to go, but had to pit a second time under caution after a wheel was left loose. He rebounded to pass Larson for the lead with 6 to go and held on to win by just over a half second.
#42-Larson finished 2nd, followed by #20-Kenseth, #5-Kahne, #24-Elliott, #22-Logano, #41-Busch, #78-Truex, Jr., #4-Harvick, and #1-McMurray.
Polesitter #4-Harvick dominated the race. He led 82 of the first 85 laps and was the leader at the end of stage one. He then led 72 of the next 85 laps and led at the end of stage 2. He ran up from during the second half of the race but was caught speeding on pit road during the final pit stop with 14 laps to go. He led 293 of the 325 laps.
There were 10 lead changes among 6 drivers and 6 cautions for 32 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 140.898mph.
Scheduled Race Re-Airs: Sunday, March 5 at 11:30pm/et on FS1; Monday, March 6 at 6:30am/et on FS1; Monday, March 6 at 9:30am/et on FS2
See unofficial race results, awards, laps led, cautions and more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf) and
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
See OFFICIAL race results & points standings on the Official Race & Points Report (pdf).(3-5-2017)

Atlanta will reconsider track repave: Speedway Motorsports Inc. chairman Marcus Smith said a planned repaving of Atlanta, which is set to begin soon after the race weekend, could be put on hold. Drivers in all three of NASCAR's national series have made comments this weekend asking the track not to repave in order to preserve the high-quality racing it currently produces.[More](3-5-2017)

Falcons' Loss Forces Atlanta Motor Speedway's Ed Clark To Pay Up Atlanta Motor Speedway's (AMS) Ed Clark is a man of his word - even if it means wearing a New England Patriots Jersey, raising the team's banner over the track and delivering peaches to Victory Lane at the speedway's sister track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), in Concord, New Hampshire later this year. After all "a bet is a bet." Clark said.
Back when the teams were set for the 2017 Super Bowl, David McGrath of NHMS, proposed a bet with Clark and his staff. If the Falcons won:
Atlanta Falcons flag to be hung outside New Hampshire Motor Speedway office building the next day and during NASCAR race week July 10-16
While wearing a Falcons jersey, David McGrath will present Ed Clark and the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip race winner with New England Lobster in victory lane
Four Falcons and Atlanta Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the July 16 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ($500 value)
However, if the Patriots were victorious, then:
New England Patriots flag to be hung outside Atlanta Motor Speedway office building the next day and during NASCAR race week Feb. 27-March 5
While wearing a Patriots jersey, Ed Clark will present David McGrath and the July 16 New Hampshire 301 race winner with Georgia Peaches in victory lane
Four Patriots and New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ($400 value)
Clark knows he has to pay off over the Atlanta Falcons' Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots, even if it means taking the risk of getting beat-up by Atlanta fans seeing him in the Tom Brady jersey, he joked. He said he will meet with the New Hampshire fans later in the weekend.(KickinTheTires)[More](3-5-2017)

Ed Roland to sing national anthem at Atlanta: Ed Roland, front man for multi-platinum rock band Collective Soul, will perform the national anthem at the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway with his band, Ed Roland & the Sweet Tea Project.[More](2-23-2017)

Ty Pennington to serve as Grand Marshal for Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Acclaimed television personality and designer Ty Pennington has been named grand marshal for the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sunday, March 5, 2017. An Atlanta native and alumnus of The Art Institute of Atlanta, Pennington will return to his home state to visit with race fans, attend the pre-race drivers' meeting and give the drivers' command as part of his grand marshal duties. Pennington first won national attention as the quirky and creative carpenter on the groundbreaking home-improvement series Trading Spaces. Later, as host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Pennington helped transform the lives of thousands while inspiring millions more around the world to volunteer their time to help others.
Pennington recently was the host of Food Network's American Diner Revival, a hit show that showcases both design and food in an emotionally charged format. Ty travels the country breathing new life into the heart and soul of many communities and local diners. Ty also worked with the legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse in the TBS show On The Menu. The Mark Burnett-produced show is "the first cooking competition show to give viewers at home the chance to taste the dishes they see on screen."
For more information or to purchase tickets today, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(2-15-2017)

Atlanta, New Hampshire tracks make Super Bowl bet: The "Big Game" just got a lot more interesting for a pair of speedways in the Speedway Motorsports, Inc. family. New Hampshire Motor Speedway's Executive Vice President and General Manager David McGrath and Atlanta Motor Speedway's President and General Manager Ed Clark have put everything from regional food favorites to premium race tickets on the line for the Feb. 5 title game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons. The wager:
If the Patriots win ...
• New England Patriots flag to be hung outside Atlanta Motor Speedway office building the next day and during NASCAR race week Feb. 27-March 5
• While wearing a Patriots jersey, Ed Clark will present David McGrath and the July 16 New Hampshire 301 race winner with Georgia Peaches in victory lane
• Four Patriots and New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ($400 value)
If the Patriots lose ...
• Atlanta Falcons flag to be hung outside New Hampshire Motor Speedway office building the next day and during NASCAR race week July 10-16
• While wearing a Falcons jersey, David McGrath will present Ed Clark and the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip race winner with New England Lobster in victory lane
• Four Falcons and Atlanta Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the July 16 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ($500 value)
(NHMS)(1-29-2017)

Atlanta Motor Speedway to be re-paved: Twenty years after it was last resurfaced, Atlanta Motor Speedway's historic racing surface is scheduled to be repaved this spring, following the March 3-5 NASCAR Weekend triple-header. Work is scheduled to begin in late March with an expected completion in mid-April. The current asphalt at AMS is the second-oldest racing surface on the entire NASCAR Cup Series circuit, and officials credit its longevity to a combination of the mild Georgia winters and a meticulous maintenance program over its entire two-decade lifetime. Since its last repave in 1997, the track has hosted 31 premier NASCAR series races, 19 NASCAR XFINITY Series races, 15 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races, eight ARCA Racing Series races, four IndyCar Series races and countless U.S. Legends and Bandolero car races on its quarter-mile "Thunder Ring." Despite the wear and tear of aging in recent years, the track has been a favorite of many competitors who have raved about the challenging nature of the track. Its aged surface, slick driving conditions and multiple racing grooves have produced not only exciting races and close finishes for fans in attendance, but a technical challenge for drivers who have battled slick corners, fast straightaways and ample opportunity for passing. The repaving project calls for a brand-new asphalt surface to be lain over top of the current surface. AMS's quad-oval layout and 24-degree banking in the turns will remain unchanged. While a smoother surface and blended seams will accompany the new repave, the high speeds and multiple racing grooves unique to Atlanta Motor Speedway are expected to endure and produce the same, thrilling racing experience for both fans and drivers for many years to come. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.(AMS)(1-3-2017)

Rinnai sponsoring XFINITY race at Atlanta: Peachtree City, Georgia-based Rinnai America Corporation has signed on as a multi-year sponsor of the NASCAR XFINITY Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, beginning with the 2017 race scheduled for Saturday, March 4. The race will officially be named the Rinnai 250 and will serve as the front-end of an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta. The Rinnai 250 will be the first of three NASCAR national touring series races during the 2017 Atlanta NASCAR Weekend. Following the 1:30 p.m. Saturday race, the Camping World Truck Series Active Pest Control 200 will polish off the twinbill with a scheduled green flag at 4:30 p.m. The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 NASCAR Cup Series race will round out the weekend with a 2:30 p.m. start time on Sunday, March 5. Established in 1974, Rinnai America Corporation is a subsidiary of Rinnai Corporation, based out of Nagoyoa, Japan. Rinnai is the No. 1 selling brand of tankless water heaters in North America. Rinnai also manufactures gas appliances, including a wide range of kitchen equipment and heating and air conditioning units. This year, Rinnai's Ultra Series RUR condensing tankless water heater was named among the "Top 100 Products" in the mechanical and electrical category by Professional Remodeler Magazine.(AMS)(12-7-2016)

Atlanta celebrating Petty's last race with special ticket offer: Atlanta Motor Speedway will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the 1992 Hooters 500 Cup Series race, known as one of the greatest NASCAR races of all time, in which racing legend and NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty made his final career start, with a special ticket offer and exclusive race-day experience for the first 500 fans who take advantage. With the purchase of a $69 Upper Petty Grandstand ticket for Sunday's race, fans can add a $10 upgrade which includes a replica ticket from the 1992 Hooters 500, a commemorative Richard Petty hero card, access to an exclusive Q&A session with Richard Petty on race day and a chance to win one of 43 replica 1992 Hooters 500 tickets signed by "The King" himself. One dollar from each upgrade purchase will go towards the Petty Family Foundation and Victory Junction. The package is also available as an upgrade for any fan who has previously purchased a Sunday ticket valued at $69 or more and member of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Insiders Club, regardless of seat location.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(9-21-2016)

Speedway Motorsports Put Fans, Families First with $10 NASCAR Cup Series Kids' Tickets: In conjunction with a NASCAR industry-wide effort to offer free NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and XFINITY Series tickets for children 12 and under next season, Speedway Motorsports, Inc. announced a company-wide Fans First initiative Monday to price select children's tickets at just $10 each to Cup Series events at its eight premier speedways beginning in 2017. "Coming to the races should be about fun, not finances," said Speedway Motorsports' President and Chief Executive Officer Marcus Smith. "Now a parent can get his or her child through the gates for an entire weekend of NASCAR events - including pole night, a Camping World Truck or XFINITY Series race and a Cup Series race - for just $10. This is one of the best, if not THE best, family values in all professional sports. NASCAR fans have passed down their passion for motorsports from generation to generation for decades, and through this new Fans First initiative, we'll continue that legacy by introducing young fans to the sport and engaging them for years to come." With an adult ticket purchase, fans can buy up to two $10 tickets for children ages 12 and under to that same event in select seating sections. This offer is available at all of the 13 Cup Series events shown below next season. Tickets for many of Speedway Motorsports' 2017 events are already on sale.(CMS/SMI)(8-30-2016)

Active Pest Control to sponsor 2017 Atlanta truck race: McDonough, Georgia-based Active Pest Control will sponsor the March 4 Active Pest Control 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race during Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2017 NASCAR weekend. The race will be the tail end of an XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series same-day doubleheader unique to Atlanta. Active Pest Control is one of Henry County's largest employers and was recently named to the National Pest Management Association Top 100 pest control companies nationwide. Family-owned since its inception in 1985, Active Pest Control is a full-service pest control, termite, wildfire removal and exclusion, attic insulation and crawlspace encapsulation company serving more than 40,000 customers daily in both Georgia and Houston, Texas.The Active Pest Control 200 will be the second of three NASCAR national touring series races during the weekend. Active Pest Control sponsored the Friday qualifying day at Atlanta's 2016 NASCAR Weekend and steps up in 2017 as a first-time race sponsor.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(6-8-2016)

Johnson wins at Atlanta: #48-Jimmie Johnson won the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for his 1st win of the season, 5th win in at Atlanta and 76th career win. He ties Dale Earnhardt, Sr. for 7th on the all-time career wins list and has one at least 1 race in each of the last 15 years. Johnson led 52 of the 330 laps.
#88-Earnhardt, Jr. finished 2nd, followed by #18-Busch, #41-Busch, #19-Edwards, #4-Harvick, #78-Truex, Jr., #24-Elliott, #2-Keselowski, and #17-Stenhouse.
The 8th place finish is a career best for #24-Elliott.
The race went caution-free for the first 209 laps, the longest green flag run to start a race in Atlanta history.
A spin by #31-Newman with 2 laps remaining sent the race into "NASCAR Overtime". A wreck on the backstretch after the leaders had already passed the overtime line, forced the race to end under caution.
There were 28 lead changes among 8 drivers and 3 cautions for 13 yellow flag laps.
The average speed was 155.863mph.
See race results, awards, laps led, cautions and [NOTE: money won is no longer reported] more at:
Unofficial Race Results page (pdf)
Lap Summary Report (pdf)
Penalty Report (pdf)
Unofficial Drivers Points Standings page (pdf)
Unofficial Owners Points Standings page (pdf)
Official Race and Points Report (pdf) (2-28-2016)

NASCAR Race Partnership leaves Folds Of Honor with Scholarship Shortfall: Staring out at the infield of Atlanta Motor Speedway last year, Mike Beltz said he remembers thinking how "phenomenal it was" to see a folded American flag - the logo of the Folds of Honor organization - painted on the grass for NASCAR's inaugural Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 race. He also recalls the prophetic words of Chuck O'Dell, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Tulsa, Oklahoma-based QuikTrip Corporation. "This will be a two-edged sword," O'Dell told Beltz, acting President of Folds of Honor. "He was absolutely right. He saw it coming." What O'Dell saw was an approaching avalanche of scholarship applications headed straight at Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational opportunities for families of military members who have been killed or disabled while on active duty. This weekend's NASCAR race is the single biggest event that the Folds of Honor has been involved with. The organization, founded in 2007, is now faced with trying to fund almost $4.8 million worth of scholarship requests from military families. The education-based scholarships awarded by Folds of Honor are each for $5,000. After last year's race, the number of military families applying for scholarships rose 69 percent, from 2,950 in 2014 to 5,000 in 2015, according to Folds of Honor. They were unable to fund 950 scholarships last year, marking the first time the organization found itself with too little supply and too much demand.(Forbes)
(2-28-2016)

Great Clips to sponsor Atlanta truck race: Great Clips, the world's largest hair salon brand, will sponsor the Feb. 27 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The event will be named the Great Clips 200. The race will follow the Heads Up Georgia 250 XFINITY Series race to round out the same-day Saturday doubleheader unique to Atlanta Motor Speedway with a 4:30 p.m. start time. Great Clips, a longtime sponsor of various NASCAR events and drivers, returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the first time since sponsoring the 2014 Great Clips 300 to Benefit Feed the Children XFINITY Series race. Before that, the salon brand sponsored XFINITY Series races at Atlanta in 2010, 2011 and 2013.(Atlanta Motor Speedway)(2-17-2016)

Atlanta Motor Speedway Media Center Renamed In Memory Of Marcy Scott: Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced that the infield media center has been named in memory of Marcy Scott, the track's late Director of Marketing & Promotion. The building will be known as the Marcy Scott Media Center. Scott was the Director of Marketing & Promotion for Atlanta Motor Speedway from 2005 until she passed away last November following a lengthy and courageous fight with cancer. She was also the fourth quarter recipient of the NMPA's 2013 Spirit Award. "I cannot think of anything more fitting to name in Marcy's honor than the Atlanta Motor Speedway media center," Atlanta Motor Speedway President & GM Ed Clark said. "Marcy's charisma, passion for racing and overall outlook on life continue to improve all of us at Atlanta Motor Speedway. It's very appropriate that many of the same people that hold such a high regard for Marcy will be working out of a building named in her honor while they are at Atlanta Motor Speedway race weekend."(AMS)(8-15-2014)

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