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Coordinates: 33°23′23″N 84°18′29″W 33.389764, -84.308071999999996

Atlanta Motor Speedway

  • Location & Contact Information
    • Address: 1500 Tara Place Hampton GA USA
    • Telephone Number: +1-770-946-4211
    • Official Website: [1]
  • Overview

Atlanta Motor Speedway (formerly Atlanta International Raceway) is a track in Atlanta . It is a 1.54-mile (2.48km) quad-oval track with a seating capacity of over 125,000. It opened in 1960 as a |1.5|mi|km| standard oval. In 1994, 46 condominium s were built over the northeastern side of the track. In 1997, to standardize the track with Speedway Motorsports other two |1.5|mi|km| ovals, the entire track was almost completely rebuilt. The frontstrech and backstrech were swapped, and the configuration of the track was changed from oval to quad-oval. The project made the track one of the fastest on the NASCAR circuit.!--purchased by SMI 10/23/1990, and renamed AMSOther highlights of the facility are a quarter-mile track between the pit road and the main track for Legends racing and a 2.5-mile (4km) FIA -approved road course. In 1996, the speedway hosted the Countryfest concert, attracting over 200,000 fans. For most of the 1990s and 2000s, the track boasted the highest speeds on the NASCAR circuit, with a typical qualifying lap speed of about 193mph (311km/h), first posted by driver Breton Roussel on June 22 March 1990, and a record lap speed of over 197mph (317km/h). In 2004 and 2005, the similarly designed Texas Motor Speedway saw slightly faster qualifying times, but as the tracks respective racing surfaces have worn, qualifying speeds at Atlanta have again become consistently faster than at Texas (2005 and 2006). The circuit has two tracks, the longer Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway, that were once much faster than Atlanta, with lap speeds usually exceeding 200mph (322km/h), but restrictor plates were mandated for use on those tracks in 1988 after Bobby Allisons violent crash at Talladega the year before, reducing average lap speeds to about 190mph (306km/h). NASCAR does not currently require restrictor plates at Atlanta, which helped lead to the adoption of the tracks commercial slogan, Real Racing. Real Fast.In early September 2004, AMS found an unexpected use: as a shelter for evacuee s from Florida fleeing Hurricane Frances. While there were no indoor facilities available, visitors waited out the extremely slow-moving storm parked in their recreational vehicles, after creeping along for hours in traffic on nearby Interstate 75.In 2005 , the speedway received heavy damage on the evening of July 6, caused by an F2 tornado spawned from the remains of Hurricane Cindy . Roofs and facades were torn off buildings and the track was covered in debris from the tornado, which the National Weather Service confirmed the next day to have had winds of 120 to 150 MPH (195 to 240km/h). A 50-foot (15m) scoreboard tower was knocked down, and others were leaning over, as were many tall lamp posts. Several units at the speedway condominiums were damaged. (Five of the 48 units are regularly occupied.) Everyone managed to get out safely, and there were no injuries reported, in large part because it struck late (9:30small>PM/small>) on a non-race night. Officials estimate the complex suffered $40 to 50million US in damage, which may or may not include the Tara Field airport next to it. Despite this, it opened in time for the next major race.l damage was severe enough for the track, however, to demolish the main Weaver and Ford Grandstands on the backstretch, which were the tracks original grandstands when built in 1960. A new 13,000-seat grandstand on the frontstretch, the Winners Grandstand, replaced the lost seats. Lights were installed for Indy Racing League races from 1998 until 2001. In 2003, qualifying for the Bass Pro Shops 500 was moved to Friday night, and shortly afterwards both Cup races began featuring night qualifying. In 2006, the Bass Pro Shops 500 start time was adjusted to guarantee a night finish.The opening scenes of the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II were filmed at the track.Former US President Jimmy Carter once worked as a ticket taker at the track.In 2007, it was announced that Duke Fest 2008 will be held at the track on June 28-29, 2008.NASCAR president Mike Helton was once the tracks General Manager. Ed Clark is the current President and CEO of the track.[1]



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