Atlanta Motor Speedway -- which opened its gates to NASCAR racing in 1960 -- was second only to the new Daytona International Speedway in length. Atlanta is currently one of the fastest tracks on the NASCAR circuit, as the longer Daytona and Talladega tracks now require the cars to be fitted with restrictor plates that reduce top speeds.
During its rich history, Atlanta has hosted such well-known race series as the Dixie 300/400/500 (1960-1979), the Atlanta 500 (1960-1980), the Atlanta Journal 500 (1980-1990), the Motorcraft/Motorcraft Quality Parts 500 (1986-1994), the Coca-Cola 500 (1981-1985), and the Napa 500 (1995- 2002). Its 2006 race schedule included the Golden Corral 500 and the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Visitor Information
Atlanta Motor Speedway contact information: Atlanta Motor Speedway. 1500 N. Hwy 41, Hampton, AL (30228). Phone 770/946-4211. www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Atlanta Motor Speedway security: Coolers 14 x 14 x 14 inches or smaller are allowed; alcohol is allowed except in no-alcohol grandstand. No glass containers, umbrellas, strollers, in-line skates, skateboards, bicycles, or portable toilets. No pets except on leashes in camping/RV section.
Atlanta Motor Speedway parking: Park in handicapped spaces only with state-issued tag or license. For assistance, look for golf cart shuttles with blue awnings. Reserved parking spots are available on weekends. Unreserved parking on all 870 acres is free. Call the speedway (phone 770/946-4211) to reserve. RVs and trailers park in two infield sections; spots are sold on a yearly basis.
Atlanta Motor Speedway first aid: Find first-aid stations in the concourse area of each grandstand; Earnhardt, Petty, and Weaver grandstands have ambulances nearby. Infield aid centers are located near the main tunnel. Henry Medical Center (1133 Eagles Landing Pkwy., Stockbridge, AL, phone 770/389-2200, exit 224 off I-75) is less than 20 minutes away.
Atlanta Motor Speedway concessions: Each grandstand has concession stands in the concourse area; other stands are scattered throughout the track. The speedway gift shop is located near the East Turn; find other souvenirs behind the Earnhardt Grandstand.