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2014 track profile: Atlanta Motor Speedway

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Located in Hampton, Georgia, Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.54-mile oval that opened in 1960. The facility was purchased by Bruton Smith in 1990; he added seating and suites to the track in the early 1990s, and additional seating, condominiums, and offices over the following years. In 1994, the track was almost completely rebuilt, with the most drastic change coming with the swapping of the front and backstretches. When Smith founded Speedway Motorsports in 1995, Atlanta was included among the facilities.

The facility also includes a quarter-mile oval between pit road and the main track, and a 2.5-mile FIA-approved road course; pit road is often used as a drag strip, especially on Fridays for the Friday Night Drags, and in the winter, the track hosts the Gift of Lights holiday light spectacular. In the past, Atlanta has hosted USAC, IndyCar, and Champ Car Series racing as well as the ARCA Racing Series.

Racing action for 2014 gets underway in January at the speedway: the Winter Flurry Legends Series will feature six more races (January 11th and 25th, February 15th, and March 1st, 15th and 29th). In addition to the Thursday Thunder Legends racing series (dates to be announced), Atlanta Motor Speedway hosts one NASCAR weekend – Labor Day weekend, Friday through Sunday, August 29th through 31st, featuring the Nationwide Series and the Sprint Cup Series over three nights. Tickets are available now at

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