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NASCAR RACE #25 PREVIEW: AdvoCare 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway Tonight at 6:30 pm on ESPN

 

The NASCAR Sprint Cup series moves into Dixieland for the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the suburb of Hampton, Georgia.

Atlanta is one of the larger tracks on the NASCAR circuit with 124,000 capacity and a track length of 1.54 miles.

The 500.5-mile race consists of 325 laps.

Atlanta Motor Speedway (file photo)

In the last 10 races at Atlanta, the top winners includes Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch with two each. Jeff Gordon has won one race. In 15 races at the speedway, Gordon has finished in the top five, tops among active drivers.

Former president and racing fan Jimmy Carter, a Georgia native, worked at the track as a ticket vendor in the 1960′s. Driver Fireball Roberts won the first NASCAR event in Atlanta in 1960, the Dixie 200.

REVIEWING THE 2011 AdvoCare 500 Race: Rain extended the Labor Day weekend race into Tuesday. Hendricks Motorsports finished 1-2 with Gordon leading a race-high 146 laps which included the final 38 to hold off teammate Johnson for the win. With his 85th win, Gordon broke the tie with Bobby Allison and Darrell Waltrip for third on the career Cup win list. Gordon only trails Richard Petty (200) and David Pearson (105) in wins.

The race starts at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN.

For more information on the race or to follow it live, log onto NASCAR.com or AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.

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