Fan tips for those attending the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend

jmorehouse@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 4, 2009 

HAMPTON, Ga. — Below are some tips that will help ensure fans have a memorable, exciting visit to Atlanta Motor Speedway during the March 2009 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR race weekend.

Gate Openings — Various gates will be open each day for fans to access the facility. The following is the schedule with opening times and gates available that day: Friday (12 p.m., gates 12, 13, 14 and 15), Saturday (9:00 a.m., gates 1, 12, 13, 14 and 15), Sunday (9 a.m., all gates).

Important Note: For fans, Atlanta Motor Speedway provides a free shuttle and tram service from all parking lots to each grandstand.

Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol Program — The Nationwide Insurance Fan Assistance Patrol offers golf cart transportation and general assistance throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway parking areas. This service is limited to the Atlanta Motor Speedway facility only, providing patrons with the ability to move to and from almost any area on the property. Patrons may inquire about any of these services at the Nationwide Insurance Information Booths located throughout the Atlanta Motor Speedway property.

Atlanta Motor Speedway provides tram service between the campgrounds and the entrance gates before and after events and will depart regularly from the designated Nationwide tram stops. Tram passengers under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Trams are provided as a courtesy service to speedway guests. Due to the demand for this service, continuous riding (joyriding) is prohibited.

Campground tram route: Runs along inner perimeter road through all public parking and most camping areas.

Infield tram route: Runs from the guard house at the new tunnel into the infield along the road course.

Nationwide Insurance Pit Stops — Nationwide is hosting two tented rest areas at the display lot. Stop by and relax for a few moments to help fight exhaustion during the race weekend.

ATM Machines — Bank of America will have 12 ATM machines at various locations throughout the property. You will find ATM machines at gates 13 and 15 (will call). There are also locations in the Champions, Earnhardt, Petty and Elliott Grandstands, as well as near the infield concessions area.

Camping Guidelines — Quiet time in all camping areas is from midnight to 7 a.m. (except Mid-State Family Campground) although we do allow the use of generators, we ask that you respect your neighbors and only use them when necessary. Also, no flatbed trucks (over 10 feet long), flatbed trailers, box trucks, or portable storage containers are allowed.

Traffic Reports — Traffic information will be provided by WSB 750 AM. Tune in throughout the weekend for the latest traffic news. Georgia DOT urges travelers to call 511 for updated information about road/lane closures or construction projects. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, such as traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures, construction, and delays due to bad weather. Callers can also reach live operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org.

Beer Cut-Off Times — Beer sales will conclude with 50 laps left in each race. For your convenience, please be sure to make your purchases before this time.

Outside Food — While we pride ourselves on providing a variety of food and drink options for our guests, visitors are welcome to bring their own items if they prefer. Coolers larger than 14”x14”x14” and glass bottles are not allowed inside the gates of the speedway. Planning ahead will make your entrance to the speedway much simpler for both our visitors and security officers alike.

Handicapped Parking Enforcement — Handicapped parking areas will be strictly enforced for the Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend and misuse could result in being fined and/or towed. These areas are reserved for those fans with a handicap, not for those who plan to use a friend or relative’s handicap permit to gain access to these areas. The person who is the owner of the handicapped parking sticker is required to be in the vehicle.

Ticket Resale — No tickets may be resold on Speedway property. This will be strictly enforced. Fans can also utilize TicketExchange, Ticketmaster's new online service that enables safe and secure fan-to-fan ticket transactions. Buyers simply select the tickets they want based on price and seat location, without having to bid against other buyers, without having to coordinate delivery from anonymous sellers, and without the gamble that the tickets are fraudulent. Sellers are guaranteed payment for tickets sold, without having to collect payment or deliver the tickets to the buyer. For more information on TicketExchange, visit www.ticketmaster.com.

Directions to Atlanta Motor Speedway: Directions to AMS, including traffic patterns and facility maps can be found by visiting www.atlantamotorspeedway.com

First- Aid: During race weekend, Atlanta Motor Speedway has Emergency Assistance locations in each grandstand as well as the Infield. Should you or anyone in your party require Emergency Assistance while you are on AMS property, please visit one of those locations or, if needed, dial 911. For more information on race weekend or to answer any questions you may have please visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call (770)-707-7904.

Kobalt Tools 500 Fast Facts

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2009

Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Atlanta, Ga., 1.54-mile quad-oval with 24-degree banking in turns Sanctioning Body: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), Daytona Beach, Fla.

Series: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series

Length: 325 laps, 500 miles

Purse: $5,099,491

2008 Winner: Kyle Busch (3 hours, 33 minutes, 1 second; 140.975 mph) 2008 Pole: Jeff Gordon (29.990 seconds, 184.862 mph)

Qualifying: The better of two laps will determine a driver’s official qualifying speed for the Kobalt Tools 500. Georgia Power Qualifying begins at 6:45 p.m. (EST) on Friday, March 6, 2009. Both SPEED and the Performance Racing Network (PRN) will provide qualifying coverage at 6:30 p.m. Radio/TV: FOX will televise the Kobalt Tools 500 live, beginning with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Countdown at 1:30 p.m. The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will also broadcast the race live to its affiliate stations beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Tickets: Tickets for the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start at $39 and can be ordered by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

American Commercial Lines 200 Fast Facts

Date: Saturday, March 7, 2009

Time: 2:00 p.m. (EST)

Location: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Ga., 1.54-mile quad-oval with 24-degree banking in turns Sanctioning Body: National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR), Daytona Beach, Fla.

Series: NASCAR Camping World Truck Series

Length: 130 laps, 200 miles

Purse: $530,402

2008 Winner: Kyle Busch (1 hour, 34 minutes, 10 seconds; 127.561 mph)

2008 Pole: Ron Hornaday Jr. (175.571 mph, 31.577 seconds)

Qualifying: Two laps will determine a driver's official qualifying speed for the American Commercial Lines 200. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at 9:35 a.m. (EST) Radio/TV: Motor Racing Network (MRN) will broadcast the American Commercial Lines 200 live to its affiliate radio stations beginning at 1:30 p.m. Cable channel SPEED will televise the race live with coverage starting at 1:30 p.m.

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