The Atlanta Motor Speedway, in Hampton GA, offers summer racing experiences, 5K runs and spectator events now through the summer.
June 8: The Zombie Run: Get ready for this zombie-themed 5K! Register as either a human or a zombie in this race that will allow you to experience a run as if you are a part of a zombie chase! For more information, visit www.thezombierun.com.
June 28-30: Exotic Driving Experience: Exotic Driving Experience gives you the opportunity to get behind the wheel of various supercars with coaching and feedback provided by a professional driving instructor. Get behind the wheel of such vehicles as the Ferrari F430, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Aston Martin Virage, the Porsche 997 S and more. For more information, visit www.exoticdriving.com.
Aug. 4: The Graffiti Run: The Graffiti Run will be the most colorful day of your life. The 5k course is more about having a blast with friends and family than it is about busting out four minute miles. Just show up in all white clothing, and throughout the course you will enter Graffiti Zones, where the team will douse you in color. Following the run, enjoy music, food and festivities. For more information, visit www.thegraffitirun.com.
Aug. 18: Drenched 5K: Whether you are young, old, slow or fast, everyone has fond memories of hot summers where the best way to cool off was a friendly spray of the hose, an ice cold bucket of water poured over a friends head, water balloons and water guns out for battle. Expert runners and first timers of all ages will start out hot and dry and end up drenched and cooler in the Drenched 5K. For more information, visit www.rundrenched.com.
Aug. 10: Global Rallycross Atlanta: Action sports with a roll cage! Youve seen racing, but youve never seen anything quite like what will be at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 10. The Global Rallycross Championship makes its debut in Atlanta at AMS on a custom-designed course, featuring asphalt and dirt racing surfaces, water elements, drifting turns and the largest aerial jump in GRC history! These compact-style cars are capable of accelerating from zero to 60 mph in 1.9 seconds! Tickets start at just $20. Kids ages six to 12 are just $10, with kids five and under free. Pit paddock access is available for an additional $5. Call (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Aug. 30: NASAR Sprint Cup Series Qualifying, Brad Keselowski Q&A and United Sprint Car Series Racing: NASCARs top stars return to the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway for three evenings of NASCAR night racing. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying will set the field for Sundays AdvoCare 500, followed by a question-and-answer session with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski. After that, the drivers of the United Sprint Car Series will take on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring in the debut of sprint car racing at AMS. Admission is just $20 and kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Call (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Aug. 31: NASCAR Nationwide Series Race: NASCARs top stars return to the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway for the second of three evenings of NASCAR night racing. Saturdays action will include NASCAR Sprint Cup Series final practice, followed by 300 miles of high-speed havoc as Brian Vickers, Elliott Sadler, Austin Dillon and other NASCAR stars slam doors in the NASCAR Nationwide Series race under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Adult tickets start at $30. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult ticket in General Admission seating. Call (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Sept. 1: AdvoCare 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Race: The superstars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the tracks third NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race on Labor Day weekend. Watch the sparks fly as the worlds best drivers, including Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and reigning champion Brad Keselowski, battle to the checkered flag for much needed points entering the postseason. Adult tickets start at $39 and student tickets start at $19. Call (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Sept. 20-21: Atlanta Motorcycle Rally: All roads lead to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2013 Atlanta Motorcycle Rally. Motorcycle enthusiasts from across the southeast will gather for an event that will include concerts, a car and bike show, motorcycle stunt shows, a vendor midway, party tents and activities for the kids. Reserved camping and RV sites are available. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorcyclerally.com.
Sept. 28: The Color Run: The Color Run is a one of a kind experience that is less about speed and more about enjoying a color crazy day with your friends and family. The Color Run is about people of all different speeds, ages, shapes and sizes toeing the start line. The three miles of the Color Run will leave you covered in color from head-to-toe. For more information, visit www.thecolorrun.com.
Oct. 3-5: Sweet Repeats Consignment Sale: Since 1998, Sweet Repeats Consignment Sale has helped families in the community by giving them an outlet to sell outgrown items or no longer needed children items. The sale also helps shoppers buy new items at a reasonable price. Over 60,000 items will be on sale. For more information, visit www.sweetrepeats.org.
Oct. 5: Hero Rush: This 3.5-mile long obstacle course is created by firefighters, but is open to everyone. This tough and unique challenge includes climbing ladders, sliding down poles, crawling through windows and more. Races for the kids will also be included. For more information, call (704) 443-7711 or visit www.herorush.com.
Oct. 17-20: Camping World/Good Sam RV Rally: The nations largest RV Rally heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway this October. Hundreds of vendors, shows and RV displays will be on hand, plus concerts by Vince Gill and The Beach Boys. For more information, visit www.therally.com.
Oct. 25-Nov. 3: Georgia State Fair: Returning for the second-straight year, the Georgia State Fair heads to Atlanta Motor Speedway each day from Oct. 25 through Nov. 3. Bigger and better than ever, the Georgia State Fair will feature more rides, more attractions and more free shows! An American classic, Georgias true Peach of a Fair boasts a world-class midway filled with rides for all ages, located at Georgias largest event facility. World-class thrill shows, concerts by nationally-known acts and family entertainment make this fair a hit for thousands of families all over the state, and its all included in one low admission price. For more information, visit www.georgiastatefair.org.
Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine: Competing nearly every Friday night from April through August, local competitors power up for weekly drag racing among several divisions. Everything from full-blown dragsters to grandmas grocery-getter will compete in side-by-side, heads-up drag racing along the speedways pit road eighth-mile drag strip. The Show-N-Shine Car Show offers fans a chance to show off their rides in the comforts of the NASCAR garage. Participating Show-N-Shine vehicles will be displayed on the frontstretch prior to the start of opening ceremonies, allowing fans an opportunity to walk on the track and look at the show cars up close. Admission is only $8 and children five and under are free. Visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for more information or call (770) 946-4211. Fireworks will be July 5.
Thursday ThunderRunning every Thursday night from June 6 until July 25, NASCARs stars of tomorrow compete each week in Legends and Bandolero cars. Family-oriented fun in a kid-friendly environment which includes autograph sessions, a rock climbing wall, clowns, face painters and more. Nightly special events include Root Beer chugging contests, trivia games, a belly-flop contest and more. Kids ages six to 11 are admitted for just $2 while adults pay only $6; admission is free for children ages five and younger. Visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for more information or call (770) 946-4211.
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure: June 15-16, Oct. 26-27. http://www.racingadventure.com or call (828) 615-8366
NASCAR Racing Experience: July 5-6, Nov. 15-16. www.nascarracingexperience.com or call (877) RACE-LAP
Rusty Wallace Racing Experience: July 27-28, Nov. 2-3. www.racewithrusty.com or call (855) 22-RUSTY
Richard Petty Driving Experience: Aug. 16-18, Sept. 6-7, Nov. 8-9. www.drivepetty.com or call 1 (800) BE-PETTY