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2017 Anthem Annual February

Matt Sullivan/NASCAR via Getty Images Atlanta Motor Speedway opened its doors in 1960 and today remains one of the original superspeedways in current use on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. At the time of its opening, Atlanta Motor Speedway became the seventh paved superspeedway of at least one mile in length to host a Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race. In its storied 50-year history, the track has seen several renovations and facelifts. Purchased in 1990 by Bruton Smith and becoming part of the Speedway Motorsports Inc. family, the track underwent its most notable change in 1997 with a reconfiguration of its original 1.522-mile oval shape into the current 1.54-mile quadoval that drivers race on today. The 1997 season marked the first race on the redesigned track that saw the old backstretch become the start/finish line. Aged over time by Georgia’s summer heat and winter chill, the worn racing surface is routinely a favorite of drivers and fans alike, providing ATLANTA Motor Speedway some of the most exciting racing on the NASCAR circuit each year. Long known for its raw speed from the 24 degrees of banking, the track’s wide surface and abrasive pavement provide multiple grooves for drivers to race on, allowing for side-by-side racing and intensely close finishes for which Atlanta has become known. The facility is situated on nearly 900 acres in Hampton, Georgia, 25 miles south of Atlanta. The track is easily accessible from I-75 by either U.S. 19/41 or GA 20. The speedway’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series date falls on March 5 in 2017, just the second stop on the year’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule. 6 ANTHEM MOTORSPORTS ANNUAL


2017 Anthem Annual February
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