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AMS adds Country Music to Race weekend..Labor Day

HAMPTON, Ga. (July 7, 2009) – A Pre-Race Party celebration has been added to the schedule for the Sept. 6 Pep Boys Auto 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup night race, giving race fans stage-front access for driver introductions and a pre-race concert with Diamond Rio and Jason Michael Carroll.

The Pre-Race Party will take place beginning at 4:30 p.m. on the Atlanta Motor Speedway frontstretch in front of the Champions Grandstand. The event features a combined two-hour concert with country legends Diamond Rio and rising-star Jason Michael Carroll and will be followed by pre-race festivities and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver introductions.

A limited number of stage-front passes are available for purchase at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 877-9-AMS-TIX or 770-946-4211, or online at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com. Pre-Race Party passes for stage-front access will sell for $49, with the first 200 specially-priced at $39. A Pep Boys Auto 500 ticket is required for admission to the party area.

“The ultimate NASCAR weekend just got even greater,” said Ed Clark, president and general manager of Atlanta Motor Speedway. “Fans are getting great racing, great musical entertainment and up-close access like never before. This Labor Day celebration is much more than a race and we’re going to great lengths to make the Pep Boys Auto 500 extra special for the fans.”

Featuring classic country guitar and soulful singing enriched by three-part harmonies, Diamond Rio has blended a multitude of influences into a critically-acclaimed career spanning three decades. Fusing country, rock, strings and bluegrass, Diamond Rio has recorded nine number-one hits, including their debut single “Meet in the Middle,” making Diamond Rio the first country group in history to reach number one with a debut single. Diamond Rio has recorded three platinum albums, received six Vocal Group of the Year awards from the Country Music Association and has been nominated for 13 Grammys.

Rising country star Jason Michael Carroll will take the stage before the Pep Boys Auto 500 armed with a sultry voice, recognizable hooks and looks to make young girls swoon. Carroll’s 2006 debut album, Waitin’ in the Country,

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