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By the Numbers at Atlanta Motor Speedway

HAMPTONGA. (Feb. 19. 2010) – As NASCAR’s Sprint Cup Series stars return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the 2010 Kobalt Tools 500 on March 7, hundreds of thousands or race fans will descend upon the Speedway, massive amounts of equipment will be used, and speeds will be among the noteworthy statistical figures used on race weekend.

            Below is a numerical look at some interesting historical feats, facts, and figures at Atlanta Motor Speedway:

0: Total number of ‘modern’ NASCAR Modified Series races run at Atlanta Motor Speedway, making Friday, March 7’s race Atlanta’s first NASCAR Southern Whelen Modified Tour event in history. Pre-modern Modifieds competed at AMS in 1961 and 1963.

.006 seconds: Margin of victory for Kevin Harvick over Jeff Gordon in the Spring 2001 race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the closest ever in the track’s history.

1: Total number of drivers to win a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series race on the same weekend, which Carl Edwards did in the Spring of 2005.

2: The fewest cautions during the running of the 1977 Atlanta 500.

3 hours, 3 minutes, 3 seconds in the No. 3 Chevrolet: Dale Earnhardt’s record time for a 500-mile Cup race at AMS on November 12, 1995.

6: Bobby Labonte has the most wins among active drivers at AMS. His first win came at the 1996 NAPA 500 and his most recent win in the 2003 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500.

7: Most NASCAR Sprint Cup Series pole wins by one driver, shared by Buddy Baker and Ryan Newman. Baker was Newman’s NASCAR racing mentor.

9: Most individual wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Dale Earnhardt.

20: Total length in miles of wiring used in television production of a NASCAR race.

30: The time in seconds it took race fans to purchase 1,000 $1 tickets online and by phone to the Kobalt Tools 500 after Jaime McMurray won the Daytona 500 in the No. 1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet. AMS sold $1 tickets to commemorate McMurray’s win in the No. 1 car.

32: Most cars finishing on the lead lap, during the 1998 NAPA 500.

35: Number of victories for Chevrolet, the most among any manufacturer at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

42: Different winners in the 50-year Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing history.

45: Record number of lead changes in the fall NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in 1982.

62: The most starts by any active driver at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bill Elliott.

66: Number of AMS starts for Richard Petty, the record for all drivers at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Dave Marcis is second with 60 starts.

65-75: Number of HD cameras used in the average NASCAR television broadcast.

92: Number of 500-mile races staged at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most of any NASCAR-sanctioned track. (Eight events in the 1960s were 250, 300 and 400-mile events.)
                                
133.87 mph: Pole speed for the July 31, 1960 Dixie 300, the inaugural NASCAR race at AMS. Fireball Roberts sat on the pole and won the race.

150.0: Kurt Busch’s perfect Driver Rating in the 2009 Kobalt Tools 500, only the eighth time a perfect score has been achieved since the statistics addition to loop data in 2005.

197.478 mph: Track record for one-lap NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying set by Geoffrey Bodine in November 1997.

887: Total acreage at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

1,320 feet: Total length of pit road at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

26,807: Total number of miles driven at Atlanta Motor Speedway by Richard Petty, the most of any NASCAR driver in Atlanta’s history.

$3,444,171: Career Sprint Cup winnings for Jeff Gordon at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the most among all drivers.

            For more information on the upcoming Kobalt Tools 500 race weekend or to purchase tickets, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visitwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

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