Summer Racing Action At Atlanta Motor Speedway

Atlanta Motor Speedway is the hot ticket for race fans this summer for lots of exciting racing action. Two of the speedways most popular series are set to return on Thursday and Friday nights. Fans can enjoy short track racing at Thursday Thunder and street style drag racing at Friday Night Drags.

The popular Thursday Thunder is back for its 15th season. Come out to the track to see some of the best up and coming drivers in the region compete in this 8-week summer series. The season kicks off on June 7 and runs through July 26. Seven different classes of short track racing will run on Atlanta Motor Speedways paved mile Thunder Ring. Fans will see Legends, Buzz car, and Bandolero events. Legends cars are 5/8 scale replicas of classic cars of the 1930s. Buzz cars are 3 or 4 cylinder front wheel drive stock cars with a wheel base of no more than 105 inches. Bandoleros are small cars with 30 horse power engines designed for entry level racers. Race fans will enjoy games, contests, and giveaways. Each week there will be a different theme with contests. Spectator tickets are $6 for adults and $2 for youth ages 6-11 years. Thursday Thunder is a family friendly event.

Drag racing fans will enjoy Atlanta Motor Speedways 6th season of Friday Night Drags, which runs every Friday through September 21, 2012. Average attendance at these popular race nights is 5,000 fans. This street style drag racing series is run on the tracks 1/8 mile pit road. The racing event is open to any car, and drivers need only a valid drivers license. Friday Night Drags typically bring in 225 racers. The pit gates open at 6pm for practice runs, and racing begins at 9:19pm. Each Friday night there is also a Show N Shine Car Show. Entries are accepted until 7:30pm. Show entrants can cruise around the 1.54 quad oval track in front of the fans at 8:20pm. Awards are given to the top three vehicles in each class. Entry fee for the Drags or the Show N Shine Car Show is $20. A combo entry fee to both events is $30. Spectators pay just $8 to watch the action. Parking outside the track is free, and infield parking is $20.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is located 25 miles south of Atlanta on Hwy 19/41 in Hampton, Georgia. Concessions are available at the speedway, but fans may bring their own coolers. No glass containers are allowed.

Atlanta Motor Speedway Driving Schools

Racing fans that are looking for the ultimate driving experience should check out Atlanta Motor Speedways Driving Schools. Several companies offer programs that will make participants feel like one of their favorite NASCAR drivers. Racing fans will have the chance to get out on the same 1.54 mile quad track as the racing professionals. Here are some of the companies that offer programs at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure offers a Your Day at the Racetrack program. The day begins with an orientation that covers hand signals, entering and exiting the track, proper driving lines, passing, and drafting. Drivers will be outfitted with flame retardant racing suits and helmets. An instructor will guide each participant onto the track as they work on accelerating, braking, and passing. Lap speeds can exceed 150 MPH. Upcoming dates at Atlanta Motor Speedway are June 23-24 and October 20-21.

The most popular program of the Richard Petty Driving Experience is the Rookie Experience. Course participants will receive a mechanical and safety orientation, followed by driving instruction. This program allows drivers to get 8 laps around the track. Another popular program is the Ride-Along Experience. Participants can enjoy the thrill of riding shotgun in a two seat NASCAR race car driven by a professional driver. The ride will be a 3 lap qualifying run at speeds up to 165 MPH. Upcoming Atlanta dates are July 12-15 and September 7-9.

The Rusty Wallace Racing Experience offers an authentic NASCAR experience. The company offers a Shotgun Ride-Along as well as racing courses similar to the other programs. The next dates for the Rusty Wallace programs at Atlanta Motor Speedway are August 18-19.
NASCAR Racing Experience offers drivers a three hour course with timed racing sessions. The program includes personal one-on-one training with a professional instructor. There is also a Ride-Along Experience for those that dont want to drive. Upcoming Atlanta dates are July 6-8 and September 29-30.

Atlanta Motor Speedway also hosts Speed Tech Auto Racing Schools. Their popular programs include Rookie Rush, which gives drivers 6-8 laps, and The Qualifier, an entry level 8 solo lap program. The next dates in Atlanta are August 3, 24, 25, and 26.

Fast Track High Performance Driving Schools are scheduled for August 11 and September 22. A popular program is the Thunder Course, with 1 driving segment. The Thunder and Lightning Course offers double the fun with 2 driving segments.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is located 25 miles south of Atlanta on Hwy 19/41 in Hampton, Georgia. Behind the scenes official speedway tours are available daily.