Atlanta Motor Speedway
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The Atlanta Motor Speedway is located on 870 acres, 20 miles south of Atlanta in Hampton, Georgia. Immortalized by its appearance in the opening scenes of Smokey and the Bandit II (1980), it is considered a fan-friendly track and a favorite of racecar drivers. Dale Jarrett was the pole winner at this racetrack in March 2001 and 2001 in the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store 500 and the winner of the Prime Star 500 here in March 1997. Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the most versatile racetracks in the country, offering Legends racing on a quarter-mile track, a road course, and its fast main racetrack. It extends racecar drivers nearly unlimited options for high-speed racing around its track, and its qualifying speeds of 194 mph and up make it one of the fastest and most popular tracks available.
Safety at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Safety at Atlanta Motor Speedway is enhanced by Steel and Foam Energy Reduction (SAFER) barriers on all four turns, the quad-oval, and the inside retaining wall of the backstretch. With enough seats for more than 124,000 guests, Atlanta Motor Speedway is equipped to handle the roaring crowds it attracts on professional race days.
Length: 1.54 miles
Banking: 24° turns, 5° straightaways
Frontstretch length: 2,332 feet
Backstretch length: 1,800 feet
Seating capacity: 125,000
1500 Tara Place
Hampton, GA, 30228
(877) 926-7849 (877-9-AMS-TIX)
I-75 South to Exit #218 (30 miles south of downtown Atlanta) and continue on Highway 20 west for 10 miles.
I-75 South to Exit #235 (15 miles south of downtown Atlanta)
Continue on U.S. Highway 19 & 41 for 15 miles.
I-75 North to Exit #205.
GA 16 West into Griffin.
U.S. Highway 19 & 41 North to Speedway (20 miles).
I-75 to Exit #212.
Hampton-Locust Grove Road West to GA 20. GA 20 to Speedway (15 miles).
I-75 North to Exit #218.
GA 20 West to Speedway (15 miles).
Description of Hampton, Georgia:
Hampton is a friendly community located 30 miles south of Atlanta. It has a small town atmosphere, with streets shaded by old oak trees and lined with historic homes, and its 100-year-old train depot is open daily for art exhibits. Only a few hours away from the Appalachian Mountains or the Atlantic Ocean, Hampton also has its own city park with pavilions, picnic areas, and tennis courts. Thanks to Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton draws more visitors than any other city in the county, and during race days, it attracts more visitors than any other sporting event in the state.
Things To See and Do:
Atlanta Motor Speedway got its start as Atlanta International Raceway in 1960, but since then it has been considerably revamped. The early years saw numerous changes of ownership and management. In 1990, however, speedway magnate Bruton Smith purchased it and spent millions of dollars transforming it. Smith’s company, Smith’s Speedway Motorsports, Inc., refurbished and expanded the racetrack and added seats, bringing the permanent seating capacity up to 124,000 and its combined seating up to 125,000. In addition, 141 luxury suites were added, as well as the nine-story Tara Place, which contains not only 46 condominiums but also offices and banquet facilities. Then in 1997, the track itself was reconfigured, with the start-finish line moved to the former backstretch and the addition of two doglegs to the frontstretch to give racing fans a better view of the races. The length of the track was extended from 1.522 miles to 1.54 miles, and Bobby Labonte won the first race on the newly configured track.