AMS to hold open house

From staff reports

It happens only once a year, and this year's day for race fans to drive their own cars around the high banks of Atlanta Motor Speedway is Saturday, Sept. 25.

But there will be much more than just the opportunity to drive your car around the track on Sept. 25, which will be Atlanta Motor Speedway's annual open house. The open house will run from 3-7 p.m. and will feature ticket and autographed NASCAR merchandise giveaways, infield and garage access and plenty of show cars to see.

Also, new this year will be the Pacemaker 5000, a 5K foot race presented by Henry Medical Center. The race will be held at 5 p.m. and will include two laps around the speedway. Runners will be able to register at pacemaker5k.org for $15 prior to September 20. On-site registration will be available for $20. All runners will receive a complimentary race T-shirt.

Track rides will begin at 6 p.m., with each car getting a chance to make two laps behind the official Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car. Fans interested in driving the track should purchase their Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend tickets at the open house to receive their laps free. For those who have already purchased tickets for all three days of the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend, a $30 donation can be made to the Speedway Children's Charities for two laps around the speedway.

Fans also gain unprecedented access to the garage and infield areas of Atlanta Motor Speedway during the open house, giving them a chance to see the areas where their favorite drivers will set up to run the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. The garage area will be lined with showcars, games, food and other activities for fans to enjoy.

The open house will also give fans a chance to scope out their seats for the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, as well as win pit passes and NASCAR merchandise. Hundreds of souvenirs will be sold at the lowest prices of the year, and fans can even take photographs in Victory Lane with the pace car.

Several future NASCAR stars from the Thursday Thunder summer series will be on hand to sign autographs, and Legends car ride-and-drives will be available. Atlanta Motor Speedway mascot Monkey Wrench will also make appearances in his banana yellow Legends car convertible, ensuring fun for the entire family.

For more information, call (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

Sorenson finishes fourth in ASA event: Reed Sorenson, who raced at Thursday Thunder from 1998-2002, placed fourth in an American Speed Association event over the weekend. Sorenson, who won the ASA rookie of the year last season, is seventh in the overall points standings.

Joey Logano, who raced at Thursday Thunder from 1998-2003, finished 14th in the ASA race.

Former Eagle's Landing High School student and former Thursday Thunder competitor David Ragan was involved in an accident and placed 32nd in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series event over the weekend in Nashville.

In the ARCA race in Nashville, Walt Brannen, who raced at Thursday Thunder from 1998-2002, finished 24th.