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AMS announces 2005 schedule

From staff reports

Atlanta Motor Speedway officials announced Thursday the speedway's 2005 schedule, which included the addition of a second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, as well as the return of the Aaron's 312 NASCAR Busch Series race to the spring race weekend.

Thanks to the overwhelming success of this year's EasyCare Vehicle Service Contracts 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race, Atlanta Motor Speedway added the second truck race to the fall Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend.

The March 18-20 Golden Corral 500 weekend will also be shuffled, as the NASCAR Craftsman Truck race will move from its previous Saturday afternoon slot to Friday night, immediately following Georgia Power Qualifying, which will also move to a nighttime start.

The Golden Corral 500 weekend will continue on Saturday with the return of the Aaron's 312 Busch Series race, which had been traditionally held in March until moving to the fall date two years ago.

The Oct. 28-30 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend will again kick off with Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night and continue on Saturday with the newly added second NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The weekend will culminate with the running of the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, the seventh of 10 races in the Chase for the NEXTEL Cup.

"We're pleased with the changes to our schedule and feel that NASCAR has done a great job in working with us to give the fans two solid weekends of great racing action," said Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark. "Our fans have told us they love night qualifying, they love the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series – and we've updated our schedule to reflect their requests."

In addition to the two NASCAR Nextel Cup weekends, Atlanta Motor Speedway will also host one of the largest car shows in America, the NOPI Nationals, and a full season of grass-roots racing in the Thursday Thunder Legends, Bandolero and Roadster Racing series.

Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the premier motorsports complexes in the Southeast. AMS is owned by Speedway Motorsports, Inc., a leading marketer and promoter of motorsports entertainment in the United States.