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Unreserved campsites available at AMS Saturday

By Jason A. Smith

jsmith@henryherald.com

Race fans are expected to converge Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS), in an attempt to claim the territory they wish to occupy for the next week.

The speedway in Hampton is scheduled to open its unreserved lots at 8 a.m., for campers and recreational vehicles in need of a spot on the grounds at the track for the Pep Boys 500.

Festivities for the NASCAR race will cover Labor Day weekend, culminating with the race on Sept. 6.

Fans began lining up to get to their own sites on Monday, before "queue" lines opened at the speedway Wednesday, according to Matthew Simmons, marketing and promotion coordinator for AMS.

Simmons said many racing fans, who did not reserve a spot earlier, have been near AMS in recent days, in hopes of securing one of the "very popular" unreserved sites.

"We have opened unreserved campsites for many years, but with our race date change this year, this is the first time we have had an off week before a race," said Simmons.

"Because of this," he said, "we've had fans here for two weeks, waiting for their campsites. We will open the gates at 8 a.m., on Saturday and release the flood."

For more details regarding the sites that will be made available, call the AMS ticket office at (770) 946-4211, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.