The ‘New Atlanta’ is what NASCAR and SMI Envisioned–A Better Race!

HAMPTON, GEORGIA – JULY 10: Chase Elliott, driver of the #9 NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet, leads the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Cup Series Quaker State 400 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 10, 2022 in Hampton, Georgia. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

The ‘New Atlanta is what NASCAR and SMI envisioned–a better race! But what about the fans? This commentary gives readers fuel for thought. NOTE: Commentary delayed due to illness and recovery issues.

After the end of the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway NASCAR and track owners, Speedway Motorsports Inc. embarked on a multi-million dollar renovation of the facility.  The worn-out surface was repaved.  More critically, the entire track was re-profiled.  The banking in the turns increased from 24 to 28 degrees, and the turns were narrowed by more than ten feet. 

Early in the 2022 season, NASCAR announced that Atlanta would use an engine power and aerodynamic package similar to Daytona and Talladega. In essence, Atlanta Motor Speedway is now NASCAR’s third superspeedway race, despite the track’s 1.5-mile length. A stark contrast to the 2.5 and 2.66-mile lengths for Daytona and Talladega respectively.

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2020 NASCAR All-Star Race Moves to Bristol Motor Speedway


The 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race is moving from Charlotte to Bristol and will include fans in attendance on July 15 at The Last Great Colosseum.
  • The 2020 NASCAR All-Star Race will include fans in attendance on July 15 at The Last Great Colosseum.
  • The 36th running of NASCAR’s all-star event to take place for the first time at a short track as NASCAR’s best battle for a $1 million winner-take-all prize.
  • The NASCAR All-Star Open and NASCAR All-Star Race will be telecast live in primetime on FS1, FOX Deportes, and the FOX Sports app at 7:00 p.m., on MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio Channel 90 and to an international audience.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (June 15, 2020) – In a NASCAR season marked by historical firsts, the 36th running of the NASCAR All-Star Race will move 159 miles northwest from Charlotte Motor Speedway to the World’s Fastest Half-Mile, Bristol Motor Speedway, for the first time. The July 15 prime-time race will include fans in attendance at a Speedway Motorsports facility for the first time since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

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NASCAR, Charlotte Motor Speedway Announce Format, Technical Specs for Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race


Format Mirrors Last Year’s Thrilling Spectacle

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2019) – Race fans looking for a glimpse into the future need look no further than this year’s Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race.  As demonstrated throughout its illustrious history, NASCAR’s annual all-star spectacular will again provide the platform for the world’s greatest stock car drivers to compete for $1 million dollars, while race teams will get real-world experience with technical components that could be implemented in the next generation car.

The next step in the all-star evolution was unveiled today.

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Innovative Format for Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race Announced

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The competition package and format for NASCAR’s highly anticipated May 19 Monster Energy NASCAR All-Star Race will have a new look, one the sanctioning body feels confident will provide a lot of excitement for both fans and drivers in the annual non-points event. Continue reading

Roaring Around the Roval Truex’s Toyota Leads Thrill Rides for Media


Defending Bank of America 500 winner and reigning Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. headlined a Roval ride-and-drive event for media in 2018 Toyota Camry XSE cars on Monday at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Photo – HHP/Harold Hinson

Charlotte Motor Speedway revealed its revised Roval road course in a media event on Monday at the speedway; The 17-turn, 2.28-mile Roval layout features a faster infield portion that will be used in the Bank of America 500 race weekend Sept. 28-30  Continue reading