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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:54 pm

interesting promotion for Atlanta

It should come as a surprise to no one that Atlanta Motor Speedway stepped up to be part of the first wave taking advantage of Saturday night's Tony Stewart-Matt Kenesth brouhaha at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Stewart and Kenseth crashed while racing for the lead during the Irwin Tools Night Race, and Stewart aggravated the situatuion by hurling hes helmet in near-perfect form at Kenseth's car.

The incident lit up the Internet and helped to re-establish Bristol's reputation as a coliseum-type track where anything goes and the timid need not apply.

After an episode of that sort, the next track on the schedule typically benefits at the ticket windows. It happens to be Bristol's sister track, Atlanta, whose president, Ed Clark, was at Bristol promoting his race Saturday night.

AMS hosts the AdvoCare 500 Sunday night, the next-to-last race before the start of the Chase for the Sprint Cup.

AMS jumped on the Stewart-Kenseth contretemps quickly. On Monday, the track announced that fans who purchase three Lower Champions Grandstand tickets for Sunday's race can buy a fourth ticket for $14 (if they're Stewart fans) of $17 (if they're Kenseth backers).

The numbers, of course, match those on the Stewart and Kenseth cars (fortunately for fans, Carl Edwards, whose car number is 99, wasn't involved in the fracas).

"This is a fun, tongue-in-cheek way of rewarding fans planning to attend this Sunday's AdvoCare 500," Clark said. "i expect Sunday's night's event to continue the on-track intensity we have seen the past several weeks as drivers fight to make their way into the 2012 Chase for the Sprint Cup championship. The conflicts that will come as a result aren't over."

Stewart promised to retaliate against Kenseth "every chance I get." Those chances aren't likely to appear as often at AMS, a high speed venue where on-track shenanigans are not advisable.

Kenseth, who has officially quailified for the Chase, and Stewart, who is virtually certain to make the Chase list, have desparate records at Atlanta, still one of the fastest tracks on the circuit (Geoffrey Bodine set the track qualifying record of 197.478 miles per hour in 1997).

Stewart has three victories in 25 races at the Hampton, GA facility. Kenseth is winless in 23 visits.

A win for either could be critical in the Chase standings when the champoinship run begins Sept. 16 at Chicagoland Speedway in Joliet, IL.


Written by Mike Hembree Editor for SPEED.com
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Post Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:37 am

Re: interesting promotion for Atlanta

Well that's COOL....lol and it will be a awesome race Tony likes that
track and I look forward to watching it. Tony,Steve and The Boys are
going to come back hard. and iam sure they will have him one he$$ of
a car to get around that track!!!
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Post Thu Aug 30, 2012 10:13 am

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let's hope so!! he needs to have a good run soon. Maybe Tony should find a dirt track race to go to before Atlanta, he always seems to do better on Sunday when he races something during the week, its like fuel for his blood.
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Post Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:25 pm

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funny how times have changed...things are now measured on how much traffic they get on the internet
Do something with your life and go get me a beer.

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Post Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:27 pm

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obviously, everyone will buy their extra ticket for $14 even if they're Kenseth fans
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Post Thu Aug 30, 2012 1:59 pm

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jamo14 wrote:obviously, everyone will buy their extra ticket for $14 even if they're Kenseth fans

This could be true jamo14 but lets look at it as a good thing those extra
tickets sold will look good for Tony and SHR bringing the money in.
because if Tony had not threw the helmet and got the awesome
cheers and the media going crazy with it then they would not
be doing this so Tony again has done a good thing for fans and racing.
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Post Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:16 pm

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jamo14 wrote:obviously, everyone will buy their extra ticket for $14 even if they're Kenseth fans


you wouldn't spend an extra 3 dollars to support your driver? You would say you were a fan of a driver who wrecked your favorite to save $3 dollars?

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