Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia, USA

Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, Georgia, USA

Real Racing – Real Fast. Apparently. Built in 1960, this oval circuit is 2.4km in length and actually IS one of the fastest tracks in the US, on the NASCAR circuit that is. As with most ovals these days it now features an infield section which can be opened up for different types of racing configurations. Speeds easily reach 320 km/h in regular NASCAR races, even with the extra ballast they sometimes have to carry (read ’12 pack of beer and maybe a gun rack in the back’, or possibly even having a lady passenger called Darlene in the front and a dead deer strapped to the bonnet’).

The facility boasts seating for 125,000+ spectators, and in 2004 it put some of that space to good use by accommodating evacuees from Florida fleeing Hurricane Frances. Legend has it that the opening scenes of the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II were filmed at the track, although this is unconfirmed.

http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/

By Phil Clark

Real Racing – Real Fast. Apparently. Built in 1960, this oval circuit is 2.4km in length and actually IS one of the fastest tracks in the US, on the NASCAR circuit that is. As with most ovals these days it now features an infield section which can be opened up for different types of racing configurations. Speeds easily reach 320 km/h in regular NASCAR races, even with the extra ballast they sometimes have to carry (read ’12 pack of beer and maybe a gun rack in the back’, or possibly even having a lady passenger called Darlene in the front and a dead deer strapped to the bonnet’).

The facility boasts seating for 125,000+ spectators, and in 2004 it put some of that space to good use by accommodating evacuees from Florida fleeing Hurricane Frances. Legend has it that the opening scenes of the 1980 movie Smokey and the Bandit II were filmed at the track, although this is unconfirmed.

http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/

By Phil Clark

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