The Fayette Citizen-Sports Page

Wednesday, November 14, 2001

NAPA 500 has AMS and area buzzing with excitement


The Winston Cup series returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Sunday with the NAPA 500.

There will be lots of racing action to entertain fans all weekend, starting Friday with practice laps and qualifying.

Gates open Friday at 8 a.m. Practice for the ARCA Pork The Other White Meat 400 goes from 10 - 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by NASCAR practice at 11:20 a.m. Georgia Pacific Qualifying for the NAPA 500 begins at 3 p.m.

Friday night, race fans can meet Buckshot Jones from 6-8 p.m. at Sprint PCS in Fayetteville, 1415 Ga. Highway 85 north. The first 50 attendees will receive free earbuds from Jabra and Plantronics. Jones is from Tucker, Ga. and was successful on the Busch series though he has yet to win a Winston Cup race.

Saturday's schedule begins with a breakfast with Jimmy Spencer in the Tara Ballroom at AMS from 7:30-9 a.m. Tickets are $35 and are available through Nancy Eden at Braelinn Baptist Church. Phone 770-487-6691.

Saturday's racing action starts at 11:15 with NASCAR practice until noon. The ARCA 400 will begin at 1 p.m. and will be followed by more NASCAR practice. Racing in the ARCA 400 will be local Legends racer Doug Stevens. Stevens, a McDonough resident, is a three-time Pro Championship winner, who has recently made the jump into ASA racing.

Gates open at 8 a.m. Sunday and there will be a Raceway Ministries service at 9:30 a.m. Driver introductions for the NAPA 500 begin at noon and the race is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Country duo Montgomery Gentry will perform the national anthem before the race.

Jeff Gordon can clinch the Winston Cup title by finishing in the top 32 of Sunday's race. Gordon has performed well at AMS in the past, but as everyone knows anybody can win at any given time.

Tickets are still available for the races this weekend. General admission for Friday is $15, while tickets for Saturday are $35 and tickets for the NAPA 500 range from $30-$105. Phone 770-946-4211 or visit any ticketmaster outlet.

There will be live broadcasts from local radio stations, booths, memorabilia auctions and more. Another activity this weekend will be a free men's health screening offered by Pfizer and Mark Martin, who races in the Pfizer-sponsored number six Viagra Ford. The Men's Health Tune Up For Life mobile unit will be between gates 14 and 15 outside the track. It will offer free cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure and erectile dysfunction screenings.

The mobile unit will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 16 and 17, and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.

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