Night Race May Be Coming To Atlanta

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday, August 18, 2008. (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that NASCAR will run under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend next year.

A racing official says Atlanta Motor Speedway and NASCAR officials are planning to announce a schedule change Tuesday that will include the night race.

Atlanta's place on the racing calendar also could move. There has been speculation Atlanta Motor Speedway will be part of a three-way trade of race dates for next year's Sprint Cup schedule that also involves the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., and Talladega Superspeedway.

Atlanta would receive the 2009 Labor Day weekend race that's happening this season in California. Fontana would receive Talladega's fall race, while Talladega would receive Atlanta's fall race, set for late October this year.

Fontana has struggled with overwhelming heat at its race on Labor Day weekend. The change would give the California track a spot in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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