Atlanta Motor Speedway confirms loss of spring date in 2011

Atlanta Motor Speedway confirmed on its website Thursday that the track will only host one NASCAR race weekend in 2011.

"Atlanta Motor speedway has provided top-quality racing entertainment to spectators from across the nation and around the world for 50 years," said speedway president, Ed Clark. "While our schedule will change, our commitment to the racing fans who have been the heart and soul of Atlanta Motor Speedway through these years will be stronger than ever. Our entire staff will be even more driven to produce the top annual sporting event in Georgia for many years to come."

AMS will keep its Labor Day race date on the 2011 schedule. It's the first official move of what are expected to be many changes for the 2011 schedule. Kentucky Motor Speedway -- a sister Speedway Motorsports Inc. track to Atlanta -- is scheduled to host a news conference on August 10th where it is expected that it will announce a Sprint Cup race date for 2011.

In order for Kentucky to get a race, a SMI track would have to lose a race, and Atlanta had long been rumored to sacrifice a date. Speculation has also intensified that Las Vegas Motor Speedway, another SMI track, would get a second Cup race for 2011, and in order for that to happen another SMI track -- possibly New Hampshire -- would also have to give up a date.

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