Atlanta Motor Speedway Renames Grandstand For Johnson

In honor of the seven-time champion, Atlanta Motor Speedway will rename a section of their grandstand. (Photo Credit: Atlanta Motor Speedway.) 

Atlanta Motor Speedway is renaming one of its grandstands to honor the legacy of the seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion, Jimmie Johnson.

Starting with this weekend’s Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, the Winners Grandstand will have a new name: The Johnson Grandstand.

Johnson will join fellow seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt as NASCAR legends immortalized at AMS.

AMS Executive Vice President and General Manager Brandon Hutchison said during the announcement, “It takes a great driver to succeed at our track and an even greater one to win a championship. But, only the greatest can win seven titles and Jimmie Johnson is undoubtedly one of the greatest.”

In addition to having the grandstand renamed in his honor, Johnson will also kick off his final start at AMS by giving the command to start engines on Sunday.

After uttering the most famous words in motorsports, Johnson will seek his sixth career victory at AMS during Sunday’s race.

The Johnson Grandstand is the 20th and final enhancement in Atlanta’s “20 in 20” initiative. All told, the Speedway has announced 20 individual enhancements to increase fan value and the overall enjoyment of the speedway. Hutchison expects this to be a big change for fans, for years to come.

Fans can enjoy the The Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 live on FOX and PRN at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Stephen Conley

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