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Atlanta race remains in pivotal spot on NASCAR schedule

HAMPTON — The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule was released and the Labor Day weekend race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 31 remains the penultimate race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins.

“A handful of drivers with their season on the line put themselves in position to make the chase with their finish this past year,” Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark said. “The race at Atlanta Motor Speedway remains crucial in determining who will qualify for the Chase.”

As the second-to-last race before the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship, Atlanta Motor Speedway figures to play a pivotal role as drivers battle for wins, points and position before the 10-race playoff begins. In past years, a driver’s finish at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend can make or break a season. Kyle Busch was the winner of the AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 1.

The weekend schedule includes NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying Aug. 29 and the 300-mile NASCAR Nationwide Series race Aug. 30. The weekend concludes with the 500-mile NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Aug. 31.