Raced until 2012
Atlanta Motor Speedway
First race: 1960
The Atlanta 500 was a NASCAR Sprint Cup stock car race that was run every March at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, Georgia from 1960 until 2012.
In August 2012, Atlanta Motor Speedway announced that they would no longer run the Atlanta 500 spring race, instead choosing to focus on the Labor Day weekend race at the track beginning in 2011
NASCAR Sprint Cup's finest take on one of the fastest tracks in racing when the Kobalt Tools 500 (formerly Golden Corral 500) hits Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Sprint Cup race is one of two races hosted at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with the other being the Pep Boys Auto 500 in September.
Held annually at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, one of the fastest race tracks on the Sprint Cup circuit, the Kobalt Tools 500 has provided a history of great NASCAR racing and thrilling finishes.
The Atlanta Motor Speedway is a 1.54 mile quad-oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns. Given the track's high banking and the fact that the Kobalt is not a restrictor plate race, the result is that there are higher average speeds here in Atlanta than even at the faster superspeedways in Daytona and Talladega! Simply put, the Kobalt Tools 500 is a very fast race, on a very fast track, and one with a truly great history of NASCAR.
The Kobalt Tools 500 began as the Atlanta 500 in 1960. Since then, this race has grown to be a favorite among big-time NASCAR betting fans. The Kobalt Tools 500 is one of two races held at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the other being the Pep Boys Auto 500 in September. The NASCAR season is just heating up and there is no better way to get into the Sprint Cup betting action than the Kobalt Tools 500.
In 2009, Kurt Busch took the checkered flag in NASCAR odds. Busch led 234 of 330 laps in the Kobalt Tools 500, surviving a couple of scrapes with the wall and a late caution to pull away to win the Sprint Cup race by 0.332 of a second over Jeff Gordon.
As you consider NASCAR odds you may want to remember that the early season results don’t mean much in Atlanta. Just because a driver won in Daytona or California does not mean they will do well in NASCAR betting odds in Atlanta. The track is different, the atmosphere is different and there are few guarantees in NASCAR odds in Atlanta.
The 2008 Kobalt Tools 500 saw Toyota make history when, for the very first time since 1954, a foreign auto maker was victorious in a NASCAR stock car race. Kyle Busch raced to victory in his Toyota after Carl Edwards, who had dominated nearly the entire race, had to pit once his car began smoking.