HAMPTON, GA - SEPT. 02: (Lead car L-R) Tony Stewart, driver of the No. 14 Office Depot/Mobil 1 Chevrolet and Greg Biffle, driver of the No. 16 3M/Manheim Auctions Ford, lead the field at the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sept. 2, 2012 in Hampton, Ga. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images for NASCAR)
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4:00 p.m. -- It's race day in Atlanta! We'll help get you ready for tonight's 500-mile race at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
With a rare Sunday night race thanks to Labor Day Weekend, NASCAR seems to have caught a break as a brief rain shower hit the track this afternoon.
Today we celebrate the life of The King Of Rock ‘N’ Roll, Elvis Presley, who died on Aug. 16, 1977.
Without question, Elvis was a NASCAR man. The King starred in a bunch of a racing movies including 1968’s “Speedway,” where he drove a Dodge Charger built by NASCAR Hall of Fame member Cotton Owens, with the lovely Nancy Sinatra as his co-star.
Click here for some mind-blowing pictures from back in the day in the Carolinas.
Even though he passed away 36 years ago, Elvis — or at least his likeness — has shown up more than once in NASCAR. There were at least three Dale Earnhardt diecasts with The King’s image and several for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Rusty Wallace, among others.
Just three weeks removed from his latest starring role on national television, Ray Lewis finds himself back in the spotlight.
The now-retired Baltimore Ravens linebacker and champion of Super Bowl XLVII was named the honorary starter for the Daytona 500, the first in what figures to be a long line of cushy post-retirement appearance gigs.
The racing connection here is Brad Keselowski, who received an inspirational call from Lewis on the eve of his Sprint Cup championship-clinching performance at Homestead-Miami Speedway at the end of last season. Keselowski, though, didn’t answer the call. Lewis left a voicemail.
Actor James Franco will be the grand marshal and give the “start your engines” command. Watch the full field of 43 race for the Daytona 500 on Sunday on FOX. Coverage begins at 12 p.m. ET. Lewis will wave the green flag around 1 p.m. ET.
Jimmie Johnson appeared on FOX Sports Live Sunday night to talk about his sixth NASCAR championship. In the one-on-one interview with Dan O'Toole, he was also asked about McNabb's controversal comments about drivers not being athletes.