Falcons’ Loss Forces Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Ed Clark To Pay Up

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By Jerry Jordan, Editor

HAMPTON, Ga. – Atlanta Motor Speedway’s (AMS) Ed Clark is a man of his word – even if it means wearing a New England Patriots Jersey, raising the team’s banner over the track and delivering peaches to Victory Lane at the speedway’s sister track, New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS), in Concord, New Hampshire later this year.

After all “a bet is a bet.” Clark said.

Back when the teams were set for the 2017 Super Bowl, David McGrath of NHMS, proposed a bet with Clark and his staff. If the Falcons won:

  • Atlanta Falcons flag to be hung outside New Hampshire Motor Speedway office building the next day and during NASCAR race week July 10-16
  • While wearing a Falcons jersey, David McGrath will present Ed Clark and the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip race winner with New England Lobster in victory lane
  • Four Falcons and Atlanta Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the July 16 New Hampshire 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway ($500 value)

However, if the Patriots were victorious, then:

  • New England Patriots flag to be hung outside Atlanta Motor Speedway office building the next day and during NASCAR race week Feb. 27-March 5
  • While wearing a Patriots jersey, Ed Clark will present David McGrath and the July 16 New Hampshire 301 race winner with Georgia Peaches in victory lane
  • Four Patriots and New Hampshire Motor Speedway fans will win premium tickets to the March 5 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway ($400 value)

Clark knows he has to pay off over the Atlanta Falcons’ Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots, even if it means taking the risk of getting beat-up by Atlanta fans seeing him in the Tom Brady jersey, he joked. He said he will meet with the New Hampshire fans later in the weekend.

“We already had the butter warming up,” Clark said, of the Falcon’s blowing a 25-point lead. “That is a bad way to lose. I feel bad for the Falcons but equally bad for me. I don’t have the details yet. I talked with David McGrath at Daytona and he said the folks coming down from New Hampshire are just great, wonderful people. I just hope I don’t get beat-up walking around the speedway in a Brady jersey going to meet them. I’ve got the jersey right here.”

Ever the good sport, Clark reached into his desk and pulled out a wadded-up No. 12 jersey and held it up for the camera. Clark said the bet wasn’t his idea and McGrath was the one who issued the challenge.

“He really got into this thing and made me get into even more,” Clark said. “Yeah, I don’t want to get pummeled in the grandstands or anything but that was the best so I have to do it. We really had a lot of fun with it.

“I thought we were looking so good. I was sitting there at half-time thinking about how many pounds of lobster we had talked about and if it would be enough for the whole staff. Now, I have to get peaches together and go to New Hampshire.”

Based on how his (and the Falcons’) luck went he predicted the winner of the New Hampshire race, to whom he has to present a bushel of Georgia Peaches, would probably be Chase Elliott because “he can get all the peaches he wants.”

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