Sparks Will Fly When ASA Southern Modified Tour Rolls Into Atlanta Motor Speedway for Papa John's Pizza Shootout
Monday, October 23, 2006
For the first time at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the thunderous roar of 600 horsepower Modified race cars will fill the night air immediately following Georgia-Pacific Qualifying on Friday, October 27.
Drivers from across the southeast will visit Atlanta Motor Speedway, some for the first time, to be a part of a history making race at one of the most famous tracks in the world.
"Atlanta Motor Speedway is a famous place," said Kevin Powell, a driver who will race at AMS in the Papa John's Pizza Shootout. "My son races a Bandolero and I want to be able to tell his kids that I raced at Atlanta Motor Speedway."
A Winston Salem, N.C. resident and 15-year veteran of motorsports, Powell knows fans will not be disappointed when the Modified cars hit the Thunder Ring, Atlanta Motor Speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile-oval.
"Those cars are so light and have so much power, if you put them on a quarter-mile track, there is only going to be one way to pass and that is with the bumper," Powell said. "The bumpers and nerf bars are welded to the frame, so you can beat and bang on one another."
Being part of the first Modified race ever run at AMS is particularly special to the drivers of the ASA Southern Modified Series, including Charlotte, N.C. driver Darrel Krentz.
"It is a great opportunity and a privilege to be the first group to ever race these cars on a track like Atlanta," said Krentz. "We are going to have to push and shove to get position and it is going to be bumper, door to door event."
For racers like Powell and Krentz, the Papa John's Pizza Shootout is a chance to showcase their talents while keeping their southern short track roots.
"Modified racing was born and bred on the short tracks of the South," said Southern Modified Race Tour founder, Randy Myers. "To have the chance to showcase the talents of these drivers and put these cars in tens-of-thousands of people Friday night is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Fans will see a great race with sparks flying and tires rubbing."
Great seats for the entire race weekend including the Papa John's Pizza Modified race are still available and can be purchased by calling 770-946-4211 or 877-9AMSTIX. Fans can also order tickets 24 hours a day at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or www.ticketmaster.com.