Atlanta Motor Speedway will launch its newest form of racing when the 12-week Castrol GTX Friday Night Drag Racing Series gets underway Friday, May 11.

The 2006 inaugural edition of the Friday Night Drags Series was a tremendous success with more than 1,300 competitors, ranging in age from 16 to 74, participating in the street drags or the car show portion of the event. This momentum led to the development of a full-scale series and the addition of a series sponsor for 2007: Castrol GTX brand engine oil.

"The addition of Castrol GTX to our sponsor family shows the promise this new grass roots level racing series has," said Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manger Ed Clark. "We are extremely pleased to partner with Castrol GTX to present a summer full of thrilling drag racing entertainment."

The competition will be heads up, street-style drag racing on AMS's one-eighth-mile pit road drag strip. The series is open to any automobile and any driver, provided they possess a valid driver's license.  A simple points system will be in place for 2007 and division champions will be crowned at the end of the season. Three points will be awarded for a final round win with two points awarded to the runner-up. A single point will be awarded to every participant.

"Just like last year, there will be no light tree, no electronic timing, just simple heads-up drag racing to the finish line," said Brandon Hutchison, vice president of events at AMS. "We took notes last year and have added more classes for the racers and have restructured the Show N' Shine to provide participants with a competitive evening."

In addition to the pavement-pounding drag action, a Show N' Shine car show, held in the AMS infield, will feature collector vehicles divided into five classes, with trophies awarded to the winners' of each division. There will also be motorcycles on display and a weekly fan vote for best paint work.

All racers must have a valid driver's license and competitors age 16 and 17 must have a fully executed minors release form on file at the speedway prior to competition (forms available at the speedway or at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com). Competitors must wear a helmet and have operational seat belts in the vehicle and pass a pre-race safety inspection.

The 2007 Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags Series will run May 11, 18, June 1, 8, 22, 29, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and September 7. Gates open at 7 p.m. and practice drag runs begin at 6:40 p.m.  Show N' Shine car show judging begins at 8:30 p.m. with the Championship drag runs starting at 9:10 p.m.

Both drag and Show N' Shine competitors entry fees are $20 while spectator admission is only $7.

For more information about Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211