Atlanta Motor Speedway has announced plans for the  championship drag runs to be held during the Georgia 500 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race weekend.

The championship bracket race for eligible drag competitors will be held on Friday, Oct. 26, immediately following the completion of Georgia-Pacific NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying. Speeds of more than 140 mph will be achieved on AMS' eighth-mile drag strip during the inaugural championship night.

The top four drivers in each of the eight divisions will be invited to compete in a bracket race, with each champion crowned at the evening's conclusion. A special ‘Friday Night Drags' ticket package will be available for fans who wish to catch the tire smoking action on October 26. Four tickets to Georgia-Pacific Qualifying and the championship drag runs will be available for the price of three, a savings of $25.

"This unique opportunity will give Castrol GTX Friday Night Drag competitors the chance to race in front of 40,000 fans after Georgia-Pacific NEXTEL Cup Qualifying," said AMS vice president of events Brandon Hutchison. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime occasion for these drag racers and it will be an electrifying show for the fans in the grandstands."

The four-ticket package goes on sale this Friday for $75 and will be sold at Gate 15 only during the final six Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags events.

The 2007 Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags Series will run August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and September 7. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and practice drag runs begin at 6:40 p.m.  Show N' Shine car show judging begins at 7:00 p.m. with nightly championship drag runs starting at 9:10 p.m.

For more information about Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags or the Georgia 500 race weekend, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211