Michael Anthony Mooney, a 23-year stunt veteran, will be chained behind a Super-Pro dragster and have just mere seconds to escape before the dragster tears down the strip, possibly bringing Mooney with him.
"I have been timing myself for the past two weeks," said Mooney in preparation for the stunt at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "Most of the time, I can get out within the five second limit. I'm going have to be perfect this Friday night."
As part of a season-ending celebration, speedway officials have decided to open the drag strip to motorcycles. Cyclists will be subject to the same rules as the drag racers and must wear long pants and a long-sleeved shirt as well as a DOT approved helmet.
"We have had a wonderful inaugural season of drag racing and have been asked about racing motorcycles each week," said AMS vice president of events Brandon Hutchison. "I can think of no better way to end this successful season than to give the motorcycle enthusiast the opportunity to race down the drag strip."
With the championship bracket race to be held during Georgia-Pacific NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Qualifying on Friday, Oct. 26, drag competitors have just one more evening to punch their ticket to the championship round race, to be held in front of an estimated crowd of 40,000.
Fans and Show N' Shine competitors will also be treated to a speedway cruise, capping off the 2007 regular season. Showcasing both modern vehicles and classic muscle cars, the Speedway Cruise offers Show N' Shine participants the opportunity to turn several laps around Atlanta Motor Speedway's high banks prior to the night's opening ceremonies.
To take part in Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags, 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.
Show N' Shine car show judging and competitor gates open at 6 p.m. with spectator gates opening 30 minutes later. Practice drag runs begin at 6:40 p.m. with 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. A joint drag and show admission is available for $30.
For more information about Castrol GTX Friday Night Drags, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com