He didn't climb the fence again, but Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue celebrated another racing win at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This time he was victorious drag racing an AMS pace car down the facility's eighth-mile drag strip during Friday Night Drags presented by ACDelco.
Gov. Perdue squared off against AMS president and general manager, Ed Clark. The Georgia Governor was quick off the starting line and Clark closed the gap, but the Governor was the first to cross the finish line.
Of his win, Gov. Perdue remarked, "It was exciting; I don't know if Ed had his foot all the way down or not. I think he may have let me have it tonight. It was great to go 2 for 2 at Atlanta Motor Speedway."
"I guess we are going to have to call him Sonny ‘Lead Foot' Perdue now," Clark said with a laugh. "It's not everyday you get smoked by the Governor."
The win was the second for Governor Perdue at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Last summer, Gov. Perdue raced WSB-AM radio personality, Capt. Herb Emory in bomber cars around the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" during Thursday Thunder. Perdue was victorious in the battle against Emory and even climbed the catchfence Tony Stewart-style to celebrate the win.
The Governor's participation in the drag race was an effort to bring awareness to illegal street drag racing.
"Racing needs to be done here at a raceway," said Governor Perdue. "And that's what we want to get across to the kids here tonight. Come to Atlanta Motor Speedway on a Friday night if you want to drag race."
"We appreciate Governor Perdue's willingness to help us raise awareness of organized drag racing, which eliminates illegal street drag racing, putting it in a safe and controlled environment at Atlanta Motor Speedway," said Clark.
Drivers as young as 16 years old can compete each week this summer at Friday Night Drags presented by ACDelco. Drivers under the age of 18 must obtain a fully-executed minor's release form before they will be allowed to compete. All drivers must have a helmet and operational seat belts to participate. The entry fee to race is $20 with nightly trophies awarded. Spectator admission is $7 for adults, with ages five and under free. For more information, please contact the AMS ticket office at 770-946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Three high-resolution images of Governor Perdue and Ed Clark to accompany this release, can be downloaded from: http://www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/media/press_photos/sf4809.html
Photos courtesy of Atlanta Motor Speedway