Backwards Drag Racing to Provide New Fan Entertainment           

Atlanta Motor Speedway's 10-week season of Friday Night Drags presented by ACDelco continues on July 18 with the fifth week of points and includes a class for backwards drag racing.

For the first-time ever at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Friday Night Drags will feature backwards drag racing as competitors gear up in reverse to compete on AMS' eighth-mile drag strip. This new, unique drag spectacle will be open to all competitors interested in testing their speed in reverse and should provide an exhilarating new exhibition for fans.

"After all, we are an entertainment facility and we always look for new ways to bring entertainment to our fans. Backwards drag racing is new this year and we think the Friday Night Drags crowd will get a kick out of it," said Brandon Hutchison, vice president of events at AMS. "It's a new spin an old favorite - eighth-mile drag racing, but in reverse gear."

Now in the event's second full-length season, Friday Night Drags presented by ACDelco features heads up, street-style drag racing on AMS' 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 2008 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, ensuring a tight points battle throughout the season.

In addition to the pavement-pounding drag action, a Show N' Shine car show is held in the AMS infield garage area and features collector vehicles divided into five classes, with trophies awarded to the top-three finishers of each division. There will also be motorcycles on display and a weekly "President's Choice" award.

All racers 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 Competitors must wear an approved helmet and have operational seat belts in the vehicle and pass a pre-race safety inspection.

The 2008 Friday Night Drags season presented by ACDelco will run every Friday night through August 22. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and practice drag runs begin at 6:20 p.m. Show N' Shine car show judging begins at 8:20 p.m. with the championship drag runs starting at 9 p.m.

Both drag and Show N' Shine competitors entry fees are $20 while spectator admission is only $7. Competitors can participate in both the drag racing and car show for $30.

For more information about drag racing at AMS, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit