Straight-line speed returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway's eighth-mile pit lane drag strip this week as Friday Night Drags is set for the 2009 season's points opener on Friday, June 5.

Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags is back for 2009 and features five new classes of racing, in addition to an extended 13-week schedule of points racing.

New for 2009, the Sport Compact class has been introduced as a novice division for Tuners, including both stock foreign and domestic sport compact cars. The Truck Advanced class has been created for significantly-modified trucks, while AMS has fine-tuned its Pro division by adding the Super Pro division for the most-advanced drag cars and leaving Pro for naturally-aspirated engines only. For motorcycle enthusiasts, AMS has also developed a Super Bike class and a Motorcycle division.

In addition to the new classes for the 2009 season, this week's action will feature a kids' candy & coin scramble to add entertainment for Friday Night Drags' youngest fans.

Now in the event's third-full season, Friday Night Drags 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 2009 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 six classes, with trophies awarded to the top-three finishers of each division. There will also be a weekly "President's Choice" award.

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

The 2009 Friday Night Drags season will run almost every Friday night through Sept. 11. Gates open at 6:30 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 drag runs starting at 9:09 p.m.

Entry to drag race or for the Show N' Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $7 and exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.

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