After a roaring crowd response in 2008, backwards drag racing is back at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags for the third week of points competition on Friday, June 19.
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags will add backwards racing to a loaded schedule that includes 14 classes of street-style drag racing. In addition to traditional and backwards drag racing, week three will include a special Show-N-Shine class, "Modern Tuner Revolution", as well as six additional classes of show cars.
Backwards Drag Racing
While most speed fanatics are used to kicking it in high gear and blazing down Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit lane drag strip, week three of Friday Night Drags will encourage competitors to embrace their reverse gear. For week three only, Atlanta Motor Speedway will open the drag strip to any competitor interested in racing in reverse.
Featuring three backwards passes in 2008 that resulted in cars bumping, a hard brush with the pit lane wall and a side mirror left on the track, the 2008 edition of backwards drag racing was met with one of the largest crowd responses in Friday Night Drags history.
Weekly Special Show-N-Shine: "Modern Tuner Revolution"
Atlanta Motor Speedway's weekly Show-N-Shine car show will play host to a special class each week during the 2009 Friday Night Drags season and week three is the "Modern Tuner Revolution". Showcasing both foreign and domestic sport compact cars, the "Modern Tuner Revolution" will highlight cars favored by a younger generation. The "Modern Tuner Revolution" cars will be given a dedicated display location within the Show-N-Shine area, allowing entrants to showcase the booming stereos often associated with top tuner cars.
Fayetteville's David Sisk won the week two special class, "60's Muscle Cars", in his Chevrolet Chevelle SS. In addition to each week's special class, Friday Night Drags' Show-N-Shine presents awards to show cars in six classes.
Remarkable Super Pro Finish at Friday Night Drags
A typical Friday Night Drags often features many mesmerizingly-close finishes, but week two's Super Pro class finale was among the most jaw-dropping moments in FND history. Facing Billy Clevenger in the final round, former champion Frank Taylor missed the start. However, Clevenger nearly wheelied out of control from the starting box, but recovered and held the lead. Shortly after, Taylor was able to hook up his tires from the start and launch while spraying NOS (nitrous oxide). After a second boost of NOS, Taylor was able to edge ahead at the finish for the Super Pro win.
A rarity in quarter-mile drag racing, Taylor catching a competitor from a missed start on an eighth-mile track makes the comeback even more remarkable.
The 2009 Friday Night Drags season features heads up, street-style racing on AMS' eighth-mile pit road drag strip. It will run on Friday nights through Sept. 11. Grandstand 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 elimination drag runs starting at approximately 9:00 p.m.
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.
The series is open to any automobile and any driver, provided they possess a valid driver's license. 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.
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.