Already brimming with more than 200 drag racers each Friday night, Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags is hoping for a boost of new talent - and perhaps estrogen - for Lucky Ladies Night on Friday, June 26.
Lucky Ladies Night at Friday Night Drags will give female drivers the opportunity to compete for free on Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit-lane drag strip. Week four will also include a "Hot Rod Heaven" special Show-N-Shine class and, as always, a loaded schedule that includes 14 classes of street-style drag racing.
Friday Night of Firsts
Atlanta Motor Speedway's third week of Friday Night Drags was a week of firsts. Driven by Billy Stevens of Locust Grove, the first Legends car in Friday Night Drags history made its way to Victory Lane. Stevens built the Legends drag car with Harry Motorsports in an effort to promote Legends racing and Thursday Thunder and claimed his first win of the year in the Sport Compact class.
Also, when Michelle Ewing of Senoia captured the win in the Super Bike class she claimed the title of first female race winner of the year.
Four-Way Points Tie Among Pros from McDonough
With three weeks of points racing completed, one of Friday Night Drags most-popular divisions, the Pro class, has the most-compelling early season points race. Four Pro competitors, each from McDonough, currently sit tied for first place in the points standings with four points apiece.
McDonough natives Eddie Chapman, David Harbin, Matt Mayber and Jerritt Scott each sit atop the Pro points standings.
Holding just one point entering week three, Mayber guided his 1990 Chevrolet S-10 to Victory Lane to claim three points and leap into the first-place tie. Mayber outdueled Harbin to the finish, who garnered two points for second to also move into the tie.
Chapman has accumulated four points with a week-two win and week-one appearance, while Scott finished second to Chapman during week two and claimed a point for two additional appearances to total four points.
Weekly Special Show-N-Shine: "Hot Rod Heaven"
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 four is "Hot Rod Heaven." The "Hot Rod Heaven" Show-N-Shine class is open to all Hot Rods produced in the 1950s through 1972, but Street and other Rods are encouraged to come out and join the Show-N-Shine. This special Show-N-Shine class will give special attention to a group of cars that typically need no extra focus, often drawing large crowds at shows to gawk at their minimalistic bodies, added performance power and vintage aesthetics.
Hampton's Jesse Olive won the week two special class, "Modern Tuner Revolution," in his Toyota Scion XB that features remarkable interior work. In addition to each week's special class, Friday Night Drags' Show-N-Shine presents awards to show cars in six classes.
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 .