Speeding into the second half of the season, Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags returns for an eighth week of head-to-head racing on the Speedway's pit lane drag strip.

Week eight of Friday Night Drags is Ride Along Night, giving race fans the opportunity to ride as a passenger in specific division races, and will include a "Foreign Car Owners Rally" special Show-N-Shine car show class. As always, Friday Night Drags will feature 14 classes of street-style drag racing.

Ride Along Night

Week eight of Friday Night Drags is Ride Along Night and race fans will have the opportunity to ride shotgun down Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit lane drag strip. For just $20, fans can ride as a passenger during drag elimination races in select classes.

Race fans participating in Ride Along Night must sign a waiver and are required to have a $20 Ride Along wristband and a helmet. In addition, the participating vehicle must have a standard passenger seat, seat belts and a window on the passenger side of the car. Ride alongs opportunities are provided in the following divisions: Domestic; Domestic Advanced; Truck; Truck Advanced; Tuner; and Sport Compact.

Foreign Car Owners Rally

Atlanta Motor Speedway features a special Show-N-Shine award each week and the week eight award will highlight cars manufactured outside of America. The "Foreign Car Owners' Rally" award is open to all cars manufactured overseas, including import tuners, European sports cars and modern luxury machines, among others.

Ken Barros won the week seven "Mopar Owners' Rally" special Show-N-Shine award in his 1969 Plymouth Road Runner.

The weekly Show-N-Shine car and motorcycle show awards trophies in seven-total classes. Entry is just $20 and includes parade laps on Atlanta Motor Speedway's full 1.54-mile quad oval.

Pro Points Race Continues to Tighten

Often overlooked by the Super Pros, Atlanta Motor Speedway's Pro competitors at Friday Night Drags are drawing attention as they put on the season's tightest points race.

Entering last week's competition, the top-seven Pro competitors sat consecutively separated by one point, with first holding 10 points, second sitting with nine, third holding eight, and so on. And when the third-place Pro driver, David Sisk, out-performed second-place Eddie Chapman in the Pro finale, it only added to the Pro points race excitement; entering week eight, Chapman, Sisk and Matt Mayber, who sat in first entering week seven, all sit tied in first with 11 points apiece.

The 2009 Friday Night Drags season features heads up, street-style racing on AMS' eighth-mile pit road drag strip, running 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.

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.