With three race dates remaining on the 2009 Friday Night Drags schedule, Atlanta Motor Speedway's summer racing series is entering a critical period where many competitors are fighting for last minute points for a late-season championship push.
Truck Advanced Race Among Tightest at FND
Week 10's "Double Points Night" had a profound impact on the Truck Advanced class points standings, as fan favorite Bill Patrick was able to gain ground on points leader Chuck Poole. Capitalizing on the extra points awarded, Patrick now sits one point behind Poole, with 20 points to the leader's 21.
Matching up with Terry Queen in the week 10 Truck Advanced finale, Bill Patrick was controversially disqualified for jumping the start. After the win, Queen felt certain Patrick's "jump" - if he jumped at all - was insignificant when Patrick won the race by one-and-a-half car lengths. Queen conceded the victory to Patrick and the win was later validated by AMS officials, giving Patrick six needed points for the win.
"I was called for jumping, but [Terry Queen] said it was cool," Patrick said on Friday from Victory Lane. "I want to say what a sportsman he is, because he knows it's Double Points Night and I'm trying to catch Chuck Poole."
Special Show-N-Shine Award for Super Bikes
Week 11 of Friday Night Drags will feature a Show-N-Shine "Super Bike Rally" and will award a special trophy to the best Super Bike in the Show-N-Shine garage area. The special event should feature a large contingent of super bikes, as the class has become one of the fastest growing divisions on the drag strip at Friday Night Drags; the 2009 Friday Night Drags season has hosted more than 75 total Super Bike competitors, the most of any FND class.
Cole Gulleyge won the week 10 "Truck" special Show-N-Shine award in his 1983 GMC.
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.
Only Three Weeks of FND Remain
Championship Night of the 2009 Friday Night Drags season is fast approaching on Sept. 11 and only three weeks remain on the 2009 schedule.
Drag action will take place this Friday, Aug. 21 and next Friday, Aug. 28, before a scheduled off week for Atlanta Motor Speedway's Pep Boys Auto 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race weekend on Sept. 5 and 6. Following the NASCAR event, Friday Night Drags will return on Sept. 11 for Championship Night.
After week 11, upcoming promotional events include: "Lucky Ladies Night" on Aug. 28, giving females the opportunity to drag race for free for the second time in 2009; a special Show-N-Shine award for Classic Cars on Aug. 28; and a season winners' showcase Show-N-Shine on Sept. 11 for Championship Night.
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.