After a season-long showcase of speed, Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags will reach a climax on Championship Night this Friday, as bracket-style ladders will be used to determine the season's champions.
Championship Night Ladders
Championship Night of the 2009 Friday Night Drags season will culminate with a ladder-based seeding system to determine the champions in 13 classes of straight-line speed.
With points set after 12 weeks of drag racing competition, the top-seven competitors in each points class will be seeded into a ladder to determine the season champion. The eighth and final spot will open to all entries this Friday, allowing one competitor in each division to race his or her way into the Friday Night Drags' Championship Night ladders. In non-points racing divisions, the top competitors during Week 13 will be seeded to determine a champion.
Following competition for the open-entry positions, the eight-seeded competitors will face off until one season winner is determined in each division.
Show-N-Shine Season Winner's Showcase
In addition to the weekly Show-N-Shine fun at Friday Night Drags, Championship Night will feature Season Winner's Showcase featuring the top show cars from the 2009 Friday Night Drags season.
Week 13's Show-N-Shine will feature the winners from each week during the Friday Night Drags season, both on display and in a pre-race parade lap. In addition, the Show-N-Shine will continue to feature weekly entries and award prizes in six classes.
Johnny Jones won the Week 12 Show-N-Shine Classic Car Specialty Award in his 1941 Willys Coupe.
Lucky Ladies Redemption
Female drag racers can compete free of charge on Championship Night with a coupon from Lucky Ladies Night during Week 12 of Friday Night Drags on August 28.
Female drag racers who participated in August 28's Lucky Ladies Night received a coupon for free admission to Championship Night. The coupon must be presented at the infield tunnel entrance in order to receive free entry. The coupon does not include admission for crew members.
The 2009 Friday Night Drags season features heads up, street-style racing on AMS' eighth-mile pit road drag strip. 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.