Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags will reach its high-speed zenith during Championship Night on Sept. 10, as titleholders are named in 15 classes to conclude the 17-week season of straight-line speed.
Championships in five Friday Night Drags classes are still undecided entering the season-ending event, with the Sportsman, Pro Four, Domestic, Sport Compact and Motorcycle divisions all separated by four points or less.
After claiming a win in the year's final Double Points Night event, Jeremy Rhodes (Hampton) now sits just two points behind Scott Bates (Locust Grove) in the Sportsman Division. Rhodes will enter the event carrying late-season momentum, as the driver has won four-of-the-last-five Sportsman races, with two on Double Points Nights. However, Bates has one more win in 2010 with five.
Fighting for the advantage throughout the Friday Night Drags season, Frankie Collins and Ron Wiese remain embattled atop the Domestic class standings. Utilizing a win on Double Points Night, Collins now holds a two-point advantage over Wiese, with 22 points to 20. The duo has appeared evenly matched throughout the season and each driver has claimed three wins in 2010 to sit in position to claim their first-career Friday Night Drags championship.
Friday Night Drags' Pro Four class features the series second-closest championship battle, where Mike Chambers (Griffin) and Vincent Varela (Jonesboro) sit separated by just one mark. Chambers, a two-time Pro Four champion and a late-season entry in 2010, has used a pair of recent wins to jump to the Pro Four lead, with 15 points. Varela holds second place with 14 points, also claiming two wins.
In the Sport Compact division, just two points separate Chris Hill and Ruben Quiambao atop the standings, with the drivers holding 18 and 16 points respectively. A benefactor of Double Points Nights with a win and second-place finish, the points leader actually has one less win than Quiambao, who has four.
Friday Night Drags' most-competitive battle is in the Motorcycle class, where Jacob Turner and Jason Lowery each have a remarkable 31 points. Lowery, the early-season favorite who started the season with five-straight wins, may actually enter championship night as an underdog to Turner, who has won the two most-recent events with Lowery in absentia.
And while competitors in 10 divisions have already secured their 2010 title, fans can still expect great racing in this divisions as the champions look to finish the season with one final trip to victory lane, while their competitors have one last opportunity to claim a win and bragging rights on Atlanta Motor Speedway's eighth-mile, pit-lane drag strip.
Practice drag runs begin at 6:15 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show N' Shine car show judging begins at 6:30 p.m. with the drag eliminations starting at 9:19 p.m.
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 a DOT-approved helmet and have operational seat belts in their 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 visitwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com.