With 18 different divisions of competition at Friday Night Drags, there are many more vehicles than your typical high-power drag racers prowling the drag strip. Racing is open to the public, and as long as a machine has an engine and a seat belt, there's a place for it to compete.
One of the more competitive and easily-accessible divisions at Friday Night Drags is the Sport Compact division. This division is made up of naturally-aspirated foreign and domestic stock production sport compact cars and trucks. Vehicles must have three, four or six cylinders with stock everything - engine, suspension, interior and body. Many of these cars are everyday driving vehicles for a wide range of people.
This season the Sport Compact division appears to be wide open, as three weeks of racing has produced three different winners. Week one's racing was claimed by Zebulon's Trey Holley, driving a 1992 Honda Civic, with Clayton Ward of Williamson taking home the trophy in week two in his 1995 Honda Civic. Week three saw a breakup of the Honda domination, as McDonough resident Damon Waldrop went to victory lane in a 1998 Ford Mustang.
Any vehicle that wins three points events will be moved up to the tougher Tuner division, which ensures that competition will be even across the board as the season winds through the summer.
Fans, Help AMS Name the New T-shirt Cannon
Atlanta Motor Speedway will introduce a new and exciting element to the entertainment on Friday nights, as the opening of points on May 31 will also mark the start of the speedway's new T-shirt Cannon firing free souvenirs into the stands.
Beginning on Friday, May 17, fans are encouraged to visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags and vote for their favorite name for the new T-shirt Cannon. The name receiving the most votes will be branded upon the cannon. Fans may select from the following names: Master Blaster, T-shirt Torpedo or Nitro Nellie. Voting will be open for one week, closing on Friday, May 24.
With Friday Night Drags being so popular with racing fans of all ages, Atlanta Motor Speedway wants to involve them in another way by allowing them to be a part of the show each night, whether it is racing or being part of the entertainment.
Track Clean Up Offers Merchandise Discount to Fans
Unfortunately, oil downs and track clean up are both parts of drag racing that are sometimes experienced at Friday Night Drags. Starting this week, AMS looks to spice things up for fans when these moments do occur.
Beginning this Friday, all Friday Night Drags shirts will be marked down 20 percent to $12 anytime a track clean up is taking place. This discount will only last during the time that racing is halted due to track workers cleaning the drag strip, so the length of time will vary.
Friday Night Drags T-shirts, normally $15, come in black or grey colors for the 2013 season.
This Week and Upcoming at Friday Night Drags
The speedway's new concrete launching pad continues to add rubber, adding more traction to the fresh surface and improving the competition with each pass. Drivers are almost fully used to the new starter light, which has served to even starts across the board in all divisions.
Week four is the last non-points event of the season, offering racers one last chance to tune-up their machines, get warmed up and have all the bugs out prior to the start of championship points racing. The series will be off next Friday, May 24 in observance of Memorial Day, but will return with the opening night of points racing on May 31.
The 2013 Friday Night Drags season runs most Friday nights through Aug. 16, with the Fall Stampede taking place Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Practice runs begin at 6:15 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:15 p.m. with a track cruise at 8:20 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin at 9:15 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 and forms are 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 $8 with children five and under free. Exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.
For more information on Friday Night Drags or Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.