The July 5th Fireworks Sparktacular at the Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway is only a week and a half away and points are becoming more critical for drivers competing for division championships as part of the Speedway's weekly summer drag racing series.In the fastest division at Friday Night Drags, the Super Pro division, Stockbridge's Bobby Daniel has held the upper-hand through the first three points events of the summer, winning twice in his red 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo.
Mike Herring, has also picked up a win within Super Pro this summer in his black and yellow "Batmobile" car, a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina. Herring's car was damaged in final-round eliminations two races ago and the Conyers resident is expected to return to action very soon.
Absent from victory lane since the start of points racing in the Super Pro division has been Mark White and his 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang. But the former Friday Night Drags champion has been a factor in the semifinal and final rounds this season and will very likely have a say in the champion in the Super Pro division this summer.
This Week and Upcoming at Friday Night Drags
This week at Friday Night Drags will feature an "Ugly Truck Contest" with a prizes being awarded to participants whose trucks are judged to be the ugliest. Those wishing to enter may do so at the Speedway's main infield tunnel no later than 7:00 p.m.
Atlanta Motor Speedway will continue its Independence Day celebration on July 5th at Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine with the largest display of fireworks on Atlanta's Southside. The fireworks display will begin prior to drag eliminations, which begin at 9:15 p.m. The fireworks will be viewable from either the Speedway grandstands or drag racing pit area.
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 8:05 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 atwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags. 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 visitwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.