Celebrity drag racing and live music entertainment return to Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags for the final installment of FastLife Fridays on Friday, Aug. 13.
In addition to the added elements of FastLife Fridays, week 14's action will feature 15 classes of straight line speed competing for extra points on Double Points Night. The event will also feature swarms of show cars in the weekly Show-N-Shine car show with six classes of cars, a President's Choice and Student Choice awards.
FastLife Fridays Return for Final Event of 2010
Through a partnership with Mauldin Brand Agency, Atlanta Motor Speedway will play host to the third and final FastLife Fridays event of the 2010 season on Friday, Aug 13. Events scheduled for the FastLife Fridays event include celebrity drag racing and live music performances, in addition to showcases of celebrity show cars.
Previous FastLife Fridays events have featured performances by hip-hop stars Yung Joc and Yelawolf and appearances by Bravo's "Real Housewives of Atlanta," among other celebrities. Kim Zolciak of the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" won the celebrity racing portion of the first FastLife Fridays event. Week 14's edition of FastLife Fridays is expected to feature new musical guests and entertainers at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
FastLife Fridays add a lifestyle and multi-cultural element to Friday Night Drags and highlight fashion, music and technology, plus full-throttle drag racing. The event is sponsored by V-103.
Double Points Night Set to Shake Up Standings
Double Points Night at Friday Night Drags is set to shake up the standings, as 11 classes enter the week 14 event featuring points leads of seven marks or less. With 11 classes featuring tight groupings atop the standings, the increased point payouts may impact the standings in many divisions.
Double Points Night will allow competitors in all 15 Friday Night Drags divisions to earn twice the awarded points for the week 14 results. Competitors will receive two points for completing an elimination run, four points for advancing to the semi-final elimination runs, six points for a second-place showing and eight points for winning their division.
Points Races Continue to Tighten as Season Progresses
Points races remain tight at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags, where 11-of-15 divisions feature leads of just seven points or less. Of those 11 closely-contested classes, three divisions feature ties atop the standings.
The Domestic class currently features a tie for first place between Frankie Collins (Zebulon) and Ron Wiese (McDonough), each with 14 points. Collins has totaled two wins and a third-place finish during a double points event to accumulate 14 points, while Wiese has claimed three wins in four appearances. Making the Domestic points race more intriguing, the leaders also face competition from Butch Lashley (McDonough) in third with 12 points and Jason Miller (McDonough) and Mike Kipp (Stockbridge) with 10 points.
Jose Samaniego (Jonesboro) and Vincent Varela (Jonesboro) lead the way in the Pro Four division with 12 points each. Samaniego has totaled three wins in as many appearances in 2010, while Varela has claimed two wins, including a previous Double Points Night victory, to sit tied for first. Meanwhile, a recent surge by two-time Pro Four champion Mike Chambers has the Griffin resident in third place with 11 points.
Ruben Quiambao (Roswell) has used three-straight wins to tie Chris Hill (Hampton) for the Sport Compact class lead with 12 points. Hill has just one win to Quiambao's three, but the victory came on Double Points Night to propel Hill into the championship hunt. Quiambao and Hill are trailed by one mark by Timothy Schultz (McDonough) and Daniel Karr (Stockbridge) sits fourth with 10 points.
While the Friday Night Drags season rapidly approaches the year's Championship Night on Sept. 10, the series' points races are becoming closer as each week passes.
The 2010 Friday Night Drags season will run on Friday nights through Sept. 10. 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 theSpeedway 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.