Coming off the largest field of competitors and third-largest attendance in the series' history, Atlanta Motor Speedway's sixth week of Friday Night Drags is again expected to feature booming numbers of racers and fans as points are at a premium for competitors vying for a 2010 championship.
Week six is Ride Along Night and will allow passengers to ride along with competitors in lower divisions. The week's special Show-N-Shine class is Modern Day Tuner Revolution. In addition to these featured items, week six will include 15 classes of straight-line speed on Atlanta Motor Speedway's eighth-mile drag strip and the Show-N-Shine with six classes of show cars, plus President's Choice and Student Choice awards.
Points Races Remarkably Close In Early Season
Through two 2010 points races, only a handful of competitors have built sizeable advantages and the majority of Friday Night Drags' competitors remain embroiled in tight points races.
Of Friday Night Drags 15 classes, 10 competitors in first place have points advantages of a mere two marks or less. With such a slim lead, one week of racing can catapult a new competitor into the first-place points position. Many of the classes separated by slim margins are among Friday Night Drags top divisions, including the Pro division, Sportsman class and the Super Bike grouping, among others.
Meanwhile, Steven Fulton of Jonesboro has built the largest lead of the 2010 points season with back-to-back wins to hold eight points to second place's four.
After finishing amid the pack in 2009, three Stockbridge-based competitors have surged to the top of the standings in 2010 in top divisions, each holding a three-point lead. After finishing third among Super Pros in 2009, Bobby Daniel sits in first with seven points after a win and second-place finish in 2010. Jason Thomas, who finished tied for 10th among Street Outlaws, sits in first with seven points, while Chuck Poole sits in first with seven points in the Truck Advanced class after finishing second a year ago.
Week Six Entertainment: Ride Along Night, Patterson to Sing Anthem
Week six of Friday Night Drags is Ride Along Night, allowing race fans to ride with competitors in lower divisions. The ride along opportunities will take place during drag racing practice, prior to eliminations, between 6:20 p.m. and 8:20 p.m. Ride alongs will cost $20 and riders must have a DOT-approved helmet. Vehicles eligible for Ride Along Night rides must have a passenger seat with proper restraints.
Madelyn Patterson will perform the National Anthem during Ride Along Night. Patterson is a Jackson native and her style is described as, "County roots with pink cowgirl boots." In addition to her musical talent, Patterson is a cheerleader at Shorter College.
Show-N-Shine Special Class: Modern Day Tuner Revolution
The Show-N-Shine car show special class for Friday Night Drags sixth week will feature Tuner cars in the Modern Day Tuner Revolution. Car enthusiasts are encouraged to bring their Tuner for this special event and trophies will be awarded in the special class, in addition to the six standard Show-N-Shine classes. Each Show-N-Shine entrant can participate in a track cruise prior to drag racing eliminations.
Upcoming special Show-N-Shine classes include: Hot Rod Heaven on June 25; Harley-Davidson Motorcycles on July 2; and a Ford Owners Rally on July 9.
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 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 visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.