Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags will add a class for the series' youngest fans on Friday, July 13, as Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races return for 2010.
Friday Night Drags' youngest fans are invited to participate in a series of bicycle, tricycle and Power Wheels races on Friday night at Friday Night Drags. In addition to a class for children on Friday, week 10 of Friday Night Drags will feature 15 classes of straight-line speed on Atlanta Motor Speedway's eighth-mile drag strip and the Show-N-Shine car show with six classes of show cars and a special Mopar Owner's Rally class, plus President's Choice and Student Choice awards.
Points Races Remain Tight, Pro Class Tied at 15 Points
Points races remain remarkably tight at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags where the Pro class sits tied and five other top-tier divisions are separated by four points or less.
In Friday Night Drags' Pro class, Alan Kidd (Stockbridge) and Tony Morse (Grantville) are coupled with 15 points each. Previously trailing Kidd in points, Morse catapulted in the standings with a win at Double Points Night on July 2. Kidd had recorded three wins in four points races entering the event, but Morse's win on July 2 garnered eight points and allowed the 1990 Pontiac Trans Am driver to catch Kidd. Morse's previous best finish in 2010 was a second-place finish on June 11. After rain washed out the field one week ago, Kidd and Morse will enter week 10's event tied and looking to claim first among the Pro class.
In the series' top division, Super Pro, Bobby Daniel (Stockbridge) holds just a three-point advantage over Gary Thomas (McDonough) who claimed six points for second on Double Points Night to close on Daniel's advantage.
Double Points Night also proved to be beneficial in the Street Outlaw grouping, where John Sims (McDonough), currently second in points, claimed a second-place finish and six points to close in on Jason Thomas (Stockbridge). Thomas currently leads Sims with 13 points to 11.
Separated by just two points, the Sportsman division also features one of the closest races at Friday Night Drags. Scott Bates (Locust Grove) holds first with 14 points and two 2010 wins, while the winless Joey Stone (Rex) has accumulated 12 points to hold second.
After four-straight wins in the Truck Advanced class, Chuck Poole (Stockbridge) failed to earn points on Double Points Night and John Schwarz (Locust Grove) improved his points total to close the gap from second. Poole holds 16 points to Schawrz's 12.
A win on Double Points Night was critical for Howard Wolf (Marietta), whose eight-point win over first-place Terry Bates (Locust Grove) allowed the 199 Chevrolet Corvette driver to inch closer in points. Earning eight points to Bates' six, Wolfe now trails Bates by just three points in the Domestic Advanced class, with 17 points to his 20.
Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races
Friday Night Drags youngest fans are invited to bring bicycles, tricycles and their Power Wheels vehicles to the Speedway on Friday for Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels races.
The Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels races will take place at intermission and children of all ages are encouraged to participate in the free event. Kids' races will be divided into classes based on age and vehicle type.
Because entry to the drag strip is only available from the Infield of the track, parents are encouraged to park in the Infield for the Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels races to easily stage their child's vehicle. Infield parking at Atlanta Motor Speedway is $20. However, fans can also bring the vehicle to the Infield via the Speedway's pedestrian tunnel.
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.