The points championship races take center stage this week as Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine enters its final week of 2011 competition.
Several divisions feature tight races to determine the second-half points champions. Following the conclusion of this week's final round drag races, points will be tallied and a second-half points winner will be crowned in each divisions. From there, first-half and second-half points champions will then go head-to-head down the pit lane drag strip, with the winner being crowned the 2011 season champion.
In the Super Pro division, Tony Morse's substitute driver gained enough points last week to hold onto his lead. However, Bobby Daniel's second win in a row pulled him within three points of Morse's lead. Those two will battle it out to determine who will race Mark White for the season championship.
The Street Outlaw division is another group featuring an all-out brawl to determine who will take on first half champion Jason Thomas. Johnny Sims and Russell Raines are separated by only two points, and the race to take on Thomas could come down to the finals.
The closest battle for a shot at the 2011 title is within the Domestic Advanced division. Phil White, Neal Skipper and Stephen DeFayette, who earned his first win of the season last week, are all separated by one point. They will face off this Friday to determine who will take on first half champion Curtis Teal in the championship match race.
Other divisions that include points races that have not yet been decided include Tuner, Super Bike and Street Motorcycle II.
Points are awarded as follows: four points to a final round winner, three points for a final round runner-up finish, semi-final round losers win two points, and all other racers receive one point. Drivers must complete a pass to receive points for the night or the round.
The following tie-breakers will be used in the event of a tie in points: most event wins, most runner-up finishes, most semi-final round appearances. If none of those criteria break the gridlock, then the positions remain tied.
AMS will honor the 2011 season champions during the pre-race ceremonies for the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, Sept. 4. Championship-winning drivers will be introduced to the crowd following the Lynyrd Skynyrd concert and just prior to the introduction of the 43-car starting field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. The top three drivers in each division will receive season awards. The top two positions will be determined by this Friday night's championship match race, while the third place honoree will be determined by total accumulated points for the year.
MCR Safety Show-N-Shine Winners Recognized on NASCAR Race Weekend
One of the perks of competing in the MCR Safety Show-N-Shine is that winners are eligible to show their vehicles off on the fronstretch of Atlanta Motor Speedway in a special car show during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500, Labor Day Weekend at AMS. With large car counts each week and as many as eight classes for judging, it is not too late for fans to bring their vehicles out and compete for an MCR Safety Show-N-Shine trophy.
The 2011 Friday Night Drags season will run on Friday nights through Aug. 19. MCR Safety Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:00 p.m. and practice drag runs begin at 6:15 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the drag eliminations starting at 9:09 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 MCR Safety Show-N-Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $8 and exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.
For more information about Friday Night Drags and Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.