The thrilling excitement of drag racing on Friday Nights returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway this summer as Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine powers its way into its fifth season.

Featuring straight-line speed in the form of street drag racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit road drag strip, Friday Night Drags is racing on the grassroots level, allowing both the hard-core and casual racer to compete in front of thousands of fans. A wide array of vehicles is also on display, from big-block engine cars and street-legal cars to motorcycles and import cars.

Also featured as part of Friday Night Drags is MCR Safety Show-N-Shine, which allows local car enthusiasts to enter their personal vehicles in the car show portion of Friday Night Drags and participate in the Speedway Cruise parade lap around Atlanta Motor Speedway's 1.54-mile racing surface.

The 2011 season will feature a total of 19 classes, which includes three additional motorcycle classes, giving motorcycle racers a total of five classes to compete in.

Also new in 2011 is a Junior Dragster Division, allowing racers under the age of 16 to compete at Friday Night Drags in NHRA-approved half-scale dragsters. This will be the only class at Friday Night Drags to allow drivers under the age of 16 and drivers without a current driver's license to compete.

Weekly division winners at Friday Night Drags will receive trophies, earn points towards the 2011 season championship and be listed on Atlanta Motor Speedway's website. The 2011 Friday Night Drags season will name a mid-season champion and second-half champion in each division who will match race at the Friday Night Drags season finale on Friday, Aug. 19 to determine the 2011 division champion.

Spectator entry for Friday Night Drags is just $8. Competitors pay $20 to drag race or enter the Show-N-Shine, or a combo-ticket to enter both can be purchased for $30. Outside parking is free or fans can park on the Speedway's Infield for close proximity to the action for just $20. Motorcycle parking is free on the Infield.

Pit gates open at 6:00 p.m. for competitors and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. for fans.

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.

2011 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine Schedule

May 20 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine (No Points)

June 3 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine Points Opener
Family Fun: Be sure to bring the kids for the always popular kids candy and coin scramble!
Show-N-Shine Special: Volkswagen Night presented by the Georgia Dubs.

June 10 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Family Fun: Kids Power Wheel Races!
Show-N-Shine Special: Motorcycle Mania - Special awards for super bikes, cruisers and dirt bikes!

June 17 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Family Fun: Mattress Drag Races!!! Who can get to the finish line first...while toting a mattress!!!
Show-N-Shine Special: Bowtie Brigade. Special night for the Chevy owners.

June 24 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
All ticket buyers receive a FREE ticket to Thursday Thunder races!
Show-N-Shine Special: Keep On Truckin.' Special night for all pick-up truck drivers.

July 1 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Family Fun: America's Birthday Celebration and Fireworks!!! Show-N-Shine Special: Classic Car Reunion. All vintage steel older than 1960 will be honored.

July 8 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
The Mid-season points champions will be crowned.
Show-N-Shine Special: Blue Oval Night. Special awards for Ford owners.

July 15 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Show-N-Shine Special: Hot Rods with with awards to the most radical, fan favorite hot rod.

July 22 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Family Fun: Kid's Power Wheel Races during intermission. Show-N-Shine Special: Tuner Revolution, featuring new car era graphics, lights and more.

July 29 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Show-N-Shine Special: Pony Party! Special awards for the owners of all Mustangs.

August 5 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Family Fun: Pit Area Tailgate Party! Bring a grill and chill with friends and family on the infield.
Show-N-Shine Special: Mopar Mania - special awards for the Mopar lover rides.

August 12 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine
Family Fun: Muscle Car Showcase. Special awards for the cars from the muscle car era.
Show-N-Shine Special: Semi-Trucks on Parade. Special night for the 18-wheeler trucks.

August 19 Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine Championship Night
Second Half Championships & Season Championship Match Races!!! Also vintage races will be featured as the Show-N-Shine special program with special awards for the yesteryear bunch.