Friday Night Drags Points Racers in 'Must Win' Mode
Three weeks of points racing remain in Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, which signifies “must-win” situations for many in the points standings. Factor in double points on the line for drag racers this week, coupled with the intense racing action from week 12, and the competition should light up the pit lane drag strip this Friday night.
The series’ most recent action was highlighted by a couple of father-son battles in the final round of competition. Both the Tuner and Truck divisions featured the elder member of the household taking on the next generation of the family, with youth prevailing each time. In Tuner action, Brooks’ Chase Ponder defeated his father Vince, while Buddy Patrick of Stockbridge claimed the win over his dad Bill in the Truck division final round.
The points standings continue to tighten in several divisions as the series races towards championship night. Stockbridge’s Jason Thomas used week 12 to rebound from his disappointing showing in week 11 to take home his third win of the season, moving him to within one point of points leader Daryl Stiles from Williamson.
Other divisions saw the leader gain some important points cushioning between themselves and the rest of the field. McDonough resident Will Coots got his recent hot streak going again by earning his fifth trophy of 2012, giving him some breathing room over Chuck Poole and Andrew Pride, both of Stockbridge.
With double points awarded this week, drivers can’t afford to miss the opportunity to jump back into a points race they may have previously been relegated from. Meanwhile the leaders atop the standings will be looking to put the hammer down and move themselves closer to a championship to be awarded on Aug. 17.
This Week and Upcoming at Friday Night Drags
This week’s Friday Night Drags will feature the recognition of Mid-Season Points Champions that were determined on July 13 with the series’ week 11 action.
Papa John’s Pizza will be present to hand out 100 gift cards to the first 100 people who buy two or more tickets at the gate on the final night of the series’ Fall Stampede on Friday, Sept. 21. That night will also feature free pork sandwiches and chicken tenders, courtesy of Shane’s Rib Shack.
With family-friendly activities that everyone can be a part of, Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine is a full evening of family fun and at a great bargain.
The 2012 Friday Night Drags season runs each Friday night through Aug. 17, with the Fall Stampede taking place Sept. 14 and Sept. 21. Practice runs begin at 6:15 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:15 p.m. with a track cruise at 8:15 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin 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 Show-N-Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $8 with children five and under free. Exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.
For more information on Friday Night Drags or Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.