Thanks to the points system at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, multiple divisions may see increased chances for new faces in victory lane. The rulebook at the Speedway's summer drag racing series calls for drivers in three different divisions to be moved up to faster divisions with tougher competition after three final elimination victories.
Sport compact drivers with three wins in the same season are moved up to the tuner division. Domestic and truck division drivers with three wins advance to the street modified division.
Entering this week, three different drivers face the quandary of winning to gain points or missing out on a victory in order to remain in their current divisions. Hampton's Erion Jackson has won twice in the sport compact division in a 2011 Infiniti. Stockbridge's Buddy Patrick has a pair of truck division victories in the 1948 Willy's Truck with Senoia's Darrell Hallford having claimed two wins in the domestic division while driving a 1995 Ford Mustang.
Tight Competition Among Sport Compact Drivers
With the race for a season championship reaching its halfway point this week, racing in multiple divisions is marked by hotly contested drag racing. One prime example is in the sport compact division, where Roswell's Reuben Quimbao, driver of a 2008 Nissan 350z and Erion Jackson are tied for the lead.
There is little room for error, however. Just three points behind, tied for third, are McDonough's Damon Waldrop, driver of a 1994 Honda Civic, and Stockbridge's Chris Bearden and in his 1993 Acura Integra.
Under the points system at Friday Night Drags, four points are awarded for a final round victory, three for a final round runner-up finish, two to drivers losing in each week's semifinals and one point to all other drivers competing in drag racing eliminations.
The 2013 Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine season runs Friday nights through Aug. 16, with the Fall Stampede taking place Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. 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 8:05 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin at 9:15 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/drags. 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.