Two weeks of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine have been recorded in the history books with a mix of new and old faces finding their way to victory lane thus far in 2013.
The eighth-mile pit lane drag strip has offered a mix of racing conditions, with week two's racing taking place under cool and breezy conditions. With the cooler than average spring temperatures, cars have been flying down the drag strip, much to the delight of the race fans joining in on the fun each week.
While a few new faces have made their way to victory lane early on in the 2013 campaign, experience appears to be helping some former FND winners find their way back to victory lane so far this year. Week two saw Mark White claim his first Super Pro win of the season, as well as David Clevenger winning the Pro division. Other drivers who broke through for the first time this season included Shelton Maynard in the Truck division and Kyle Cumpton in the Street Modified division.
Add in week one wins by veterans like Tony Morse, Will Coots, Bill Patrick, Nicolas Feliciano and Tony Freeman, and it shows that the cream has quickly risen to the top at the beginning of a new season of Friday Night Drags.
Father-Son Teams Finding Success
Friday Night Drags has always been a family experience, with many teams racing behind the support of multiple family members. This season is no exception, with a couple of father-son combinations finding early success.
David Clevenger won his first-career trophy during week two in the Pro division. David's father, Billy, is a long-time participant in the series and has turned the keys over to David this season. Another fan-favorite vehicle has always been the Willy's panel wagon trucks from the Bill Patrick and Sons racing team. Last season oldest son Buddy wheeled the popular "Milk Truck" to multiple wins in the Truck division. Many of the passes that Buddy made down the strip included the co-piloting of Buddy's younger brother, Micah. The eldest Patrick won week one in the truck division this year with his Willy's.
Other family efforts at Friday Night Drags this year has included Tony Morse, who won the opening week's Summit Racing Sportsman division, and Mike Chambers in the VW Bug.
This Week and Upcoming at Friday Night Drags
The speedway's new concrete launching pad gained even more rubber last week, adding more traction to the fresh surface. Drivers also continued to adjust to the new starter light, another new wrinkle in 2013. Friday Night Drags features two more nights for drag racers to fine-tune their machines before the points season starts on May 31.
The 2013 Friday Night Drags season runs most 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 8:20 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. 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.