Week 11 at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine will bring several new wrinkles to the competition this week with the addition of a new division of drag racing, as well as the crowning of mid-season points champions.The new Street Modified division will become the 17th different division of drag race competition, which aims to provide a better fit for some machines that would not have been as good of a fit in other divisions.
The Street Modified division will consist of import and domestic vehicles, kit cars, street rods and exotics. Mufflers will be required, roll bars will be allowed and the vehicle must have a full interior. No cages will be allowed. The rear seat may be missing as long as the area has carpet. In terms of performance enhancements, a single power adder will be allowed. Super chargers, blowers and turbo will be permitted. A nitrous single stage plate kit only will be accepted. Tire requirements must be hard treaded, with no drag radials, soft compound, bias ply or specialty tires allowed.
“There are a lot of vehicles that are street-driven cars that don’t fit any class that we already have because of the fact they are super-charged or they have added a super charger for a stock street car,” said FND Head Tech Official Eddie Freshwater. “I felt like we were missing a large part of the racer market. I believe by bringing in this new class, we’ll probably pick up about 20 cars a week.
“It opens up our racing a whole lot more for street racers and the street rods that are out there. These cars could have been in Domestic Advanced division, but that division has pretty much become a race car class. Now we’ve came up with a set of rules where people with true street cars, that drive them on a daily basis, have a place where they can be competitive. We also may even attract some of the show cars and hot rods from our Show-N-Shine, too. These cars now have a place to run as well.”
This division provides a home for vehicles that may not have fit in quite as well in the Domestic, Domestic Advanced, Truck or Truck Advanced divisions.
Mid-Season Points Champions to be Crowned This Week
With this week’s drag racing marking the halfway point of the points season, mid-season points champions will be determined this week on the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip. Many divisions remain locked in tight battles, as drag racers look to position themselves atop the standings while racing towards an overall points championship that will be crowned on Aug. 17.
The most intense battle of FND comes from the Truck Advanced division. On the strength of three straight wins, Will Coots, the hottest driver on the circuit, leads Chuck Poole by one point. Coots has rocketed from third to the top of the heap in recent weeks. Andrew Pride lurks in third and trails by only two points. Any of the three could be the mid-season champion at the end of the night this week.
Daryl Stiles leads Jason Thomas in Street Outlaw racing by just one point. In the Street Motorcycle division, Chad Meadows and Arthur White sit tied atop the standings with 13 points each. While much is made of the Ford vs. Chevrolet battles with the four-wheeled machines, the rivalry between motorcycle manufacturers can’t be overlooked, as this division features a Suzuki vs. Kawasaki battle. In ATV action, Justin Wooten holds a slim lead of one point over Bradley Smith.
Upcoming at Friday Night Drags
With family-friendly activities that everyone can be a part of, Friday Night Drags and 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.
Also, Papa John’s Pizza will be present to hand out 100 gift cards to the first 100 people through the spectator gates on championship night, Aug. 17.
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.