With the 2011 Friday Night Drags season beginning in just over a week at Atlanta Motor Speedway, fans of motorcycle drag racing can expect to see a larger motorcycle presence in 2011 with five motorcycle classes to be featured in the weekly drag racing series.

Friday Night Drags officials increased the number of motorcycle divisions in an effort to create a more-competitive balance among motorcycle racers and to appeal to a large audience of bikers. The new divisions will debut when the 2011 season begins on Friday, April 29.

The five 2011 Friday Night Drags motorcycle classes include: Super Bike for any motorcycle with significant modifications, including stretched chassis, power adders and more; Sport Bike for any motorcycle with a 1000cc engine or larger without chassis modifications; Street Motorcycle 1 for any motorcycle between 751cc and 999cc without chassis modifications; Street Motorcycle 2 for any motorcycle between 599cc and 750cc without chassis modifications; and Cruiser/Dirt Motorcycle for all cruiser motorcycles and dirt bikes.

"We're trying to best accommodate our competitors, so we have amended our division structures to allow for more competitive motorcycle racing," said Atlanta Motor Speedway vice president of events Brandon Hutchison. "With these changes, we hope to bring in new competitors and provide more entertainment for the Friday Night Drags fans."

The 2010 Friday Night Drags season included just two motorcycle divisions, a class for performance bikes and another for cruisers and dirt bikes, and the new classes introduced for 2011 will better serve the growing number of motorcycle entries at Friday Night Drags.

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.

In addition to the increased presence of motorcycle drag racing at Friday Night Drags, the 2011 edition of the MCR Safety Show-N-Shine car show will feature a motorcycle division. Trophies will be awarded weekly to the top-three finishers who will be announced to the Friday Night Drags audience. First-place winners and recipients of the President's Choice award will be invited to participate in a car show during Atlanta Motor Speedway's Labor Day NASCAR night racing weekend.

For more information on Atlanta Motor Speedway and Friday Night Drags, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (877) 9-AMS-TIX, (770) 946-4211 or www.AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.