Multiple Family Members Eyeing Season Title at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues to offer Atlanta-area race fans a weekly chance to engross themselves with the thrilling atmosphere and excitement of the country's most popular street drag racing series.
That excitement has spilled over to area families, as Drags competitors include family members competing against one another which gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, "family business." Three members of the same family are competing against one another in the largest class that races on the pit lane drag strip, the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division.
All three members of the Morgan family, from McDonough, occupy the top three spots in the division standings. Andrew Morgan, who has won both Domestic points events this season in a 1987 Ford Mustang, leads the division. His father, Kelly and brother, Chris are tied for second. Kelly drives a 1968 Ford Mustang while Chris competes in a
The Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division is one of the more simple classes for new drag racers to enter their car in each week at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags because it limits modifications that can be made to a competitor's car. The Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division allows entry for both domestic and exotic cars that have stock engines and suspensions in their stock locations. Competitors are also only allowed to use hard-treaded radial tires.
Drivers Tied For the Lead In Three Divisions
The competition for a division championship at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags is already at an intense level following the first two points events of the season.
There is a tie for the lead in the Pro, Truck and ATV divisions making each points event on the pit lane drag strip extremely important for any driver seeking a season title. Each night at Drags through Aug. 15 will be a points-earning event in all divisions.
Hampton's David Clevenger, driver of a 1975 Chevrolet Vega, and McDonough's David Harbin, in a 1969 Chevrolet Nova, are tied for the lead in the Pro Division.
There is a three-way deadlock for first place in the truck division between Riverdale's James Ragsdale in a 1979 Ford F100, Stockbridge's Craig Weaver in a 2000 Ford Lightning and Chris Wolfenbarger out of Griffin in a 1970 Chevrolet C10.
Omar Ruiz and Tommy Mays are knotted for the lead in the ATV class. Ruiz races a 2001 Banshee while Mays competes on a 2006 Honda TRX 450.
Connect For Event Info On Social Media
Race fans are encouraged to stay up to date on all O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags news and event information by connecting with Atlanta Motor Speedway on social media.
Real-time updates are provided each week the Facebook pages for both Atlanta Motor Speedway and Friday Night Drags. Updates are also posted on Atlanta Motor Speedway's Twitter account at www.twitter.com/amsupdates.
Fans can share their experiences on social media each week on all of their social media networks by including #OReillyDrags with their posts.
Chance For Fans To Win $500 Prize Returns This Week
All fans attending this week's round of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags will once again have the chance to win $500.
Spectators can enter to win at the entry box that will be located in the main grandstand concourse. The winner will be contacted via e-mail or phone.
The 2014 Friday Night Drags season runs Friday nights through August 15, with the Fall Stampede taking place September 12 and September 19. 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 Speedway Parade at 8:05 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin after 9 p.m.
Drag Racing is open to any licensed driver. Competitors must wear a DOT-approved helmet and have operational seat belts in their vehicle. All racers ages 16 and 17 must have a fully-executed minor's release form on file at the speedway prior to competition. Forms are available at the Speedway or at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
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.
Fans are reminded that Atlanta Motor Speedway offers a non-smoking grandstand. Smoking is allowed in designated areas behind the grandstands or the infield, but not in the grandstands, concourse or seating areas.
For more information on O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.