The third round of points racing gets underway at Atlanta Motor Speedway this Friday night, as O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags revs up for Week 7. Although a hop and a skip behind, familiar faces came back to the pit lane drag strip last week in hopes of knocking the leaders off the pace.

Steve Schaffer, who started racing at the speedway just last year, makes his return this season in a brand new 2015 yellow, Z06 Corvette. He recently bought his shiny, new toy this past February.

Besides winning, Schaffer said his second favorite part of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags is "meeting all the neat people out here and just kind of hanging out with everybody and just getting to know the guys. I've been to several other places and this is probably the most organized event, and that's why I like coming here."

The gleaming new cars weren't the only ones heating up the track last Friday.
Mike Cappozoli went back and installed a 351 Cleveland motor in his original 6-cylinder, 3-speed 1968 Mustang, which proved fruitful, as he advanced past the first round of nightly eliminations.

"It feels good. It's spinning a little bit, and we're trying to get the spin problem under control but it's the first time I've had it down at the track. So I'm working with the car and I'm trying real hard to figure it out and get it to work right," he pointed out.

One rivalry developing on Friday nights is the matrimonial battle of diesel trucks between husband and wife Ramae and Dwayne Bethune of Covington. Both drive Dodge Ram 2500 pickups and won't let a little thing like wedding vows get in the way of their weekly battles on the drag strip.

While waiting to see if she would race against her husband in the final round, Ramae joked, "If he wins, he's gonna be sleeping on the couch!"

Ramae currently sits in third place in the Diesel Division with 2 points and will look to leapfrog second-place Justin Goodman of Griffin and chip away at husband and division leader Dwayne's 8 points on Friday night.

O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags is a street-style drag racing series featuring grassroots competition in 18 different divisions, with a massive array of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Competing vehicles range from supercharged cars to stock vehicles and daily drivers. Contenders battle in a nightly, single-elimination tournament for trophies, bragging rights and season championship points.

Drag racing is open to any driver and nearly any vehicle. Entry fees are just $20, and drivers are required to have a working seat belt and a DOT-approved helmet to race. Spectator admission is just $8, with children 5 and under admitted free. Exterior parking is free, and infield parking is $20.

Friday Night Drags revs up each Friday night through Aug. 28. Gates open at 6:30, prior to the Show-N-Shine competition, and racing gets underway just after 9 p.m.

For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.