Atlanta Motor Speedway is giving area fans an opportunity to celebrate America's Independence with one of the Atlanta area's earliest and largest fireworks display with the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza on July 1 at Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine.

That evening's MCR Safety Show-N-Shine event will feature a Classic Car Reunion, with vintage cars older than 1960 will be on display. Following that, 19 classes of racers will go head-to-head in what will be a critical week of action, leading into the mid-season championships on July 8.

The fireworks are scheduled for approximately 9:05 p.m., just prior to the start of drag racing eliminations.

The 2011 Friday Night Drags season will run on Friday nights through Aug. 19. MCR Safety Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:00 p.m. and practice drag runs begin at 6:15 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. with the drag eliminations starting at 9:09 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 MCR Safety Show-N-Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $8 and exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.

For more information about Friday Night Drags and Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.