With parity being evident throughout the Friday Night Drags field at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Street Outlaws Division is no different.
Four main competitors consistently find themselves competing for feature wins on the speedway's pit lane: a pair of Stockbridge natives, Chris Stripling and Jason Thomas, McDonough's Joey Scott and Williamson's Daryl Stiles.
Stripling has been on a roll of late, winning both points nights in his 1987 Ford Mustang. As a result, he leads the points standings by four points over a three-way tie between Scott, Thomas and Stiles.
This has been one of the more competitive divisions of Friday Night Drags this season. With top-five points finishes the previous two years, Scott has seen great improvement during the 2011 campaign in his 1969 AMC AMX. Thomas is no stranger to victory lane, winning the division crown last season and claiming victory in a couple of non-points events earlier this year in a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. And Stiles, piloting a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro for owner Johnny Cash Sims, is a former champion and has been knocking on the door the past two weeks with points up for grabs.
With three different makes of automobiles, these four drivers are making their case as the cream of the crop in the Street Outlaw Division. It will be up to the other competitors in the division to challenge for wins and positioning in the points standings.
MCR Safety Show-N-Shine Special Class: Bowtie Brigade
Each week, there is a featured class during MCR Safety Show-N-Shine, with special awards given to a select group of vehicles. Chevrolet vehicles, the Official Vehicle of Atlanta Motor Speedway, are this week's special Show-N-Shine class.
Plenty of Excitement Upcoming at Friday Night Drags
The next few weeks will see intense racing and spectacular fan entertainment with Double Points Night and the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza.
June 24 will be Double Points Night at the speedway. Almost every class currently has a tight points race, putting pressure on the front runners to run well. The chance for double points will also up the ante for drivers who are trailing in the standings, giving them the chance to make up ground as the series nears the mid-season championships on July 8.
July 1 will feature the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza, as well as a full night of drag racing competition. Fans are encouraged to come out and bring their friends and neighbors for great racing action and a celebration of our nation's independence.
The 2011 Friday Night Drags season runs weekly on Friday nights through Aug. 19. Practice runs begin at 6:15 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. MCR Safety Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:15 p.m. with a track cruise at 8:00 p.m. and 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 children five and under are free. 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.