Ten Things to Know About O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags
Just five weeks remain in the 2015 season of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags, as the street-style drag racing series takes center stage at AMS for the rest of the summer.
As season points championship races begin to take shape for the final stretch run, here are 10 things to know about the final five weeks of racing on the pit lane drag strip.
There are 18 different classes of racing. It's one of the largest organized drag racing series in the nation and includes 18 different classes of vehicles from professional dragsters, to motorcycles, to all-stock daily drivers in a weekly single-elimination drag racing tournament.
David Clevenger has a really fast car. Clevenger, of Hampton, has piloted his 1986 Chevrolet Corvette to seven victories in a total of nine points races in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pro Division so far this season. He comfortably leads the division with a point total nearly double that of the second-place driver.
Speed runs in the Clevenger family. Not to be outdone by his son, Jonesboro's Billy Clevenger leads the Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division standings, driving his 1963 Chevrolet Corvette.
The Morgan Family Dynasty. Speaking of fast families, the Morgan family, Dad Kelly, and sons Chris and Andrew, from Jonesboro, Jackson and McDonough respectively, rank Nos. 1 through 3 in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division entering Week 14. They each drive a Ford Mustang.
This Friday is Kids Candy Scramble Night. It's a candy free-for-all. Turn the kids loose on thousands of pieces of candy in this family-friendly activity on the AMS infield before drag racing begins.
You could win a wad of cash. For just $1 per ticket, fans can enter the 50/50 raffle each Friday night. Half the pot goes to the winner, and half directly benefits Speedway Children's Charities. The winner is drawn during drag racing eliminations.
It's affordable. Admission to O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags is just $8, and kids ages 5 and under are completely free.
You can drive on the 1.54-mile AMS oval. Each car entered into the Show-N-Shine, a weekly car show which takes place before drag racing begins, can take part in a two-lap Speedway Cruise following judging. Entry is $20 per vehicle.
Parking is absolutely free. Fans parking on the outside lots at AMS for O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags can do so at no cost.
Make it a picnic. Fans may bring their own snacks and beverages into both the infield and the grandstands. Just make sure it's not glass and fits into a 14" x 14" x 14" cooler.
O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags revs up each Friday night through Aug. 28. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., 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.