Fast cars aren't the only standouts at Friday Night Drags
O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags is known for its fast cars, but they're not the only vehicles that stand out on Friday nights.
Before the drag races start, a variety of vehicles from all eras converge in the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield for the Show-N-Shine.
During the show enthusiasts share what they've done to make their ride special, including William Wright, of Marietta, who brought his 1985 Buick T-Type for opening night.
"I've been building this thing for about a year and a half," Wright said. "It's had five motors and three transmissions in it and this is the last setup it'll see. It's got a 6-liter V-8 in it with an 80 millimeter turbo. The suspension's been fully redone, there's custom tires and wheels on here. The interior I kept stock because I like the originality.
"I got stopped here and people were looking at the car so I figured I'd open it up so they could look at it. I appreciate getting stopped for my car. It's a labor of love."
Last week's season opener was the first time Wright took part in the Show-N-Shine. From the moment he arrived, he says he was impressed.
"It's pretty cool," Wright said. "There's a lot of people here. It's always fun being around gearheads, people that appreciate the same thing."
Anyone can bring their ride the next Show-N-Shine at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags. Vehicles of all kinds are always welcome and entry is just $20. Show-N-Shine entry includes a spot in the Speedway Cruise, which parades the night's assortment of unique vehicles around Atlanta Motor Speedway's famous 1.54-mile Speedway. Show-N-Shine participants also get admission to the night's slate of drag racing with their entry.
Fans who aren't entered in the Show-N-Shine can still appreciate the variety of vehicles on display each Friday night; spectators can go to the infield to check out all the rides, too.
O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags continues this Friday with the Show-N-Shine and 19 divisions of vehicles drag racing on the pit lane drag strip. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m., and nightly drag race eliminations start just after 9:00 p.m.
Entry to drag race or for the Show-N-Shine is just $20 or competitors can purchase a combo ticket for $30. Spectator tickets are just $10, and children 5 and under are free.
More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211.