Drag racers will face one of the most critical steps to winning a season points championship on Friday during double points night at the speedway's grassroots drag racing series.

Only three points races remain in the 2013 season. This Friday's double points opportunity will create some of the season's most competitive racing on the pit lane drag strip.

First and second place are separated by four points or fewer in 12 of 18 divisions. The top two drivers in the domestic advanced and truck divisions are tied for the lead. Locust Grove's Terry Bates and Stephen Defayette of Sharpsburg are deadlocked in first place in domestic advanced while Stockbridge's Buddy Patrick and Shelton Maynard of Hampton are knotted for the top spot in the truck division.

Locust Grove's Alan Kidd continues to lead the pro division, two points ahead of McDonough driver David Craft, who is on a two-race winning streak. Jimmy Hunter from Rex holds a slim lead in the domestic division. He is one point ahead of Senoia's Darrell Hallford. In the tuner division, Dustin Ponder of Brooks is clinging to a two-point advantage ahead of Griffin's Nicolas Feliciano.  

The Friday Night Drags points system awards four points to each week's final elimination winner, three to the runner-up, two to drivers losing in the semifinal round and one point to all other drag elimination participants. This Friday, drag racers will be able to earn twice as many points.

Fireworks Display On Aug. 16

A championship fireworks display will take place on Aug. 16 at Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, celebrating another exciting season. Pennsylvania's Zambelli Fireworks will provide another award-winning fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m.

The 2013 Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine season runs Friday nights through Aug. 16, with the Fall Stampede taking place Sept. 13 and Sept. 20. Practice runs begin at 6:15 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:15 p.m. with a track cruise at 8:05 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin at 9:15 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/drags. 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 Show-N-Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $8 with children five and under free. Exterior parking is free, while infield parking is $20.

For more information on Friday Night Drags or Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.