Points Opener is Friday at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine
The 2015 drag racing season at Atlanta Motor Speedway begins in earnest tomorrow night, as the 18th season of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags launches into its official points opener on the pit lane drag strip in Week 5.
After four weeks of non-points racing and an extra week off for final tweaks and tune-ups, every inch and nanosecond counts, as drivers set out on a 14-week quest in pursuit of the coveted division championship crowns.
Some do it for the glory, some the bragging rights, and still some make it a family affair.
Father-son duo Chris and Kelly Morgan fall into the latter category. Son, Chris, drives a 1966 Mustang Classic and has been racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway for three years, while his dad, Kelly, has been racing for five.
"Me!" Chris said without hesitation when asked who the better driver was. The pair plans to run throughout the 2015 season, competing head to head in an emerging family tradition.
The real head-turner entering the 2015 points races is Robert Chaney's 2010 American Dragster. His car runs on alcohol and doesn't bring into play the helpful push of nitrous. Chaney also enlightened that his engine runs cooler than most.
"After a race, the engine temp is 160, where others are over 200."
Chaney raced motorcycles years ago but bought his car and started racing at the speedway just last year. And while he's secured a few wins early on in the non-points competition this year, he's still getting used to maneuvering the dragster.
"Another guy coming in a dragster, who won two years ago … his name is Mike Ramsey. He'll be back out. He'll be running a dragster with a big engine and nitrous," Chaney stated as he sized up his strongest competitor.
"Bottom line, it's just fun coming out here. That's why I do it," said Chaney. "Everybody that I race against is just really nice. They're helpful. And you can see a lot more fans here this year," he said, describing his favorite part of Friday Night Drags.
O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags is a street-style drag racing series featuring grassroots competition in 18 different divisions, with a massive array of cars, trucks and motorcycles. Competing vehicles range from supercharged cars to stock vehicles and daily drivers. Contenders battle in a nightly, single-elimination tournament for trophies, bragging rights and season championship points.
Drag racing is open to any driver and nearly any vehicle. Entry fees are just $20, and drivers are required to have a working seat belt and a DOT-approved helmet to race.
Spectator admission is just $8, with children 5 and under admitted free. Exterior parking is free, and infield parking is $20.
O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags revs up each Friday night through Aug. 28. Gates open at 6:30, 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.