With five weeks remaining in drag racing competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, the points racing portion of the 2012 slate is half-way completed. Drag racers now head into the final stretch of the season with many points battles being hotly-contested on the drag strip each week.

Last week mid-season points champions were crowned at the conclusion of that week’s racing action. Many of these battles went down to the final round of competition. In Street Outlaw competition, early round problems for Jason Thomas opened the door for Daryl Stiles, as he claimed a final round victory and now leads the points standings by two markers over Thomas. The win also earned Stiles a mid-season points championship.

Danny Mason’s victory in the Truck Advanced division in his famous “Nuclear Banana” mixed things up in the standings. Mason defeated Chuck Poole in the final round after points leader Will Coots was taken down in earlier action. The loss was costly to Poole, who moved into the points lead but only in a tie, giving himself and Coots a mid-season co-championship.

Other mid-season champions are Mark White (Super Pro), David Sisk (Pro), Vic Vickers (Sportsman), Terry Bates (Domestic Advanced), Darrell Hallford (Domestic), Dwayne Bethune (Diesel Truck), Allen Gaddis (Truck), Bobby Bramblett (Tuner), Lamar Chambers (Sport Compact), Toney Freeman (Super Bike), Joshua Jones (Sport Bike), Arthur White (Street Motorcycle), Jacob Turner (Cruiser/Dirt Bike) and co-champions Bradley Smith and Justin Wooten (ATV).

The new Street Modified division provided plenty of excitement in its debut last week, bringing several new faces and vehicles out for competition. This division, designed for vehicles that did not quite fit in the regular and advanced divisions of Domestic and Truck competition, provides a home for import and domestic vehicles with a single power adder. Frank Collins and his 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Super Sport claimed the inaugural trophy for the division last week, and the competition will only grow as the season moves forward.

Upcoming at Friday Night Drags

Week 13 of Friday Night Drags will place double points up for grabs for drag racers on the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip. With three weeks of racing remaining at the end of week 13, double points will give drivers the chance to make up ground in the standings as the series heads into the final stretch, or will allow for those in command of the standings to clamp down on their bid to claim an overall points championship in their division.

With family-friendly activities that everyone can be a part of, Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine is a full evening of family fun and at a great bargain.

The 2012 Friday Night Drags season runs each Friday night through Aug. 17, with the Fall Stampede taking place Sept. 14 and Sept. 21. 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 8:15 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin at 9:09 p.m.

Also, Papa John’s Pizza will be present to hand out 100 gift cards to the first 100 people through the spectator gates on Sept. 21. 

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 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