'Super Pro Shootout' coming to O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags
The fastest, most adrenaline-pumping division at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags will get an extra shot in the arm next Friday night, Aug. 14, with the first-ever Super Pro Shootout featuring the Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division in one of the most anticipated nights of summer on the pit lane drag strip.
The Super Pro Shootout, a one-night-only showdown of the most popular drag racing division of the series, is expected to draw several regular competitors as well as many not-so-familiar drivers and their high-powered cars from across the region. Up for grabs is a guaranteed $500 purse to the winner of the evening's Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division, the only night of the season featuring a cash payout, and year-long bragging rights as the first-ever winner of an AMS drag racing payout.
While the winner will take home the coveted pot of dough, runners-up in the division's semi-final and final rounds of the evening will also receive cash and prizes based on the total entry purse. There will be a $25 entry fee for Super Pro Shootout contenders, and all fees will be paid back to drivers appearing in the evening's final two rounds of racing.
"The Super Pro Shootout will be a monumental night for drag racing at AMS," said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president. "We expect to see some of the fastest cars in Georgia and the fiercest competition that we've had on the drag strip."
While a season-long battle brews for first place in the Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division between regular drivers Billy Clevenger, Kevin Mayo, Robert Cheney and Bobby Daniel, the prize money is up for grabs for anyone - old or new - who thinks he or she is up to the challenge. Without a doubt, competition will be at an all-time high with cash on the line.
"You'll see some stuff come out of the woodwork, now with money (on the line)," said Kevin Mayo, who sits in second place in the division with his Chevrolet Nova entering Week 15. "I think it's a great idea."
Mayo, who finds himself behind the wheel of a drag racing car for the first time this season, has not only another weekly victory in mind but a season championship as well.
"I finally got the opportunity to start racing and jumped in, and luckily this little thing that we brought out is pretty tough to beat. It's very consistent," added Mayo. "I'm just going to try to play my cards right. It really doesn't matter what you're paying out. I'll be shooting for first-place."
The Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division is easily the fastest and most heart-pounding of 18 divisions at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and typically features pro-style cars from American Dragsters to souped-up Corvettes boasting hundreds of pure horse power.
"I know this is what the crowd comes to see, the Super Pro and Pro Classes," said Mayo. "It's a crowd-pleaser."
Mayo will look to close the gap on division-leader Billy Clevenger this Friday in Week 15 ahead of the Super Pro Shootout. Clevenger has seven victories this season, good for 28 points and leads Mayo by four. Trailing Mayo are Robert Chaney, with 21 points and Bobby Daniel with 18.
Other divisions heating up in the final four weeks of the season include the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman, the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic, the Tuner and the Sport Compact divisions, all of which are separated by three points or less entering Week 15.
The Family-friendly Kid's Power Wheels Racing Night returns for its final edition of 2015 on the AMS infield this Friday prior to drag racing eliminations, while the Kid's Candy Scramble is scheduled for Week 16, along with the Super Pro Shootout.
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.