HAMPTON, GA – Atlanta Motor Speedway's summer drag racing series, Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, returns this tonight as drivers look to either establish or strengthen their positions within their respective divisions.
In the Domestic Advanced Division, Terry Bates will be looking to make his way back into victory lane after the defending division champion was dethroned last week. Jason Kinard topped Bates last Friday in his 1997 Chevrolet S-10, keeping one of the more dominant drivers at Friday Night Drags from claiming a first-place trophy.
Bates, who pilots a 1988 Ford Mustang, has been among the tougher drivers to beat this summer at Friday Night Drags. The Locust Grove driver claimed victory during the series points opener earlier this month in addition to a non-points win in May.
This week kids will need to bring their fastest Power Wheel machine, along with a helmet for the Path2College 529 College Savings Plan Power Wheels Race. The event will be held prior to drag racing eliminations on the speedway's ball field grass at Friday Night Drags where AMS determine the fastest kid in town. Parents and kids are instructed to bring their Power Wheel to the pit ramp near the starting line at 8:15 p.m. Races will take place at 8:30 p.m. All participants will receive a commemorative Friday Night Drags medal.
June 28 will feature an "Ugly Truck Contest" with a prizes being awarded to participants whose trucks are judged to be the ugliest. Those wishing to enter may do so at the Speedway's main infield tunnel no later than 7:00 p.m.
The 2013 Friday Night Drags season runs most 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.