FORT WORTH, Texas (July 22, 2013) – Mayors in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex are accustomed to tight political races and formidable opponents, but they may be in for their stiffest challenge yet.
Fifteen mayors in the DFW Metroplex, including Fort Worth’s Betsy Price, will compete Friday in the Mayor’s Cup single-elimination drag racing event at Texas Motor Speedway to highlight the season finale of Friday Night Drags presented by Scion. The group will compete in identical Scions on the 1/8-mile drag strip set up on the speedway’s pit lane.
While bragging rights will be on the line, the mayors are participating to show their support for Texas Motor Speedway’s mission to keep illegal and dangerous racing off the streets in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex with this fifth-year program. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 20 and the organization also says an average of 135 people are killed a year in car crashes related to illegal street racing.
This year marks the third edition of the Mayor’s Cup and it will have the largest participation since it began in 2011. Price will be joined by Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, Southlake Mayor John Terrell, Garland Mayor Douglas Athas, Mansfield Mayor David Cook, North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino, Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison, Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch, Justin Mayor Greg Scott, Argyle Mayor Peggy Krueger, Benbrook Mayor Jerry Dittrich, Trophy Club Mayor Connie White and Carrollton Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Falconer.
Van Duyne won the title in 2011 when she defeated Price in a best-of-three showdown between the two mayors. Last year, six mayors competed and Terrell (pictured) defeated Gierisch in the final to earn the 2012 Mayor’s Cup.
The Mayor’s Cup will begin with a press conference and bracket drawing with the mayors beginning at 4:45 p.m. CT in the speedway’s infield media center. It will be followed by on-track activity beginning at approximately 5:15 p.m. The event is not open to the general public. (Note-A full media alert will be sent out later in the week)
Following the Mayor’s Cup, Friday Night Drags presented by Scion will commence its sixth and final round of the 2013 season. Six division titles will be on the line and the final week’s performance by the competitors will determine the champion in the Street Outlaw, Street Bandit and Supercars divisions.
In Week 5, Fort Worth’s Jason Lucas (2012 Nissan Jotech GTR) earned his second win of the season by defeating Weatherford’s Justin Humphrey (2000 Ford Mustang) in the Street Outlaw final. The win moved Lucas into a tie for the championship with Keller’s Brent Lancaster heading into the final week.
In the Street Bandit Division, newcomer Lee Maschmann drove his 2008 Porsche GT3 to victory over Saginaw’s John Canfield (2011 Ford Mustang). Canfield’s third runner-up finish this season moves him within striking distance of Fort Worth’s Daniel Bernardino for the championship.
Stephen Hannah, of North Richland Hills, (2010 Nissan GTR) earned his second consecutive victory and third of the season in the Supercars Division after defeating Trophy Club’s Adam Gerety (2010 Chevrolet Camaro) in the Week 5 final. Hannah and Gerety have separated themselves from the rest of the field in the standings and will vie for the division title in Friday night’s season finale.
The Sportsman Division had a first-time winner in Week 5 when Trophy Club’s Steve Soloman drove his 2013 Ford Mustang to victory while Southlake’s Dane Hobbs has clear control of the division lead.
In the Black Smoke Warriors Division, Springtown’s Charles Carey continued to dominate as he won for the fifth consecutive week in his 2006 Dodge Ram 2500. Carey defeated Carrie Carney, of North Richland Hills, (1998 Chevrolet S10) in the Week 5 final and will cruise to the division title regardless of his finish this week.
In the Tuner Division, Haltom City’s Jesse Cecetas has built a comfortable lead after collecting his third consecutive win in his 2004 Honda S200. He defeated Kyle Stone of Burleson (1987 Porsche 924S) this past Friday and Cecetas’ victory served as retribution after Stone got the best of him in the Week 2 final.
Gates open at 6 p.m. CT for the season finale of Friday Night Drags presented by Scion. Practice runs from 6:15-8 p.m. and drag racing commences at 9:15 p.m. The entry fee is $20 for competitors and $7 for grandstand seating for spectators. Parking is free outside of Gate 6 in the PSL lot or $20 for infield parking and admittance. Coolers are permitted, but no glass containers are allowed.
Show-n-Shine registration is $20 and is open from 6-7:30 p.m. in the infield. Car enthusiasts can show off their prized possessions with a voting panel awarding trophies for Best in Show, Best Classic, Best Current Custom, Best Scion and Best Motorcycle.
For video recaps of each week’s highlights, please click on the links below:
Week 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y98cRJHFF5M
Week 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5BjkeZgLfbY
Week 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpyA4xKwmM8&feature=youtu.be
Week 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5CaV9w-alc&feature=youtu.be
Week 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h753h9tQzz0&feature=youtu.be
For additional information on Friday Night Drags presented by Scion, please visit http://www.texasmotorspeedway.com/upcoming-events/2013/02/09/friday-night-drags-presented-by-scion.