FORT WORTH, Texas (July 26, 2013) – On an evening when local Dallas/Fort Worth competitors are contending for division titles at the Friday Night Drags presented by Scion season finale, they weren't alone in their quest for bragging rights.
The final installment of this year’s competition opened with 13 mayors from across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex drag racing down Texas Motor Speedway’s 1/8-mile strip set up on on pit lane in identical Scions during the third annual Mayor’s Cup.
Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso, Southlake Mayor John Terrell, Mansfield Mayor David Cook, North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino, Haltom City Mayor Richard Hutchison, Richardson Mayor Laura Maczka, Trophy Club Mayor Connie White, Roanoke Mayor Scooter Gierisch, Justin Mayor Greg Scott, Argyle Mayor Peggy Krueger, Benbrook Mayor Jerry Dittrich and Carrollton Mayor Pro-Tem Kevin Falconer squared off in a single-elimination drag race competition to pursue the Mayor's Cup and more importantly bring awareness to the fifth-year program aimed at curbing illegal street racing.
Krueger slipped past Terrell, the defending Mayor's Cup champion, to advance to the best-of-three finals while Maso advanced by defeating Scott. Maso earned the Mayor’s Cup trophy and the bragging rights by closing out Krueger as he won the first two races of the championship final.
“It was great, you saw the smiles, the kidding,” Maso said. “We were egging each other on. The reality is we were also sending a message. It’s okay to have fun, but do it safely. Come out here, have a great time, do it legally, do it safely. A lot of innocent people out there are getting hurt with street racing and that’s really the message – people do not need to get hurt. You can have fun, but do it safely.”
Since its inception in 2009, Friday Night Drags presented by Scion has attracted more than 1,000 different competitors. The program has continued to serve as a tool to assist in curtailing illegal street racing in the Metroplex by turning the speedway’s pit road into a 1/8-mile drag strip.
The emphasis in keeping illegal street racing off the streets particularly resonates with Trevino, who recounted a tragic story of a young man’s untimely death as a result of illegal street racing.
Twenty-four-year-old Chris DePauw was killed in a street- racing accident in North Richland Hills the morning of Aug. 26, 2007. DePauw lost control of his SUV, sending his car careening over and ejecting him from the vehicle.
“We don’t want to see another young life senselessly cut short,” Trevino said. “I and all of the mayors here today thank Texas Motor Speedway for giving people a safe and controlled place to race their cars.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 16 and 20. Illegal street racing accidents also result in an average of 135 deaths each year.
For Fort Worth’s Price, the opportunity for racers to compete in a controlled environment not only helps her city, but all of those in North Texas.
“Friday Night Drags is intended to keep all of our communities, not just Fort Worth, but each and every one of you from Dallas, Johnson, Denton, every county and all the cities to keep it an alternative and keep our area safe,” Price said. “I’d love to see this program continue for years to come.”
Friday Night Drags presented by Scion competitor Adam Gerety, of Trophy Club, joined the mayors as a staunch supporter of the program.
Gerety has not missed a Friday Night Drags event since the program started in 2009. Getting the opportunity to race his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro at one of motorsports’ premier facilities is just part of the enjoyment he gets from competing in Friday Night Drags presented by Scion.
“There was a need for speed, but I didn’t want to do it on the street,” Gerety said. “The venue here is nice and I have a lot of fun. It was safe. There are a lot of competitors. You get an opportunity to race a lot of different cars that you might not otherwise get to see at a local track.”
NOTE: Video highlights of the third annual Mayor's Cup are available here: