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FORMER CHAMPION LOOKING TO MAKE PUSH FOR ANOTHER TITLE AT FRIDAY NIGHT DRAGS PRESENTED BY MAACO

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 21, 2016) - Texas Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco enters its penultimate week with a former champion in the mix to win another title. 

Adam Gerety, of Trophy Club, Texas, is the defending American Steel Carports Supercar division champion. He has seen the event grow over the years since he started racing at TMS. (Click here for a full video interview)

“The event started off pretty small,” Gerety said. “There weren’t a lot of people in the stands and there were only a handful of cars out here at that time. To watch it grow in size to what it is now with firework shows and thousands of people in the stands from where it used to be is awesome. It’s a wonderful event to be a part of and amazing to see the event grow to be this successful. That success leads to great things as it relates to the event itself and the larger goal of keeping racers off the streets.” 

Gerety began drag racing after he saw a Friday Night Drags commercial when he was expecting the delivery of his 2010 Camaro. It became an obsession as he was soon racing 40-45 weeks a year. 

“Racing and cars are a big passion of mine,” he said.  “As I have gotten older, and times have got less copious, I got to a point where I just focus racing here at Texas Motor Speedway. It boils down to enjoying the event so much, that I keep coming back year after year.“ 

Gerety begins to prepare his car for Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco about two months before the season. He examines his previous year's results and decides on the modifications he wants to make. He works with a local shop to make sure it is ready to race. 

Gerety’s 2010 Camaro SS was one of the first produced when they came out with the fifth generation of the popular muscle car. It’s one of the first 5,000 from a production number sequence of that year’s model.

“I’m fortunate enough to have friends that work at the factory so I have photos of this car when it was a steel body all the way through delivery and in fact my friend painted it and his wife did the interior,” he said. “It’s a special car.”

Gerety began the 2016 season with a win in week one and is anxious to get back to the place he enjoys racing at.  

“It’s a lot of fun racing at Texas Motor Speedway,” he said. “It’s a world-class speedway that you’re used to seeing on television and then you get to be right down here in the middle of it. The crowd is awesome. Having thousands of people in the stands makes it a fun event.”

Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco, a six-week summer series, offers car enthusiasts the opportunity to race down Texas Motor Speedway's pit road, which is transformed into a 1/8-mile drag strip. Each week, competitors race for a trophy and points, which are tallied at the conclusion of the final weekend to crown the season champion.

There are seven different divisions including The Speedway Club Tuner Division, Reunion Tower Geo-Deck Street Bandit Division, Sportsman, American Steel Carports Supercar Division, Snap-On Tools All-Wheel Division, 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division and Street Outlaw Division. 

Coupled with drag racing, cars and motorcycles both past and present are on display during the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition that awards the best in four different categories (Best of Show, Best Classic-1972 or earlier, Best Current Custom-1973 to current, Best Motorcycle).

The six-week summer series that converts Texas Motor Speedway’s pit road into a 1/8-mile drag strip continues Friday for Week 5. The gates open each week at 6 p.m. with inspection, practice and Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine beginning at 6:15 p.m. Drag racing competition gets underway at 9:15 p.m. 

The cost is $20 to take part in the drag racing or Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition each week. For spectators, general admission grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and available at the Gate 6 ticket booth or online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Coolers are permitted in both the grandstands and infield. 

For more information and official rules of Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco, please visit www.texasmotorspeedway.com. 

About the author

The Texas Motor Speedway Media Relations Department is located on the 6th floor of The Speedway Club outside of Turn 1 of the speedway. 

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