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FRIDAY NIGHT DRAGS CHAMPIONSHIP CONTENDERS EMERGE IN WEEK 5

Friday Night Drags

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 24, 2017)

Five drivers among the seven divisions of Friday Night Drags earned wins in Week 5 to either gain or retain the championship lead heading in the final week of the six-week public drag racing series at Texas Motor Speedway.

Bedford’s Phillip Madden, Richland Hills’ Chris Thompson and Euless’ Glenn Twardowsky won in Week 5 to cushion their championship points lead while Fort Worth’s Gene Griffith used the win to break a three-way tie for the lead and Weatherford’s Clay Stewart vaulted into first in his division with his victory.

The other two division winners – Trophy Club’s Joey Pratt and Burleson’s Trent Savage – earned their first victories in the competition.

The season champions in all seven divisions will be determined by the season finale set for this Friday night.

The winners from Week 5 and current points leaders of the respective divisions are: 

  • Reunion Tower Geo Deck Bandit Division: Joey Pratt (Trophy Club) / 2015 Porsche 911; Points Leader: (tie) Jesse Cecenas (Haltom City) / 1999 Honda Civic, Austin Prince (Joshua) / 2014 Nissan 370Z, Keith Cox (Newark), 1962 VW Beetle.
  • Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division: Phillip Madden (Bedford) / 1987 Buick Regal; Points Leader:
  • Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified Division: Chris Thompson (Richland Hills) / 1932 Ford Coupe; Points Leader:
  • Snap-On Tools All Wheel Drive Division: Glenn Twardowsky (Euless) / 1991 Eagle Talon; Points Leader:
  • Texas Lottery Super Cars Division: Gene Griffith (Fort Worth) / 2015 Chevrolet Z06; Points Leader:
  • 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division: Clay Stewart (Weatherford) / 2008 Ford F250; Points Leader:
  • Summit Racing Equipment Street Outlaw Division: Trent Savage (Burleson), 2001 Pontiac Firebird; Points Leader: Shea Thompson (Fort Worth) / 1988 Ford Mustang. 

Each week the competitors race for trophies and points, which are tallied at the conclusion of the final weekend to crown the season champions. Competitors do not have to sign up to compete in the entire series, offering anyone on any given Friday night the opportunity to show up and race.

The gates open at 6 p.m. with inspection, practice and Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine vehicle display beginning at 6:15 p.m. Drag racing competition gets underway at 9:15 p.m.

The cost is $20 to participate in drag racing or the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition each week.

General admission grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the Gate 6 box office or online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Parking is free in the PSL lot outside Gate 6 and available for $20 in the infield (with admission included in pricing). Coolers are permitted in both the grandstands and infield.

For more information and official rules of Friday Night Drags, 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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