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TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY’S FRIDAY NIGHT DRAGS CONTINUES SCORCHING PACE THIS SUMMER

Texas Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags
FORT WORTH, Texas (July 3, 2017) – Texas Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags rapidly is becoming the hottest alternative to traditional summer activities in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as the nine-year-old program is on a record pace through the first two weeks of the six-week racing series available to the general public. 

Friday Night Drags continued its early-season momentum as a program-record 284 racers participated in Week 2 of the summertime series that was held June 30. The car count smashed the previous record, established one week earlier, when 262 racers poured into the speedway to kick off the season. 

The combined two-week total of 546 competitors and more than 11,000 spectators is making Texas Motor Speedway one of the more popular Friday night destinations this summer. Besides a record number of competitors in Week 2, a new standard was set with a crowd of 6,600 – the largest in the history of the series – that also was treated to an early Fourth of July fireworks display. 

Friday Night Drags is appealing to a mass audience due to its uniqueness for a summertime activity and also for its various racing classes that suits anyone with a driver’s license and a vehicle. 

There is traditionally a number of “muscle cars” from various eras that include Camaros, Mustangs and Novas while others show up in stock high-performance sports cars such as Corvettes with the occasional Lamborghini and Maserati.  There are people taking out their luxury Cadillac CTS, BMW, Audi and Lexus sedans to see how they match up. 

As expected in Texas, there’s an entire pick-up/truck division with some arriving with vintage vehicles with souped-up engines to others coming with the family SUV. And there is always a good share of people rolling in with VW Bugs, Kias and Hyundais that have modest horsepower and get them to work every day. 

Friday Night Drags offers all the opportunity to go head-to-head with a competitor down Texas Motor Speedway's pit road, which is transformed into a 1/8-mile drag strip. Each week, competitors race for trophies and points, which are tallied at the conclusion of the final weekend to ultimately crown the season champions. Competitors do not have to sign up to compete in the entire six-week series, offering anyone on any given Friday night through July 28 the opportunity to show up and race. 

The vehicles are divided into seven different divisions that consist of Reunion Tower Geo Deck Bandit Division; Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division; Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified Division; Snap-On Tools All Wheel Drive Division; Texas Lottery Super Cars Division; 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division; and Summit Racing Equipment Street Outlaw Division. 

The gates open each week 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 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 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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