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FORT WORTH, Texas (July 1, 2019)

A near-record 318 local drivers, all racing for a shot at bragging rights at Texas Motor Speedway, hit the loud pedal on the speedway’s pit road drag strip Friday night with six new winners and one repeat champion leaving happy at Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags.

Week Two played an impressive setup role for this Friday’s First Responders Night and fireworks show, which traditionally brings the season’s biggest crowds to No Limits, Texas.

For the second straight week, it was Tyler Cavett (Saginaw, Tex.) crossing the line first in the Summit Racing Equipment Outlaw Division. His 1982 Ford Mustang didn’t just back up his Week One victory. He did it against the same car as before, the 1979 Ford Mustang driven by Chris Wolfe (Boyd, Tex.).

The night’s six other winners took home top prize for the first time this year, though two of them are 2018 division champions.

The penultimate race of the night was a run at redemption by Joe Watson (Haltom City, Tex.). Watson and his 1983 Chevrolet C10 pickup weren’t able to get off the starting line in the final round a week ago, but this time he took out the 1986 Chevy 1500 driven by Michael Panell (Fort Worth) in the Texas Born Performance Black Smoke Warrior Division. Watson won four times in 2018 en route to a dominant victory in the class, and he’s out to an early lead this year with his pair of final round appearances.

Last year’s Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified champion John Apple (Euless, Tex.) wasn’t even able to make a pass in Week One, but he came back with a vengeance, streaking his way to the win in his class for Week Two. Apple won a battle of 1960s Chevys with his ’66 Nova topping John Hoffman’s ’69 Camaro.

The Corvette continues its early dominance of the Supercar Division with Bryan Pomeroy’s 2019 model taking the win over Justin Searcy’s 2012 Cadillac CTSV. Matt Owen won Week One in his 2016 Corvette, but Pomeroy took down Owen in the first round of competition this past week.

With just 20 cars entered, the Snap-on All Wheel Drive Division gets awfully familiar for the drivers, and Joel Chavez (Keller, Tex.) was the wheelman who brought the superior piece in Week Two. Chavez’s 2010 Nissan GTR was too much for Kenny Thaher’s 2018 Audi RS3.

On the other end of the spectrum lies the massive Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division, pitting 96 cars against each other in Week Two. This time it was Michael Phillips taking his 2016 Chevy Camaro SS to Victory Lane. He beat last week’s runner-up, Michael Franks, in the quarterfinals before eventually topping Eric Branyan’s (Keller, Tex.) 2009 Corvette in the final.

Finally, in the FastSigns Bandit Division, Gerard Cuellar and his 2002 BMW M3 had enough to beat Week One winner Jason Magallon’s 2011 Infiniti G37 in the final.

Earlier in the night, awards were given for the In-N-Out Show-N-Shine competition:

  • Best in Show – Arthur Allen
  • Best Classic – Mike Thrash
  • Best Current – Tony Kennedy

Round Three of the six-week journey starts with gates and grandstands opening at 6 p.m. this Friday night for the annual First Responder Night and fireworks show.

Competitors can practice from 6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. while other car lovers bring their rides for the In-N-Out Show-N-Shine car show.

Competition kicks off at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks are scheduled at the conclusion of Round One of competition, approximately 10 p.m.

UTI Friday Night Drags competitors must be 18 or older to participate with the entry fee being $20 per week. All vehicles must pass pre-race inspection, and all drivers must wear an approved helmet. Helmets can be rented at Texas Motor Speedway for $10 per night.

Spectator tickets may be purchased at Gate 6 at $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Parking is free outside Gate 6 or $20 in the infield. Coolers are allowed in both the grandstands and the infield.

The Torchy’s Tacos located in the TMS infield will be open for each event from 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The 2019 Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags schedule is:

  • July 5 – Fireworks Night, Military/First Responder Night presented by Snap-on
  • July 12 – Tim Montana concert
  • July 19 – TBD
  • July 26 – Fan Appreciation Night

For more information, CLICK HERE.

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