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FORT WORTH, Texas (June 22, 2015) – Texas Motor Speedway opened its seventh season of Friday Night Drags presented by Snap-On Racing this past week with an impressive showing as more than 200 competitors turned out to race their personal vehicles down the speedway’s converted 1/8-mile drag strip. 

>Competitors from across North Texas joined in the thrill of going head-to-head with fellow car enthusiasts for the chance to earn bragging rights during the first week of the six-week summer amateur racing series that takes place on the pit lane of the 1.5-mile superspeedway. 

This year marked the debut of a seventh division with the addition of the AWD Tuning All-Wheel Drive class. Fort Worth’s Abel Narezo and his 2015 Nissan GTR edged out Chris Brown, of Lucas, in his 2014 Nissan GTR to become the division’s inaugural winner.  

Other Week 1 winners included Haltom City’s Jesse Cerenas (2005 Acura RSX) in the Tuner Division, Saginaw’s Chance Bracken (2015 Ford Mustang) in the Street Bandit Division, Keller’s Brock Anders (1966 Chevrolet Nova) in the Sportsman Division, Fort Worth’s Mike Franks (2011 Cadillac CTSV) in the SNL Performance Super Cars Division, Sunnyvale’s Eric Cothrum (2006 Dodge 2500) in the DSG Arms Black Smoke Warrior Division, and Northlake’s Tyler Mitchell (1979 Ford Fairmont) in the B&G Mufflers Street Outlaw Division. 

Also on display were prized vehicles from both the past and present as part of the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition. Each week Texas Motor Speedway will select the top entries that will earn awards in four categories – Best of Show, Best Classic-1972 or earlier, Best Current Custom-1973 to current, Best Motorcycle. 

Taking home the top honors from among the 200 overall entrants included Fort Worth’s Sam Soutsvahth and his 2000 Plymouth Prowler earning Best in Show. North Richland Hills natives John Atkins (Ducati Hypermotard) and Steve Boria (1969 Chevrolet Camaro) earned Best Motorcycle and Best Classic, respectively. Sterling Johnson, of Richardson, and his 2010 Chevrolet Trans Am conversion – ZTA Firebird picked up the honor for Best Current Custom. 

Racing continues Friday for Week 2 of Friday Night Drags presented by Snap-On Racing. Gates open at 6 p.m. CT with inspection, practice and the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine beginning at 6:15 p.m. Drag racing competition gets underway at 9 p.m. 

The cost is $20 to participate in the drag racing or Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition. 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. Parking is free in the PSL lot outside Gate 6 and also available for $20 in the infield (with admission included in the pricing). Coolers are permitted in both the grandstands and infield. 

For more information on Friday Night Drags presented by Snap-On Racing, 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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