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FORT WORTH, Texas (July 28, 2016) – Texas Motor Speedway concludes its eighth season of Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco this week as seven champions in each division of the summer series will be crowned. 

Sportsman Division points leader Colin Hundley is poised to win his first Friday Night Drags championship following this week’s event. He will walk away with the title and all-important bragging rights that will climb toward the top of his list of personal accomplishments.   

“I might have got the high score on ”˜Tetris’ or ”˜Street Fighter 2’ or something like that, but that’s about it,” Hundley said with a chuckle. “Nothing racing or as competitive as this.” 

Each week competitors accumulate points for a six-week season total. Three points are awarded to the weekly winner, two to the runner-up and one to all other competitors. Racers with perfect attendance during the six weeks receive a two-point bonus. 

Hundley, who races in his 1993 Nissan S13, has already won three times and has competed each week. Along with bragging rights and a trophy, division champions walk away with a Snap-On six-drawer roll cart and a Maaco prize pack. 

“I’m excited,” Hundley said of receiving the Snap-On cart. “We’ll see about this (Snap-On tool) box. We’ll see where I can cram it in here and I’m sure we’ll make it fit somehow.” 

The thrill of pulling up to the starting line and waiting for Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco official starter Scott Garrett’s hands to give the command to go never gets old for Hundley. Each time down drag strip presents a new set of challenges for racers. 

“Everybody thinks it’s easy but you never know what the other person has,” Hundley, from Flower Mound, Tex. said. “It could have anything. It could be twice as fast or twice as slow. It could be a straight up matched race, you just never know. 

“The key is to not psyche yourself out, just make sure you get a good launch. Make sure you don’t leave first, and just try and get the edge and make sure you roll in those gears. Really breathing, breathing is the number one thing.” 

Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco offers car enthusiasts the opportunity to race down Texas Motor Speedway’s pit road, which is transformed into a 1/8-mile drag strip. 

Cars are divided into seven different divisions that consist of The Speedway Club Tuner Division, Reunion Tower Geo-Deck Street Bandit Division, Sportsman, American Steel Carports Supercar Division, Snap-On Tools All-Wheel Drive 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 gates open 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 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 or online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Parking is free in the PSL lot outside of 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 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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