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FORT WORTH, Texas (June 30, 2016) – Summer break typically means a time for college students to slow down but that is the opposite for Keller’s Brock Anders. Anders, a sophomore on the Sul Ross State University men’s basketball team in Alpine, Texas, is the defending Sportsman Division champion of Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco. 

Anders’ offseason schedule includes competing in Texas Motor Speedway’s summer drag racing series. Last year he scored a perfect season, winning all five events en route to the championship. This year he opted to increase the horsepower on his 1972 Chevrolet Nova and join the competitive Street Outlaw Division. 

“It’s an adrenaline rush,” Anders said of competing in Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco. “It’s fun from the minute you get out there to the minute you leave. It’s even better if you win.” 

Anders’ racing success is on par with his success on the basketball court. In 26 games for the Sul Ross State Lobos he averaged 9.7 points and 4.1 rebounds. His impressive play during his freshman season earned him American Southwest Conference West Division Freshman of the Year honors. 

For Anders, balancing his need for speed with offseason basketball workouts is all part of the life of a student athlete. 

“I just take my time out of the day and get everything done,” Anders said. “It’s a tight schedule but it happens.” 

Drag racing fills up his offseason calendar as he competes regionally. It’s an opportunity for Anders to continue to enjoy a hobby that doesn’t slow him down.  

“I grew up around cars my whole life,” Anders said. “My dad always had muscle cars as I was growing up and I just fell in love. Once I was old enough to drive we started building up cars and we built a fast racecar and took it out to Friday Night Drags.” 

Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco, a six-week summer series, offers car enthusiasts the opportunity to race down Texas Motor Speedway's pit road, which is transformed into a 1/8-mile drag strip. Each week, competitors race for a trophy and points, which are tallied at the conclusion of the final weekend to ultimately crown the season champion. 

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 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 to win top honors in four different categories (Best of Show, Best Classic-1972 or earlier, Best Current Custom-1973 to current, Best Motorcycle) during the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine. 

This Friday Texas Motor Speedway will ring in the Fourth of July weekend with a special fireworks show presented by Snap-On Tools beginning at approximately 10 p.m. CT as part of Military and First Responders Appreciation Night at Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco. Any military or first responders presenting a valid ID will receive free grandstand admission for the evening’s activities by entering the facility at Gate 6. 

The gates open each week 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 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 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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