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FORT WORTH, Texas (June 27, 2016) – Texas Motor Speedway kicked off its eighth season of Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco with more than 230 drag racers converging on the 1/8-mile drag strip. 

The six-week summer series was ushered in with seven winners among the different divisions highlighted by Burleson native Trent Savages’ victory in the Street Outlaw Division. Savages’ 2001 Pontiac Trans Am took the victory in the competitive Street Outlaw Division. 

Other winners included former Friday Night Drags winner Adam Gerety of Trophy Club with his 2010 Chevrolet Camaro winning the American Steel Carports Supercar Division; The Speedway Club Tuner Division winner Geram Rose of Little Elm in his 2010 Kia Forte; Reunion Tower Geo-Deck Street Bandit Division winner Colin Hundley of Flower Mound in his 1993 Nissan S13; Sportsman Division winner Chris Thompson of Richland Hills in his 1932 Ford Coupe; Snap-On Tools All-Wheel Division winner Connor Spencer of Fairview in his 2013 Audi S8; and 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division winner Shawnee Haggard of Watauga in her 1992 Chevrolet S10. 

More than 100 displayed their vehicles in the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine. Each week Texas Motor Speedway selects the top entries that earn awards in four categories – Best of Show, Best Classic (1972 or earlier), Best Current Custom (1973 to current) and Best Motorcycle. 

Week 1 winners were Cleburne’s Larry Durham (1935 Ford Coupe) for Best in Show; Southlake’s David Williams (1957 Chevrolet Bel Air) for Best Classic; Richland Hills’ Chris Wise (2016 Ford Mustang GT) for Best Current Custom; and Fort Worth’s Dustin Driftmeyer (2008 Harley-Davidson Nightster). 

Week 2 of Friday Night Drags presented by Macco will include an Independence Day celebration with a fireworks display presented by Snap-On Tools. Competitors and spectators will be treated to a fireworks extravaganza courtesy of Snap-On Tools with the display beginning at approximately 10 p.m. 

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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