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Friday Night Drags Grows in Popularity

FORT WORTH, Texas (July 6, 2017) – What started as an initiative to eliminate illegal drag racing in North Texas has grown into this summer’s place to be. Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway has grown in popularity, especially this season where the six-week summer program is on a record pace. 

Through the first two weeks, a record 546 drivers have competed on Texas Motor Speedway’s 1/8-mile drag strip that traditionally serves as pit road for its NASCAR and INDYCAR races. Combined with 269 that have participated in the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition, more than 800 car enthusiasts have converged onto Texas Motor Speedway during that span. 

Fans also have turned out in force to enjoy Friday Night Drags as a series record crowd of 6,600 turned out last week to catch both racing and the early Fourth of July fireworks display. The two-week attendance total has eclipsed 11,000. 

Texas Motor Speedway will surpass 1,000 competitors participating in Friday Night Drags for the season this week, setting yet another milestone for the program. 

Friday Night Drags offers all the opportunity to go head-to-head with a competitor down Texas Motor Speedway's pit road, which is transformed into the 1/8-mile drag strip. Each week, competitors race for trophies and points, which are tallied at the conclusion of the final weekend to ultimately crown the season champions. Competitors do not have to sign up to compete in the entire six-week series, offering anyone on any given Friday night through July 28 the opportunity to show up and race. 

The vehicles are divided into seven different divisions that consist of Reunion Tower Geo Deck Bandit Division; Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division; Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified Division; Snap-On Tools All Wheel Drive Division; Texas Lottery Super Cars Division; 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division; and Summit Racing Equipment Street Outlaw Division. 

The gates open each week at 6 p.m. with inspection, practice and Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine vehicle display 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 box office or online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com. Parking is free in the PSL lot outside 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, 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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