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FORT WORTH, Texas (July 2, 2018)

With a car count of more than 320 vehicles and a raucous crowd on-hand, Fireworks Night proved to be an explosive one with just two repeat winners emerging from the Week 2 fray at Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags.

Saginaw’s Chance Brackeen and Fort Worth’s Joe Watson were the only two racers to defend their Week 1 titles in the Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Bandit and Texas Born Performance Black Smoke Warrior divisions, respectively.

The nonstop racing action was halted only for a booming fireworks show that lasted close to 15 minutes.

Offering car enthusiasts an opportunity to race down a transformed 1/8-mile drag strip on pit road at Texas Motor Speedway, the six-week UTI Friday Night Drags competition features weekly races racers compete for trophies and points, which are tallied at the conclusion of the final weekend to ultimately crown the season champion.

Week 2 Division Winners:

  • Reunion Tower GeO-Deck Bandit Division
    • Chance Brackeen, Saginaw, Texas, 2015 Ford Mustang
  • Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division
    • David Valdez, Alvardo, Texas, 1987 Buick Grand National
  • Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified Division
    • John Apple, Euless, Texas, 1966 Chevrolet Nova
  • Snap-on Tools All Wheel Drive Division
    • Collin Keithley, Keller, Texas, 2016 Nissan GTR
  • Texas Harley-Davidson Super Car Division
    • Gene Griffith, Fort Worth, Texas, 2015 Chevrolet ZO6
  • Texas Born Performance Black Smoke Warrior Division
    • Joe Watson, Fort Worth, Texas, Chevrolet C10
  • Summit Racing Equipment Outlaw Division
    • Shea Thompson, Fort Worth, Texas, 1988 Ford Mustang

Winners of Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine included:

  • Best Motorcycle
    • Travis Barina, Weatherford, Yamaha R1
  • Best Current (1973 or newer)
    • Jeff Lintz, Roanoke, 1987 Buick Grand National (PHOTO BELOW)
  • Best Classic (1972 or older)
    • Mike Thrash, Richland Hills, 1971 Chevelle
  • Best In Show
    • Alex Prollock, Aledo, 1967 Volkswagen Bug

Week 3 of the six-week summer series will take place this Friday. It’s Harley-Davidson Night, which means that all motorcycles will be admitted for $5 and another $5 for those with a passenger. Motorcyclists need to go to the Texas Motor Speedway Dirt Track (behind Big Hoss) to register/pay. All bikes also will be displayed on the concourse.

For non-bikers, the cost is $20 to participate in the Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags or Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine competition each week. For those who would like to watch the action, general admission grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.

Tickets are available for advance purchase at www.texasmotorspeedway.com or at the Gate 6 ticket booth. Parking is free in the PSL lot outside of Gate 6 and available for $20 in the infield (with admission included in the pricing). Coolers are permitted in both the grandstands and infield.

Each week the infield, grandstands and Show-N-Shine registration open at 6 p.m. CT with drags practice from 6:15-8 p.m. Drag racing competition in the various classes begins at 9:15 p.m.

For more information and official rules regarding the Universal Technical Institute 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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