by Dan M | Posted on Friday, July 28th, 2017
  • Seven division winners to be crowned Friday night
FORT WORTH, Texas (July 27, 2016) – Texas Motor Speedway concludes its ninth season of Friday Night Drags this week as a champion from each of the seven divisions will be crowned.
Texas Lottery Super Cars Division points leader, Gene Griffith, is on the cusp of winning his first Friday Night Drags championship. He has already won twice in the first five weeks and another solid finish will have him holding the trophy at the end of tomorrow’s competition.
“It would be really exciting,” Griffith said. “We’ve put a lot of work into the car this year to try and win the deal, so hopefully we will win it, but we’ll see Friday night.”
Gene Griffith talks about potential win at Texas Motor Speedway.
Each week competitors accumulate points during the six-week season. Three points are awarded to the weekly winner, two are given to the runner-up and one point to all other competitors. Racers with perfect attendance during the six weeks receive a two-point bonus at the end of the season.
Griffith, who will be racing in his 2015 Chevrolet ZO6, has always loved the friendly competition. In fact, he will be competing against some close friends that could potentially pose a threat to him.
“You know it is competitive, but we are all friends,” Griffith said with a smirk. “Adam (Geherty) and I are really good friends, we have a little shop together right up the road at Northwest Regional and, hopefully I see him in the final round and we can settle it Friday night.”
The exhilarating rush Griffith gets through racing is an understatement, but with every race comes new competition and new challenges.
“Every week is tough,” he said. “We’ve got about 4-5 cars that are really fast in the class and I hope I can avoid most of them until the end of the night.”
Friday Night Drags offers car devotees the opportunity to race down Texas Motor Speedway’s famous pit road, which is transformed into drag strip.
“It’s really cool that TMS puts on a program like this for people to come enjoy their own car,” he added. “None of us are really professional drivers, but we all come out here, hangout and have a good time. It’s really neat to be inside and have the crowd yelling and cheering for you.”
Phillip Madden, the point leaders in the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division is in the same situation as Griffith. He too, will be looking to earn his first Friday Night Drags title.
“To win it would be amazing,” he said. “I love the fact that there are so many people watching and cheering for you. With there being around 3-4,000 people in the audience, it makes for a good, fun experience.”
Madden likes what Friday Night Drags allows local racers to experience at the track, from its old school style of racing to a safer alternative to illegal street racing.
“I like that Friday Night Drags is arm drop racing with a winners drop at the end,” he said. “Bringing street racing off the streets is big, because it will happen no matter what so you have to give props to Texas Motor Speedway and what they are doing, because it’s been successful so far.”
With the crowd bringing excitement to every racer thus far, Friday promises to be filled with heated and competitive races for the championships.
Cars 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.
Once again this week, fans also will not want to miss out on a special food item featured for the last two weeks of Friday Night Drags. Levy Restaurants will be serving up Street Corn Nachos, which features crispy white corn tortilla chips topped with seasoned ground beef, queso blanco, roasted corn and garnished with lime wedges, cilantro, queso fresco and tajin.
For those unable to attend, the racing will be broadcast on 1310 AM/96.7 FM The Ticket beginning at 9 p.m.
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.
General admission grandstand tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under and are available at the Gate 6 box office or online at 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

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