Friday Night Drags

Friday Night Drags at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth will feature fireworks on June 30, 2017.

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The 11th annual Universal Technical Institute Friday Night Drags is a "run-what-you-brung" amateur drag racing series at Texas Motor Speedway. Straight-line racers in seven vehicle categories will do battle in heads-up 1/8-mile competition on the Texas Motor Speedway pit road for weekly winners and valuable points toward crowning end-of-season champions. From the Bandit Division, that includes three-cylinder foreign-built automobiles to the Summit Racing Equipment Outlaw Division that allows for 31-inch wide racing slicks, there's a category for just every amateur drag racing fan and competitor.

UTI Friday Night Drags competitors must be 18 or older to participate and the entry fee is $20 per week. All vehicles must pass pre-race inspection to participate and all drivers must wear an approved helmet. Helmets can be rented at Texas Motor Speedway for $10 per night.

Gates and grandstands open each Friday at 6 p.m. Spectator tickets may be purchased at Gate 6 for $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Spectator parking, located outside Gate 6, is free and infield parking is available for $20 which includes driver admission. Coolers are allowed in the grandstands and the infield. Tickets may also be purchased ahead of time online at www.texasmotorspeedway.com.

The seven racing categories include Bandit Division, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division, Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Modified Division, Snap-on Tools All Wheel Drive Division, Super Car Division, Texas Born Performance Black Smoke Warrior Division, and the Summit Racing Equipment Outlaw Division.

Race registration and technical inspection will be open from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Practice runs will be scheduled from 6:15-8:00 p.m., with opening ceremonies at 9:10 p.m. and racing kicking off at 9:15 p.m.

Back for another season will also be the always popular In-N-Out Burger Show-N-Shine car show competition. It's a hotly contested part of each event minus the speed element. Located in the South Paddock area of the infield, Winners will be chosen and awards given in three categories: Best of Show, Best Classic (1972 or prior year), and Best Current Custom (1973 or newer). Participants will also get to make a parade lap around the 1.5-mile track.

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