Watauga’s Shawnee Haggard and Burleson’s Trent Savage highlight the list of champions. Haggard (1992 Chevrolet S10) became the first female racer to win a championship in the history of Friday Night Drags as she held on to win the competitive 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division.
Savage (2001 Pontiac Trans Am) rounded out the Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco going a perfect five-for-five, capturing the Street Outlaw Division. Savage was the only champion to register a victory in the final week of the season.
Other division champions include Aledo’s Chase Prollock (2005 Acura RSX) in The Speedway Club Tuner Division; Longview’s Brock Gilliam (1957 Volkswagen Beetle) in the Reunion Tower Geo-Deck Street Bandit Division; Flower Mound’s Colin Hundley (1993 Nissan 240SX) in the Sportsman Division; Lucas’ Chris Brown (2013 Nissan GT-R) in the Snap-On Tools All-Wheel Drive Division; and Fort Worth’s Mike Franks (2011 Cadillac CTS-V) in the American Steel Carports Supercar Division.
All seven champions walked away with a championship trophy along with a Snap-On six-draw roll cart and Maaco prize pack.
Other Week 6 winners of Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco included Little Elm’s Geram Rose (20014 Scion FRS) in The Speedway Club Tuner Division; Longview’s Jeff Gilliam (1953 Volkswagen Beetle) in the Reunion Tower Geo-Deck Street Bandit Division; Arlington’s Mirza Kovacevic (2009 BMW 335i) in the Sportsman Division; Flower Mound’s Mary Fields (2009 Subaru Legacy) in the Snap-On Tools All-Wheel Drive Division; Denton’s Brent Harper (2013 Cadillac CTSV) in the American Steel Carports Supercar Division; and Azle’s Charles Carey (2006 Dodge 3000) in the 4 Wheel Parts Black Smoke Warrior Division.
Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco featured various divisions based on model and modifications of the vehicles. Each week racers accumulated points for a six-week season total. Three points were awarded to the weekly winner, two to the runner-up and one to all other competitors. Racers with perfect attendance during the six weeks received a two-point bonus.
Winners in the Hills Air Support Show-N-Shine included Fort Worth’s Blake Byers (1963 Chevrolet Impala) for Best in Show; Southlake’s Gary Dillahunty (1955 Chevrolet 210) for Best Classic; Janelle Jacobson (2012 Chevrolet Camaro) from Carl Junction, Mo., for Best Current; and Justin Rivera (2010 Ducati) for Best Motorcycle.
Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco was created in 2009 as a resource for curtailing illegal street racing in the Metroplex by providing a safe alternative at Texas Motor Speedway. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 15 and 20 and an average of 135 people die in the United States annually in street racing-related accidents.
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