TMS crowns 2016 Friday Night Drags Champions

FridayNightDrags_Maaco_pos.jpgTexas Motor Speedway concluded its eighth season of Friday Night Drags presented by Maaco with the crowning of seven division champions.

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.


Beautiful trophies awarded to the winners of the Friday Night Drags at the Texas Motor Speedway. The 6 week series ran from the last week of June all the way through July, bringing excitement to an otherwise mundane summer. The FND races began in 2009 as a means of keeping racers off of the streets, but has turned into a much anticipated event each year!

  • Speedway To Honor Service Of Police Officers With Free Admission For Them And A Companion To Aug. 27 INDYCAR Race
  • Ticket Offer Also Will Be Extended To All First Responders
FORT WORTH, Texas (August 3, 2016) – Texas Motor Speedway will play host to “Back The Blue Night” at the Firestone 600 Verizon IndyCar Series race on Saturday, Aug. 27, to display its appreciation for the dedicated service of police officers.
“Back The Blue Night” will honor police officers near and far by providing them and a companion free admission to the Firestone 600. Police personnel will be required to show their badge or proper identification at the gate for admittance to the event that will have general admission seating. Texas Motor Speedway also will extend this offer to all first responders that show proper identification at the gate.
The Firestone 600 will begin at 8 p.m. CT and be televised live on the NBC Sports Network. The race also will be available live on the IMS Radio Network as well as locally on 95.9 The Ranch.
The Firestone 600 is the resumption of the race that was postponed Saturday, June 11, due to weather and rescheduled for the following day. A total of 71 of the scheduled 248 laps were run June 12 before the race was suspended due to inclement weather. The race, which now is in the championship stretch of the season as the third to last race, will resume on Lap 72 with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver James Hinchcliffe leading.
The “Restart Your Engines” schedule begins with gates opening to the public at 4 p.m. CT. Race activities start with a Verizon IndyCar Series practice from 4:30-5 p.m. and an autograph session featuring the entire driver field from 5:30-6:15 p.m. on the main concourse.
Texas Motor Speedway will be offering fans attending the one-day event some additional perks including $1 hot dogs and Coca-Cola beverages from Levy Restaurants and the first 3,000 fans receiving a free vintage Indy-car t-shirt compliments of Speedway Motorsports, Inc. Properties. SMIP also will provide fans with free souvenir race programs from the original June event while supplies last.
All frontstretch seating, including premium sections, will be general admission and priced at $28 with children 12 and under at $10.
For more information, please contact the speedway ticket office at 817.215.8500 or visit
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