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TMS Hosts Scion Drag-n-Brag Program

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 2 2009

Fort Worth, Texas – Texas Motor Speedway is preparing to launch a grassroots program this summer designed to curtail illegal street racing in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Beginning July 3, the Scion Drag-n-Brag program will transform TMS’ pit lane into an eighth-mile drag strip each Friday evening for six weeks. The program will provide a safe environment for would-be street racers at a venue that annually hosts the premier racers from NASCAR and the IndyCar Series.

Scion Drag-n-Brag will feature racing in four classes  – Tuner, Street Bandits, Sportsman and Street Outlaws – with a season champion crowned during the Aug. 7 finale.

“Illegal street racing has become a growing issue across the country and the Metroplex is not immune to this dangerous problem,” TMS president Eddie Gossage said. “We are hopeful that would-be street racers will be attracted by the opportunity to compete at a world-class motorsports facility and in a much safer environment.”

According to various statistics, 49 out of every 1,000 illegal street racers are injured on a national level, with the highest fatality rate (58%) between the ages of 15 and 29. Although the city of Fort Worth has compiled no official statistics of injuries or fatalities from illegal street racing, authorities have witnessed a steady increase in racing arrests over the past three years.

“This partnership means a great deal to the people of Fort Worth,” mayor Mike Moncrief said. “It’s about making our streets safer. It’s about protecting our young people. It’s about reducing crime and saving lives. On behalf of the entire city, I want to thank Eddie and his outstanding team for continuing to reach out and support important local causes like this one.”

Classes will accommodate a wide-variety of cars and trucks. The Tuner Division is for any three-, four- or six-cylinder vehicle with stock body and interior.

Street Bandits Division is open to foreign and domestic cars or trucks with stock body, three or four cylinders that are more than stock, along with six-cylinder race cars with naturally aspirated engines.

Sportsman Division is for foreign and domestic cars or trucks with stock body and eight or more cylinders.

Street Outlaws Division is for any car or truck with stock-appearing body and engine, but suspension modifications are allowed, along with a maximum 29×10.5 size tires; no wheelie bars allowed.

Each week the division winner will receive three points, runner-up two points and one point for all competitors regardless of finish. Two bonus points also will be awarded to competitors at the conclusion of the season for racing all six weeks. Point leaders in each division following the Aug. 7 finale will be crowned champions. Weekly division winners also will be awarded trophies.

The program is being sponsored by three Scion dealerships serving the DFW Metroplex – Freeman Scion of Hurst, Scion of Fort Worth and Texas Scion of Grapevine.

“Scion Drag-n-Brag is a great opportunity for our local Scion Dealerships to connect with customers as part of an exciting new grassroots event at Texas Motor Speedway,” said Ed Bradley, area general manager for Gulf States Toyota. “Freeman Scion, Scion of Fort Worth and Texas Scion of Grapevine will be able to showcase the entire line of Scion vehicles and their capabilities to the Fort Worth/Dallas racing communities.”

Racing will be complemented by a “Show & Shine” program, where enthusiasts can show off their prized vehicles as well as take them for a parade lap on the 1.5-mile, high-banked quadoval.

The “Show & Shine” program also will feature a competition for top honors each week. Trophies will be awarded for “Best in Show” overall and “Best in Class” for models 1972 and older as well as 1973 to current.

Gates will open each Friday at 6 p.m., CDT, with practice and the “Show & Shine” car display running from 6:20 to 8:20 p.m. The “Show & Shine” parade lap will begin at 8:30. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9, followed by racing from 9:10 to 11 p.m.

Entry fees are $20 for the Scion Drag-n-Brag, $20 for the “Show & Shine” or $30 for a combination drag and show. Admission for fans to the infield and grandstands will be $7.

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, June 2 2009