Despite record temperatures nearing 100 degrees in the Charlotte area, the biggest crowd of the year descended on the Bellagio of drag strips for round three on Wednesday of the Summer Brag and Drag Series. All types of vehicles, from pickup trucks to powerful drag racing machines to street bikes took to the concrete quarter-mile at zMAX Dragway to compete for the opportunity to win the evening’s awards.

Russell Pryor from Monroe, N.C. proved that he was the quickest to the draw Wednesday night, taking home the honors for Best Reaction Time (.001 seconds) in his 2003 Mercury Marauder. Best Elapsed Time (8.173 seconds) and Top Speed (151.85 mph) went to Anna Lisa Smith from Charlotte, N.C.  Jerry Donahue of Mooresville, N.C. had the Best Burnout in his 2004 Chevrolet Corvette LS1, while Don Taylor of Millers Creek, N.C received Best in Show for his 2000 Jaguar XJR. Joshua Lear earned the Iron Man award for making 22 passes during the evening in his 2006 Nissan 350z. Be sure to check out the photo galleries to see what you missed!

Next week, spectator gates open at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m.! General admission is just $5 for adults, while kids 12 and under are admitted free of charge. Participate in the Cruise-In for $10 or run your car down the strip for a car-and-driver entry fee of $20. Save $5 off the registration fee with a coupon from participating Discount Tire stores.