With several points races still up for grabs entering week 16 of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, the drag racing promised to be intense and dramatic all night long. The build-up did not disappoint, as each pass down the pit lane drag strip helped determine the overall points champion for the season.
The drama started early on for the Super Pro division, as practice runs at the start of the evening played a major role in the night’s activities. Points leader Mark White of McDonough entered the night two points ahead in the standings, but suffered a mechanical failure in practice that precluded him from competing in elimination rounds. That opened the door for second place Mike Herring of Conyers, who clinched the championship in the second round of racing and went on to claim the victory, his second of the year.
The Pro division also entered the night as another close battle, as McDonough’s David Craft held a three point lead over Fayetteville resident David Sisk. Craft defeated Sisk in early round competition, awarding him the championship. Craft would not stop there, gaining for a clean sweep of the evening’s action by topping Jonesboro’s Billy Clevenger in the final round. It was Craft’s fifth win of the season, all in consecutive events.
And while he couldn’t bring home the championship, Stockbridge’s Chuck Poole backed up his runner-up finish in the season standings with a final round win over the season champion, McDonough resident Will Coots. Poole claimed his third win of the year by beating Coots to the finish line.
The 2012 Friday Night Drags points champions include: Mike Herring of Conyers (Super Pro), David Craft of McDonough (Pro), Daryl Stiles of Williamson (Street Outlaw), Vic Vickers of McDonough (Sportsman), Will Coots of McDonough (Truck Advanced), Dwayne Bethune of Covington (Diesel Truck), Allen Gaddis of Molina (Truck), Terry Bates of Locust Grove (Domestic Advanced), Kelly Morgan of Jonesboro (Papa John’s Pizza Domestic), Bobby Bramblett of Loganville (Tuner), Lamar Chambers of Griffin (Sport Compact), Justin Wooten of Zebulon (ATV), Toney Freeman of Stockbridge (Super Bike), Joshua Jones of Riverdale (Sport Bike), AJ White of Riverdale (Street Motorcycle), Jacob Turner of Griffin (Cruiser/Dirt Bike) and Kyle Cumpton of Snellville (Street Modified).
Below is a complete list of the Aug. 17 winners:
Super Pro: Mike Herring (Conyers) in a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina
Pro: David Craft (McDonough) in a 1986 Chevrolet Corvette
Street Outlaw: Daryl Stiles (Williamson) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Joe Ransom (Tyrone) substitute driving for Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1981 Chevrolet Malibu
Truck Advanced: Chuck Poole (Stockbridge) in a 1986 Chevrolet
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton) in a 1972 Chevrolet C10
Domestic Advanced: Curtis Teal (Peachtree City) in a 1975 Chevrolet Luv Truck
Papa John’s Pizza Domestic: Chris Morgan (Jonesboro) in a 1966 Ford Mustang
Tuner: Nicolas Feliciano (Griffin) in a 1982 Toyota Corolla
Sport Compact: Lamar Chambers (Griffin) in a 1966 Volkswagen Bug
ATV: Justin Wooten (Zebulon) on a 2001 Yamaha Banshee
Super Bike: Tim Jones (Ellenwood) on a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Sport Bike: Kevin Connolly (Hampton) on a 2009 Yamaha V-Max
Street Motorcycle: Yosa Lewis (Atlanta) on a 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 750
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin) on a 1987 Honda CR 500
Street Modified: Kyle Cumpton (Snellville) in a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and cars ranging as far back as the 1920s.
Below is a complete list of the Aug. 17 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Greg Prince, 1973 Chevrolet Nova
Second Place: Chris Gallagher, 1998 Pontiac Trans-Am
Third Place: Leigh Blakey, 2002 Pontiac Trans-Am
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Kasey Greene, 1968 Buick
Second Place: Robin Sark, 1967 Pontiac Firebird
Third Place: Aaron Cook, 1966 Ford Fairlane
First Place: Patrick Collins, 2009 Scion xB
Second Place: Eric Campbell, Scion xB
Third Place: Barbara Glow, 2010 Kia Soul
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Larry Geiger, 1972 Chevrolet Chevelle
Second Place: Charles Richardson, 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Mark Banks, 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Second Place: Josh Frizzell, 2004 Ford Mustang Cobra
Third Place: Calon Bailey, 2006 Ford Mustang GT R3
First Place: Adam Wallace, Chevrolet Silverado
Second Place: Rafeal Jose, Chevrolet Silverado
Third Place: Chris Penticuff, 1954 Dodge
First Place: Steve Maddox, 1927 Graham Brothers Hearse
Second Place: Spencer Anderson, 1947 Chevrolet Truck
Third Place: Tom Basey, 1971 Honda CT 70
Crown Vic Boyz:
First Place: Nino Douglas, 2003 Mercury Marauder
Second Place: Southside Queen, Crown Victoria LS
Third Place: Spud, Ford Crown Victoria
Spencer Anderson, 1947 Chevrolet Truck with a 1958 Tomahawk Boat
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine returns Sept. 14 and Sept. 21 for the Fall Stampede on the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start at 9:09 p.m.
Entry to drag race or for the Show-N-Shine is just $20 or competitors can purchase a combo ticket for $30. Spectator tickets at Friday Night Drags are just $8 for adults and children five and under are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.