Tire Smoke and Thunderous Applause Fill the Night Air at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags
Saturday, August 5, 2006
Week three of Atlanta Motor Speedway's pavement pounding new Friday Night Drags series sent spectators and competitors home happy for a third straight week.
On-track action was highlighted by a Pro series, tire smoking 1997 Dodge Stealth and a beautiful 1933 Ford 3-window coupe could be found in the Show-N-Shine area.
The speedway swelled with spectators as crowds filled both pit road and the grandstands. Approximately 200 drag cars and 5,000 spectators showed up making week three one of the best nights to date.
The Show-N-Shine area provided fans a trip down memory lane and restored vintage steel was plentiful. The Classic show division saw McDonough Ga.'s Charles Chapman and his 1933 Ford 3-Window Coupe take home the top honors. Andrew Fordham, a Jonesboro, Ga. resident drove his 540 horsepower '56 Chevrolet Bel Air to the show and grabbed the runner-up spot. Earning third place tonight was Thomaston, Ga.'s Tim Eubanks' 1969 Camaro.
Convington, Ga.'s Mike Dove garnered the top spot in the Pro series with his blown, cherry red 1965 Ford Falcon. The Modern era series saw Rod Harris and his 2001 six-speed Chevrolet Camaro earn top honors. Another 2001 F-Body General Motors car won second place tonight. Driving from Woodstock, Ga., Dave Cutcliff's WS-6 Pontiac Trans-Am was a show-stopper. Mike Lozano drove his highly customized '95 Chevrolet Impala SS to the show and snared third place.
New for week three was the "People's Choice" award. Jasper, Ga.'s Andrew Willingham's 2004 supercharged Mustang GT was the crowd favorite.
Vince Valena brought his 1979 Mazda RX-7 from Jonesboro, Ga. and drove the rotary powered car to the Import championship. As fast as it was, it wasn't enough to beat Domestic winner Jeremiah Simpson and his '94 Ford Mustang. Simpson drove his primer gray Mustang back to Newnan, but not before edging Valena in a close Domestic vs. Import showdown to end the night.
Joseph Moon's '81 Chevy Malibu was trailered from Monroe, Ga. and after the tire smoke cleared, Moon emerged with the Pro-Street winner's trophy.
Williamson, Ga. resident and last week's Pro series winner Daryl Stiles had to hand the top honors over to McDonough, Ga.'s Alex Thomas. Stiles' silver '73 Chevy Luv wasn't bad enough to claim the top honors two weeks in-a-row. Thomas' 1997 Dodge Stealth pulled away from the pick-up towards the finish line, earning the win.
The four night of Friday Night Drags and the Show-N-Shine car show at Atlanta Motor Speedway will be on August, 25. Tickets are available at the gate or fans can call (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com for additional information.