Atlanta Motor Speedway's third week of Friday Night Drags points racing featured crossover success, as the first Legends car in Friday Night Drags history made its way to Victory Lane.
A familiar face on the Thursday Thunder summer series circuit, Billy Stevens of Locust Grove piloted a Legends car to Victory Lane on Friday night in the Sport Compact class, the first such occasion in Friday Night Drags history.
"We got to talking and we just figured we would bring a Legends car to drag race and we may as well race to win," said Stevens, who deflected all credit for the win to fellow Thursday Thunder regular Dennis Harry of Harry Motorsports. "It's a lot of fun for the fans when you look out there and see a Legends car competing with Mustangs and tuners. We just wanted to bring some attention to Thursday Thunder and have some fun out here."
In addition to Stevens taking the first-ever Friday night win in a Legends machine, Michelle Ewing of Senoia accomplished a first for the 2009 season by being the first female competitor to claim a win, doing so in the Super Bike class. Seemingly supported by the shouts of every female fan in attendance, Ewing cruised to victory in the finale when her competitor faltered out of the starting box.
Points will be awarded each night during the 13-week points season in every class except the Domestic, Truck and Sport Compact classes. Each division winner will take home three points, second-place two points and the rest of the participants will be awarded one point. The competitor with the most points at the end of the season wins the championship title on September 11. In the event of a tie, the competitor with the most wins will be awarded the title.
Below is a complete list of the June 19 winners:
Super Pro: Frank Taylor (Gray) in a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina
Pro: Matt Mayben (McDonough) in a 1984 Chevrolet S10
Pro Four: Nicholas Feliciano (Griffin) in a 1986 Suzuki Samurai
Street Outlaw: Chris Stripling (Stockbridge) in a 1987 Ford Mustang
Sportsman: Bill Hatfield (Hampton) in a 1993 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Alex Cook (Decatur) in a 1995 Ford Ranger
Truck: Steven Fulton (Jonesboro) in a 1972 Chevrolet S10
Domestic Advanced: Tom Moran (Walhalla, S.C.) in a 1972 Plymouth Scamp
ATV: Jeff Dorsey (East Point)
Domestic: Peter Rogowski (Dallas) in a 1992 Ford Ranger
Sport Compact: Billy Stevens (Locust Grove) in a Legends Car
Tuners: Jose Samaniego (Jonesboro) in a 1988 Honda CRX
Super Bike: Michelle Ewing (Senoia) on a GSXR1000
Motorcycle (Cruiser/Dirt bike): Tyler Austin (Hampton) in a CR250
The Show N' Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars. Below is a complete list of the June 19 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current): Leigh Blakey in a Pontiac Trans Am
Runner-up: Eric Thompson (Meansville) in a 1985 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Third-place: Reba Smith (Williamson) in a Ford Mustang
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior): Donnie Dill Dr. (McDonough) in a Ford Galaxie
Runner-up: Keith Liles (Stockbridge) in a Chevrolet Camaro
Third-place: Stephen Teal (Griffin) in a 1965 Ford Mustang
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles): Unknown Entrant (Griffin) in a Honda Accord
Runner-up: Dustin Willett (Lake Spivey) in a 2002 BMW 330I
Third-place: Kevin Tucker (Griffin) in a Honda Civic
Current Custom (1973 through current): Wesley McCand (Griffin) in a GMC Sonoma
Runner-up: Tony Entrekin (Williamson) in a 2008 Nissan Titan
Third-place: Steve Croker (McDonough) in a 2007 Ford Mustang GT
Classic Custom (1972 and prior): Linda Colley (Jonesboro) in a 1957 Chevrolet Z10
Runner-up: Steve Howell (Marietta) in a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
Third-place: Steve Hall (McDonough) in a 1967 Chevrolet Nova
Motorcycle: Kelly Garrett (Jackson) on a Honda VTX1300
Runner-up: Stephen Ensley (Griffin) on a custom Big Easy
Third-place: Dwayne Bethune (Convington) on a Harley Davidson Street Bob
Special Class - Modern Turner Revolution: Jesse Olive (Hampton) in a Toyota Scion XB
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags is held Friday nights through September 11. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start at 9:09 p.m. Friday Night Drags' fourth week of points competition is Lucky Ladies Night and all female drag competitors will race for free. Week four's special Show-N-Shine class is "Hot Rod Heaven".
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 $7 for adults and children under six are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.