Atlanta Motor Speedway's fifth week of Friday Night Drags featured fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend and flash from competitors on the track.
Following a spectacular fireworks display to start the evening, Pro Four class points leader Nicholas Feliciano's night began with sparks shooting from beneath his car in a first-round win. Feliciano pressed on throughout the night, advancing to the finals against Woodstock's Chris Moreno. Both competitors shot from the line simultaneously, but Feliciano's typically consistent ride broke just out of the starting box, allowing Moreno to cruise to Victory Lane for his first win of the year.
With a combination of bravado and showmanship rarely seen on the drag strip, Truck Advanced competitor Bill Patrick launched his 1948 Willys from the line with a boost of nitrous oxide (NOS), resulting in an outrageous wheel stand. Seemingly out of control, Patrick pushed the delivery truck's nose to the ground and recovered, managing to beat the competition to the finish. However, the wheel stand caused the Willys to leave its lane, resulting in a disqualification.
In the Super Bike division, emerging fan-favorite Michelle Ewing claimed her third-straight victory, giving the Senoia native the outright points lead. With each consecutive pass and homecoming down the return lane, Ewing was met with unmatched applause from the crowd.
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 July 3 winners:
Super Pro: Bobby Daniel (Stockbridge) in a 1983 Chevrolet Cutlass
Pro: Matt Mayben (McDonough) in a 1984 Chevrolet S10
Pro Four: Chris Moreno (Woodstock) in a 1989 Dodge Colt
Street Outlaw: Jeff Coker (Hampton) in a Chevy Luv
Sportsman: Bill Hatfield (Hampton) in a 1993 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Chuck Prickett (Covington) in a 1995 Dodge Dakota
Truck: George Swan (McDonough) in a 2005 Dodge Daytona
Domestic Advanced: Heath Maddock (Alvaton) in a 1988 Ford Mustang
ATV: Brad Brand (Loganville) on a 2006 Yamaha Banshee
Domestic: Donald Lapinski (Locust Grove) in a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
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): Robert Thomas (Griffin) on a 2001 Harley-Davidson Soft Tail
The Show N' Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars. Below is a complete list of the July 3 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current): Stacy Huckabee (Fayetteville) in a Ford Cobra
Runner-up: Jewel Manning (Hampton) in a 2009 Dodge Challenger
Third-place: Mark Castilla (Fayetteville) in a Ford Mustang GT
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior): Billy Peek (Newnan) in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/Z28
Runner-up: Rodney Allen (Fayetteville) in a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Third-place: Wes Padgett (McDonough) in a 1968 Pontiac Firebird
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles): Shane Preston (Griffin) in a BMW M3
Third-place: Michael Copeland (Hampton) in a Mazda Speed 3
Current Custom (1973 through current): Richard Fryza (Jonesboro) in a Pontiac Firebird
Runner-up: Sharon Doughty (McDonough) in a 2007 Pontiac Solstice
Third-place: Greg Webb (Covington) in a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Classic Custom (1972 and prior): Tony Manning (Hampton) in a 1967 Pontiac Firebird
Runner-up: Buddy Mendias (Griffin) in a Ford Sedan
Third-place: Daryl Witt (Conyers) in a 1956 Chevrolet Pickup
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 approximately 9:09 p.m. Friday Night Drags' sixth week of points competition is Double Points Night, doubling the points awarded to Friday Night Drags entrants, and week six's special Show-N-Shine class is a "Ford Owners Rally".
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.