A pair of Pro competitors made their way to the finals and jumped past the division points leader at Atlanta Motor Speedway's seventh week of Friday Night Drags, allowing them to gain the points advantage entering the second half of the season.
With points leader Matt Mayber absent, Eddie Chapman and David Sisk matched up in the Pro class finale for a sprint to the finish with a direct impact on the division points standings. Entering the Pro class finals, Chapman sat in second among Pros by trailing Mayber by one point (10-to-nine), while Sisk sat just one-point behind Chapman in third with eight.
Sisk roared to the finish first by utilizing a tremendous jump from the start. With the win, Sisk garnered three points and jumped past Mayber for first with 11 points. But, by virtue of his second-place finish, Chapman claimed two points to sit tied with Sisk for first among Pros.
With just seven weeks of points racing remaining, the Pro class now sits in a near dead heat and the season's end should feature a spectacular points race among Pros. Chapman and Sisk each hold 11 points, while Mayber has 10.
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 17 winners:
Super Pro: Frank Taylor (Gray) in a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina
Pro: David Sisk (Fayetteville) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Pro Four: Thomas Collavo (Lawrenceville) in a Toyota Corolla
Street Outlaw: Daryl Stiles (Williamson) in a 1969 AMX
Sportsman: Bill Hatfield (Hampton) in a 1993 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Terry Queen (Stockbridge) in a 1968 Dodge Truck
Truck: Rick Moody (Rex)
Domestic Advanced: Steven DeFayette (Sharpsburg) in a 1988 Mazda RX7
ATV: Brad Brand (Loganville) on a 2006 Yamaha Banshee
Domestic: Frank Collins (Zebulon) in a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Sport Compact: Josh McIntyre (Jonesboro) in a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Tuners: Jose Samaniego (Jonesboro)
Super Bike: Michelle Ewing (Senoia) on a GSXR1000
Motorcycle (Cruiser/Dirt bike): Jordan Collins (Zebulon) on a 1979 GS1000E
The Show N' Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars. Below is a complete list of the July 17 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current): Mark Castilla (Fayetteville) in Ford GT
Runner-up: Mike Lozano (Jonesboro) in a 2006 Mercedes CLS 55
Third-place: Richard Doughty (Griffin) in a 200 Dodge Durango
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior): Adam Wallace (McDonough) in a Chevrolet El Camino SS
Runner-up: Keith Liles (Stockbridge) in a 1969 Camaro Z28
Third-place: Doug Dunbar (LaGrange) in a 1961 Chrysler 300G
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles): Brandon Glow (McDonough) in a 1997 Nissan Maxima
Runner-up: Bryan Scott (Alvaton) in a Ford Focus
Third-place: Sean Deloach (Yatesville) in a 1994 Acura Integra
Current Custom (1973 through current): Joy Jones (Jackson) in a Ford Mustang GT
Runner-up: Sharon Doughty in a Chrysler PT Cruiser
Third-place: Richard Fleming (Flovilla) in a 1988 1500
Classic Custom (1972 and prior): Ron Wiese (McDonough) in a 1964 Kaiser Mutt
Runner-up: Greg Thompson (Macon) in a Chevrolet Camaro
Third-place: Lanier Perry (McDonough) in a 1938 Plymouth P13
Motorcycle: Steve Laniers (Morrow) on a 2008 Harley-Davidson
Runner-up: Matthew Winn (Riverdale) on a 2009 Yamaha R6
President's Choice: Billy Poore in a 1951 Ford Victoria
Mopar Owner's Rally: Ken Barros (Fayetteville) in a 1969 Road Runner Plymouth
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 after 9:00 p.m. Friday Night Drags' eighth week of points competition will feature a Foreign Car Owners Rally as the special Show-N-Shine class. In addition, week eight is Ride Along night, giving fans an opportunity to ride as a passenger in lower divisions.
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.