Straight-line speed returned to Atlanta Motor Speedway following a scheduled off week as week 10 of Friday Night Drags featured a controversial call, leading to a remarkable moment of comradery among competitors.
The final-round Truck Advanced class matchup paired Bill Patrick (Stockbridge) against Terry Queen (Jonesboro), sitting second and fifth in the class points standings respectively. Trailing points leader Chuck Poole by five marks, Patrick appeared to rock out of the starting box and was quickly disqualified for jumping the start, giving Queen the win.
However, because Queen did not feel Patrick jumped the start significantly, if at all, the Jonesboro native conceded the win to Patrick.
"If he jumped, it was only by a split second," said Queen from Victory Lane, as both competitors posed together for a victory photo. "He was maybe in front by a half length and beat me by at least one-and-half lengths."
Embroiled in a battle for the Truck Advanced Championship, Patrick was grateful for the win on Double Points Night, as it allowed the Stockbridge resident to claim six needed points.
"I was called for jumping, but [Terry Queen] said it was cool," said Patrick. "I want to say what a sportsman he is, because he knows it's Double Points Night and I'm trying to catch Chuck Poole."
With the six points from the win, Patrick now trails Poole by just one point (21-to-20) in the Truck Advanced standings.
Points will be awarded each night during the 13-week points season in every class except the Domestic, Truck and Sport Compact divisions. 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 Aug. 14 winners:
Super Pro: Billy Clevenger (Jonesboro) in a Chevrolet 1977
Pro: Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1990 Z24
Pro Four: Mike Chambers (Griffin) in a 1957 Volkswagen Bug
Street Outlaw: Jerritt Scott (McDonough) in a 1969 AMX
Sportsman: Eric Roycroft (Atlanta) in a 1990 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Bill Patrick (Stockbridge) in a 1948 Willys
Truck: Rick Ivey (McDonough) in a 1971 Ford F100
Domestic Advanced: Curtis Teal (Peachtree City) in a 1975 Chevrolet Luv
ATV: Brad Brand (Loganville) on a 2006 Yamaha Banshee
Domestic: Shannon Shelton (Forest Park) in a 2000 Camaro SS
Sport Compact: Danny Karr (Stockbridge) in a 2007 Honda Civic SI
Tuners: Mark Younginer, Jr. (Lake Spivey) in a Legends car
Super Bike: Michelle Ewing (Senoia) on a GSXR1000
Motorcycle (Cruiser/Dirt bike): Roger Wallace (Fayetteville) on a Kawasaki ZR1100
The Show N' Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars. Below is a complete list of the Aug. 14 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current): Mike Lozano in a Mercedes CLS-55
Runner-up: Johnny Trudewind in a 2010 Shelby GT500
Third-place: Leigh Blakey in a 2002 Pontiac Trans Am
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior): Bill Farwig in a 1964 Fairlane 500
Runner-up: Keith Liles in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Third-place: Mike Willis in a 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles): Woody Hawkins in a VW Bug Split Window
Runner-up: Sherri Gordon in a 2010 Kia Soul
Third-place: Blake Hampton in a 2007 Volvo C70R
Current Custom (1973 through current): Timothy Andras in a 2009 Dodge Challenger
Runner-up: Joy Jones in a 2008 Ford Mustang
Third-place: Richard Fleming in a 1996 Chevrolet Cavalier
Classic Custom (1972 and prior): Brad Smith in a 1939 Ford Convertible
Runner-up: Don McLaughlin in a Chevrolet Camaro
Third-place: Steve Howell in a 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle
Motorcycle: Shane Fossett on a Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
Runner-up: Linda Shirar Buddy on a Honda Goldwing
Third-place: Tim Gosdin on a Dyna Wide Glide
President's Choice: Eric Thompson (Pike County) in a 1985 Monte Carlo
Specialty Truck Award: Cole Gulleyge in a 1983 GMC
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.
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.