The competition proved fierce during the third installment of Atlanta Motor Speedway's seventh full season of Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine. In the 16 classes that drag-raced the evening of May 10, 13 competitors went to Victory Lane for the first time in the 2013 season.
Only the three racers of Kyle Cumpton, Toney Freeman and Tony Morse captured a second win from the first three weeks of racing.Morse went head-to-head with Scott Bates in the final elimination round for the Summit Racing Sporstman class. The match was a dead heat; however Bates looked like he had some mechanical problems near the finish line with Morse coming out the victor.
The Street Outlaw division's finals paired Vic Vickers against Will Coots. It looked as if Coots might take the win as Vickers got sideways down the left lane, but Vickers was able to get it under control and grab the win in a close finish.
Tony Byrd and David Harbin were matched up in the Pro class' final round. Earlier rounds showed the cars to be equal, but Harbin jumped off the line quickly to leaving Byrd with no chance. Harbin collected the win handily.
The Super Pro division elimination race lineup was David Sisk versus Bobby Daniel. Most fans thought Sisk would score the win as he got an amazing start off the line; however you could hear the fans gasp as Daniel's car was much faster and he closed the gap to beat Sisk to the line and steal the trophy.
Fans should also be happy with Daniel's win since he his 1999 Monte Carlo is painted red. Anytime a red car ends up in victory lane in any division, fans qualify for 50 percent off any Papa John's Pizza regular priced menu item on Saturday when ordering online at PapaJohns.com. Fans are asked to use the promo code 50RED when ordering at participating locations.
Below is a complete list of the May 10 winners:
Super Pro: Bobby Daniel (Stockbridge) in a 1999 Monte Carlo
Pro: David Harbin (McDonough) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Street Outlaw: Vic Vickers (McDonough) in a 1998 Ford Mustang
Summit Racing Sportsman: Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1981 Chevrolet Malibu
Diesel Truck: Will Rick (Loganville) in a 2003 Chevrolet Duramax
Truck: Buddy Patrick (Stockbridge) in a 1948 Willys
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1988 Mustang Coupe
Street Modified: Kyle Cumpton (Snellville) in a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Domestic: David Anglin (McDonough) in a 1988 Ford Mustang
Tuner: Chase Ponder (Brooks) in a 1990 Mitsubishi
Sport Compact: Damon Waldrop (McDonough) in a 1998 Ford Mustang
ATV: Daniel Rice (Jonesboro) in a 2007 Yamaha Raptor
Cycle Nation Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge) on a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R 1000
Sport Bike: Jeremy St. Julien (Fairburn) in a 2008 Suzuki GSXR 1300
Motorcycle: Randall Cross (Stone Mountain) in a 2003 Kawasaki ZX9
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Tim Houghland (Lawrenceville) in a 2002 Harley Dyna Glide
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and automobiles ranging as far back as the 1930s. Those vehicles then took part in the Speedway Cruise following judging.
Below is a complete list of the May 10 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Chris Gallagher in a 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Second Place: Justin Osterland (Griffin) in a 1996 Mustang Cobra
Third Place: Heather Chafin (Covington) in a Toyota Camry SE
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Reid Harris (Stockbridge) in a 1971 Z28 Camaro
Second Place: Pepper Norris (Stockbridge) in a 1968 Chevelle
Third Place: Wayne Hansard (Tyrone) in a 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
First Place: Leo (Peachtree City) in a Genesis Coupe
Second Place: Jim Dean
Third Place: Thomas Hill
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Patrick Jones (Stockbridge) in a 2005 Pontiac GTO
Second Place: Jessica Craddock (Fayetteville) in a 2008 Ford Mustang V6
Third Place: Lee Thomas in a 2006 Mustang GT
First Place: Adam Wallace in a 1985 Chevrolet Silverado
Second Place: Kaylee Spivey (Fayetteville) in a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado
Third Place: Ray Wallace (Decatur) in a 1978 Chevy C-10
First Place: David Sims (Hampton) in a 1931 Ford
Second Place: Jason Turner (McDonough) in a 1936 Ford Cabriolet
Third Place: Bill Steele (Hampton) in a Plymouth
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine returns May 17 with week four of the drag racing season. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start at 9:15 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 $8 for adults and children five and under are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211.