Drag racers took to Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit lane drag strip on Friday night with hopes of building on strong early season starts during week eight of Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, the Speedway's weekly summer drag racing series.
With a large number of cars on hand, racing was intense as multiple drag racers kept up early season momentum in the third points event of the season at Friday Night Drags. Bobby Daniel was among that group. Facing Mark White in the Super Pro final, the Stockbridge driver pulled away from a close race to win the final-round elimination in the fastest Friday Night Drags division for the second week in a row.
In the Pro division, Allan Kidd continued the hot start to his season, bringing home his third win in a row at Friday Night Drags behind the wheel of his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro. Terry Bates returned to victory lane in the Domestic Division after being upset a week ago.
Griffin's Nicolas Feliciano continued a strong June, winning the second final round elimination out of the past three weeks in the Tuner division while driving a 1982 Toyota Corolla. Overall, it's his third win in a row as Feliciano won the Street Outlaw division last Friday.
Within the motorcycle ranks, Stockbridge's Toney Freeman doubled up the spoils of victory. He won first place in two separate divisions, Cycle Nation Super Bike and Sportbike. His Super Bike victory came aboard a 2002 Suzuki Hyabusa with the latter of the two wins coming on a 2005 GSXR 1000.
Thanks to a red car win on Friday night, fans will be treated to a pizza discount on Saturday, courtesy of Papa John's Pizza. Anytime a red car ends up in victory lane in any division, fans qualify for 50 percent off any 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 June 21 winners:
Super Pro: Bobby Daniel (Stockbridge) in a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Pro: Allan Kidd (Locust Grove) in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Street Outlaw: Vic Vickers (McDonough) in a 1988 Ford Mustang
Summit Racing Sportsman: Terry Wells (Conley) in a 1984 Chevrolet S-10
Diesel Truck: Brad Buongiorne (Newnan) in a 2010 Ford F-250 Powerstroke
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton) in a 1972 Chevrolet C-10
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (Stockbridge) in a 1985 Chevrolet S-10
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1988 Ford Mustang
Street Modified: Darren Lewis (Covington) in a 1969 Camaro
Domestic: Jimmy Hunter (Rex) in a 1966 Mustang
Tuner: Nicolas Feliciano (Griffin) in a 1982 Toyota Corolla
Sport Compact: Erion Jackson (Miami, Fla.) in a 2011 Infiniti G37
ATV: Bradley Smith (Griffin) on a 1987 Yamaha Banshee
Cycle Nation Super Bike: Toney Freeman on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Sport Bike: Toney Freeman on a 2005 GSXR 1000
Motorcycle: Dustin Hoover (Norcross) on a Suzuki 750
Cruiser / Dirt Bike: Robert Thomas (Griffin) on a 2002 Harley Davidson Dyna Lowrider
Supersport Bike: Darryl Golden (Atlanta) on a 2006 GSXR 600
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 June 21 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Ed Zabinsky (Stockbridge), Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Second Place: Justin Osterland (Griffin), 1990 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Third Place: Kevin Tatem (Stockbridge), 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Dillon Gilley (Moreland), 1970 Chevrolet C-10
Second Place: Fred Briggs (McDonough), 1971 Plymouth Duster
First Place: Jamie Smith (Newnan), 1967 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
Second Place: Mike Zabetakis (Cumming), 114 Acura NSX
Third Place: Leo Martinez (Griffin), 1993 Honda Civic
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: David Wells (McDonough), 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
Second Place: Doug Werta (Morrow), 1936 Ford M68.
Third Place: Toney Blackmon (Atlanta), 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air.
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Chris Wolfenbarger (Griffin), 1997 Chevrolet 1500
Second Place: Christopher Shinkle (Zebulon), 1991 GMC Sonoma Lowered
Third Place: Steven Schwetteger (Fayetteville), 2005 Ford Mustang.
First Place: Matt Selleck (Fayetteville), Ford F-150 Lightning.
Second Place: John Deloach (Stockbridge), 1990 Chevrolet C1500.
Third Place: Adam Wallace (McDonough), 1985 Chevrolet Silverado C-10
First Place: Robert Cheney (Jonesboro), 2007 Ducati 999s
Second Place: Neal Long (Atlanta), 2008 Ducati 1098
Third Place: Angel Cambron (Riverdale), 2006 Honda Sand Spyder.
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine returns June 28 with week nine of the drag racing season, which will include an "ugliest truck contest." 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.