The points race for the 2013 championship came into focus in multiple divisions in Week 1 of the Fall Stampede of Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway.In the Super Pro Class, Mike Ramsey of Canton is now deadlocked with Bobby Daniel of Stockbridge with 27 points each. With a newly rebuilt engine that had only five heat cycles before Friday's action on his 2010 Dragster, Ramsey edged out Daniel in the final.
"I tire-shook the first 200 feet... it was almost like riding a machine gun it was shaking so hard, but it finally hooked and I drove by him by about 10 feet - It was a close run," said Ramsey. "To have a motor that has five heat cycles on it and to run this well, we are amazed. It's been great."
Alan Kidd of Locust Grove in his 1969 Chevrolet Camaro posted the win in the Pro Class final over David Craft of McDonough in his 1986 Chevrolet Corvette to go up by one in the point standings. Craft and Kidd, who have been the division's top two drivers for most of the season, easily advanced to the final to face each other again.
In his first time behind the wheel of the Queen family 1994 Dodge Dakota, Jonathan Queen of Fayetteville posted the win over Richard Brackett of Forest Park in the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Class.
"What a rush. It was pretty exciting driving but it was tough jumping into the car because you don't want to let the other drivers down," said Queen. "I was happy with my burn out and was just looking for yellow and getting down the track; I danced with [the car] a little bit but then got the win."
With 30 points on the year, Tony Morse of Grantville has the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Class championship already locked up with the final night of drag racing on September 20.
Toney Freeman of Stockbridge, who already wrapped up the championship, continued to add to his points lead in the Cycle Nation Super Bike Class with his third consecutive victory at Friday Night Drags.
One night of racing remains and Vince Ponder needs to make one pass down the drag strip in his 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse to capture the Tuner Class on championship night September 20 as he outdueled Damon Waldrop in the final on Friday night. For Waldrop and his 1994 Honda Civic, it was his first race in the Tuner Class this year.
Below is a complete list of the September 13 winners:
Super Pro: Michael Ramsey (Canton) in a 2010 Undercover Dragster
Pro: Allen Kidd (Locust Grove) in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Street Outlaw: Mike Chamber (Griffin) in a 1985 Chevrolet S10
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Jeremy Queen (Fayetteville) in a 1994 Dodge Dakota
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton) in a 1972 Chevy C10
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (McDonough) in a 1985 Chevrolet C10
Domestic: Chris Morgan (Hampton) in a 1966 Ford Mustang
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1988 Ford Mustang
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune (Covington) in a 2006 Dodge 2500 4x4
Street Modified: Eric Roycroft (Atlanta) in a 1995 Ford Mustang
Sport Compact: Brian Czap (Fayetteville) in a 1997 Honda Civic
Tuner: Vince Ponder (Brooks) in a 1990 Mitsubishi Eclipse
ATV: Daniel Rice (Jonesboro) on a Yamaha Raptor 700R
Cycle Nation Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge) on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Sport Bike: Cordera Woody (McDonough) on a 2011 BMW S1000
Motorcycle: Jason Lowery (Williamson) on a 2004 Honda CB 900
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 September 13 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current)
First Place: Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville), 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Second Place: Bryan Eubanks (Covington), 2010 Ford Mustang GT
Third Place: Andrea Hamilton (Locust Grove), 2014 Chevrolet Camaro ZLI
Showroom Classic (1950-1972)
First Place: Robert Cheney (Jonesboro), 1970 Ford Boss 302
Second Place: Fred Briggs (McDonough), 1971 Plymouth Duster
Third Place: Terry Sark (Conyers), 1962 Oldsmobile Dynamic 88
First Place: Leo Martinez (Griffin), 1993 Honda Civic
Second Place: Doug House (Stockbridge), 1973 AMC AMX
Third Place: Jesse (Hampton), 2005 Scion XB
Classic Custom (1950-1972)
First Place: Kim McLain (Lyons), 1963 Ford Fairlane
Second Place: Jerry Mays (Gray), 1960 Chevy Impala
Third Place: Stith Short (Hampton), 1955 Chevy 210
Current Custom (1973 through current)
First Place: Steve Kochik (Stockbridge), 2008 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Chi-Town Rob (Chicago, Illinois), 2011 Ford Mustang
Third Place: Hop Mosel (Fayetteville), 1988 Ford Mustang LS Coupe 5.0
First Place: James Maples (McDonough), 1934 Ford
Second Place: Doug Walter (Morrow), 1936 Ford Tutor Slant Back
Third Place: Jerry Crawford (Newnan), 1932 Ford Roadster
First Place: Ron Sibley (Milledgeville), 1965 Chevrolet C-10
Second Place: Adam Wallace, (McDonough) 1985 Chevy Silverado
Third Place: Kevin Dirks (Hampton), 1970 Ford F100
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine will crown champions in the final night of the drag racing season and the Fall Stampede on September 20. 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.