The competition was fierce as points races in the O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags brought competitors out to the pit lane drag strip at Atlanta Motor Speedway under a clearing night sky.
It was a family affair in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic class final as Andrew Morgan of McDonough in a 1987 Ford Mustang was quicker off the start line than his father Kelly Morgan of Jonesboro behind the wheel of a 1968 Ford Mustang.
"It was real fun racing against [my] dad," said Andrew Morgan. "The car planted and went. It was probably one of the best lights I've cut out here."
The Diesel Truck class final pitted the husband and wife pair of Dwayne and Ramae Bethune of Covington against one another. In a 2006 Dodge 2500, Dwayne was able to outmuscle Ramae in a 2012 Dodge 2500 for the win. Despite the loss in the final, Ramae leads the Diesel Truck class with six points.
Will Coots of Stockbridge in a 1985 Chevrolet C10 pushed his lead to two points in the Truck Advance class as he posted his second consecutive points win in the final over the 1982 Chevrolet Pick-Up truck piloted by Keith White of Luthersville.
"I think we've got a good truck that will be hard to beat," said Coots. "We are going to have some real good racing this year."
Coots, who was concerned about facing the "Nuclear Banana" of Danny Mason of Locust Grove in Week Three, earned a round two win over the vehicle in Week four action.
"I was worried about them this week too," said Coots, "but, I had a good run against them."
Arnie Cobb of Locust Grove, behind the wheel of his 1974 Chevrolet Nova, exploded off the line to earn the win for the second consecutive week in the final over the 1986 Ford Thunderbird of Tony Byrd of Stockbridge to extend his points lead to two in the Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro class.
Despite the threat of rain in the area, the Speedway was unaffected by weather throughout the night affording competitors and fans the opportunity to enjoy the most successful heads up, street-style drag racing series in the southeast. Drag racers will again take to the pit lane drag strip at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Week 5 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show-N-Shine next Friday, June 13.
Below is a list of the June 6 winners:
Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro: Arnie Cobb (Locust Grove), 1974 Chevrolet Nova
Pro: David Harbin (McDonough), 1969 Chevrolet Nova
Street Outlaw: Andrew Pride (Stockbridge), 1985 Chevrolet S10
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Richard Riggi (Jonesboro), 1987 Ford Mustang
Domestic Advanced: Stephen DeFayette (Sharpsburg), 1988 Mazda RX7
Truck Advanced: Will Coots, (Stockbridge), 1985 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: Kane Shavers (Griffin), 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Factory Street: Steven Shaffer (Newnan), 2014 Chevrolet Corvette
Domestic: Andrew Morgan (McDonough), 1987 Ford Mustang
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune (Covington), 2006 Dodge 2500
Truck: Chris Wolfenbarger (Griffin), 1970 Chevrolet C10
Tuner: Darryl Goddard (Morrow), 1991 Mitsubishi 300 GT
Sport Compact: Jerry Barnett (Jackson) 2008 350z
Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge), 2004 Suzuki
Sport Bike: Kevin Connolly (Hampton), 2009 Yamaha VMax
Motorcycle: Jason Lowery (Williamson), 2004 Honda CB900F
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Mike Webb (Stockbridge), 1988 Harley-Davidson Softtail
ATV: Omar Ruiz (Cumming), 2001 Banshee
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and automobiles ranging as far back as the 1940s. Those vehicles then took part in the Speedway Cruise following judging.
Below is a complete list of the June 6 winners:
Classic Custom (Through 1972)
First Place: Chris Gallagher, 1998 Pontiac Trans AM
Second Place: Chris Phillips (Conyers), Chevrolet Nova
Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Adam Wallace, Chevrolet Silverado
Second Place: Tanner Perkins (Griffin), 1996 Mustang GT
Current Custom (2000 through current)
First Place: Lee Thomas, 2006 Ford Mustang GT
Second Place: David Payne (McDonough), Ford Mustang GT
Third Place: Michael Jones (Stockbridge), 2005 Pontiac GTO
Showroom Classic (Through 1972)
First Place: Mike Howie (Locust Grove), 1964 Ford Thunderbird
Showroom Current (2000 through current)
First Place: Leigh Blakey (Jonesboro), Ford Mustang
Second Place: Myles Brown (Fayetteville), 2006 Honda Accord EX
Third Place: Bryan Eubanks (Covington), 2010 Ford Mustang GT
First Place: Mark Peppers (Fayetteville), 2005 Honda Civic
Second Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin), Hyundai Genesis
Third Place: Jesse Gleason (Fayetteville), 2003 Nissan 350z
First Place: Kaylee Spivey (Fayetteville), Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
Second Place: Devan Fuqua (LaGrange), 2006 Ford F-150
Third Place: Terry Luce (Rex), 2011 Dodge RAM
First Place: Brandon McGill (Hampton), 2003 Harley-Davidson Sportster
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues with the second points night of the season on June 13. 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 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.