Just past the half way mark of the points season, tight battles have emerged in multiple divisions at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night drags and Show N Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Inclement weather cancelled last week's action, which gave drivers an additional week of preparation as racing continues Friday on the pit lane drag strip.
Among the hotly contested divisions at drags is the Tuner class. It is the only division currently deadlocked at the top of the point standings. Jason Zaletankski and his 2006 VW GTI Turbo and Patrick Stansell, behind the wheel of a 1989 Toyota Supra have each amassed 11 points on the year. The division remains wide open as just five points separates the pair of leaders and the fifth and sixth place cars of Keith Waslis in a 2004 Dodge Neon SRT4 and Brian Consaul's 2009 Porsche 997 as each have earned six points. Dominich Ciletti and Darryl Goddard are third and fourth respectively in the point standings.
One point separates the leaders in the Street Outlaw class. The 1985 Chevrolet S10 of Andrew Pride holds the slim lead on the 1967 Chevrolet Camaro of Herbet Steverson. Another close battle includes the three-point spread among the top four competitors in the Sport Bike Division with Jeremy St. Julien on a 2013 Kawaski 2X14 at the top of the leaderboard.
The Morgan clan, in a trio of Ford Mustangs, remains the cream of the crop in the Harding Plumbing Heating and Cooling Domestic Division with Chris, Kelly and Andrew atop the division. Kelly trails Chris by one point for first while Andrew is three points back of Chris in third.
The Street Modified class also remains tight as Kane Shavers in a 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo has earned 15 points on the season to lead the division. The 1985 Ford Mustang of Michael Gregory trails Shavers by one point. Two points behind Gregory in third is Rodney Biles and his 1991 Ford Mustang.
The husband and wife pair of Dwayne and Ramae Bethune are separated by one point in the Diesel Truck Class. Dwayne's 2006 Dodge 2500 holds the advantage on Ramae's 2012 Dodge 2500.
The Domestic Advanced class also remains a close battle at the half way mark of the points season. Jason Kinard has earned 18 points in his 1997 Chevrolet S10 to lead the division. The 1988 Mazda RX7, piloted by Stephen DeFayette, is second with 16 points. Terry Bates is seven points off the lead in third behind the wheel of his 1988 Ford Mustang.
Path2College 529 College Savings Plan Power Wheel Race This Week
Atlanta Motor Speedway will host the next installment of one of its most popular events for young fans this Friday, July 18 with the Path2College 529 College Savings Plan Kids Power Wheel Race at O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags. Additional events are scheduled for August 8 and Sept. 19.
The Power Wheel competitors allow children ages 12 & under to race in their battery-powered car, truck or motorcycle.
The Power Wheel races take place in the grass ball field area near the drag race starting line at 8:30 p.m. Kids wishing to participate should be in this area with their Power Wheel and ready to race following the Speedway Cruise. All participants will receive an award.
A Path2College 529 College Savings Plan will be awarding one lucky Path2College 529 College Savings Plan Power Wheels Race contestant with a $100 savings account for participating. Sign up at the Path2College tent on the infield before the race for your chance to win! With another added bonus for fans, Path2College will also be awarding an additional $529 savings account to anyone in attendance on Friday night. Stop by the Path2College tent to see how you can be the winner!
The 2014 Friday Night Drags season runs Friday nights through August 15, with the Fall Stampede taking place September 12 and September 19. Practice runs begin at 6:15 p.m. and grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. Show-N-Shine car show judging begins at 6:15 p.m. with a Speedway Parade at 8:05 p.m. Drag racing eliminations begin after 9 p.m.
Drag Racing is open to any licensed driver. Competitors must wear a DOT-approved helmet and have operational seat belts in their vehicle. All racers ages 16 and 17 must have a fully-executed minor's release form on file at the speedway prior to competition. Forms are available at the Speedway or at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Entry to drag race or for the Show-N-Shine is $20 or competitors can enter both for $30. Spectator admission is only $8 with children five and under free. Exterior parking is free while infield parking is $20.
Fans are reminded that Atlanta Motor Speedway offers a non-smoking grandstand. Smoking is allowed in designated areas behind the grandstands or the infield, but not in the grandstands, concourse or seating areas.
For more information on O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.