Friday Night Drags once again produced a strong mixture of winners on Friday in the final non-points race prior to its 2010 points opener.
Just one competitor, Kevin Connolly of Hampton won for the second week in a row with just three winners from the season’s first non-points race winning their respective classes. Tony Morse won in the pro division, Stephen Fulton in trucks and Curtis Teal in domestic advanced. All told, 11 racers won their divisions for the first time in 2010 on Friday, setting the table for what should be a very competitive season of Friday Night Drags. There will be no Friday Night Drags on May 28 and the points opener is scheduled for June 4.
One of those to taste victory for the first time in 2010 was Scott Bates of Locust Grove, powering to victory in the sportsman class behind the wheel of a white 1962 Nova Stationwagon.
Friday Night Drags will take May 28 off before resuming June 4 for its points opener. Atlanta Motor Speedway will host Friday Night Drags each Friday throughout the summer before taking Sept. 3 off and holding its championship night on Sept. 10.
Complete list of the May 21 winners:
Super Pro: David Harbin (McDonough)
Pro: Tony Morse (Grantville) 1990 Pontiac Trans-Am
Pro Four: Benson Barela (Jonesboro) in a 1971 Datsun
Street Outlaw: Jason Thomas (Stockbridge) in 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Scott Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1962 Nova Stationwagon
Truck Advanced: Chuck Poole (Stockbridge) in a 1986 Chevrolet
Truck: Stephen Fulton (Jonesboro) in a 1972 Chevrolet C-10
Domestic Advanced: Curtis Teal (Peachtree City) in a 1955 Chevy Luv ATV: Michael New (Senoia) Polaris
Domestic: Tim Campbell (McDonough) 2005 Corvette
Sport Compact: Chris Hill (Hampton) 1993 Honda Civic CX
Tuners: Matt Badde (Griffin) 1996 Dodge Neon
Super Bike: Lee Gilley (Forest Park) Suzuki
Radical: David Armstrong (McDonough) on a Yamaha Banshee
Motorcycle: Kevin Connolly (Hampton) on a 2009 Yamaha
The Show N’ Shine competition May 14 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current): Roman Phillips, 2002 Chevrolet SS Camaro
Runner-up: Robin Sark, 2010 Mustang GT
Third-place: Susan McDowell, Smart Car
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior): David Holland, 1971 Chevelle SS
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles): Sean Debach, 1994 Acura Integra
Kimmy Lozano, Chevrolet Cavalier
Kevin Rosso, Honda Hatchback
Current Custom (1973 through current): Corey Knott, 2005 Ford Mustang
Runner-up: Mike Lozano, 1995 Chevrolet Impala
Third-place David Clark, 1982 Jeep
Classic Custom (1972 and prior): Chris Tittle, 1964 Chevrolet Impala
Truck: Taylor Davenport, Ford F-350
Runner-Up: Wallace Crews, GMC
Third-place: Bakaffa Agonafer 1991 Ford Ranger
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags resumes June 4 for its season points opener. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 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 $7 for adults and children under six are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.