Atlanta Motor Speedway's seventh week of Friday Night Drags opened with a crowd-pleasing burn-out contest and concluded with the points race tightening in Friday Night Drags' top division.
Arif Hosein of Fayetteville started the show by claiming victory in the Friday Night Drags burn-out contest. Besting two other competitors, Hosein held his 1972 Chevrolet C-10 steady during his entire 30-second window and his back tires soon released a massive plume of smoke. By the midpoint of his burn-out, smoke billowed wide and high enough to conceal the truck from grandstand view.
"That was awesome," exclaimed an excited Hosein after the win. "We've come up short on the drag racing lately, so I figured we may as well try [the burn-out contest] and we got it."
Hosein entered week seven sitting second in Sport Compact division points, but did not enter week seven's drag racing action after having his motor "lock up."
"I hope to be back next and I would definitely like to win the championship," Hosein added.
Meanwhile, Frank Taylor further closed the gap in Friday Night Drags top division, the Super Pros. After failing to earn points in the series' first two points competitions due to mechanical failures, Taylor has now won back-to-back Super Pro races to total eight points in 2010.
Division points-leader Bobby Daniel entered the week with 10 points, but failed to reach the Super Pro finale allowing Taylor to gain ground on the leader. Taylor now trails Daniel by just three points, with eight points to Daniel's 11.
Below is a complete list of the June 25 winners:
Super Pro: Frank Taylor (Gray) in a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina
Pro: Alan Kidd (Stockbridge) in a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Pro Four: Jose Samniego (Jonesboro) in a 1988 Honda CRX
Street Outlaw: Jason Thomas (Stockbridge) in a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Scott Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1962 Chevrolet Nova
Truck Advanced: Chuck Poole (Stockbridge) in a 1986 Chevrolet
Truck: Larry Ford (Winston) in a 1985 Chevrolet C-10
Domestic Advanced: Howard Wolfe (Marietta) in a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette FRC
Domestic: Tommy Buffington (Hampton) in a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
Sport Compact: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville) in a VW Rail Buggy
Tuners: Tommy Peters (Monticello) in a 2004 Dodge SRT-4
Super Bike: Mason Mercure (Fairburn) on a 2008 Suzuki Hayabusa
Motorcycle: Jason Lowery (Williamson) on a 2004 Honda
ATV: Chris Clay (Griffin) on a 2008 Polaris Outlaw
Radical: David Armstrong (McDonough) on a Yamaha Banshee
The Show N' Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars. Below is a complete list of the June 25 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current): Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville) in a Pontiac Trans Am
Runner-up: Javier Colon (Douglass) in a 1985 Ford Mustang GT
Third-place: Stacey Huckaby in a 1997 Ford Cobra
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior): Marty Morrow
Runner-up: James Milam (Griffin) in a 1931 Ford Coupe
Third-place: Travis Hurt (Conyers) in a 1956 Ford
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles): Megan Lozano (Atlanta) in a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt SS
Runner-up: Josh Kilby in a 997 Acura Integra
Third-place: Bryan Eubanks (Covington) in a 2005 Toyota XRunner
Current Custom (1973 through current): Michael Heitt (McDonough) in a 1998 Ford 2x2
Runner-up: Patricia Hayes (Hampton) in a 2003 Ford Mustang GT
Third-place: Steve Weisman (Marietta) in a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Classic Custom (1972 and prior): Bobby Richards (Fairburn) in a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air
Runner-up: Ricky Hall (Stockbridge) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Third-place: Johnny Jones in a 1941 Willy's Coupe
Truck: Jordan Mercure (Griffin) in a 2002 Ford Lighting
Runner-Up: Andrew Grosvenco (Stockbridge) in a Ford F650
Third-place: Michael New in a Ford F150
President's Choice: Ronnie Powers (Griffin) in a Ford GT
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags resumes on July 2 for week eight's fireworks extravaganza and a Harley-Davidson special Show-N-Shine class. 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 to enter both. Spectator tickets at Friday Night Drags are just $7 for adults and children under six are free. More information can be found atwww.atlantamotorspeedway.com.