Almost 300 competitors returned to the pit lane drag strip and thrilled patrons in Week 11 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show 'N' Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With four points races remaining as this week's action began, the event was critical for multiple drivers in their chase for a season championship.
In the Domestic Advanced division, Jason Kinard of Hampton continued his dominance and cushioned his lead in the points standings. Behind the wheel of his 1997 Chevrolet S10, Kinard knocked off Vic Vickers of McDonough and his 1993 Ford Mustang for his fifth consecutive win, the most of any drags competitor this year.
"We knew we were going to have to turn it up just to beat him," said Kinard. "So I turned it up a pretty good bit, it just so happened it stuck. It worked out good."
A win on double points night next week for Kinard would almost certainly put the domestic advance division championship out of reach.
"Next week's race is pretty important because if I get the double points nobody can catch me," said Kinard. 'There won't be enough races left to catch me."
Patrick Stansell of Hampton broke the tie with Jason Zaletankski of McDonough in the in the Tuner Division with an elimination round victory. Stansell and his 1989 Toyota Supra out raced Jose Samaniego of Jonesboro and his 1993 Honda Civic for the win. Stansell now holds a three point lead on Zaletankski for the Tuner Division lead.
Jimmy Clements of McDonough earned his first final round elimination win of the season in his 1973 Plymouth Duster as he knocked off two-time winner this season Andrew Morgan and his 1987 Ford Mustang in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division.
Dwayne Bethune of Covington behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge 2500 added to his lead in the Diesel Truck Division points race with a win over Evan Roberts of Locust Grove. It was Robert's first trip to O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags with his 2008 Ford F-250.
Drag racing continues at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 1st for Week 12 of the O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags. It's double points night and drag competitors will have an opportunity to make a jump in the point standings.
Below is a list of the July 25 winners:
Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro: Alan Kidd (Locust Grove), 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Pro: David Craft (McDonough), 1984 Chevrolet Corvette
Street Outlaw: Gary Thomas (McDonough), 1974 Chevrolet Nova
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Tony/Josh Morse (Grantville), 1981 Chevrolet Malibu
Domestic Advanced: Jason Kinard (Hampton), 1997 Chevrolet S10
Truck Advanced: Will Coots, (Stockbridge), 1985 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: Terry Love (Powder Springs), 1990 Ford Mustang
Factory Street: Kenneth Wright (Locust Grove), 2013 Dodge Charger
Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic: Jimmy Clements (McDonough), 1973 Plymouth Duster
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune (Covington), 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Truck: Brian Leath (Hampton), 1976 Chevrolet C10
Tuner: Patrick Stansell (Hampton), 1989 Toyota Supra
Sport Compact: Mike Duckworth (McDonough), 2004 Mazda 6
Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge), 2004 Suzuki
Motorcycle: Jason Lowery (Williamson), 2004 Honda CB900F
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Daniel Leath (Fayetteville), 2014 Yamaha Bolt
ATV: David Armstrong (McDonough), 2000 Banshee
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and automobiles ranging as far back as the 1920s. Those vehicles then took part in the Speedway Cruise following judging.
Below is a complete list of the July 25 winners:
Classic Custom (Through 1972)
First Place: JR Pennington (Covington), 1963 Plymouth Fury Convertible
Second Place: George Messinger (Covington), 1953 Mercury
Third Place: Mickey Beard (Peachtree City), 1966 Ford Mustang
Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Adam Wallace (McDonough), 1985 Chevrolet Silverado
Second Place: Randy Hewell (Rex), 1999 Chevrolet Corvette
Current Custom (2000 through current)
First Place: Jordan Reid (Newnan), 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Second Place: JR Hoang (Atlanta), 2001 Chrvrolet Monte Carlo SS
Showroom Classic (Through 1972)
First Place: Paul and Gabe Finges (Stockbridge), 1968 Plymouth Satellite
Second Place: Phil Brown (Winston), 1971 Dodge Challenger
Third Place: Mike Howie (Locust Grove), 1969 Plymouth Mach I
Showroom Modern (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Shar Mol (Hampton), 1973 Plymouth Baracuda
Second Place: Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville), 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Third Place: Terry DeCesare (Covington), 1972 Chevrolet NOVA
Showroom Current (2000 through current)
First Place: Alvin Snellgrove (Oxford), 2009 Dodge Challenger
Second Place: Lou Ventuiglia (Brooks), Jaguar F Type R Coupe
Third Place: Steven Turner (Newnan), 2009 Dodge Challenger
First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin), 2013 Hyundai Genesis
Second Place: Jason Zaletanski (McDonough), Volkswagen GTI
Third Place: Jesse Olive (Hampton), Scion XB
First Place: Randy Thornton (Oxford), 1956 Ford F-150
Second Place: Matt Thompson, 1995 Ford F-250
Third Place: Seth Jenkins (Newnan), 1984 Chevrolet K10 4WD
First Place: Dani Martin (Fayetteville), Harley Davidson V-Rod
Second Place: Ralph Wallace (Douglasville), 1928 Truck
Third Place: Jim Fozzard (Covington), 1931 Ford Coupe
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues on August 1. 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.