With double points on the line, competitors battled for position in multiple divisions on the pit lane drag strip in Week 12 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show 'N' Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Michael Ramsey of Canton in his Undercover Dragster could not keep his slim hopes of back-to-back season championships in the Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro division alive despite a final round win on double points night.
"We didn't start racing this year until the sixth week," said Ramsey. "This year was all about coming back and having some fun and running a few races. My wife and I enjoy this and love coming here. It's just a great time."
In the elimination final, Ramsey was slow off the line, but punched the nitrous half way down the track and powered past Billy Clevenger of Jonesboro in a 1963 Chevrolet Chevelle.
"I rebuilt the entire motor over the winter," said Ramsey. "Honestly, the car over powers the track. I tuned it down for that final run and fortunately when the second stage of nitrous kicked in, I ran the Chevelle down."
Arnie Cobb of Locust Grove in his 1974 Chevrolet Nova earned two points with an opening round pass down the pit lane drag strip and put the season points championship out of Ramsey's reach. Cobb leads Tony Byrd of Stockbridge by three points in the Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro division with two events remaining.
Tony Morse of Grantville helped David Harbin of McDonough extend his lead in the Pro division. Substituting for an ill Harbin, Morse piloted the 1969 Chevrolet Nova to a final round elimination victory.
"David called and asked if I wanted to drive and I said 'Why not?'," explained Morse. "I was keeping my car going with my son in the sportsman division while David's crew was keeping me going in the car which made it real easy."
Tony's son Joshua Morse in a 1981 Chevrolet Malibu was eliminated in the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman division final by Terry Wells of Conley in a 1984Chevrolet S-10. The win was Well's first trip to victory lane this year at drags.
Other close points races entering Week 12 included the Street Outlaw division. An elimination round win by Gary Thomas of McDonough in a 1974 Chevrolet Nova over Donald Wiles of Stockbridge and his 1989 Chevrolet S10 helped Thomas open up a big lead in the division. Thomas now leads Andrew Pride of Stockbridge in the Street Outlaw division by six points.
Terry Bates of Locust Grove closed the gap in the Domestic Advanced division with a final elimination round win to pull within four points of the 1997 Chevrolet S10 of Hampton's Jason Kinard. Behind the wheel of a 1988 Ford Mustang, Bates knocked off newcomer Scott Milner of Covington and his 1985 Ford LTD.
Two races remain in the 2014 O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show and Shine points season.
Below is a list of the August 1 winners:
Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro: Michael Ramsey (Canton), 2012 Undercover Dragster
Pro: Tony Morse (Grantville) substituting for David Harbin (McDonough), 1969 Chevrolet Nova
Street Outlaw: Gary Thomas (McDonough), 1974 Chevrolet Nova
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Terry Wells (Conley), 1984 Chevrolet S10
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove), 1988 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Will Coots, (Stockbridge), 1985 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: Kane Shavers (Griffin), 1970 Chevrolet Monte Carlo
Factory Street: John Guillen (McDonough), 2006 Dodge Charger RT
Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic: Chris Morgan (Jackson), 1966 Ford Mustang
Diesel Truck: Ramae Bethune (Covington), 2012 Dodge Ram 2500
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton), 1972 Chevrolet C10
Tuner: Nicolas Feliciano (Griffin), 1982 Toyota Corolla
Sport Compact: Edgar Castillo (Austell), 1996 Honda Civic
Super Bike: Michael Gamble (McDonough) 2005 Suzuki Busa
Sport Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge), 2004 Sport Bike
Motorcycle: Jason Lowery (Williamson), 2004 Honda CB900F
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin), 1987 Honda CR500
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 1920s. Those vehicles then took part in the Speedway Cruise following judging.
Below is a complete list of the August 1 winners:
Classic Custom (Through 1972)
First Place: Clifford Nelms (Newnan), 1960 Pontiac Ventura
Second Place: Kudzu Dave (Jonesboro), 1955 Dodge Custom Royal Lancer
Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Randy Hewell (Rex), 1999 Chevrolet Corvette
Second Place: Gordon Martel (McDonough), 1981 Chevrolet Corvette
Third Place: Adam Wallace (McDonough), 1985 Chevrolet Silverado
Current Custom (2000 through current)
First Place: F. Barrett (Destin, FL), 2007 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Scott Vogelbacker (Norcross), 2012 Dodge SRT8 Charger
Third Place: Bill Czap (Fayetteville), 2010 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Showroom Modern (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Shar Mol (Hampton), 1973 Plymouth Barracuda
Second Place: Melissa Gilbert (McDonough), 1976 Chevrolet Camaro
Third Place: Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville), 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Showroom Current (2000 through current)
First Place: Allen Leblanc (Fayette), 2007 Ford Crown Victoria
First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin), 2013 Hyundai Genesis
Second Place: Mark Peppers (Fayetteville), 2005 Honda Civic
Third Place: R.J. Womack (Jackson), 2007 Honda Civic
First Place: Walt Curll (Alpharetta), 2011 Dodge Ram R/T
Second Place: Joe Onda (Lawrenceville), 2010 Dodge RAM Demon
Third Place: Kaylee Spivey (Fayetteville), 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD
First Place: Bruce Russell (Brooks), 1936 Ford
Second Place: Thomas Becker (Zebulon), 2003 CR 250
Third Place: Carlton Mason (Atlanta), Kawasaki Ninja 2x14
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues on August 8. 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.