Father-Son Battles Highlight Week 12 of Friday Night Drags
With double points looming next week at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, the racing action in week 12 was billed to be as intense as it had been at any point in the season, and it did not disappoint. New winners, repeat victors and some family competition highlighted the evening’s action on the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip at AMS.
In Super Pro action, the fastest division at Friday Night Drags did not see a repeat winner, as John Bonner defeated Mike Herring’s “Batmobile” in the final round. Herring entered the night looking to gain ground in the standings and log his second straight win. Instead, it was Bonner who returned to victory lane for the second time this season and inched closer to points leader Mark White in the standings.
Jason Thomas rebounded nicely in the Street Outlaw division after last week’s disappointing result to log another 2012 win, his third of the year. “Mighty Mouse” defeated points leader Daryl Stiles’ 1968 Chevrolet Camaro in final round action, moving Thomas within one point of the lead in the points standings.
Will Coots would continue his recent hot streak in Truck Advanced competition and get back to his winning ways, earning his fifth trophy this year. Coots used the night to put some distance in the points standings between himself and fellow competitors Chuck Poole and Andrew Pride.
Arguably the highlight of the night turned out to be a couple of families battling it out head-to-head for trophies and household bragging rights, with youth prevailing in each race. In the Tuner division, Chase Ponder defeated father Vince, both piloting Mitsubishi Eclipse GSXs. Chase knows how to get around Atlanta Motor Speedway, as he has previously won multiple Bandolero championships in the speedway’s Thursday Thunder racing series. It was Chase’s third win in drag racing competition this summer.
Following the Tuner battle, the boys of the Truck division turned up the wick, putting on a battle for the fans to enjoy and one that they will remember. Buddy Patrick, driving the 1944 Willy’s Panel Wagon “Milk Truck” that his father piloted before him, went toe-to-toe with his dad, Bill, who was also wheeling a flat black Willy’s truck in its AMS debut. The battle went right down to the wire, with Buddy squeezing out Bill at the line. Buddy put the wraps on his fourth win in 2012, but much more was being battled for than a trophy. Prior to the final round, the two Patrick boys put some pride on the line, declaring that the loser of the race would don a pink camisole for the crowd following the race. Bill held up his end of the bargain, squeezing into the garment for a family victory lane photo.
Fans will also be treated to a special pizza discount through Papa John’s Pizza courtesy of red race car victories on Friday night. All throughout 2012, red cars going to victory lane will earn customers 50 percent off their online order at Papa John’s with the promo code 50RED through Sunday of that race weekend.
Below is a complete list of the July 20 winners:
Super Pro: John Bonner (Molina) in a 1957 Chevrolet Bel-Air
Pro: David Craft (McDonough) in a 1986 Chevrolet Corvette
Street Outlaw: Jason Thomas (Stockbridge) in a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Dale Yawn (Forsyth) in a 1992 Chevrolet S-10
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (McDonough) in a 1985 Chevrolet Silverado
Diesel Truck: David Browning (Monroe) in a 2005 Chevrolet Duramax
Truck: Buddy Patrick (Stockbridge) in a 1948 Willy’s Panel Wagon
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1988 Ford Mustang Coupe
Papa John’s Pizza Domestic: Andrew Morgan (McDonough) in a 1987 Ford Mustang
Tuner: Chase Ponder (Brooks) in a 1998 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
Sport Compact: Angel Cambron (Riverdale) in a 1993 Honda Civic Hatchback
ATV: Justin Wooten (Zebulon) on a 2001 Yamaha Banshee
Super Bike: Tim Jones (Ellenwood) on a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
Sport Bike: Joshua Jones (Riverdale) on a 2003 Suzuki Hayabusa
Street Motorcycle: AJ White (Riverdale) on a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin) on a 1987 Honda CR 500
Street Modified: Kyle Cumpton (Snellville) in a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and cars ranging as far back as the 1920s.
Below is a complete list of the July 20 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Michael Lee, 1993 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Nikki Wilkerson, 2006 Ford Mustang
Third Place: Don Kennedy, 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Christopher Byrd, 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500
Second Place: Robert Cheney
Third Place: Austin Beckley, 1967 Pontiac Firebird
First Place: Nicolas Feliciano, 1982 Toyota Corolla
Second Place: Jose Garcia, Nissan 370Z
Third Place: Jose Lopez, Toyota
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Justin Sears, 1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
Second Place: Mike and Lella Francis, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Third Place: Ty Stovall, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Earl Reed, 1998 Chevrolet Corvette
Second Place: Jerry Marchese, 2007 Ford Mustang
Third Place: Zach Berry, 2001 Ford Mustang GT
First Place: Adam Wallace, Chevrolet Silverado
Second Place: Robert Chene, 1967 Ford F-100
First Place: Earl Reed, 1934 Ford
Second Place: Glen Musselwhite, 1934 Plymouth Two-Door Sedan
Third Place: Keith Brantley, 1928 Ford Model-A Sedan
Howard Graham, 1958 Chevrolet Truck
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine returns July 27 with week 13 of drag racing action on the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip, where double points will be on the line for drag racers. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start at 9:09 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 $8 for adults and children five and under are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.