Results From Week Eight of Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine
The passion was apparent on the track in Week 8 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show-N-Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway as the intensity of the drivers ratcheted up on the pit lane drag strip.
Bobby Daniel of Stockbridge, behind the wheel of the 1995 Chevrolet Lumina "Batmobile", earned his first win of the season in the Harbins Mechanical Services Super Pro Division.
"It left hard, it left real good," said Daniel when talking about his final win over the American Dragster driven by Jonesboro's Robert Chaney. Daniel hooked up at the line and used a quick jump to outrun Chaney for the win.
"I'm finally getting the car tuned in and its going good and straight and leaving hard," said Daniel. "I've been kinda struggling down here all year, but tonight wasn't like that. I've had transmission problems and other problems but now everything has been straightened out and she's going good."
"She's going to be hard to rekon with now," said Daniel after the win as he looks towards the remainder of the season in the Harbins Mechanical Services Super Pro division.
One of the most hotly contestes divisions throughout the night was captured by Robby Blankenship of Locust Grove in a 1989 Ford Mustang in Street Outlaw. Other noteable winners included Kelly Morgan of Jonesboro in his 1968 Ford Mustang as he earned his second win of the season in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic class. The Atlanta Journal Constitution Pro Division saw David Clevenger of Hampton notch his fourth consecutive win of the points season.
Chris Wolfenbarger of Griffin summed up the night best following his win in the Thunder Tower West Harley-Davidson Cruise/Dirt Motorcycle Division, "It's all about fun."
"I came out here and broke the truck [he is also competing in the truck division with a 1957 Chevrolet 3100], so I figured I had to win in something. I had to give it all I had on the bike."
Four points races into the championship chase and the O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags has produced some thrilling action on the track.
Below is a list of the June 19 race winners:
Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro: Bobby Daniel (Stockbridge); 1995 Chevrolet Lumina "Batmobile"
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pro: David Clevenger (Hampton); 1986 Chevrolet Corvette
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Nicholas Felciano (Griffin); 2001 Toyota Corolla
Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic: Kelly Morgan (Jonesboro); 1968 Ford Mustang
Harbin's Mechanical Services Domestic Advanced: Jimmy Hunter (Rex); Ford Mustang
Street Outlaw: Robby Blankenship (Locust Grove); 1986 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (Stockbridge); 1985 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: David Wacksman (Sharpsburg); 1994 Chevrolet Camaro
Factory Street: Eric Samples (Fayetteville); 2015 Doge Challenger
Diesel Truck: Taylor Wilder (Locust Grove); 1994 Dodge Ram 1500
Truck: James Ragsdale (Union City); 1978 Ford F-150
Tuner: Leo Martinez (Griffin); 1993 Honda Civic
Sport Compact: Damon Waldrop (McDonough); 1992 Honda Civic
Super Bike: Tony Freeman (Stockbridge); 2006 Suzuki
Sport Bike: James Roberts (Jackson); 2000 Suzuki Hybusa
Motorcycle: Arscenio Redding (Jponesboro); 2006 Yamaha R6
Thunder Tower West Harley-Davidson Cruise/Dirt Motorcycle: Chris Wolfenbarger (Griffin); 2010 Blue Chopper
ATV: Dustin Pratt (McDonough); 2400 ATV
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and automobiles ranging as far back as the 1940s. Those vehicles then took part in the Speedway Cruise following judging.
Below is a complete list of the June 12 Show-N-Shine winners:
Classic Custom (Through 1972)
First Place: Norman Macleod (Charleston, SC); 1969 Pontiac
Second Place: Jimmy Parker (Morgan Co.); 1969 Z-28
Third Place: Zach Pye (Brooks); Ford F-100
Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Adam Wallace (McDonough); 85 Chevy Silverado
Second Place: Chris Cheeves (Griffin); 74 Dart Swinger
Third Place: Hunter Baker (Barnesville); 95 Chevy 1500
Current Custom (2000 through current)
First Place: Biff Driver (McDonough); 2014 Mustang GT
Second Place: Collin Gross (Newnan); Forte Koup
Third Place: Taylor Williams (Forsyth); 2002 Ford Mustang Cobra
Showroom Classic (Through 1972)
First Place: Ron Decker (McDonough); 71 Cougar XR7
Second Place: Desirae Hindman (Atlanta); 66 Chevy C-10
Showroom Modern (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville); 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Second Place: Jerry Kuroules; 1998 Trans Am
Showroom Current (2000 through current)
First Place: Sherry Siriani; 2013 Mustang GT Convertible
Second Place: Keith Shockey (Fayetteville); 2015 SRT 392 Challenger
Third Place: Greg Faulkner (McDonough); Nissan Leaf
First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin); 2013 Hyundai Genesis
Second Place: Jim Dean (Senoia); 1991 300ZX TT
Third Place: Aaron Mantuano (Locust Grove); 2013 Civic Si
First Place: Cole Lewis (Griffin); 2003 Ford F-150
Second Place: Chris Johnson (McDonough); 2012 F150
Third Place: Dylan Reyes (Fayetteville); 2013 Ram 1500
First Place: Robette Tatton (College Park); 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 650
Second Place: Sherry Siriani; 2004 Honda CBR A4I
Third Place: Colton Weaver (Pike); G5XR 750
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues with Week 9 on Friday, June 26. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m., and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 p.m. Make plans now to join Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza at the O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine on Friday, July 3rd.
Entry to drag race or for the Show-N-Shine is just $20 or competitors can purchase a combo ticket for $30. Spectator tickets are just $8, and children 5 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.