With points on the line for the first time this season, a large number of drag racers took to the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip during week five of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine with hopes of taking a big step toward an overall points championship in their respective division.
The opening of points, like the season opener back on April 26, brought out a lot of new and familiar faces, with some finding more success than others.
One of the best races of the night came from the fastest division at Friday Night Drags in the Super Pro division. Week one winner Michael Ramsey went head-to-head with longtime FND competitor Mike Herring, piloting the popular "Batmobile" Chevrolet. The "Batmobile" would have too many horses under the hood, as Herring pulled away for his first win of the year. Competition has been very tight across many divisions of Friday Night Drags in 2013, and the Super Pro division has been no exception. Five weeks of racing have produced five different winners, with Herring grabbing an early upper hand in the battle for the points title.
The final round race in the Truck Advanced division was shaping up to be a high-speed duel down the strip between two longtime foes, until a mechanical issue took place on one of the vehicles. Will Coots had lined up in the left lane, taking on Danny Mason, who was racing the "Nuclear Banana" for the first time this season. As Mason completed his burnout, his yellow Chevrolet began to leak water. Unable to make a pass down the strip, Mason had to watch as Coots took a solo run and claimed the win, his second of the year.
Thanks to a red car win on Friday night, fans will be treated to a pizza discount on Saturday, courtesy of Papa John's Pizza. Anytime a red car ends up in victory lane in any division, fans qualify for 50 percent off any regular priced menu item on Saturday when ordering online at PapaJohns.com. Fans are asked to use the promo code 50RED when ordering at participating locations.
Below is a complete list of the May 31 winners:
Super Pro: Mike Herring (Conyers) in a 1993 Chevrolet Lumina
Pro: Allan Kidd (Locust Grove) in a 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Street Outlaw: Lester Neely (Roswell) in a 1987 Ford Mustang
Summit Racing Sportsman: Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1981 Chevrolet Malibu
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (McDonough) in a 1985 Chevrolet Silverado
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune (Covington) in a 2006 Dodge Ram
Truck: Buddy Patrick (Stockbridge) in a 1984 Willys
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1988 Ford Mustang Coupe
Street Modified: Kyle Cumpton (Snellville) in a 2001 Chevrolet Camaro
Domestic: Darrell Hallford (Senoia) in a 1995 Ford Mustang 5-Speed
Tuner: Nicolas Feliciano (Griffin) in a 1982 Toyota Corolla
Sport Compact: Ruben Quiambao (Roswell) in a 2008 Nissan 350Z
ATV: Rodney "Hotrod" Tolbert (Locust Grove) on a 2010 Yamaha Banshee
Cycle Nation Super Bike: Kevin Ferguson (Griffin) on a 2012 Kawasaki ZX-14R
Sport Bike: Joshua Jones (Riverdale) on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Motorcycle: Dustin Hoover (Norcross) on a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R750
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Tim Houghland (Lawrenceville) on a 2002 Harley-Davidson Super Glide
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and automobiles ranging as far back as the 1930s. Those vehicles then took part in the Speedway Cruise following judging.
Below is a complete list of the May 31 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Ivan Hawkins (Jonesboro), 2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Second Place: John Roney (Newnan), 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
Third Place: Ken and Jon Mabe (Sharpsburg), 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Base Coupe
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Ken Thaxton (Fayetteville), 1967 Chevrolet Corvette
Second Place: Steve West (Tyrone), 1972 Chevrolet LT1
Third Place: Dave Rubel (Peachtree City), 1962 Chevrolet Corvette
First Place: Jim Dean (Senoia), 1990 Nissan 300ZX TT
Second Place: Leo Martinez (Griffin), 1993 Honda Civic
Third Place: Myles Brown (Fayetteville), 2006 Honda Accord EX
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Victoria Ploff (Milner), 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Second Place: Huey Obester (Nashville), 1963 Ford Galaxie 500
Third Place: Bill Dudley (Williamson), 1964 Mercury Comet
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Steve Kochik (Stockbridge), 2008 Ford Mustang GT
Second Place: Earl Reed (McDonough), 1998 Chevrolet Corvette
Third Place: Tom Andersen (Peachtree City), 1987 Chevrolet Corvette
First Place: Kaylee Spivey (Fayetteville), 2002 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
Second Place: Nicholas Sims (Fayetteville), 2004 Ford F-250
Third Place: Zach Scheidecker (Conyers), 2010 Ford F-150 Platnium
First Place: Barry Wright (Hampton), 2004 Harley-Davidson Fatboy
Second Place: Dana and John Johnson (Senoia), 1974 Bradley GT
Third Place: Rick Howell (Fayetteville), 2011 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine returns June 7 with week six of the drag racing season, as points will be on the line for the second time in 2013. 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 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 or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211.