In the final night of racing before the series points opener, a number of drivers harnessed valuable momentum in the fourth week of action at Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine on Friday at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
While David Armstrong and Mark White, both of McDonough, remained the only drivers to win all four events in 2011 at Friday Night Drags, a handful of other drivers picked up victories, which will likely provide a spark heading into the points opener on June 3.
There will be no Friday Night Drags event May 27.
White again won in the Super Pro Division in his 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang with Armstrong doing so in ATV Modified on a Yamaha Banshee. Cham Sadiq was one of a handful of racers adding to an early-season win total on Friday, with the Tuskegee, Ala., competitor winning the Street Motorcycle II Division for the third time in four races on a Yamaha R6. Scott White also picked up his third win of the season, taking the Truck Advanced win in a 1973 Chevrolet Pick-Up.
The Street Outlaw Division saw its fourth different winner of 2011, this time with 2009 Champion Chris Stripling, of Stockbridge, beating out Jerritt Scott for the win while driving his 1987 Ford Mustang.
Below is a complete list of the May 20 winners:
Super Pro: Mark White (McDonough) in a 1967 Shelby Mustang
Pro: Austin Ridgeway (Williamson) in a 1991 Corvette
Street Outlaw: Chris Stripling (Stockbridge) in a 1987 Ford Mustang
Sportsman: Bill Hatfield (Hampton) in a 1991 Ford Mustang
Domestic: Gene Daniel (Grayson) in a 1932 Ford Coupe
Truck Advanced: Scott White (Locust Grove) in a 1973 Chevrolet pick-up
Truck: Chris Wolfenbarger (Griffin) in a 1970 Chevrolet C/10
Diesel Truck: Rick Gilbert (Locust Grove) in a 1995 Dodge Ram
Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1988 Ford Mustang 331
Pro Four: Samuel Mendiola (Chamblee) 1982 Toyota Corolla
Tuner: Jose Samaniego (Jonesboro) 1994 Honda Civic
Sport Compact: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville) in a Volkswagen Rail Car (Dune Buggy)
Super Bike: Tim Jones (Ellenwood) on a Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja
Street Motorcycle II: Cham Sadiq (Tuskegee, Ala.) on a Yamaha R6
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin) on a 1987 Honda CR 500
Sportbike: Donnie Hayes (Senoia) on a Honda CVR
ATV: Daniel Rice (Jonesboro) on a Yamaha 700R Raptor
ATV Modified: David Armstrong (McDonough) on a Yamaha Banshee.
Junior Dragster: Simone Starr (McDonough) in a Junior Dragster
The MCR Safety Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and cars ranging as far back as the 1930s. Below is a complete list of the May 20 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Scott Timbert, 2010 Shelby GT500
Second Place: Frank Wilson, Chevrolet Camaro
Third Place: Scott Nelson, 2010 Roush 427R Mustang
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior):
First Place: Steven Woodward, 1969 Chevelle SS
Second Place: Randy Bennett, 1970 AMC Rebel
Third Place: Marty Morrow, 1967 Ford Mustang
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles):
First Place: Jesse Olive, Scion Xb
Second Place: Chris Sumpter, 1992 Mazda Miata
Third Place: Vernesto, Crossfire
Classic Custom (1972 and prior):
First Place: Bill Garren, 1972 Buick Riviera
Second Place: Dawny McKelvie, 1951 Line Baby Coupe
Third Place: Tim Mills, 1968 Chevrolet Corvette
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Chris Carey, Pontiac Trans-Am
Second Place: Justin Osterland, 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra
Third Place: Tommy Peters, 1999 Ford Mustang
First Place: Austin Strickland, 1997 Ford F-350
Second Place: Rick Atkins, Chevrolet Pick-Up
Third Place: Ben Goodman, 1995 Ford F-150 LT
First Place: Jim Ainsworth, 1948 Mercury Couple
First Place: Tony Morris, Kawasaki Ninja
Mark Castilla, 1978 Chevrolet Corvette
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags resumes June 3. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 p.m. There will be no event on May 27.
Entry to drag race or for MCR Safety 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 under six are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.