The second half kickoff of Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway offered a fresh start to every driver in the field, and many racers took the opportunity to get a leg up in the standings with a win.
With last week's mid-season championships crowning the first half points victors, the standings were wiped clean on Friday, giving drivers in all drag racing divisions a chance to earn their way toward a spot in the championship night activities on August 19. On that night, the first half champion will face the second half champion in a head-to-head competition to determine the overall season points champion.
Among the competitors getting the second half of the season off to a good start was the CB Insulation Racing Team, as the crowd saw two of the team's entrants take victory in the final round. In the Truck Advanced division, Danny Mason of Locust Grove claimed the win in his yellow 1968 Chevrolet, nicknamed the "Nuclear Banana." It was his fifth consecutive victory in 2011, and his fifth overall. Meanwhile, Mason's teammate Rusty Adams won the Pro division, as the Hampton native wheeled his 1991 Chevrolet S10 to his first win of the season.
McDonough's Ron Wiese, who fell short of a mid-season points championship in the Domestic division to Grayson's Gene Daniel last week, won his second race of the season in a 1988 Ford Mustang Coupe. Another driver aiming for a second half points title is Tony Morse. The Grantville native won his third race of 2011 with his 1990 Pontiac Trans-Am, as he looks to earn a match-up with first half Pro division champion Mark White of McDonough.
Below is a complete list of the July 15 winners:
Super Pro: Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1990 Pontiac Trans-Am
Pro: Rusty Adams (Hampton) in a 1991 Chevrolet S10
Street Outlaw: Darryl Stiles (Williamson) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Joe Stone (Rex) in a 1977 Chevrolet Luv
Domestic: Ron Wiese (McDonough) in a 1988 Ford Mustang Coupe
Domestic Advanced: Howard Wolf (Marietta) in a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette
Truck Advanced: Danny Mason (Locust Grove) in a 1968 Chevrolet
Truck: Chris Thompson (Senoia) in a 1957 Chevrolet
Diesel Truck: Alexis Davis (Locust Grove) in a 2002 Ford F-350 7.3
Pro Four: Mike Chambers (Griffin) in a 1957 Volkswagen Beetle
Tuner: Justin Huckabee (Hampton) in a 1977 Datsun 280 ZX
Sport Compact: Danny Karr (Stockbridge) in a 2007 Honda Civic SI
Super Bike: Timothy Jones (Ellenwood) on a 2004 Kawasaki Ninja ZX100R
Street Motorcycle I: Jason Lowery (Williamson) on a 2004 Honda 919
Street Motorcycle II: A.J. White (Riverdale) on a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX6R
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Stan Lowery (Williamson) on a 2005 Honda XR 650
Sport Bike: Keith Johnson (Stockbridge) on a 2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000
ATV: Steven Spinks (Moreland) on a 2007 Yamaha YFZ450
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 July 15 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Darryl Shoemaker, 2007 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Jose Lopez, Chevrolet Corvette
Third Place: Henry Johnson, 2010 Ford Mustang Coupe
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior):
First Place: Ray Harris
Second Place: Jorden Sweney, 1968 Ford Mustang
Third Place: Pepper Norris, 1971 Plymouth Duster
First Place: Mark Landis, 2005 Dodge Neon
Second Place: Dane Owens, Scion xB
Classic Custom (1972 and prior):
First Place: Michael Ramsey, Chevrolet Chevelle SS
Second Place: Douglas Anglin, 1963 Chevrolet Nova
Third Place: Johnny Jones, 1941 Willys
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Nadine Knowles, 2001 Pontiac Trans-Am
Second Place: Jessica Sims, 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe
First Place: Jerry Crawford, 1952 Mercury Pickup
Second Place: Jerry Vaughan, 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS
Third Place: Brad Buongiorne, 2008 Ford F-150
First Place: Bruce Russel, 1936 Ford
First Place: Chris Carey, Suzuki GSXR
Jessica Craddock, 2008 Ford Mustang V6
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine resumes July 22. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 p.m.
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.