Championship night at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags & MCR Safety Show-N-Shine saw several drag racing divisions take their season points championships down to the wire in the championship match races following week 16 final round elimination races.
To determine the overall season champion this year, the first-half points champion took on the second-half points champion in a match race. The format squared off the two best drivers in each division, producing exciting racing that thrilled the fans in attendance.
Saving the best for last, the Super Pro division saw first-half champion Mark White of McDonough face off against second-half champion Tony Morse of Grantville. White's Shelby Mustang, featuring a new block after engine problems in the second-half of the season, beat out Morse's Trans-Am by a fender, earning him the 2011 Super Pro division championship.
Another exciting championship race took place in the Domestic division. First-half champion and Grayson native Gene Daniel took on second-half champion Ron Wiese of McDonough for the season crown. Daniel guided his Ford Coupe down the pit lane drag strip the quickest, becoming the Domestic division season champion for 2011.
Other 2011 season champions are David Harbin of McDonough (Pro), Jason Thomas of Stockbridge (Street Outlaw), Vic Vickers of McDonough (Sportsman), Danny Mason of Locust Grove (Truck Advanced), Rick Gilbert of Locust Grove (Diesel Truck), David Sheffield of Covington (Truck), Stephen DeFayette of Sharpsburg (Domestic Advanced), Mike Chambers of Griffin (Pro Four), Ruben Quiambao of the Philippines (Sport Compact), Nicolas Feliciano of Griffin (Tuner), Michael Gamble of McDonough (Super Bike), Kevin Connolly of Hampton (Sport Bike), Jason Lowery of Williamson (Street Motorcycle I), Chad Meadows of Loganville (Street Motorcycle II) and Jacob Turner of Griffin (Cruiser/Dirt Bike).
AMS will honor the 2011 season champions during the pre-race ceremonies for the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday, September 4. Championship-winning drivers will be introduced to the crowd following the Fast Cars and Guitars concert featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, just prior to the introduction of the 43-car starting field for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series night race. The top three drivers in each division will receive season awards.
Below is a complete list of the August 19 winners:
Super Pro: Bobby Daniel (Stockbridge) in a 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS
Pro: David Harbin (McDonough) in a 1969 Chevrolet Nova
Street Outlaw: Jason Thomas (Stockbridge) in a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Vic Vickers (McDonough) in a 1988 Ford Mustang
Domestic: Donnie Henderson (Hampton) in a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu
Truck Advanced: Danny Mason (Locust Grove) in a 1968 Chevrolet
Truck: Rodney Tolbert (Locust Grove) in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer
Diesel Truck: Roy Slaughter (McDonough) in a 2003 Dodge Ram 3500
Domestic Advanced: Tim Campbell (McDonough) in a 1990 Ford Mustang
Pro Four: Mike Chambers (Griffin) in a 1957 Volkswagen Beetle
Tuner: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville) in a Volkswagen Rail Car (Dune Buggy)
Sport Compact: Pascual Mandieta (Jonesboro) in a 1993 Honda Civic
Super Bike: Justin Black (Byron) on a 2005 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Street Motorcycle I: Jason Lowery (Williamson) on a 2004 Honda CB900
Street Motorcycle II: A.J. White (Riverdale) on a 2009 Kawasaki Ninja ZX 100R
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin) on a 1987 Honda CR 500
Sport Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge) on a 1999 Suzuki Hayabusa
ATV Modified: Bobby Grant (Forest Park) on a 1998 Yamaha Banshee
Junior Dragster: Austin Carden (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. Vehicles on display included vintage drag racers, which were the MCR Safety Show-N-Shine special class for the evening. MCR Safety Show-N-Shine winners are eligible to show their vehicles off on the fronstretch of Atlanta Motor Speedway in a special car show during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 weekend at AMS.
Below is a complete list of the August 19 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Chris Gallagher, Pontiac Trans-Am
Second Place: Leigh Blakey, 2002 Pontiac Trans-Am
Third Place: Reba Smith, 1980 Chevrolet Corvette
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior):
First Place: Rod Harris, 1971 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
Second Place: Van Ledford, 1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS 396
Third Place: Austin Beckley, 1967 Pontiac Firebird
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles):
First Place: Dane Owens, Scion xB
Second Place: Dylan Reynolds, Volkswagen GTI VR6 24V
Third Place: J. Michael Travis, 1994 Mazda MX-5 Roadster
Classic Custom (1972 and prior):
First Place: Kenny Derr, Ford Mustang
Second Place: Ronny Jackson, Ford AC Cobra 427
Third Place: Billy Poore, 1951 Ford Victoria
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Justin Osterland, 1996 Ford Mustang Cobra
Second Place: Dean Phillips, 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z-28
Third Place: Michael Bostwick, 2007 Ford Mustang GT
First Place: Randy Thornton, 1956 Ford F-100
Second Place: Jerry Vaughan, 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer SS
Third Place: Richard I. Doughty, 2004 Ford F-150
First Place: Bruce Russell, 1936 Ford
Second Place: Lance Lorenz, 1949 Mercury
Third Place: Earl Reed, 1934 Ford
First Place: Donnie Henson, 1995 Harley-Davidson FLHT
Second Place: Chris Carey, Suzuki GSX-R1000
Third Place: Robert Girvin, Honda Shadow
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Friday Night Drags announces the Fall Stampede on September 23 and September 30. While the weather turns cooler, the pit lane drag strip at Atlanta Motor Speedway gets hotter with two additional nights of racing. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and drag race eliminations start after 9:00 p.m. The Fall Stampede will feature the same format as previous Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine events, with trophies being presented to winners. Points will not be awarded to drag racers.
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.