Results From Week Seven of Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine
Week 7 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show-N-Shine descended on Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday night in the third week of racing for keeps.
While several drivers are settling in nicely and stacking up the wins, many more are still getting the hang of the pit lane as they chase the leaders in their respective divisions.
One such driver emerging from the field is Keith Shockey of Fayetteville, who earned his first win of the season in the Factory Street Division behind the wheel of his 2015 Dodge Challenger and broke out of the points standings cellar.
"I've been out here three times, and tonight went a lot better than the first two weeks," said Shockey. "I'm finally starting to learn how to drive."
In the division finals, Shockey knocked off Zachary Stripling, who won the division last week in a 2014 Ford Mustang and currently sits in second place in the points standings.
"It's fun. There's a lot of good people out here, and it's just a good time," added Shockey. He'll will look to carry the momentum into Week 8 next Friday night and inch ever closer to the division lead.
Jay Velez made it look easy in his Street Outlaw Division debut, winning each of his preliminary, semi-final and final-round races by more than a few car lengths. His 1981 Toyota Starlet, though small in stature, packs a punch under the hood.
"It's been a great night. (There was) great racing, awesome weather, and the track's been prepped really well," said Velez.
Velez last competed several weeks ago with his Starlet in the Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division but made some modifications to the car and debuted in the new division Friday night.
Valez figures to be a favorite in the division each week, but when it comes to the competition, he's not quite ready to show his hand.
"I don't know yet," he said. "There's a good field of cars, so every week there's something different."
Other notable winners include Billy Clevenger in the Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division and his brother, David, in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pro Division. Both won their respective divisions the previous week, with Billy making it three in a row to open the points season and take an early stranglehold on the fastest division.
Below is a list of the June 12 race winners:
Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro: Billy Clevenger (Jonesboro); 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pro: David Clevenger (Hampton); 1986 Chevrolet Corvette
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Terry Wells (Forest Park); 1984 Chevrolet S-10
Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic: Andrew Morgan (McDonough); 1987 Ford Mustang
Harbin's Mechanical Services Domestic Advanced: Terry Bates
Street Outlaw: Jay Velez (Hampton); 1981 Toyota Starlet
Truck Advanced: Jacob Mason (Locust Grove); 1968 Chevrolet C-10
Street Modified: Willis Evans (Stockbridge); 1988 Chevrolet S-10
Factory Street: Keith Shockey (Fayetteville); 2015 Doge Challenger SRT 392
Diesel Truck: Taylor Wilder (Locust Grove); 1994 Dodge Ram 1500
Truck: Brian Leath (Hampton); 1976 Chevrolet C-10
Tuner: Jose Sameniego (Jonesboro); 1994 Honda Civic
Sport Compact: Amanda Prince (Griffin); 2012 Ford Mustang
Super Bike: Robin Malcom; 2003 Suzuki
Sport Bike: Steve Viner (McDonough); 2006 Suzuki 1300
Motorcycle: Ricky Harrelson (McDonough); 2006 Yamaha R6
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Chris Guy (Ellenwood); 2014 Yamaha Raider
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 June 12 Show-N-Shine winners:
Classic Custom (Through 1972)
First Place: Charlie Warford (Zebalon); 1965-66 Mustang GT 350 Shelby
Second Place: Bruce Russell (Brooks); 1936 Ford Cabriolet
Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Adam Wallace (McDonough); 1985 Chevy Silverado
Current Custom (2000 through current)
First Place: Justin Pettigrew (Newnan); 2014 Mustang GT
Second Place: Cameron Brown (Fayette); 2001 Mustang GT
Showroom Classic (Through 1972)
First Place: Donnie & Gina Harris (Conyers); 1963 Ford Fakon Future Convertible
Second Place: Keith Chapman (Fayetteville); 1957 Triumph TR3 Roadster
Third Place: Fred Briggs (McDonough, GA); 1971 Plymouth Duster
Showroom Modern (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville); 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Second Place: Raymond Lee (Fayetteville); 1985 Pontiac Fiero
Showroom Current (2000 through current)
First Place: Chris Kallinteris (Jonesboro); Callaway Z06
Second Place: David Perry (Griffin); 2014 Corvette
Third Place: Sherry Siriani; 2013 Mustang Convertible
First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin); 2013 Hyundai Genesis
Second Place: Joel Barrios (Hampton); 2013 Honda Civic Si
Third Place: Mark Peppers (Fayetteville); 2005 Honda Civic
First Place: Carl Pope (Griffin); 1985 C-10 Chevy
Second Place: Chris Johnson (McDonough); 2012 Ford F150
Third Place: Samantha Barnett (Fayetteville); Chevy Silverado 1500
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues with Week 8 on Friday, June 19. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m., and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 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 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.