Some new faces found their way to Victory Lane on Friday during the sixth week of Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Grantville’s Tony Morse broke Mark White’s five-week winning streak in the Super Pro Division, becoming the first driver other than White to claim a final round Super Pro win in 2011. Morse won while driving a 1990 Pontiac Trans-Am. With his victory, every division at Friday Night Drags has more than one different winner through the first six races of the season.
A pair of racers from Jackson claimed motorcycle victories on Friday with Charles Benton winning Super Bike and James Roberts on Sportbike.
A trio of drivers continued to pad early-season points leads with their second points victory in a row. Stockbridge’s Chris Stripling claimed the Street Outlaw win with Danny Mason (Locust Grove) winning Truck Advanced and Rick Gilbert of Locust Grove doing so in Diesel Truck.
Each driver has earned the maximum number of points that a driver may earn at Friday Night Drags, which held its points opener last week.
Below is a complete list of the June 10 winners:
Super Pro: Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1990 Pontiac Trans-Am
Pro: David Harbin (McDonough) in a 1969 Chevy Nova
Street Outlaw: Chris Stripling (Stockbridge) in a 1987 Ford Mustang
Sportsman: Ray Puryer (Hampton) 1991 Mustang
Domestic: Peter Rogowski (Dallas) in a 1992 Ford Ranger
Domestic Advanced: James Burch (Covington) in a 1988 Ford Mustang Coupe
Truck Advanced: Danny Mason (Locust Grove) in a 1968 Chevrolet
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton) 1972 Chevrolet C-10
Diesel Truck: Rick Gilbert (Locust Grove) in a 1995 Dodge Ram
Tuner: Jesus Payan (Jonesboro) in a Honda Civic
Sport Compact: Steven Chia (Riverdale) in a 1992 Honda Civic
Super Bike: Charles Benton (Jackson) on GSXR 1000
Street Motorcycle I: Brandon Turner (Forest Park) on a 2006 GSXR 750
Street Motorcycle II: Cham Sadiq (Tuskeegee, Ala.,) on a Yamaha R6
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin) on a 1987 Honda CR 500
Sportbike: James Roberts (Jackson) on a Suzuki Hayabusa
ATV: David Armstrong (McDonough) on a Yamaha Banshee
ATV Modified: Bobby Grant (Forest Park) on a Yamaha Banshee
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 June 10 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Wes Padgett, Mach 1 Mustang
Second Place: Kevin Bandy, 1978 Corvette
Third Place: Lee Thomas, 2006 Mustang
Showroom Classic (1972 and prior):
First Place: Ken Thaxton, 1967 Corvette
Second Place: Mike Willis, 1967 Chevelle
Third Place: Tammy Chestnut, 1964 Chevelle
Tuner (all sport compact vehicles):
First Place: Andrew Kershaw, Nissan 350z
Second Place: Nhan Ho, Nissan 350z
Third Place: Jordan Ridgeway, 1997 SLI
Classic Custom (1972 and prior):
First Place: Jeff Weese, 1957 Chevy Z10
Second Place: Shane Frix, 1977 Chevy Camaro
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Richard Fryza, 1995 Firebird
Second Place: Chris Carey, Trans-Am
Third Place: Elton, Mustang
First Place: Nadine Knowles, Ford F-350
Second Place: Ash Galvin, Chevy 6500
Third Place: Rick Goddard, 1995 Chevrolet S-10
First Place: Bill Steel, 2008 Harley Custom
Second Place: David Stubblefield, 1998 Harley Glide
Third Place: Ben Goodman, 2004 Honda VTX
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags and MCR Safety Show-N-Shine resumes June 17. 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.