Results From Week Ten of Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine
Exploding fireworks lit up the sky over Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday night, as the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza kicked off the Fourth of July Weekend ahead of Week 10 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show-N-Shine. Following the kaleidoscopic regalement, it was business as usual on the pit lane drag strip.
One-by-one, preliminary races narrowed the field of competitors before giving way to the semi-final rounds. Eventually the final round pitted the two fastest vehicles of the night in each division against each other for a winner-take-all finale.
Bobby Bramblett is no stranger to the nightly finale. Driving a modified 1970 Volkswagen Beetle in the Sport Compact Division, Bramblett made his third straight appearance in the final round, still seeking his first win.
Inching to the the start line, Bramblett looked over to see Charles Myers, no stranger to the final round himself, in the lane beside him. Both drivers were making their third appearance in the nightly division finale, but it was Bramblett who prevailed for his first victory in 2015.
"I've been trying to win one, and something has happened every time I get up there," said Bramblett. "But I had a blast. It's really a lot of fun."
In the Truck Division, Shelton Maynard beat out two-time winner Brian Leath in the final for his first victory of the season. His 1972 Chevrolet C-10 was more than Leath's 1976 version of the same truck could handle in a rematch of the Week 7 final round matchup.
"Me and Brian are always pretty close," said Maynard, noting that the last race was probably his best of the evening.
Maynard moves into a third-place tie in the Truck Division championship point standings heading into Week 11, four points behind leader James Ragsdale
Other notable winners on Friday night include Andrew Morgan, driving a 1987 Ford Mustang in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division, Stephen DeFayette, driving a 1988 Mazda RX7 in the Harbin's Mechanical Services Domestic Advanced Division, and Eugene Lamar, on his 2013 Harley Road Glide, in the Thunder Tower West Harley-Davidson Cruiser/Dirt Motorcycle Division.
Drivers in the Harbin's Mechanical Services Super Pro Division, Atlanta Journal-Constitution Pro Division and Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division were set to make their mark in their respective final-round races, but untimely inclement weather descended on the track, putting a stop on the races before they could begin. Those races were postponed and will run next week, during Week 11.
Below is a list of the July 3 race winners:
Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic: Andrew Morgan (McDonough); 1987 Ford Mustang
Harbin's Mechanical Services Domestic Advanced: Stephen DeFayette (Sharpsburg); 1988 Mazda RX7
Zaxby's Street Outlaw: Cole Ross (Sharpsburg); 1972 Chevrolet Camaro
Truck Advanced: Mike Chambers (Griffin); 1970 Ford F-100
Street Modified: Douglas Anglin (Griffin); 1988 Ford Mustang
Factory Street: Keith Shockey (Fayetteville); 2015 SRT 392 Challenger
Diesel Truck: Taylor Wilder (Locusts Grove); 1994 Dodge Ram 1500
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton); 1972 Chevrolet C-10
Tuner: Leo Martinez (Griffin); 1993 Honda Civic
Sport Compact: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville); 1970 Volkswagen Beetle
Super Bike: Tim Houghland; (Lawrenceville); 2012 Suzuki Hayabusa
Sport Bike: Johnny Borhley Jr. (Jackson); 2005 Suzuki Hayabusa
Motorcycle: Dave Hamilton (Braselton); 2006 Suzuki GSXR600
Thunder Tower West Harley-Davidson Cruiser/Dirt Motorcycle: Eugene Lamar (Conyers); 2013 Harley Road Glide
ATV: Omar Ruiz (Cumming)
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 July 3 Show-N-Shine winners:
Classic Custom (Through 1972)
First Place: Charlie Warford (Zebulon); 1965 Ford Mustang GT 350
Second Place: Bill Whatley; Plymouth Superbird
Third Place: Chelsea Lorenz (Locust Grove); 1953 Cadillac
Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Tristan Frazier (Panama City, Fl); 1973 Caprice
Second Place: James Smith (Hampton); 1988 Ford Mustang
Third Place: Matthew Moore (Newnan); 2008 Ford Mustang GT Premium
Current Custom (2000 through current)
First Place: Steve Kochik (Stockbridge); 2008 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Bryan & Gail Collier (Stockbridge); 2008 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Third Place: Jordan Reid (Newnan); 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Showroom Classic (Through 1972)
First Place: Lance Loren; 1973 Dodge Challenger
Second Place: Ray Gilbert (Griffin); 1969 Cougar
Third Place: Mark Galey (Sandy Springs); 1960 Chevrolet Impala
Showroom Modern (1973 through 1999)
First Place: Chris Gallagher; 1998 Pontiac Trans Am
Second Place: Matt Seal (Senoia); 1992 Chevrolet Corvette
Third Place: Zade Clark (Barnesville); 2001 Lexus IS300
Showroom Current (2000 through current)
First Place: Keith Shockey (Fayetteville); 2015 Dodge Challenger
Second Place: Reggie Hatcher (Dublin); ZR! Corvette
Third Place: Alex Williams (Stockbridge); 2015 Ford Mustang
First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin); 2013 Genesis
Second Place: Jim Dean (Senoia); 1991 3002X TT
Third Place: Troy Hortman (Hampton); 2009 SRT4 Caliber
First Place: Carl Pope (Griffin); 1985 Chevrolet C-10
Second Place: Kaylee Spivey (Fayetteville); 2002 Chevrolet Silverado
Third Place: Christopher Johnson (McDonough); 2012 Ford F-150
First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin); 2011 Freightliner
Second Place: Wayne Rogers (Fortson); 1948 International
Third Place: John Aecher (Zebulon); CR 250
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues with Week 11 on Friday, July 10.
Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m., and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 p.m.
Spectator tickets are just $8, and children 5 and under are free. Entry to either drag race or for the Show-N-Shine is just $20, or competitors can purchase a combo ticket for $30.
More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211.