Week three of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine saw an evening of close racing deliver both new and old faces to victory lane. Fans in attendance were treated to competitive drag racing as the intense start to the 2012 campaign continued through the third week of the season.
In Super Pro action, Mark White suffered mechanical issues for the second time in three weeks, sidelining his 1967 Shelby Mustang after just one round of eliminations. This opened the door for Matt Carden, and he delivered with his second win of the season, possibly establishing himself as White’s chief competition as he defends his Super Pro points championship from last season.
The ever-competitive Truck Advanced division saw its third different winner in as many weeks as Will Coots brought home the trophy for the Southern Truck Parts racing team. The Truck division also continued the parity as Shelton Maynard went back to victory lane for the first time in 2012, giving the Truck division a different winner each week through the first three weeks of racing.
The fan-pleasing Mayor Match-Up race saw all four of Henry County’s mayors compete head-to-head down the 1/8-mile pit lane drag strip in identically-prepared cars. In the first round, Hampton’s R.W. Coley defeated Robert Price of Locust Grove. The second race of the first round saw Stockbridge mayor Lee Stuart take an easy victory when McDonough mayor pro tem Rufus Stewart suffered mechanical issues at the starting line. In the final round, Stuart defeated Coley in a closely-contested race. Not only does Stockbridge now hold bragging rights of the fastest mayor in Henry County, but all Stockbridge residents will receive free admission to next week’s Friday Night Drags. Proof of residency will be required at the gate.
In the special Cadillac Only division, Art Petry went classic with his whip, driving a 1983 Coupe de Ville to victory lane. Doing so earned him 25 “Cadillac Riches” instant game tickets for the win, which could earn him up to $250,000 cash or a new Cadillac vehicle. This special division is in conjunction with the Cadillac Craze promotion with the Georgia Lottery. Fans will have one more opportunity to compete in this special Cadillac Only division at next week’s Friday Night Drags. Fans may also enter the special Cadillac Only division for Show-N-Shine judging.
Fans will also be treated to a special pizza discount through Papa John’s Pizza courtesy of a couple of racers on Friday. Both Matt Carden in the Super Pro division and Darrell Hallford in the Papa John’s Pizza Domestic division piloted their red vehicles to victory lane. Doing so earned customers 50% of their online order at Papa John’s with the promo code 50RED through Sunday.
Below is a complete list of the May 11 winners:
Cadillac Only: Art Petry (Newnan) in a 1983 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Super Pro: Matt Carden (McDonough) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Pro: David Harbin (McDonough) in a 1969 Chevrolet Nova
Street Outlaw: Travis Burney (Dallas) in a 1984 Chevrolet S10
Sportsman: Scott Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1962 Chevrolet II Wagon
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (McDonough) in a 1985 Chevrolet Silverado
Diesel Truck: Ryan Wilson (Zebulon) in a 2003 Ford F250
Truck: Shelton Maynard (Hampton) in a 1972 Chevrolet C-10
Domestic Advanced: Jason Kinard (Hollonville) in a 1997 Chevrolet S10
Papa John’s Pizza Domestic: Darrell Hallford (Senoia) in a 1995 Ford Mustang
Tuner: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville) in a Volkswagen Rail Buggy
Sport Compact: Spencer King (McDonough) in a 2006 Nissan Altima 3.5 SE
ATV: Dustin Oliver (Zebulon) on a 2007 Suzuki LT-R450
Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge) on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Sport Bike: James Roberts (Jackson) on a 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner (Griffin) on a 1987 Honda CR 500
The Show-N-Shine competition featured everything from new imports to classic muscle cars and cars ranging as far back as the 1950s. Below is a complete list of the May 11 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Todd Thomsen, 2012 Roush Stage 3 Hyper Series Ford Mustang
Second Place: Chris Gallagher, 1998 Pontiac Trans-Am
Third Place: Stephen McKenney, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Bill Garner, 1968 Chevrolet Wagon
Second Place: Marty Morrow, 1967 Ford Mustang
Third Place: Dustin Davidson, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS
First Place: Jesse Olive, Scion xB
Second Place, Jim Dean, 1991Nissan 300ZX TT
Third Place: Justin Torres, 2012 Scion tC
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Ken Thaxton, 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe
Second Place: Stith Short, 1955 Chevrolet Z10
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Elton Sowers, 2003 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Brad Maggert, 1979 Ford Fairmont
Third Place: Jennifer Perry, 2006 Ford Mustang GT
First Place: Chad Etheridge, Chevrolet C-10
Second Place: 1986 Chevrolet C-10
Third Place: Adam Wallace, Chevrolet
First Place: Ben Goodman, 2004 Honda VTX 1300
Second Place: David Smith, 2005 International
Third Place: Glenn Evans, 2006 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
Buddy Mendias, 1959 Willys
Art Petry, 1983 Cadillac Coupe de Ville
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine resumes May 18 with week four of drag racing action and the first Super Pro Challenge of 2012. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start at 9:09 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 at Friday Night Drags are just $8 for adults and children five and under are free. More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.