The intense racing action continued at Atlanta Motor Speedway as racers attacked the track’s pit-lane drag strip in the second week of Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine.
Fans in attendance at the wildly popular drag racing series saw repeat winners from last Friday’s season opener in addition to prominent competitors winning in different vehicles than in the past.
Grantville’s Tony Morse, known by many drag racing fans as the driver of a 1990 Pontiac Trans-Am, claimed the final round win Friday driving a 1980 Chevy Malibu to win the Sportsman division.
Morse’s win also earned him bragging rights in the Sportsman Clash, as Sportsman division drivers were encouraged to take to the track to try and pick up an early-season victory.
Griffin’s Chris Wolfenbarger, who has in the past raced a 1970 Chevrolet C10, claimed the Truck Division win on Friday driving a 1946 Chevrolet.
A handful of drivers followed up on their success from the first week. Covington’s Darren Lewis won the Papa John’s Pizza Domestic Division for the second week in a row. Other repeat winners were David Harbin (Pro), Bobby Bramblett (Tuner), Ruben Quiambao (Sport Compact), Daniel Rice (ATV), Toney Freeman (Super Bike) and James Roberts (Sport Bike).
Another repeat winner was in the special Cadillac Only division in conjunction with the Cadillac Craze promotion with the Georgia Lottery. Clark Stoddard piloted his 2004 Cadillac CTSV to victory for the second week in a row. 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. Fans are encouraged to come out in their Cadillacs for the next three weeks of Friday Night Drags and race, or 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 Mark White in the Super Pro division and Jon Stovall in the Domestic Advanced 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. The offer is valid at participating locations.
Below is a complete list of the May 4 winners:
Cadillac Only: Clark Stoddard (Carrollton) in a 2004 Cadillac CTSV
Super Pro: Mark White (Forest Park) in a 1967 Shelby Mustang
Pro: David Harbin (McDonough) in a 1969 Chevrolet Nova
Street Outlaw: Daryl Stiles (Williamson) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Tony Morse (Grantville) in a 1980 Malibu
Truck Advanced: Chuck Poole (Stockbridge) in a 1986 Chevrolet
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune (Covington) in a 2006 Dodge Ram
Truck: Chris Wolfenbarger (Griffin) in a 1946 Chevrolet
Domestic Advanced: Jon Stovall (Alpharetta) in a 2006 Viper
Papa John’s Pizza Domestic: Darren Lewis (Covington) in a 1970 Chevrolet Nova
Tuner: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville) in a Volkswagen Rail Buggy
Sport Compact: Ruben Quiambao (Roswell) in a 2008 Nissan 350Z
ATV: Daniel Rice (Jonesboro) on a 2007 Yamaha Raptor 700
Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge) on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Sport Bike: James Roberts (Jackson) on a 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa
Street Motorcycle: Robert Burch (Loganville) on a Honda CPR 600
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Stan Lowery (Williamson) on a Honda XR 600
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 4 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Chris Gallagher, 1998 Pontiac Trans-Am
Second Place: Buy a Vette, 206 Corvette
Third Place: Brad Buongiorne, 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Marty Morrow, 1967 Mustang
Second Place: Tony Taylor, 1971 Chevy Chevelle
Third Place: Rich Miller, 1968 El Camino SS
First Place: Sean Law, Mazda 3
Second Place: Matthew Czarkowski, 1993 Toyota Starlet
Third Place: Tyler McCord, 1999 Honda Civic
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Buy A Vette, 1962 Corvette
Second Place: Doug Anglin, 1963 Chevy Nova
Third Place: Jim Jones, 1970 ‘Cuda
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Steve Kochik, 2008 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Brandon Shaddix, Monte Carlo SS
Third Place: Shane Howell, 1988 Ford Mustang GT
First Place: Robert Keck, 1977 Bronco
Second Place: Curtis Yates, 1964 Ford Ranchero
Third Place: Michael Bostwick, 2012 Dodge Ram 2500
First Place: Earl Millirons, 2005 Peterbilt
Second Place: Kelly Mathis, Suzuki GSXR 600
Third Place: Jeff Hydock, Hammer H1
John & Dana Johnson, 1975 Cadillac Convertible
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine resumes May 11 with week three of drag racing action and the Mayor Matchup, where local mayors will drag race one another. 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.