Week eight of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine, which also stood as the fourth week of points racing on the eighth-mile pit lane drag strip, delivered some new faces to victory lane, which only tightened up the battle for each division’s season points championship.

In the fastest division that Friday Night Drags offers, Super Pro driver Matt Mayben drove his 1972 Chevrolet Nova to victory in the final round, which was his first win of the season. The division was wide open on Friday night as points leader Mark White did not run due to mechanical issues.

Driving in substitute action for the vehicle’s regular driver, Friday Night Drags veteran Tony Morse got back to a familiar location as he piloted Jason Thomas’ 1967 “Mighty Mouse” Chevrolet Camaro to victory lane with a final found victory over points leader Daryl Stiles. With the points going in Thomas’ name, Morse brings Thomas within two points of Stiles in the season point standings. Morse noted after the victory that he intends to have his Super Pro machine back out on track within the next couple of weeks, adding even more competition in a division that has become completely up for grabs in recent weeks.
Returning to the speedway after not racing last week, points leader Buddy Patrick moved the 1944 Willy’s Milk Truck into the final round, but was upset by Mike Herron of Fayetteville in a 1984 Chevrolet. Patrick will remain the points leader moving into next week’s action, but Herron’s win shows that other drivers have the ability to flex muscle within the division, and each division at Friday Night Drags is up for grabs each night.
One driver on a strong run of good momentum is Will Coots in the Truck Advanced division. Coots built off of last week’s impressive victory by taking another checkered flag over points leader Chuck Poole in the final round. Coots jumps Andrew Pride and moves into second place in the points standings, only one marker behind Poole.
Fans will also be treated to a special pizza discount through Papa John’s Pizza courtesy of three red race car victories by Tony Morse, Mike Herron and Scott Milner on Friday night. All throughout 2012, red cars going to victory lane will earn customers 50 percent off their online order at Papa John’s with the promo code 50RED through Sunday of that race weekend.
Below is a complete list of the June 22 winners:
Super Pro: Matt Mayben (McDonough) in a 1972 Chevrolet Nova
Pro: David Sisk (Fayetteville) in a 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Street Outlaw: Tony Morse (Grantville) substitute driving for Jason Thomas (Stockbridge) in a 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Scott Bates (Locust Grove) in a 1962 Chevrolet Two Door Wagon
Truck Advanced: Will Coots (McDonough) in a 1985 Chevrolet
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune (Covington) in a 2006 Dodge Ram
Truck: Mike Herron (Fayetteville) in a 1984 Chevrolet
Domestic Advanced: Curtis Teeal (Peachtree City) in a 1975 Chevrolet Luv Truck
Papa John’s Pizza Domestic: Scott Milner (Covington) in a 1987 Ford Mustang
Tuner: Bobby Bramblett (Loganville) in a Volkswagen Rail Buggy
Sport Compact: Ruben Quiambao (Roswell) in a 2008 Nissan 350Z
Super Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge) on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Sport Bike: Joshua Jones (Atlanta) on a 2002 Suzuki Hayabusa
Street Motorcycle: Dustin Hoover (Norcross) on a 2007 Suzuki GSX-R750
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 1930s.
Below is a complete list of the June 22 winners:
Showroom Current (1973 through current):
First Place: Leigh Blakey, 2002 Pontiac Trans-Am
Second Place: Chris Gallagher, 1998 Pontiac Trans-Am
Third Place: David Donson, 2005 Pontiac GTO
Showroom Classic (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Robert Cheney, 1971 Dodge Challenger R/T
Second Place: Keith Lileo, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
Third Place: L.A. Cain, 1964 Chevrolet Corvair
Sport Compact:
First Place: Larry Martin, 2006 Cooper
Second Place: Matthew Czarnowsky, 1993 Toyota Starlet
Third Place: Victor Sneed, Toyota Celica
Classic Custom (1950 to 1972):
First Place: Charles and Rhonda Richardson, 1968 Chevrolet El Camino SS
Second Place: Mike and Lella Francis, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
Third Place: John Bassett, 1950 Ford Two Door Sedan
Current Custom (1973 through current):
First Place: Steve Kochik, 2008 Ford Mustang
Second Place: Jessica Craddoch, 2008 Ford Mustang V6
Third Place: Dean Phillips, 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
First Place: Randy Thornton, 1956 Ford F-100
Second Place: Howard Graham, 1958 Chevrolet
Third Place: Jonathan Kimbell, 1967 Dodge D-100
First Place: Chris Burdett, 2004 Custom Chopper
Second Place: Ken Patton, 2002 Harley-Davidson Ultra
Third Place: Kevin Gues, 2009 Harley-Davidson Street Glide
President’s Choice:
Glen Gibbs, 1936 Chevrolet Rat Truck
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine returns June 29 with week nine of drag racing action and the annual Kids’ Candy Scramble prior to drag race eliminations. 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.