Bragging rights were on the line at the pit lane drag strip in week 1 of the Fall Stampede of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show 'N' Shine at Atlanta Motor Speedway. 

Ed Blanford of McDonough earned his first win of the season in the Truck division in his 1968 Ford F-100 as he defeated James Ragsdale of Union City behind the wheel of 1979 Ford F-100. 

"I've been after that old red truck all season," said a thrilled Blanford following the win.  "I changed my gears on the rear-end and barely hit drive as I was crossing the eighth of a mile."

Blanford had twice advanced to the semi-finals this season but prior to the Fall Stampede had not made it to victory lane.

"Friday Night drags are a whole lot of fun," said Blanford. "It's close to home and there are a lot of people out here that makes it good, simple, easy fun."

Jalary Roges of Jonesboro also made his first trip of the season to victory lane with a win in his 1992 Honda Civic in the Sport Compact division.  Roges edged out the 1995 Honda Civic of Damon Waldrop in the final.

Other notable winners in the first week of the Fall Stampede include Billy Clevenger of Jonesboro in the Jailhouse brewing Company Super Pro division and Andrew Morgan of McDonough in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division. 

O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags and Show and Shine will return to the pit lane drag strip for the final week of the 2014 season and the second week of the Fall Stampede at Atlanta Motor Speedway Sept. 19. 

Below is a list of the September 12 race winners:

Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro: Billy Clevenger (Jonesboro), 1963 Chevrolet Chevelle

Pro: David Harbin (McDonough), 1969 Chevrolet Nova

Street Outlaw: Charles Street (Griffin), 1985 Ford Mustang GT

Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman: Josh Morse (Grantville), 1981 Chevrolet Malibu

Domestic Advanced: Heath Maddock, 1982 Chevrolet S10

Truck Advanced: Keith White (Luthersville), 1982 Chevrolet Pick Up

Street Modified: Michael Gregory (Riverdale), 1985 Ford Mustang

Factory Street: Kirk Pennywitt (Sharpsburg), 2013 Tesla Model S

Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic: Andrew Morgan (McDonough), 1987 Ford Mustang

Diesel Truck: Nicholas Strain (Forest Park), 2008 Ford F-250

Truck: Ed Blanford (McDonough), 1968 Ford F-100

Tuner: Jose Samaniego (Jonesboro), 1993 Honda Civic

Sport Compact: Jalary Roges (Jonesboro), 1992 Honda Civic

Super Bike: Michael Gamble (McDonough), Hayabusa

Sport Bike: Toney Freeman (Stockbridge), 2004 Sport Bike

Motorcycle: Robert Thomas (Griffin), 2002 Harley Davidson

Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Robert Thomas (Griffin), Cruiser

ATV: Omar Ruiz (Cumming), 2001 Banshee

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 September 12 winners:

Classic Custom (Through 1972)

First Place: Julie Potts (Newnan) 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Modern Custom (1973 through 1999)

First Place: Adam Wallace (McDonough), 1985 Chevrolet Silverado

Showroom Classic (Through 1972)

First Place: Fred Briggs (McDonough), 1971 Plymouth Duster

Showroom Modern (1973 through 1999)

First Place: Chris Gallagher (Fayetteville), 1998 Pontiac Trans Am

Second Place: Shar Mol (Hampton), 1973 Plymouth Barracuda

Third Place: Melissa & Thomas Gilbert (McDonough), 1976 Chevrolet Camaro


First Place: Jose Lopez (Griffin), 2013 Hyundai Genesis

Second Place: Jim Dean (Senoia), 1991 Nissan 300zx TT

Third Place: Mark Peppers (Fayetteville), 2005 Honda Civic


First Place: John Ethridge (Milner) Ford F-150 FX4

Second Place: Matt Thompson (Gay), 1995 Ford F-250

Third Place: Landon Kompelien (Grantville), Dodge Ram SRT-10


First Place: Hayden Stephens (Griffin), 1936 Ford Cabriolet

Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine continues on August 8. Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start after 9:00 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 Drags are just $8 for adults and children five and under are free.  More information can be found at or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211.