Fast four-cylinders return to zip down Atlanta Motor Speedway's pit lane dragstrip
For the first time in eight years the Pro Four class took the pit lane dragstrip during O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags.
Several eligible cars rolled into Atlanta Motor Speedway eager to show how fast the four-cylinder cars can go - and they can certainly go fast.
That's because the rules for the Pro Fours basically boil down to just two parameters: you must have a four cylinder engine, and you must have four tires. Just about any other modifications are fair game.
"You swap a bigger four-cylinder motor into these things and then just make them as light as you possibly can," Damon Waldrop of McDonough said. Waldrop competed Friday night in his highly modified 1993 Honda Civic churning out 240 horsepower.
For competitors like Lee Brimer, the return of the Pro Fours couldn't come at a better time.
"I've been building this car over the past year and I've finally finished it," Brimer said of his 1996 Honda Civic EK Coupe. Having previously raced in the more regulated Metro by T-Mobile Tuner Division, Brimer was thrilled to be able to run in the faster class.
"This is a lot more fun," Brimer said. "This division is a lot less restrictive and allows us to take our cars all the way up to their full potential."
"It's been great," added Waldrop. "There's been a good turnout and the crowd has loved it and has been cheering and yelling so I'm happy with how tonight's gone."
Brimer and Waldrop raced into the final round of the night, with Waldrop taking the victory in the Pro Four division.
Meanwhile in the South River Agency New Edge Division two racers locked in a tight battle for the season championship were eager to scoop up much needed points in Friday Night Drags' penultimate night.
Championship leader Jacob Turner of Griffin and James Walker of Fayetteville both advanced to the final round, with Walker rocketing to the victory. With the win, Walker has closed to within one point of Turner for the division title with championship night just around the corner on Friday, Aug. 23.
Below is the complete list of Aug. 16 race winners:
Harding Plumbing, Heating & Cooling Domestic Division: David Smith (Jackson); 1990 Isuzu
South River Agency New Edge Division: James Walker (Fayetteville); 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
QuikTrip Pro Division: Dale Rodgers (Oxford); 1981 Firebird
Super Pro: David Clevenger (Hampton); 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Harbin's Mechanical Services Street Outlaw Division: Ross Cole (Sharpsburg); 1972 Chevrolet Camaro
Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Division: Tim Hall (McDonough); 1988 Ford Mustang
Truck Advance: Keith White (Letherville); 1982 Chevy Pickup
Ultimate Tailgating Street Performer Division: Tory Hornsby (Senoia); 1973 Datson 240z
Super Bike Division: Nicholas Jordan (Fayetteville); 2009 Kowi 2X14
Sport Bike: Robin Malcolm (Lithonia); 2006 Suzuki 1000
US Marine Corps Motorcycle Division: Areil Carter (Conyers); 2002 Honda CB900
Cruiser Division: Robert Thomas (Griffin); 2004 Harley Davidson
Quad/Tri Division: Wayne Clim (Griffin); 2001 Banshee
Pro Four: Damon Waldrop (McDonough); 1993 Honda Civic
JR Dragster: Gracie (Hampton); 2012 Mike Boss
Street Modified Division: Jeff Cameron (Marietta); 2016 Ford Mustang
Starfire Automatic Gates Truck Division: Ed Blanford (McDonough); 1968 F100
Diesel Truck Division: Brian Sparrow (Floville); 2013 Chevrolet Duramax 2500
Metro by T-Mobile Tuner Division: Andrew Shockey (Fayetteville); 2014 Ford Fiesta ST
AT&T Mobility Sport Compact Division: Leonard Wilson (Hampton); 1994 Honda Civic
Diamond Resorts Factory Street Division: Eric Samples (Hampton); 2018 Ford Mustang
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.
Classic (1980 or older classic; restored; modified cars or trucks)
Winner: Danny Dickinson (Bremen); 1968 Firebird
Runner Up: Justin Mantle (Franklin); 1969 Chevelle
Generation X (1981 - 2008 cars)
Winner: Tom Hornsly (McDonough); 1994 Honda Civic
Runner Up: Brandon Hand (Newnan); 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback
Current (2009 - current cars)
Winner: Dillon Massey (Ashburn); 2019 Chevrolet Blazer
Runner Up: Matt Price (Newnan); 2019 Chevrolet Camaro SS
Winner: Cameron Correll (Troy, Ohio); 2010 Ford F-150
Runner Up: Brandon (Atlanta); 2016 Chevrolet Silverado
Winner: Ken Moore (Griffin); 1936 Plymouth
Runner Up: Nate Beattie; 1965 Cobra
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags & Show-N-Shine conclude the 2019 season on championship night Friday, Aug. 23.
Grandstand gates open at 6:30 p.m. and nightly drag race eliminations start just 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 are just $10, and children 5 and under are free.
More information can be found at www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags or by calling the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at 770-946-4211.