FRIDAY NIGHT DRAGS & SHOW-N-SHINE UPDATE
-- Two more weeks of points racing
-- Motorcycles included in all remaining drag race events
-- Show-N-Shine winners on display at Pep Boys Auto 500
-- AC Delco Street Drag Nationals information
-- Super Chevy Show – October 3, 4 and 5
Two weeks remain in the regular season for the Friday Night Drags presented by AC Delco. There will be points races this Friday, August 15th along with the points championship events slated for Friday, August 22nd. The following Friday (August 29th) will only be used if we lose one of the remaining nights to rain. Drag racing and show-n-shine will also be a part of the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals weekend and the Super Chevy Show weekend.
Motorcycles have been added to the Friday Night Drags line-up for the remainder of the regular season. The motorcycles will be allowed to drag race on both August 15th and August 22nd. They will also be welcome to compete at the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals on September 19th and 20th. All motorcycle competitors must wear a minimum of denim pants while drag racing.
This Friday (August 15) will be the Chevy Showcase. All Chevy competitors are encouraged to come and participate in both drag racing and the show-n-shine. Each manufacturer has had a special night of competition this season and this Friday is the night for the bow tie brigade. We will also have the information for this October’s Super Chevy Show.
The points championship will be decided during the final two Friday nights. Points will be awarded to all competitors each Friday night. The top three drivers in each points division will be honored and presented awards this fall. The top six will also lock into the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals Championship Bracket Race. The current top 10 in points is listed below.
Tony Morse currently leads the Pro Division points. Billy Clevenger can catch Morse, but will need to be among the finalists the next couple of weeks. Bobby Daniel’s final round runner-up spot has pulled him within one of Clevenger for the second place position in the Pro points. Arnie Cobb, Alan Kidd and Frank Taylor can still make a run at the top three. The top six will lock into the top six seeds at the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals.
Pro: 1-Tony Morse (13) 2-Billy Clevenger (10) 3-Bobby Daniel (9) 4-Arnie Cobb (7) 5-Alan Kidd (6) 5-Frank Taylor (6) 7-Danny Lowry (5) 8-Dave Sisk (4) 9-Ronnie Richardson (3) 9-Wayne Boggs (3) 9-Tony King (3)
John Bonner took over the points lead this past Friday night in the Street Outlaw division. Bonner slipped past Danny Lowry by edging out Jeff Coker in the main event. These three drivers will fight it out over the next two point nights to decide the point’s champion for the Street Outlaw. The top six drivers in the points will lock into the top six seeds at the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals.
Street Outlaw: 1-John Bonner (15) 2-Danny Lowry (13) 3-Jeff Coker (11) 4-Lee Williams (6) 4-Daryl Stiles (6) 6-Thomas Griffin (5) 7-David Sammons (4) 7-Ross Cole (4) 9-Steven Kidd (3) 10-Donald Wiles, Rannie Fletcher, Mike Varner & Steve Morris tied with 2.
Bill Hatfield leads a log jam of competitors in the Sportsman division. Hatfield has nearly locked the points title within the division, but second place through eighth place is a jumbled mess with the outcome to be decided within the next two Friday nights. The top six drivers in the points will lock into the top six seeds at the AC Delco Nationals.
Sportsman: 1-Bill Hatfield (16) 2-Jerritt Scott (10) 2-Joey Stone (10) 2-Jeremy Rhodes (10) 2-Mark Harris (10) 6-Greg Adamek (9) 6-Johnny Sims (9) 8-Russell Raines (8) 9-Richard Riggi, Richard Goldsharfe and John Morris tied with 6.
Mike Chambers continues to defend his points title from 2007 in the Pro Four division. Chambers leads Matt Baade as they head into the final two Friday night points races. The race for the top six is a lot closer as fifteen competitors have a shot at making the bracket prior to the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals weekend.
Pro Four: 1-Mike Chambers (13) 2-Matt Baade (10) 3-Tommy Gillepin (7) 4-Jason Miller (6) 5-Tony Taylor (5) 6-Chris Santos (4) 6-Rafael Velaquez (4) 6-Michael Martin (4) 9-Vincent Varela, Juan Colmenero and Mike Navarino are tied with 3.
John Schwarz and Cliff McBurnett will fight it out for second place in the Truck division point standings. Dwayne Bethune has locked up the points title and the number one seed for 2008. Several drivers are close to snaring a top six finish and the lock for the nationals championship bracket.
Trucks: 1-Dwayne Bethune (18) 2-John Schwarz (12) 2-Cliff McBurnett (12) 4-Mike Kidd (9) 5-George Swan (8) 6-Adam Cason (7) 7-TJ Johnson (5) 8-Anthony Cotton, Nat Brown, James Hames, Jason Kinard and Nicolas Feliciano are tied with 4.
The most popular division this season is also the most competitive as thirty drivers remain within striking distance of a guaranteed spot in the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals. Mike Munoz leads the points, but several drivers are ready to pounce during the final two weeks of points racing.
Domestic Advanced: 1-Mike Munoz (10) 2-John Vise (7) 2-Chris Rawls (7) 2-Neil Skipper (7) 5-Tim McArthur (6) 5-Mike Cameron (6) 5-Lewis Hinton (6) 5-Donald Mays (6) 5-Brian Rice (6) 10-Tim Johnson, Tommy McArthur, John Morgan, Tony Goforth, Clark Hamby, Curtis Teal and Heath Maddock are tied with 5.
There will also be racing in the ATV, Domestic, Tuners and Motorcycle divisions during the final two nights of racing in August. These divisions will also be on the racing card for a championship bracket at the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals. All vehicles are invited to compete on Friday, August 15 and August 22.
For a complete list of the point standings for Friday Night Drag presented by AC Delco, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Two big events are planned for September and October for Friday Night Drag competitors and fans.
The AC Delco Street Drag Nationals – September 19 and 20 (camping available at the speedway – 770-946-4211)
Friday, September 19
Full Night of Drag Racing – The divisional winners receive trophies and the seventh seed for the Championship Bracket. Open for all competitors. Race into the Show!!!
Full Show-N-Shine Competition – Awards for all classes; Speedway Cruise; Front Stretch Car Show.
National Audio Competition (Media Center Lot) – The first day of a national points championship competition
FIREWORKS! FIREWORKS! FIREWORKS!
Saturday, September 20
Full Day of Drag Racing – The divisional winners receive trophies and the eighth seed for the Championship Bracket. Open for all competitors. Race into the Show!!!
Full Show-N-Shine Competition – Awards for all classes; Speedway Cruise; Front Stretch Car Show and the Best of Show weekend awards.
National Audio Competition (Media Center Lot) – The final day of a national points championship competition.
Burn-Out Contest – Who can do the best burn-out to the starting line? Decided by fan applause!
More activities and special attractions to be announced!
Championship Bracket Race – follows the afternoon competition!
All drag racing divisions will have an eight team bracket. The top six seeds are determined by the season point standings. The seventh seed comes from Friday nights competition and the eighth seed is decided during Saturday’s competition. Divisions that did not run a point series during the summer schedule will have their eight seeds decided by their total points for the weekend (Friday/Saturday competitions). The competition on Friday and Saturday is open to any competitor, new entry, one time entry or any driver that did not make the top six in points. You can race your way into the competition on Friday, September 19 or Saturday, September 20.
The races will be run as quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals according to the brackets. The bracket championship winners will receive championship hardware with the runner-up also receiving a trophy. Other prizes may be added.
The Super Chevy Show – October 3, 4 and 5 (camping available at the speedway – 770-946-4211)
Visit www.superchevyshow.com for more information.
More info will be available at Friday Night Drags presented by AC Delco.
SHOW-N-SHINE CAR SHOW
Don’t forget that the weekly show winners will be invited to be a part of the newly created car show at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series event this October. The Show-N-Shine winners will be showcased along the front straightaway during the pre-race activities on Sunday, October 26. The showcase of award winning vehicles will be on display throughout the pre-race ceremonies including the introduction of the 43 car starting field for the Pep Boys Auto 500. This will be an exciting end to a great season of Show-N-Shine fun. There are two weeks remaining for you to claim your spot in this special car show at one of Georgia’s largest sporting events of the year.
If you are looking for photos from Friday Night Drags, the Show-N-Shine or the Speedway Cruise, visit www.speedpics.net. Tom Francisco has been snapping some fantastic photos of the fun and excitement of Friday Night Drags presented by AC Delco.
Pass along this information to your racing or showing friends and family. Invite them to join us for some great fun on Friday night. Be sure to let them know of the AC Delco Street Drag Nationals and the Super Chevy Show which are also coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway and begin making plans to attend both of these sure to be great shows.
Friday Night Drags presented by AC Delco (ticket prices and schedule)
Spectators - $7 (children six and under admitted for FREE)
Drag Competitors or Show-N-Shine Entry (includes admission for driver) - $20
Combo Ticket for Drag/Show - $30
Infield Gates Open at 6pm. Drag Practice Runs at 6:15pm. Grandstand Opens at 6:30pm. Show-N-Shine Parade at 8:20pm. Show Awards at 8:55pm. Drag Race Eliminations begin at 9:15pm.
For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com and click on the icon for Friday Night Drags presented by AC Delco.