Posted: Wednesday, May 21st 2014 at 2:30pm
Cobb powers to Super Pro win at AMS Friday Night Drags
By Track PR
Arnie Cobb launches from the starting line en route to the Super Pro win in last week's Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway. / Photo: Tom Francisco/Speedpics.net
HAMPTON – Competitors took to the pit lane drag strip to hone their skill in the final race before the season points opener in the nation's most popular street drag racing series, the O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro division is shaping up to again be one of the most competitive at Drags. Racing since the inaugural season, Arnie Cobb of Locust Grove in his 1974 Chevrolet Nova earned the win when he defeated the 1986 Ford Thunderbird piloted by Tony Byrd of Stockbridge.
“It was a good (final) run, but we had some problems with too much power for the track tonight,” said Cobb, “but we took some power out and it and it finally went (straight) down the track.”
Cobb, who had overpowered a bye run earlier in the night, was able to keep it steady as Byrd fishtailed off the starting line in the final.
“He got a little close to me,” said Cobb, “but it looked like he had it pretty well under control. All I saw was this glance of him when I went by.”
In the Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Class, Robert Blankenship of Locust Grove in his 1986 Ford Mustang edged out Chris Couch of McDonough in a 1997 Chevrolet S10 for the win.
“It was a good opportunity to get all the kinks worked out,” said Blankenship. “It was a confidence boost to get the win (heading into the season points opener on May 30), but you can never be too confident because you never know who is going to show up each week.”
Other winners in week 2 included Eric Rycroft of Grayson in his 1986 Ford Mustang who defeated Adam Burgess of Forest Park in a 1974 Chevrolet Corvette.
Advancing to the finals for the second consecutive week was Kirk Pennywitt of Sharpsburg in a 2013 Tesla Model S all-electric vehicle. Pennywitt could not pull out the win as Sam Lee of Stockbridge in a 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 used a quick jump off the start to claim victory.
As a non-points event, the night afforded competitors the opportunity to prepare for the 2014 drag racing season.
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags continues with the season points opener on May 30.
Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, GA
Friday Night Drags – May 16, 2014
Super Pro: Arnie Cobb - 1974 Chevrolet Nova
Pro: David Clevenger - 1975 Chevrolet Vega
Street Outlaw: Andrew Pride - 1985 Chevrolet S10
Sportsman: Robert Blankenship - 1986 Ford Mustang
Domestic Advanced: Eric Roycroft - 1986 Ford Mustang
Truck Advanced: Mike Chambers - 1973 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: Michael Gregory - 1985 Ford Mustang
Factory Street: Sam Lee - 2002 Chevrolet Camaro Z28
Domestic: Douglas Anglin - 1988 Ford Mustang
Truck: Sheldon Maynard - 1972 Chevrolet C10
Tuner: Jim Dean - 1990 Mazda 300zx TT
Sport Compact: Yuniesley Cuevcs - 1992 Honda Civic Hatchback
Super Bike: Robin Malcolm - 2004 Busa
Sport Bike: James Roberts - 2000 Suzuki Hayabusa
Motorcycle: Robert Thomas - 2002 Harley-Davidson
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Pernell Webb - 2003 Kawasaki 250
ATV: Bradley Smith - 1987 Yamaha Banshee
Link: Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday Night Drags
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