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Kinard nabs Domestic Advanced Friday Drags win

By Dustin Bixby
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Jason Kinard beat out Terry Bates to pick up the victory in the Domestic Advanced final at last week's Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway. / Photo: Tom Francisco/
HAMPTON, GA – The battle for the points lead in numerous divisions was contested on the pit lane drag strip in week 7 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags action at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

In the Domestic Advanced division, Jason Kinard of Hampton and his 1997 Chevrolet S10 moved to the top of the standings with a final round win over the 1988 Mazda RX7 piloted by Terry Bates of Locust Grove.

“It was very important to have a good run,” said an elated Kinard. “It moved me up in the points into first place.”

With the win, Kinard is now in first place with 14 points in the division as both Stephen DeFayette of Sharpsburg and Terry Bates of Locust Grove remain within striking distance of the lead as they enter next week’s action.

“It was a good win over the defending Domestic Advanced champion Terry Bates,” said Kinard. “Every time we get next to each other, something happens – whether I mess up or he red-lights or whatever, something always happens. I was ready for a good race.”

The husband and wife pair of Dwayne and Ramae Bethune of Covington squared off in the Diesel Truck final in a battle for the top spot in the division for the second consecutive week. Ramae regained the Diesel Truck division lead as she earned the win, her first of the points season.

A red-light violation in the Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro final stopped the winning streak of the 1974 Chevrolet Nova of Arnie Cobb of Locust Grove at five. The 1986 Ford Mustang driven by Tony Byrd of Stockbridge earned the win. Byrd was the runner up in the finals for the first three points events of the season.

Will Coots in his 1985 Chevrolet C10 remains unbeatable in the Truck Advanced division after a dominating finals win over the 1982 Chevrolet Pick-Up of Luthersville’s Keith White. Coots did not catch the light, but more than made up for the late start as he whizzed past White midway down the track on his way to a fifth consecutive points win.

Drag racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on July 4 for week 8 of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags.

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Atlanta Motor Speedway - Hampton, GA
Friday Night Drags - June 26, 2014

Super Pro: Tony Byrd - 1986 Ford Thunderbird
Pro: David Harbin - 1969 Chevrolet Nova
Street Outlaw: Herbert Steverson - 1976 Chevrolet Camaro
Sportsman: Kyle Cumpton - 1993 Ford Mustang
Domestic Advanced: Jason Kinard - 1997 Chevrolet S10
Truck Advanced: Will Coots - 1985 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: Michael Gregory - 1985 Ford Mustang
Factory Street: Kirk Pennywhitt - 2013 Tesla Model S
Domestic: Kelly Morgan - 1968 Ford Mustang
Diesel Truck: Ramae Bethune - 2012 Dodge Ram 2500
Truck: James Ragsdale - 1979 Ford F150
Tuner: Chase Ponder - 1995 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX
Sport Compact: Jerry Barnett - 2008 Nissan 350Z
Super Bike: Toney Freeman - 2004 Suzuki
Sport Bike: Jeremy St. Julien - 2013 Kawasaki 2X14
Motorcycle: Robert Thomas - 2002 Harley-Davidson
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Chris Wolfenbarger - 2010 West Coast Chopper
ATV: Bradley Smith - 1987 Yamaha Banshee
Associated Categories: Sports News, Professional Sports, NASCAR

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