Posted: Thursday, July 10th 2014 at 8:00am
Fireworks in the sky, on the track at Friday Night Drags
By Dustin Bixby
A racer launches from the starting line during last week's Friday Night Drags action at Atlanta Motor Speedway. / Photo: Tom Francisco/Speedpics.net
HAMPTON, GA - Fans younger than a year old as well as all the way up to the age of 86 enjoyed an exciting evening of Fourth of July Fireworks and thrilling street drag racing during week eight of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags.
Among the drivers who captured their first win on Friday was Luthersville’s Keith White in his 1982 Chevrolet pickup. White outraced Fayetteville’s Chad Etheridge in a 1981 Chevrolet C-10 to get the milestone win. The victory gave him sole possession of second place in the division after Friday’s final-round first-place finish.
“It feels great, it really does. I come out here and the place is great, we meet a lot of nice people out here,” White said. “It’s not really about the wins, because I just enjoy racing out here and meeting people. The win is icing on the cake.”
In the latest turn in the sibling rivalry within the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division, Chris Morgan, driving a 1966 Ford Mustang, won his second final round of the season as he topped brother Kelly Morgan in a 1968 Ford Mustang.
Williamson’s Daryl Stiles, who was a past winner in the Street Outlaw Division, found victory for the first time this season in the Jailhouse Brewing Company Super Pro Division in his 1967 Chevrolet Camaro. He beat out Hampton’s Billy Clevenger in the final. Clevenger was racing in memory of his wife, Deborah, who died early this week and had lettering on his car honoring her memory.
Atlanta Motor Speedway's O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags continues on July 11. More information can be found at atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.
Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, GA
Friday Night Drags – July 4, 2014
Super Pro: Daryl Stiles - 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Pro: Alan Kidd - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Street Outlaw: Gary Thomas - 1974 Chevrolet Nova
Sportsman: Terry/Bonnie Queen - 1994 Dodge Dakota
Domestic Advanced: Jason Kinard - 1997 Chevrolet S10
Truck Advanced: Keith White - 1982 Chevrolet Pick Up
Street Modified: Michael Gregory - 1985 Ford Mustang
Factory Street: Kirk Pennywhitt - 2013 Tesla Model S
Domestic: Chris Morgan - 1966 Ford Mustang
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune - 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Truck: Paul Foster - 1969 Ford F-100
Tuner: Brian Consaul - 2009 Porsche 997
Sport Compact: Jose Samaniego - 1993 Honda Civic
Sport Bike: Jeremy St. Julien - 2013 Kawasaki 2X14
Motorcycle: Robert Thomas - 2002 Harley-Davidson
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Jacob Turner - 1987 Honda CR500
ATV: Dedric Wright - 1998 Yamaha Banshee
Link: Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday Night Drags
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