Posted: Thursday, July 31st 2014 at 2:00pm
Kinard nabs fifth straight AMS Friday Night Drags win
By Dustin Bixby
Jason Kinard scored the victory in the Domestic Advanced final at last week’s Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway. / Photo: Tom Francisco/Speedpics.net
HAMPTON, GA – Almost 300 competitors returned to the pit lane drag strip and thrilled patrons in Week 11 of O'Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With four points races remaining as this week’s action began, the event was critical for multiple drivers in their chase for a season championship.
In the Domestic Advanced division, Jason Kinard of Hampton continued his dominance and cushioned his lead in the points standings. Behind the wheel of his 1997 Chevrolet S10, Kinard knocked off Vic Vickers of McDonough and his 1993 Ford Mustang for his fifth consecutive win, the most of any drags competitor this year.
“We knew we were going to have to turn it up just to beat him,” said Kinard. “So I turned it up a pretty good bit, it just so happened it stuck. It worked out good.”
A win on double points night next week for Kinard would almost certainly put the domestic advance division championship out of reach.
“Next week’s race is pretty important because if I get the double points nobody can catch me,” said Kinard. ‘There won’t be enough races left to catch me.”
Patrick Stansell of Hampton broke the tie with Jason Zaletankski of McDonough in the in the Tuner Division with an elimination round victory. Stansell and his 1989 Toyota Supra out raced Jose Samaniego of Jonesboro and his 1993 Honda Civic for the win. Stansell now holds a three point lead on Zaletankski for the Tuner Division lead.
Jimmy Clements of McDonough earned his first final round elimination win of the season in his 1973 Plymouth Duster as he knocked off two-time winner this season Andrew Morgan and his 1987 Ford Mustang in the Harding Plumbing, Heating and Cooling Domestic Division.
Dwayne Bethune of Covington behind the wheel of a 2006 Dodge 2500 added to his lead in the Diesel Truck Division points race with a win over Evan Roberts of Locust Grove. It was Robert’s first trip to O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags with his 2008 Ford F-250.
Drag racing continues at Atlanta Motor Speedway on August 1 for Week 12 of the O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags. It’s double points night and drag competitors will have an opportunity to make a jump in the point standings.
For more information, visit atlantamotorspeedway.com/drags.
Atlanta Motor Speedway - Hampton, GA
Friday Night Drags - July 25, 2014
Super Pro: Alan Kidd - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Pro: David Craft - 1984 Chevrolet Corvette
Street Outlaw: Gary Thomas - 1974 Chevrolet Nova
Sportsman: Tony/Josh Morse - 1981 Chevrolet Malibu
Domestic Advanced: Jason Kinard - 1997 Chevrolet S10
Truck Advanced: Will Coots - 1985 Chevrolet C10
Street Modified: Terry Love - 1990 Ford Mustang
Factory Street: Kenneth Wright - 2013 Dodge Charger
Diesel Truck: Dwayne Bethune - 2006 Dodge Ram 2500
Truck: Brian Leath - 1976 Chevrolet C10
Tuner: Patrick Stansell - 1989 Toyota Supra
Sport Compact: Mike Duckworth - 2004 Mazda 6
Super Bike: Toney Freeman - 2004 Suzuki
Motorcycle: Jason Lowery - 2004 Honda CB900F
Cruiser/Dirt Bike: Daniel Leath - 2014 Yamaha Bolt
ATV: David Armstrong - 2000 Banshee
Link: Atlanta Motor Speedway Friday Night Drags
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