HAMPTON, Ga. - With time running short on the 2019 Auto Parts Friday Night Drags season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drivers scrambled to make a move in the points standings with the penultimate race on the horizon.
The championship battle in the South River Agency New Edge Division tightened up with a final round win by James Walker in his 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat.
“I’m working hard to keep my championship trophy from last year,” said Walker following his win over Gary Kelly in the final. “There is a lot of good competition out here and it’s a lot of fun.”
A blown transmission has taken contender Steve Schaffer out hunt for a division title.
“They said it would be a month before I’d get it back,” said Schaffer from the sidelines.
With only two more weeks remaining and no car to compete, Schaffer has had to watch any hopes of a championship evaporate while watching the South River Agency New Edge Division compete.
“Steve is a great competitor,” said Walker, “but there are a bunch of other fast cars out here.”
Walker now trails division leader Jacob Turner by two points in the championship hunt while an idle Shaffer is now five points back of the leader.
Atlanta Motor Speedway’s O’Reilly Auto Parts Friday Night Drags returns to the pit lane drag strip on Friday, August 16. More information can be found at AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.
Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, GA
Friday Night Drags – August 9, 2019
Domestic: David Smith – 1990 Isuzu
New Edge: James Walker – 2016 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
Pro: Kevin Mayo – 2007 Chevrolet Cavalier
Super Pro: David Clevenger – 1963 Chevrolet Corvette
Street Outlaw: Richard Corcoran – 1986 Ford Mustang
Sportsman: Vincent Varda – 1979 Mazda RX-7
Truck Advance: Keith White – 1982 Chevy Pick Up
Street Performer: Jody Scott – 1995 Chevrolet S10
Super Bike: Graham Mayo – 2007 Hayabusa
Sport Bike: Kevin Connolly – 2009 Yamaha Vmax
Motorcycle: Eric Denham – 2008 Yamaha R6
Cruiser: Robert Thomas – 2004 Harley
Quad/Tri: Wayne Clinz – Banshee
Street Modified: John Reyes – 2003 Ford Mustang GT
Truck: Ed Blanford – 1968 F100
Tuner: Jim Dean – 1991 V61
Sport Compact: Amanda Brown – 2012 Ford Mustang V6
Factory Street: Keith Shockey – 2015 SRT 392 Challenger