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Stevens places fourth

By Anthony Rhoads

After making history Thursday night by winning his fourth Pro Division points championship at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer racing series, Doug Stevens traveled to Nashville over the weekend and enjoyed a top-five finish in an ARCA race.

On Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Stevens finished the week 9 race in third place and the week 10 race in fourth place, en route to winning the Thursday Thunder Pro championship.

Stevens, a McDonough resident, placed fourth in the Waste Management 200 Saturday at Nashville Superspeedway after starting the event in ninth place.

Stevens also had solid practice runs. In the first practice session, he was fifth and in the Happy Hour final practice, he was 11th.

Stevens did a test run July 28 at Nashville and was the quickest on that test day.

Former Stockbridge resident David Ragan placed sixth in the July 28 test run. Ragan was unable to compete in Nashville because track rules state that drivers must be at least 18 to compete. Ragan, the son of former Winston Cup driver Ken Ragan, turns 18 in December.

Stevens has been racing part-time in the ARCA series since 2001.

He has also raced in the ASA series and Hooters ProCup series.

Stevens in sponsored by Jasper Engines and Transmissions in ARCA and Hooters ProCup.

Stevens graduated from Forest Park High School in 1995 near the top of his class and went on to Georgia Tech.

In addition to racing cars, Stevens also works on them. He owns Advanced Techonology Motorsports in Lovejoy.

Dilbeck finishes second: Henry County High School student Chris Dilbeck finished second in the Pro Division race at Lanier Speedway Saturday. Dilbeck has six wins and 11 top-fives this season at Lanier.

Dilbeck also competes at Thursday Thunder.