After a few weeks off to prepare for its marquee AdvoCare 500 race during Labor Day Weekend, drag racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway tonight.
Track officials expect over 200 drag competitors as the season points battles are on the line.
The tightest drag racing battles are in the Pro, Domestic Advanced, Truck and Tuner Class with drivers tied at the top of the point standings. Alan Kidd of Locust Grove and David Craft of McDonough are tied with 24 points each in the Pro Class. In the Domestic Advanced Class, Terry Bates of Locust Grove and Stephen DeFayette of Sharpsburg have each earned 18 points while Jason Kinard of Hollonville is still in the hunt one point behind the leaders with 17. In the Truck Class, Buddy Patrick of Stockbridge and James Ragsdale of Riverdale remain deadlocked with 19 points each. Dustin Ponder of Brooks and Nicolas Feliciano of Griffin are tied at 17 points each in the Tuner Class.
Other close drag racing battles include the Super Pro Class where Bobby Daniel of Stockbridge leads Michael Ramsey of Canton by one point. The Street Modified Class is also separated by one point with Mike Gregory of Riverdale ahead of Kane Shavers of Griffin for the top spot. The battle for the Domestic Class is also stiff as Andrew Morgan of McDonough has notched 21 points to lead the class while Darrell Hallford of Senoia sits three points back with 18 and Jimmy Hunter of Rex is four points out of first with 17.
KIM LEADS CLAYTON STATE
The Clayton State men’s golf team won the Smoky Mountain Intercollegiate tournament in Tennessee to open its fall schedule.
Clayton State shot a two-over par 292 on the final day of the two-day tournament to win by seven strokes over runner-up Queens. Lee University and North Georgia tied for third, flolowed by Limestone to round out the top-five.
The Lakers were led by a pair of players competing in their first collegiate tournament. Freshman Patrick Kim tied for second in the event with a 2-under par score of 142 on the 7,034-yard course. He fired a 3-under par 69 in the final round. Lee’s Matt Emory was the low medalist at 3-under par (70-71).
Redshirt sophomore Keith Egan, who shot a 69 on Monday, followed up his impressive debut with a 74 on Tuesday, tying for fifth in the tournament.
Clayton State senior Fredrik Lindblom posted the team’s third best score, finishing tied for seventh after rounds of 71 and 73. Senior Tyson Beaupre rounded out the scoring for Clayton State tying for 23rd after rounds of 73 and 76. Junior Ryan Haskell finished 78th with rounds of 78 and 83.