The popular Speed TV show, ‘Pinks All Out,’ came to Atlanta Dragway this past weekend to tape an episode of its series. Well over 20,000 spectators (a one-day attendance figure rivaled only by the NHRA Southern Nationals) packed the grandstands on both sides of the track. Fans received their money’s worth during the event, which featured nearly 500 “little guy” racers vying for a spot in the 16-car field that the show revolves around.
Event winner Paul Smith Jr., an Atlanta Dragway regular from Alpharetta, said his first reaction after finding he had made the 16-car field was disbelief. His reaction times were key to his success. He needed every bit, as he squeaked out his first-round win by a mere .0015 seconds against Commerce racer Jody Blalock’s incredibly quick ’49 Hudson. In the final round setup, Smith won the first two runs against competitor “Wild” Bill Jones’ Lake City, FL-based ’71 Mustang, making a third pass unnecessary.