SCCS: Atlanta Road Course SCCS race notes

Martin wins Atlanta SCCS race. Hampton, GA - John Martin III, from Cornelius, North Carolina, captured his second consecutive Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) victory with a win on the road course at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, August...

Martin wins Atlanta SCCS race.

Hampton, GA - John Martin III, from Cornelius, North Carolina, captured his second consecutive Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS) victory with a win on the road course at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, August 4, 2002. Martin started the Sunday feature on the outside of the front row with the second-quickest lap in Saturday time trials and exchange the lead twice with polesitter Ron Fariss.

"I ran for the first couple of laps with Ron," Martin said. "I was just biding my time until Ron spun coming out of turn seven."

Ron Fariss, of Lynchburg, Virginia, led the first three laps of the Atlanta Peach Harvest Run before spinning in the transition area between the infield road course and the banked superspeedway on lap four. Bill Bratton was also involved in the spin that brought out the first of three cautions.

Martin and J.P. Morgan of Ether, North Carolina, engaged in a tight battle for the lead until Fariss muscled his way from the back of the pack and into the lead again on lap 16. Eight laps later, brake problems prevented Fariss, a two-time SCCS winner, from making the first turn. He coasted around the track and into the pits. He returned to finish the race one lap down.

Martin regained the lead and held off Morgan for the final five laps of the race. Third went to Chris Mitchum of Herndon Virginia. John Goodson of Tallahassee, Florida, was fourth. Michael Brown of Blue Ridge, Virginia, rounded out the top five.

The next event for the Stock Car Championship Series cars will be at the Lowe's Motor Speedway on September 7 and 8. Practice and qualifying will be on Saturday with the race on Sunday afternoon. For more information visit the SCCS web site at www.sccsracing.com.

SCCS, LLC is the founder of the Stock Car Championship Series (SCCS), which is a professional Stock Car Road Racing Series consisting of eight events throughout the eastern United States. SCCS combines the excitement of bump & grind late model stock car racing with the driving challenge of first class road course venues. SCCS cars are purpose built race chasses with 1999-2002 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, Ford Taurus, Pontiac Grand Prix and Dodge Intrepid bodies with 400+ horsepower.

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Series Road racing
Drivers John Martin