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Shane's Rib Shack Announces Contestants to Compete in the Ultimate Shaniac BBQ Eating

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Kaelin Leonard
Shane’s Rib Shack


ATLANTA (August 10, 2012) –  Shane’s Rib Shack and Atlanta Motor Speedway, are proud to announce that the four finalists to compete in the “Ultimate Shaniac BBQ Eating Contest” have been determined.  The contest is slated to take place at the Atlanta Motor Speedway Fan Stage on September 1, 2012 at 5PM EST during the Advocare 500, NASCAR Cup Series Race Weekend. The four contestants entered the contest by submitting their information and emailing a photo and a story about why they are the “Ultimate Shaniac” to Shane’s Rib Shack founder, Shane Thompson chose the contestants based on originality, creativity and passion for eating BBQ. The final four contestants will receive 2 tickets to the Advocare 500 Race on September 2. The contestant who can eat the most BBQ Pork Sliders in 2 minutes will be dubbed the winner and will receive a Big Green Egg while the runners up will get $50 Gift Cards from Shane’s Rib Shack for participating!

The Final Four Contestants:

  • Dale “Rib Breaker” Boone is a competitive eater and is so determined to win the title of “Ultimate Shaniac” that he traveled around to Shane’s Rib Shack locations until he found one where he could practice eating BBQ Pork Sliders.
  • Darryl “BBQ Extraordinaire” Nelson’s love of BBQ began over 40 years ago and he intends on using his BBQ “addiction” to win the title of “Ultimate Shaniac”
  • Frank “The Tank” Wickstead is a competitive eater and a BBQ connoisseur who is out to bring on the heat and win the title of “Ultimate Shaniac.”
  • Patrick “Pit Master” Dogan is a certified Memphis in May BBQ judge. He is confident that he will be the “Ultimate Shaniac” because he rarely meets a contender who can eat faster than he can.

The “Ultimate Shaniac” will be unveiled on September 1, 2012.  Please visit or Shane’s Rib Shack’s Facebook Page ( for additional contest information and updates.

For true Shane’s Rib Shack fanatics, each Shane’s Rib Shack location offers customers the opportunity to “Become a Shaniac” where members will receive exclusive offers, monthly news and rewards from Shane’s via email and text message.  In addition, BBQ lovers can follow Shane’s Rib Shack on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with community involvement, store openings, promotions and other “Shaniac” madness. 

Shane’s Rib Shack currently has locations throughout the state of Georgia, including metro Atlanta, Athens, Brunswick, Hinesville, St. Simons Island, Statesboro and Savannah.  Additionally, Shane’s has restaurants in the following states:  Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Arizona, Louisiana, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Kentucky and New York.  For a complete list of locations and franchise information, please


About Shane’s Rib Shack

Shane's Rib Shack is a true American rib shack, known for its slow-cooked ribs, hand-chopped chicken and pork, and many southern sides to compliment each plate.  The original shack was founded in 2002, in rural McDonough, Ga. by Shane Thompson, who started the restaurant with his grandfather's secret BBQ sauce.  Since becoming a franchised restaurant in 2004, Shane's Rib Shack has grown to become the country's fastest growing fast-casual barbecue concept.  Shane’s Rib Shack was selected as #56 on the Fast Casual Movers and Shakers list of 2009 and selected to Franchise Times Fast 55 list, highlighting the very best of the Fast Casual industry’s over 600 restaurants.  Shane’s Rib Shack currently operates more than 70 locations.  For more information, visit 

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