Hampton's Chris Dilbeck Celebrates 4-year Anniversary at AMS in Victory Lane
Friday, June 13, 2003
It was exactly four years ago that Hampton¿s Chris Dilbeck made his debut as a rookie in the Bandolero division of Thursday Thunder. Now 17 years old and competing in the top division, Dilbeck dominated the Pro race at Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday, leading every lap en route to winning his first race of the season.
Bubba Pollard (Senoia) took second place, while T.J. Sneva traveled from his home in Indianapolis and scored a third place finish.
Racing veteran Mark Wallace (Griffin), co-owner of Dave Blaney¿s No. 77 Jasper Engines Winston Cup machine, won the Tanger Outlet Center Masters division race, edging competitors Brian Weimer of Cumming and Sam McCullough of Snellville.
After taking a rough ride and flipping several times down the backstretch in his Legends car last week during Thursday Thunder, Jim Gresham returned this week to Thursday Thunder, piloting his Pace Car Fuel Center Roadster to Papa John¿s Victory Lane ahead of Dale Akridge (Lilburn) and Don Snyder (Knoxville, TN).
Doc Lee (Senoia) took the checkered flag in the Semi-Pro division in front of second-place Bubba Harry of Griffin and third-place finisher Chip Reid (Winston).
Sean Cassidy of Martinez barely edged competitors Jody Pilkenton (Griffin) and Marci Bristol (Sharpsburg) in the Pace Car Fuel Centers Outlaws division.
Outlaw racer Darrell Banks of Sharpsburg took home the $50 for the Redi.net Dash-4-Cash for finishing in the Thursday¿s magic No. 4 position despite going to the garage before the race was completed.
In the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits division, Hunter Robbins picked up his second win of the season and grabbed a healthy lead in the points. He was followed by Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), racing in just his second Bandolero race ever, and Ryan Rudy (Hampton).
Woodstock¿s Kyle Kitchens visited Papa John¿s Victory Lane in the Moore Machinery Movers Young Guns division, with Ryan Bowman and Trey Maughan finishing close behind.
Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s Thursday Thunder will return next week for the third of ten weeks of Legends, Bandolero and Roadster racing. To test driver your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Pete Horne at (770) 707-2977 or visit (www.legendsofga.com).