11 Alive, Adesa Atlanta Present Red, White and Blue Firework Spectacular At This Week's Thursday Thunder
Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Atlanta Motor Speedway will light up the night sky with a brilliant display of fireworks and an equally intense show of racing thrills and excitement this Thursday, for the Adesa Atlanta Red, White and Blue Firework Spectacular night presented by 11 Alive.
The 3rd of July celebration at Atlanta Motor Speedway is the perfect solution for families. While the children play entertaining games on the concourse ¿ such as a coloring contest and mini-basketball ¿ the adults will be thrilled by the excitement of Legends, Bandolero and Roadster racing. Plus, we¿ll cap the night off with a spectacular firework show.
Especially for the July 3 celebration, Atlanta Motor Speedway will also add to the fun on concourse with clowns, face painting, balloon art and a dunking tank.
Fans will also have the chance to register for the Georgia 500 ultimate weekend package ¿ which includes two tickets to Georgia-Pacific Qualifying Night, the Aaron¿s 312 Busch Series race and the Georgia 500, as well as two pre-race pit passes ¿ and other great prizes, including ride-alongs from the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
Also up for grabs will be an expanded list of giveaways from local business, including Bruster¿s, Mama¿s and Sonic Drive-In. As always, there will also be loads of other fun stuff given away each night.
Tickets are available at Gate 13 the night of the event and are just $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-11 (5 and under are free). For the July 3 event only, spectators will be charged $5 to enter speedway property and park; the $5 voucher they receive for parking is redeemable for one ticket at the gate. Spectator gates open at 6 p.m. with preliminary action starting immediately Feature racing begins at 7:30 p.m. and will conclude by 10 p.m.
Contact the speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 for information, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
FASTER PASTOR RACE NEXT WEEK: Four local ministers will trade the pulpit for the cockpit on July 10 during Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the first Faster Pastor event at the track.
The four pastors ¿ Randy Valimont of First Assembly of God, Steve Stewart of Oak Hill Baptist Church, Ted Moody of Mt. Gilead Church and Dan Brown of First United Methodist ¿ took their first laps in a Legends series car last week but are already pumped up about the July 10 showdown.
¿Faster Pastor is going to be good for everyone ¿ it will unite the community, help the kids who race and benefit the hungry,¿ Moody said.
The starting positions will be determined by a canned food drive, with the food collected benefiting the Five Loaves and Two Fishes Food Pantry in Griffin. Each pastor will have a barrel at the gate, and the one with the most food starts on the pole.
To bolster support for their favorite driver, audience members will be asked to display a special color for each minister: Valimont is red, Stewart is blue, Moody is orange and Brown is green.
DOUBLE DUTY: Although Atlanta¿s veteran Thursday Thunder competitors are no strangers to Lowe¿s Motor Speedway¿s Tuesday night summer racing series, the Summer Shootout, it seems that the younger kids are also getting in on the action now.
Bandolero Bandits drivers Andrew Brunnert (McDonough), Justin Swilling and Peyton Durflinger (McDonough) all made their debut at the Charlotte track last week. Brunnert scored the top finish of the group with a 10th.
¿That was a lot of fun,¿ said Swilling, who finished 17th, just behind Durflinger¿s 16th. ¿It¿s very different up there. There were a lot of cars, and it would have been easy to get lost in the crowd. But we all did a pretty OK job. We just went up to have fun.¿
Hunter Robbins, the Bandits points leader at AMS, is a veteran at Lowe¿s and finished second there last week, the top finisher for all Georgia drivers.