Thursday Thunder Veteran Dwight Pilgram Plays In Dirt Over Holiday Weekend
Tuesday, July 8, 2003
Thursday Thunder Masters division racer Dwight Pilgram (Stockbridge) spent his Fourth of July weekend playing in the dirt and came home with a big trophy for his trouble.
Pilgram traveled to Joplin, Mo., to race at Joplin 66 Speedway¿s Joplin Sports Authority MLRA Summer Nationals, where he took the checkered flag on the famed dirt track.
Pilgram won his heat race and finished third in the Master¿s division race last week on Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s Thunder Ring. He is currently fourth in Thursday Thunder Masters points and ranked tenth in the nation among Masters racers.
LEGENDS IN THE UK: Legends Semi-Pro driver Sam Watts (Orlando, Fla.) was excited when he read about the UK Oval Track Legends Cars Series in 600 Racing Magazine. They are headquartered not far from his former home in the United Kingdom.
Not only was the 12-year-old former quarter-midget stand-out surprised to learn his newest passion, Legends cars, were becoming a world-wide phenomenon, but he was also happy to see his buddies back home in England could experience the thrills of driving a Legends machine, too.
Watts moved from England to Florida with his parents five years ago and almost immediately began racing quarter-midgets. He was given a Legends car for Christmas, and is now concentrating his efforts on winning a Semi-Pro Championship at Orlando Speedway.
He traveled to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the Fourth of July weekend with several other racers from Orlando: Young Guns driver Chelsea Schillig and Bandits competitor Eric Salvesen.
ONE TIME AT SUMMER CAMP: Flint River Camp and 316 Motorsports - made up of Bandolero drivers Chase Moody (Griffin) and Jody Pilkenton (Griffin) - brought 180 campers to Thursday Thunder last week, giving the children a chance to visit Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Each summer, more than 1,500 campers spend a week at Flint River Camp, most coming from underprivileged, broken or challenged homes.
Flint River Camp is owned and operated by the Flint River Baptist Association. It has been open since 1953
MOVIN¿ ON UP: Myron Guyton¿s domination of the Chargers division at Atlanta Motor Speedway is over, but it isn¿t because Guyton (McDonough) has slacked off.
By winning three races this season in the Chargers division, Guyton must now move up to the Semi-Pro division. He will be following former Charger Sean ¿Flip¿ Davis (McDonough) who moved to Semi-Pro last week.
Davis has faired well in the Semi-Pro division thus far, finishing in the top-five last week.