Rhubarb's March Across Georgia To Stop at Thursday Thunder This Week
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
Eagle 106.7 FM¿s Rhubarb Jones and his March Across Georgia will stop at this week¿s Thursday Thunder summer racing event at Atlanta Motor Speedway, providing race fans with the chance make a difference in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.
Atlanta Motor Speedway officials will donate $1 for every paid adult admission to Thursday¿s activities, and in lieu of an autograph session, this week¿s featured division will go through the grandstands with their helmets.
In addition, Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark has donated five pairs of weekend ticket packages to the Oct. 29-31 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend for the first five fans who present Rhubarb with at least $500.
Over the last two years, race fans at AMS have donated nearly $10,000 to Rhubarb¿s March Across Georgia, and speedway officials hope to significantly increase that amount at this year¿s event.
Fans can win exciting prizes each week at Thursday Thunder. Up for grabs this week are tickets to this October¿s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend, as well as a host of other great prizes, including Richard Petty Driving Experience Gift Certificates, a $50 voucher from Washington Mutual, a shopping spree from Tanger Outlet Centers and racing merchandise.
Thursday Thunder is a fun and affordable activity for the whole family. Admission for adults is just $5, children 6-11 are $1, and children 5 and under are free. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the racing action will start immediately. For more information call (770) 946-4211.
DOUG STEVENS UPDATE: Despite suffering a broken right femur, right shoulder, collarbone and left arm in a crash last month at Kentucky, four-time Thursday Thunder champion Doug Stevens hasn¿t missed a week of the summer racing series.
He¿s just watching from a different seat this year. Instead of the driver¿s seat, Stevens has been perched on a bright yellow scooter.
And in spite of his injuries, Stevens isn¿t looking much worse for wear. The only outward sign of his injuries are an air cast on his left arm. His shoulder and collarbone are mostly healed, and his worst injury, the broken right femur, is held together under his jeans by a collection of pins and rods inserted in surgery following the accident.
But none of that has kept Stevens from getting back to work. Stevens has spent about five hours a day at his Legends repair shop in Lovejoy and has dedicated his evenings to teaching current Pro points leader Chris Dilbeck to rebuild an engine.
Stevens¿ girlfriend, Lindsey White, said Stevens would return to the doctor next week for a prognosis on his recovery.
¿The doctor told us that he¿s never seen more of a determined patient than Doug,¿ White said. ¿He said he¿s seen it all, and he¿s never seen someone so determined to get back to the race track and get well. Every Thursday night, he can¿t wait to get the garage to see everybody and help out.¿
THURSDAY THUNDER GOES PATRIOTIC ON JULY 1: If racing and fireworks are on your July agenda, then Atlanta Motor Speedway is the place to be. In addition to the fantastic fireworks show following the evening¿s racing, there will also be special games for children and families all night. As always, admission will be just $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under.