Thrills, Spills and Dollar Bills at Rhubarb's March Across Georgia Night at Thursday Thunder
Friday, June 18, 2004
The third week of Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway welcomed Eagle 106.7 FM¿s Rhubarb Jones and his March Across Georgia to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, while fans enjoyed a full night of action-packed racing.
Atlanta Motor Speedway officials donated $1 for every paid adult admission Thursday, and drivers from the Young Guns division walked through the grandstands with their helmets to collect money.
After collecting money, the Young Guns climbed into their cars and headed to the Thunder Ring. Entering the night second in points, Daniel Moore of Griffin captured the first win of his career. He held off Ryan Gandee (McDonough) and Jason Magagna (Cumming).
In the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits race, current points champion Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville) earned his second win of the season. Cole Miktuk (Rock Hill, SC) earned his highest career finish, ending in second place. Last week¿s winner Kyle Fowler (Smyrna) rounded out the top three.
In the Chargers division, Griffin¿s Byron Conley earned his first career win in just his first race this season after a caution-filled event. Brian Snider of Jonesboro finished second, his best career finish. Brad Shelnutt rounded out the top three, tying a career best.
After a battle to the finish, Griffin¿s Jim Egloff captured his second career win in the Roadsters division, making it two in a row. Despite some bumps on the car, Stockbridge¿s Jim Gresham finished second.
In the Don Bell Signs Pro Division, points champion Chris Dilbeck of Hampton picked up his third victory in a row by passing L.J Cover (Douglasville) on the last lap. Cover started from the pole and led all but the last lap to finish second, while Beau Slocumb (Juliette) picked up a third place finish.
In the Estes Heating and Air division, points leader Chris Cable picked up his second win of the season. Cable (Griffin) held off Winston¿s Travis Pennington, who managed another second-place finish. Jess Mattox (Waycross) picked up a career-best with third.
Vince Ponder picked up his first win since returning to the Outlaws division by holding off points leader and defending Young Guns champion Trey Maughan (Fayetteville). Sean Cassidy of Martinez finished third.
After a week off vacationing in the Carribbean, Tanger Outlet Center Masters driver Mark Wallace (Griffin) returned to competition Thursday, picking up his second win of the season. Cumming¿s Brian Weimer was second and Stockbridge¿s Dwight Pilgram was third.
Atlanta Motor Speedway¿s Thursday Thunder will return next week for Gresham & Associates Night at the race. Tickets for Thursday Thunder are just $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-11, and children under 5 are free. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 6 p.m. with preliminary action beginning immediately. Feature racing begins at 7 p.m. and concludes by 10:30 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, call (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.