Party Just Starting: Mascots Take Over Atlanta Motor Speedway This Week
Wednesday, July 21, 2004
The invasion is coming: Atlanta mascots are about to take over Atlanta Motor Speedway for this week¿s Georgia Power Mascot Mania night at Thursday Thunder presented by z93.
After the excitement of William Hung last week, some of the most recognizable mascots in Atlanta will be at AMS to participate in the celebrity mascot obstacle course race during the night¿s intermission activities.
On hand to race ¿ as well as pose for photos and sign autographs ¿ include Freddie Falcon, Skyhawk, Homer, Papa John¿s Pizza Slice, Arby¿s Oven Mitt, Speedy Beaver and AMS¿ own Monkey Wrench.
As always, fans of all ages will have the opportunity to win prizes, including tickets to October¿s Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend, Richard Petty Driving Experience ride-alongs, a $50 voucher from Washington Mutual, a shopping spree from Tanger Outlet Centers and racing merchandise.
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 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, call (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
FOREIGN INFLUENCE: Thursday Thunder has gone International with the arrival of James Auld, driver and team manager of AuldSPORT International from Hastings, Great Britain.
Auld has been working with Subaru, which is holding its 2005 model launch at Atlanta Motor Speedway this summer. For the past four weeks, Auld has watched the Legends cars pile into the speedway on Thursday nights. After watching the competition from afar, he decided to give it a go himself.
¿I have gone too long without racing,¿ said Auld. ¿It looked interesting and close to what I¿m used to driving back home.¿
Auld is no stranger to racing at home, where he has his own team and competes in several sports car classes. He has 55 wins in 210 races, plus two championships.
During Thursday Thunder, Auld will be competing in the Chargers division, racking up all of the driving experience he can.
¿These drivers are a lot better than I thought,¿ he said. ¿If I¿m in the same car in the next few weeks, it will be a good thing.¿
FASTER PASTOR PART II: The second Faster Pastor race of the season will take place on July 29 during intermission of the Thursday Thunder series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Local pastors will race in beat-up demolition-derby type cars while trying to go for the win. Canned goods are once again being accepted and will be donated to a food pantry of the churches choice.
The preacher with the largest amount of canned foods donated by 7 p.m. will start on the pole position.