THURSDAY THUNDER WEEK 2: RESULTS
Friday, June 17, 2005
THURSDAY THUNDER WEEK 2: RESULTS
Hampton, GA (June 9, 2005) Atlanta Motor Speedway delivered another night of action-packed racing for week two of their Thursday Thunder series.
The first race of the evening was the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits division with Austin Hill (Winston) on the pole. For the first half of the race, Hill went unchallenged until last week's winner, Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Concord, N.C.) made an aggressive move, diving down to the inside of turn one to take over the lead. Hill stayed right on Wallace's bumper and with two laps go, the two cars made contact and spun each other out. The contact between Hill and Wallace allowed Max Gresham (Griffin) to grab the lead and bring home his first Thursday Thunder Atlanta Dental Team Bandits win.
The Semi-Pro division had the largest field of the night with 20 cars. T.J. Reaid (Acworth) started the race from the pole with Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville) in third. Roderick took over the lead on lap two and one lap later, last week's winner, Kyle Fowler (Smyrna) took over the top spot. Fowler would not fare as well this week, as he was black-flagged on lap 11 due to a disconnected bumper and was removed from the race. Roderick inherited the lead due to Fowler's misfortune and brought home the checkered flag. In 2004, Roderick was the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits champion and moved up to the Semi-Pro division for 2005. This was Roderick's first win in a Semi-Pro car in only his second Thursday Thunder start.
For the Mid-Georgia Tractor Young Guns feature, J.R. Allen (Duluth) started on the pole, and while there was a flurry of activity behind Allen, he had half a straightaway lead over the rest of the field. The hard racing behind Allen caused a multi-car incident on lap two. Allen restarted the race on lap three, driving away from the field until the caution flag flew on lap six due to two separate incidents. From the restart, Ryan Gandee (McDonough) pressured Allen from behind and the pressure might have gotten to him; as on lap 12, Allen hit the backstretch wall causing him to retire from the race and turning the lead and win over to Gandee captured the win. Gandee swept the first two Mid-Georgia Tractor Young Guns features of the 2005 Thursday Thunder season.
Randy Thornton (Oxford) started the race on the pole for the Tanger Outlet Center Masters feature and schooled the rest of the field by leading all laps and capturing his first win of the 2005 Thursday Thunder season. Thornton also won Tuesday night's Masters feature during Lowe's Motor Speedway's Summer Shootout.
The 2004 Outlaws champion, Trey Maughan (Knoxville, Tenn.) started on the pole and last week's winner, Daniel Moore (Griffin) started in the back of the field. However, by lap two, Moore drove up to Maughan's back bumper. Moore leaned on Maughan each lap and raced him clean, but was unable to get by him for the win. Maughan scored his first win of the 2005 Thursday Thunder season.
The Englishman James Auld (Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Great Britain) started on the pole for the Rhino Games Chargers feature. On lap two, John Wes Townley (Watkinsville) took over the lead and charged ahead of the field by half a straightaway. Townley dominated the race and won his first Rhino Chargers feature.
Travis Pennington (Douglasville) started the Pro event from the pole. Legends of Georgia employee Casey Tate (Locust Grove) challenged for the lead, but was unable to make the pass with Chris Dilbeck (Hampton) hot on his heels. On lap four, Tate made the pass for the lead bringing Dilbeck with him, however Dilbeck and Pennington made contact on lap seven, causing Dilbeck to spin out. After the restart, Tate drove away from the field to log his first win of the 2005 Thursday Thunder season.
In his first Roadsters race, Keith Breabois (Cumming) started on the point and dominated the event, leading every lap until the final one, when Jim Gresham (Stockbridge) nosed him for the win.
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder will return next week for the third round of the ten-week schedule of Legends, Bandolero and Roadster racing. Please note, due to the rainout on the first week, Thursday Thunder has been extended to August 11. Next week, don't miss Hawaiian Night presented by WSB-AM radio! Wear your favorite Hawaiian gear to win a prize! Included in the night's activities will be a celebrity race featuring WSB-AM traffic reporters, Captain Herb Emory and Mark Arum.
Tickets for Thursday Thunder are available at Gate 13 (frontstretch Champions Grandstand) on event nights. 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.
To test drive your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Pete Horne at (770) 707-2977 or visit www.legendsofga.com. For more information about Thursday Thunder, call (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
WEEK 2 RESULTS:
ATLANTA DENTAL TEAM BANDITS - unofficial race results, pending findings of a fuel test by INEX series officials
1. Max Gresham (Hampton), 2. Josh Williams (Port Charlotte, Fla.), 3. Justin Swilling (Cohutta), 4. Austin Hill (Winston), 5. Trey Ridley (Ball Ground), 6. Evan Swilling (Cohutta), 7. Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Concord, N.C.), 8. Chris Siebert (Hampton), 9. Dusty Cunningham (Newton), 10. Chris Achenbach (Douglasville), 11. Tyler Pennington (Winston), 12. Mason Massey (Winston), 13. Peyton Durflinger (McDonough), 14. Justin Kittle (Athens), 15. Charlie Gresham (Hampton), 16. Brett Edmonson (Concord, GA), 17. Tanner Adkison (Tallahassee, Fla.), 18. Critter Witte (Alpharetta), 19. J.D. Farlow (Grantville)
SEMI-PRO - unofficial race results, pending findings of a fuel test by INEX series officials
1. Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), 2. Taylor Hull (Winston), 3. Chris Buescher (Prospect, Texas), 4. Myron Guyton (McDonough), 5. Keith Breabois (Cumming), 6. Chris Keir (Hampton), 7. Adam Akridge (Lilburn), 8. Brad Shelnutt (Stockbridge), 9. Tina Johnson (Senoia), 10. T.J. Halsema (Roswell), 11. Spenser Mosley (McDonough), 12. Mahlon Winstead (Williamson), 13. Kyle Fowler (Smyrna), 14. Tim Woods (Birmingham, Ala.), 15. Jay Cloud (Griffin), 16. Derrick Wood (Orlando, Fla.), 17. Lavon Kitchens (Macon), 18. Tim Cobb (Birmingham, Ala.), 19. T.J. Reaid (Acworth), 20. Steven Abbey (Comanche, Texas)
MID-GEORGIA TRACTOR YOUNG GUNS
1. Ryan Gandee (McDonough), 2. Kyle Lowery (Covington), 3. Tyler Armstrong (Alpharetta), 4. Greg Ippolito (Roswell), 5. Zach Kittle (Athens), 6. Kristen Massey (Winston), 7. Jordan Coker (Powder Springs), 8. James Caldwell (McDonough), 9. T.J. Shelnutt (Loganville), 10. J.R. Allen (Duluth), 11. Kyle McCallum (Lizella), 12. Tyler Ridley (Ball Ground), 13. Stuart Wilkerson (Midland)
TANGER OUTLET CENTER MASTERS
1. Randy Thornton (Oxford), 2. Dwight Pilgrim (McDonough), 3. Skip Nichols (Albany), 4. Billy Hendrix (Griffin), 5. Walt Cushman (Stockbridge), 6. Bill Henry (Kennesaw), 7. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 8. Wade Brewer (Hampton), 9. Charles Turner (Sandersville), 10. Brian Weimer (Cumming), 11. Frank Johnson (Kenptville, Ontario Canada), 12. Bruce Mundy (Covington), 13. Jim Gresham (Hampton), 14. David Wilkerson (Midland)
1. Trey Maughan (Knoxville, Tenn.), 2. Daniel Moore (Griffin), 3. Sean Cassidy (Martinez), 4. Jody Pilkenton (Griffin), 5. Mike Conrad (Cumming), 6. Tony Wynn (Locust Grove)
RHINO VIDEO GAMES CHARGERS
1. John Wes Townley (Watkinsville). 2. Jason Guske (Atlanta) 3. Mary Wilson (Norcross) 4. Eric Cushman (Stockbridge) 5. James Auld (Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Great Britain), 6. R.S. Senter (Oakwood), 7. Stuart Wilkerson (Midland), 8. David Moore (Forest Park), 9. Fred Miles (Alpharetta), 10. Todd Veal (Marietta), 11. Carl Guidry (Jonesboro)
1. Casey Tate (Locust Grove), 2. Doug Stevens (Lovejoy), 3. Beau Slocumb (Juliette), 4. Chris Cable (Griffin), 5. Bubba Harry (Griffin), 6. L.J. Cover (Douglasville), 7. Jeremy Kahina (Griffin), 8. Brent Seeley (Dallas, TX), 9. Dean Abbey (Comanche, TX), 10. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 11. Brian Meredith (Locust Grove), 12. Adam Gay (Dublin), 13. Travis Pennington (Winston), 14. Marty Massey (Winston), 15. Peter Horne (Macon), 16. Ted Studley (Niceville, Fla.), 17. Chris Dilbeck (Hampton)
1. Jim Gresham (Stockbridge), 2. Keith Breabois (Cumming), 3. Kyle Beattie (N.C.) 4. Paige Monette (Alpharetta), 5. Ed Clark (Peachtree City)