THURSDAY THUNDER WEEK 5: PREVIEW FOR JULY 7, 2005
Friday, July 1, 2005
Week 5 of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder marks the halfway point of the season. Gresham & Associates' Night is presented by WSB-TV where sports reporters, Chuck Dowdle and Bill Hartman will race in a celebrity grudge match at intermission. Fireworks, brought to you by Gresham & Associates, will end the evening's festivities.
Each week, AMS collects money for their 50/50 raffle that benefits Speedway Children's Charities. Thanks to all the fans goodwill, a record high collection, $1,148, was donated during last week's Thursday Thunder race.
A record-high 114 cars jammed pit road during last week's Thursday Thunder event.
AROUND THE WORLD IN 8 DAYS:
Chris Hontz (Hurst, TX) has been on a whirlwind trip over the past week. Hontz works on Bandolero cars out of Texas and what began as a hobby, now has turned into a business. Hontz started out just working on his daughter Kayla's cars. Now he takes care of many other competitor's race cars.
Hontz, Kayla and four other of Hontz's customers packed up their rigs and headed out for a cross-country trip. His customers include: James Rouse (Fontana, Calif.), Tyler Neubaum (Magnolia, TX), Alex Hickman (Deer Park, TX) and Zach Knowles (Houston, TX).
They departed on Sunday, June 27 and on Monday arrived at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C. for practice and competed there on Tuesday night. Wednesday the group practiced at Atlanta Motor Speedway and competed on Thursday night in Thursday Thunder activities. Friday, they headed over to Senoia Speedway to race. Saturday they rented out the track at Nashville to test in preparation for Nationals and they stayed over one night to race in Sunday afternoon's race.
Can you believe they plan to make another trip like this later in the summer? They are dedicated racers!
TWO THINGS AT ONE TIME:
Trying to balance being a race car driver, crew chief and parent to a younger racer is a difficult task. Two weeks ago, David Roderick, tried to master that feat. Roderick competed in the Roadsters division while also trying to keep an eye on his son, Casey, who competes full-time in the Semi-Pro division. Although Roderick said he had a great time getting behind the wheel again, he couldn't make the changes to his son's car as needed. "I'm really focused on Casey's racing right now," said the elder Roderick. "As much as I loved getting behind the wheel again, I really need to be there for Casey." What a great dad, or was it competitive crew chief?!
James Auld from Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, Great Britain is racing the full Thursday Thunder season at Atlanta Motor Speedway this year. Auld lives in Great Britain, but is staying the summer in the United States. To show his heritage, Auld's car has been adorned with British flags in many locations each week.
During last week's Fourth of July festivities, all racers' cars were outfitted with American flags, even Auld's. Auld decided to join in the festivities and tack the American flag to his car. Auld has been in the United States two other times during the Fourth of July holiday, but this will be his first racing holiday celebration. His fellow drivers gave him a hard time about it, but Auld was happy to participate.
WIN A PRIZE:
This Thursday's theme is Wacky Wear, so dress in your silliest outfit to win a prize!
This week's autograph session will be with our Chargers division drivers.
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.
Call (770) 946-4211 for information or visit www.legendsofga.com.