The ninth season of Thursday Thunder is only six weeks away, and tonight at Atlanta Motor Speedway, many competitors took the opportunity to get some extra seat time with 20-lap feature races in preparation for the summer series.
Evan Swilling (Cohutta) led the Bandolero Bandits to the green flag for the first feature of the night. On lap 15, a lapped car, Grant Crane (Zebulon) took out the leader, Swilling, making Kyle Plott (Marietta) the leader. Plott held on to claim the win.
For the Masters feature, Clay Hair (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.) paced the field to the start and dominated the race, leading every lap for the eventual win.
Kyle Lowrey (Covington) was the pole sitter for the Chargers division and on lap four, Andrew Wroten (Atlanta) assumed the top spot. On lap 17, Wroten spun and it became a drag race for the lead between Lowrey and Daniel Moore (Griffin), with Lowrey edging him out for the lead. With two laps to go, Moore passed for the lead and claimed the checkered flag.
In the Young Guns feature, Trey Ridley (Ballground) was the pole sitter. On lap four, Austin Hill (Winston) took the lead and held on to score the win.
Jim Gresham (Stockbridge) started from the top spot for the Roadsters feature, and after working Gresham over the whole race, Dwight Pilgram (McDonough) passed him on the last lap for the lead and the win.
In the Semi-Pro class, Taylor Hull (Winston) took the green flag to start the race. There was a lot of beating and banging behind him, but Hull was strong, leading every lap and claimed the win.
The Pro feature closed the show with Bubba Harry (Griffin) on the pole. On lap 17, Jeremy Kalina (Griffin) passed for the lead and captured the win.
Competitors will have one final opportunity to prepare for the upcoming 10-week Thursday Thunder season on Friday, May 19 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Thursday Thunder season opens on June 1 with all the excitement of a full night of racing, along with the fun intermission activities and the wacky grandstand antics.
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1. Kyle Plott (Marietta), 2. Scott Hensley (Olive Branch, MS), 3. Evan Swilling (Cohutta), 4. Tyler Pennington (Winston), 5. Dylan Ames (Harvest, Ala.), 6. Judson Kittle (Watkinsville), 7. Jordan Rogers (Thomaston), 8. Coleman Moody (Watkinsville), 9. Kyle Benjamin (Simpsonville, S.C.), 10. Evan Bell (Buford), 11. Matt Dooley (Brooks), 12. Grant Crane (Zebulon).
1. Clay Hair (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.), 2. Dwight Pilgram (McDonough), 3. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 4. Wade Brewer (Hampton), 5. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 6. Jim Daniel (Thomaston).
1. Daniel Moore (Griffin) 2. Kyle Lowrey (Covington), 3. Will Hannah (Newnan), 4. Rick Cunningham (Cumming), 5. Tyler Ridley (Ballground), 6. Andrew Wroten (Atlanta), 7.Troy Radford (Dalton).
1. Austin Hill (Winston), 2. Trey Ridley (Ball Ground), 3. Currie Pierce (Griffin), 4. Will Prance (Canton), 5. Chris Siebert (Hampton), 6. Tyler Ridley (Ball Ground), 7. Maddy Moody (Watkinsville), 8. Jordan Coker (Powder Springs), 9. Zach Kittle (Watkinsville), 10. Tyler Armstrong (Alpharetta).
1. Dwight Pilgram (McDonough), 2. Jim Gresham (Stockbridge), 3. Ed Clark (Peachtree City).
1. Taylor Hull (Winston), 2. Ryan Gandee (McDonough), 3. Paddy Roderbeck (Odessa, Fla.), 4. Billy Fulson (Brooks), 5. Chase Moody (Watkinsville), 6. Max Gresham (Milner), 7. J.R. Allen (Duluth), 8. Darrell Wallace, Jr. (Concord, N.C.),
1. Jeremy Kalina (Griffin), 2. Bubba Harry (Griffin), 3. Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), 4. Casey Tate (Locust Grove), 5. Brennan Poole (Woodlands, TX), 6. Steve Crane (Zebulon), 7. Ted Studley (Niceville, Fla.).