Atlanta's summers are about to get a lot hotter as Thursday Thunder, Atlanta Motor Speedway's weekly racing series gets set to take the green flag for the 2006 season. Thursday Thunder, a 10-week series that hosts Bandolero, Legends and Thunder Roadster racing is one of the most affordable, exciting family activities in Atlanta. Every Thursday night from June 1 to August 3, is a smorgasbord of games, contests, giveaways and hot on-track racing excitement. Thursday Thunder will be celebrating its ninth anniversary in 2006 and this year promises to be the most exciting yet. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-12 (children under 6 are free) for each evening of fun and grass-roots racing on the paved quarter-mile track at AMS, the Thunder Ring. Drivers as young as 8-years-old come from all over the nation to battle each night in eight different classes for the right to be called champions at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Every Thursday night fans are encouraged to participate in the festivities by dressing appropriately for that night's theme. Below is a list of race nights and the accompanying theme. June 1: Opening Night June 8: Rhubarb's March Across Ga. June 15: 70's Disco Night June 22: Beach Night June 29: Red, White & Blue (Fireworks) July 6: Twister July 13: Baseball Theme July 20: Favorite Driver July 27: Halloween in July August: Fan Appreciation Night But the racing is only part of the fun and excitement at Atlanta Motor Speedway. On the concourse, there will be weekly themes and contests, exciting intermission activities merchandise and ticket giveaways. Group parties and children's birthday parties are also available during Thursday Thunder. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at 7:30 p.m. Don't miss this summer's most fun and affordable activity. Come see the region's up and coming drivers each Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Call (770) 946-4211 for information or visit or