Thursday Thunder is a 10-week summer racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, starting on June 1 and running through August 3. But it's about so much more than racing.

Thursday Thunder has been called the city's most affordable family activity by many fans. With tickets just $5 for adults (kids 6-12 are $1, 5 and under are free), a family of four can attend for less than a fast-food meal. And speaking of food, all concession prices are greatly reduced for the summer at reasonable prices.

In addition, fans are treated to a bevy of games, prizes, giveaways, raffles and fun. Each week AMS will give away tickets to the Oct. 27-29 Bass Pro Shops 500 weekend, certificates for free Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-alongs as well as other great prizes!

There will also be weekly autograph sessions with the drivers, an activity area on the concourse, special Monkey Wrench appearances and many other games and activities for children.

Some of this season’s highlights include fireworks, faster pastor races and the long-awaited return of the kids’ candy and coin scramble. That’s to say nothing of the on-track excitement. More than 100 race cars are expected to jam the pit area each Thursday night as drivers from across the Southeast battle around the paved quarter-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway frontstretch oval, the Thunder Ring.

At Thursday Thunder, you may be watching the next NASCAR superstar as he begins his racing career. Drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kurt and Kyle Busch got their starts in racing behind the wheel of a Legends car. Peachtree City’s own Reed Sorenson, who currently races on the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series, got his start in racing at AMS. In five Thursday Thunder seasons here, Sorenson logged 24 victories.

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 2006 Thursday Thunder Schedule Nightly races with Legends Cars, Thunder Roadsters and Bandoleros

June 1 Papa John’s Opening Night presented by WSB-TV

Intermission: Chuck Dowdle and Bill Hartman will run a celebrity Thunder Roadster race

June 8 Home Life Communities Night with Rhubarb’s March Across Georgia

Help Eagle 106.7 fm’s Rhubarb raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Intermission: Tug of War contest

June 15 Mid State RV Center Night / 70’s Disco Theme WEAR THE BEST DISCO OUTFIT TO WIN A PRIZE!!! Intermission: Wheelbarrow race

June 22 Georgia Power Night / Beach Theme presented by WSB-AM WEAR YOUR BEST BEACH GEAR TO WIN A PRIZE!!! Intermission: Kids’ Candy and Coin Scramble

June 29 Papa John’s Red, White and Blue Fireworks Extravaganza presented by WDEN WEAR RED, WHITE AND BLUE TO WIN A PRIZE!!! The first fireworks in the Southeast! A patriotic salute to America

July 6 Gresham & Associates Night / Twister Night WEAR A RIPPED TO SHREDS OUTFIT TO WIN A PRIZE!!! Come recognize the one year anniversary of the tornado that damaged AMS Intermission: Georgia Mini Stock Invitational Race

July 13 Baseball Theme Night presented by 96Rock DRESS IN YOUR FAVORITE BASEBALL TEAM GEAR TO WIN A PRIZE!!! Intermission: "Race What You Brung" fan race

July 20 Wade Tractor & Adrenaline Power Sports / NASCAR Theme Night WEAR YOUR FAVORITE NASCAR DRIVER APPAREL TO WIN A PRIZE!!! Intermission: Pastors from local churches will race their homemade beds around the ¼-mile. Donations will be collected for local food bank- the pastor with the most donations will start from the pole

July 27 Halloween in July Night presented by DaveFM HAVE THE BEST HALLOWEEN COSTUME AND WIN A PRIZE!!! Intermission: Kids’ Candy and Coin Scramble

August 3 Papa John’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by WSB-am Intermission: Papa John Pizza "Throw For Dough"