Rhubarb Jones' March Across Georgia Stops at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Rhubarb Jones' annual March Across Georgia will stop at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Thursday, June 8 to collect funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Money collected during Rhubarb's march will help fund blood cancer research and improve the quality of life of ill patients and their families. Atlanta Motor Speedway will donate $1 from each adult admission to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Tyler Armstrong Welcomes Dad Home from Iraq with a Trip to Victory Lane: Maj. Joe Armstrong, an Alpharetta resident and a member of the 3rd Army of Fort McPherson, just returned to the United States after serving in Iraq. His son, Tyler, welcomed his dad home with his first career Thursday Thunder victory in the Zaxby's Young Guns division Maj. Armstrong was on-hand to watch his son take the checkered flag.
Bubba Harry Gives Wrecked Race Car a Great Finish: During last week's Pro feature, Griffin resident Bubba Harry got caught up in a wreck on the frontstretch. He immediately took his car off the track, where his crew chief and father told him, "The front spindle's bent. You're done. Take it to the garage." Hearing his, Bubba turned around, slammed the front left tire into pit wall to bend the spindle back into place. After doing so, Bubba returned to the track and posted a fifth-place finish.
Chuck Dowdle Hits the Wall at Atlanta Motor Speedway: Last week during Thursday Thunder, WSB-TV sports director Chuck Dowdle and sports anchor Bill Hartman competed in a celebrity Thunder Roadster match race. While in the lead, Dowdle lost control of Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark's red Thunder Roadster, slamming the outside retaining wall. Dowdle was unhurt, but damage to the Roadster was considerable. "Chuck looked pretty quick before he hit the wall," Clark said. "That car was the least of my worries, we can fix cars. I am just glad he was okay."
AMS Operations Crew to Battle Thursday Thunder Spectators in Tug of War: Atlanta Motor Speedway's championship Tug of War team will take on six fans during this Thursday's intermission. The fans will be randomly selected by an Atlanta Motor Speedway staff member. Should the fans be lucky enough to de-throne the AMS Operations crew, AMS prize-packs will be awarded to the contestants.
New For 2006! Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Awards: Atlanta Motor Speedway will be presenting three awards each week for the 2006 Thursday Thunder season. The "Hard Charger" award will be given to the driver who improves the most positions in the feature race each week. The "Smooth Move of the Night" award will be given to the driver who completes the smoothest move on the race track. The driver who has the best looking car each week will be presented with the "Top Dog" award. Winners are determined by a vote of select AMS staff members. Week one winners are:
"Hard Charger" Brad Shelnutt, No. 24 Semi-Pro (Stockbridge): Brad improved thirteen positions in the feature race last Thursday night.
"Smooth Move of the Night" Kevin Mixon, No. 11 Chargers (Oxford): Kevin avoided a crash in turn three by darting through a narrow opening in the outside barrels. He missed the cars and did not touch a barrel.
"Top Dog" Justin Stauffer, No. 27 Semi-Pro (Gainesville): Stauffer's '37 Ford Sedan looked sharp and was polished to perfection.
One Week Left!!! Thursday Thunder Season Pass: Avoid the ticket line on Thursday nights with a Thursday Thunder Season Pass. Forty Dollars buys fans tickets to the remaining nine weeks of racing action. The season pass may be purchased by contacting the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211.