Thursday Thunder is a 10-week Legends racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway held every Thursday night through August 3. The ninth season of Thursday Thunder racing at AMS is currently underway, and both competitors and spectators are enjoying an exciting season of short-track racing.
Half Way for the 2006 Season: The crossed flags are in the air, signaling the halfway point of the 2006 Thursday Thunder season. This season has been high lighted with first time winners, great finishes and a lot of fun for both drivers and spectators.
Below is a summary of the point leaders in each division following week five's competition:
Stockbridge Ga.'s Jim Gresham holds a slim four point lead over Atlanta Motor Speedway president and Peachtree City resident Ed Clark in the John Deere Roadsters division.
Taylor Hull (Winston, Ga.) finds himself just 11 points behind Back Yard Burgers Semi-Pro division point leader Logan Boyette (Pensacola Fla.).
Riding the momentum from three top-three finishes, Austin Hill (Winston, Ga.) finds himself 39 points ahead of second place in the Zaxby's Young Guns division.
Cumming Ga. resident Brian Weimer comfortably sits 15 points in front of second place in the Tanger Outlet Center Masters division.
Claiming four wins in five races this season, Fayetteville Ga. resident Jonathan Chandler has amassed a 15 point lead in the John Deere Outlaws division.
Griffin, Ga.'s Jason Turner sits atop the City of McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Chargers points due in large part to a season worst finish of fourth.
Through five top-four finishes, Griffin Ga. resident Bubba Harry has amassed a commanding 24 point lead over second place in the Pro division.
Joseph Pilato is making the Sunshine State proud by leading the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits division this season. To date, the Cropwell, Ala. resident has earned four top-five finishes, garnering him a 10-point lead over second place.
One Year Anniversary of Tornado at AMS: July 6 will mark the one year anniversary of an F2 Tornado that ripped through Atlanta Motor Speedway. The storm caused extensive damage to the entire AMS property and was responsible for an estimated $40 million is damages. To commemorate the event, Thursday, July 6 is "Twister Night" during Thursday Thunder. The evening will take on a Twister theme and fans are encouraged to dress in tattered clothing and come enjoy an evening full of prizes, excitement and great racing.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Awards:
Atlanta Motor Speedway presents three awards each week for the 2006 Thursday Thunder season. The "Hard Charger" award is given to the driver who improves the most positions in the feature race each week. The "Smooth Move of the Night" award is given to the driver who completes the smoothest move on the race track. The driver who has the best looking car each week is presented with the "Top Dog" award. Winners are determined by a vote of select AMS staff members. Week two winners are:
Hard Charger: T.J. Halsema, driver of the No. 05 Legends car in the Back Yard Burgers Semi-Pro division suffered an electrical problem in the B-Main, finishing last. He started the feature race last and climbed twelve spots finishing in 10th position, earning him this week's "Hard Charger" award.
Smooth Move of the Night: Kyle Fowler, driver of the No. 4 Legends car in the Pro division had a race long battle with points leader Bubba Harry. On the final circuits, Harry snuck past Fowler on the inside only to have Fowler slide back underneath in the very next corner. That move helped Kyle Fowler finish one spot in front of Bubba Harry in third place.
Top Dog: This week's "Top Dog" is R.S. Senter, driver of the No. 1 Legends car in the City of McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Chargers division. Senter brought a fluorescent yellow car to the track this week, earning him the "Top Dog" honors.