The final week of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder featured a match race between Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue and WSB-AM radio personality, Captain Herb Emory. In honor of the Governor's appearance, all public safety personnel (police, firefighters, etc.) were admitted free. The Thursday Thunder season was capped off with Papa John's Fan Appreciation Night where the fans were treated to many prizes for their support the weekly racing series.
In the match race, Gov. Perdue and Capt. Herb took turns spinning each other out, with the Governor eventually winning the race. Capt. Herb congratulated the Governor on his win by rear-ending him; causing Capt. Herb to lose both his headlights. The Governor celebrated his win Tony Stewart-style, by climbing the fence on the frontstretch (Hi-res photo provided on link below).
The Zaxby's Young Guns feature started with Blake Eden on the pole. On lap four, Tyler Armstrong took the lead and never relinquished it to win his second race of the season.
Jonathan Chandler brought the field to the green flag for the John Deere Outlaws feature. Chandler led every lap and scored his sixth win of the season.
Scott Hensley led the field to the start for the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits feature. On lap 18, Evan Swilling took over the top spot and led the final two circuits post his first win this year.
Back Yard Burgers Semi-Pro feature began with Taylor Hull as the leader. On lap five, Logan Boyette passed for the lead in turn four and drove away from the field. Boyette earned his third winner's trophy this season.
Skip Nichols paced the field to the green for the Tanger Outlet Centers Masters feature. Brian Weimer moved into first place on lap 16 and held off the rest of the competitors to capture his third win of the season.
Jason Turner was the pole sitter for the McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Chargers feature. Second-place Mike Conrad turned Turner around, which brought out the caution and sent both cars to the rear of the field. Chris Siebert inherited the lead, led the rest of the laps and took home his first Chargers win.
The Pro feature got underway with Kyle Fowler as the pole sitter. Fowler showed his strength by leading every lap to capture his third win of the season.
Jeremy Kalina took the green flag first for John Deere Roadsters feature, but Jim Gresham took the lead on the first lap to lead every lap of the race. It was Gresham's fifth victory of the season.
Season ending points champions were also determined tonight. Here is the list of the champions from each division:
· Zaxby's Young Guns: Austin Hill
· John Deere Outlaws: Jonathan Chandler
· Atlanta Dental Team Bandits: Kyle Plott
· Back Yard Burgers Semi-Pro: Taylor Hull
· Tanger Outlet Center Masters: Skip Nichols
· McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Chargers: Mike Conrad
· Pro: Kyle Fowler
· John Deere Roadsters: Jim Gresham
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder will return next summer for a full season of racing.
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Zaxby's Young Guns:
1. Tyler Armstrong (Alpharetta), 2. Austin Hill (Winston), 3. Currie Pierce (Griffin), 4. Blake Eden (Deland, Fla.), 5. Ty Bennett (Loganville), 6. Zac Kittle (Watkinsville), 7. Jordan Coker (Powder Springs), 8. Dustyn Cunningham (Madison), 9. Robby Dunlap (Newnan), 10. Matthew Stover (Gastonia, N.C.), 11. Taylor Bryant (Juliette), 12. Stan Hammons (Milner), 13. Rawlin West (Locust Grove).
John Deere Outlaws:
1. Jonathan Chandler (Fayetteville), 2. Trey Maughan (Knoxville, Tenn.), 3. Kyle Kitchens (Hampton), 4. James Caldwell (McDonough).
Atlanta Dental Team Bandits:
1. Evan Swilling (Cohutta), 2. Scott Hensley (Olive Branch, MS), 3. Ronnie Bassett (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 4. Kyle Plott (Marietta), 5. Dylan Ames (Harvest, Ala.), 6. Joseph Pilato (Cropwell, Ala.), 7. Mason Massey (Winston), 8. Chris Achenbach (Douglasville), 9. J.D. Farlow (Grantville), 10. Matt Dooley (Brooks), 11. Dillon Bassett (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 12. Maxx Bennett (Zephyrills, Fla.), 13. Judson Kittle (Watkinsville), 14. Blake Jones (Sevierville, Tenn.), 15. Dakota Silvers (Rocky Face), 16. Jordan Rogers (Thomaston), 17. Charlie Gresham (Milner), 18. Kyle Benjamin (Simpsonville, S.C.), 19. Tanner Adkinson (Tallahassee, Fla.), 20. Tyler Pennington (Winston).
Back Yard Burgers Semi-Pro:
1. Logan Boyette (Pensacola, Fla.), 2. Billy Fulson (Brooks), 3. Taylor Hull (Winston), 4. Ryan Gandee (McDonough), 5. Kyle Lowrey (Covington), 6. Brandon Dill (Mt. Airy), 7. Tim Varnadoe (Concord, N.C.), 8. Max Gresham (Milner), 9. Justin Swilling (Cohutta), 10. Troy Radford (Cohutta), 11. Tina Johnson (Senoia), 12. Tyler Chrisinger (Littleton, CO), 13. Chase Moody (Watkinsville), 14. Daniel Moore (Griffin), 15. Trey Ridley (Ball Ground), 16. Jeremy Mullinax substitute driving for Jay Cloud (Griffin), 17. Brad Shelnutt (Stockbridge), 18. Eric Cushman (Stockbridge), 19. Phillip Bell (Senoia), 20. Justin Stauffer (Gainesville).
Tanger Outlet Center Masters:
1. Brian Weimer (Cumming.), 2. Skip Nichols (Albany), 3. Dwight Pilgram (McDonough), 4. Robert Spence (Atlanta), 5. Wade Brewer (Hampton), 6. Johnny Rucker (McDonough), 7. Mark Wallace (Griffin), 8. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 9. Keith Breasbois (Gainesville), 10. Randy Thornton (Oxford), 11. David Wilkerson (Columbus), 12. Jimmy Wade (Griffin), 13. Jim Daniel (Thomaston).
McDonough Hospitality and Tourism Chargers:
1. Chris Siebert (Hampton), 2. Kyle Johnson (Williamson), 3. Jason Turner (Griffin), 4. Mike Conrad (Cumming), 5. Fred Miles (Alpharetta), 6. Steve Fessler (Tyrone), 7. Melissa Wade (Griffin), 8. Amanda Harbin (Brooks), 9. Leslie Cash (Brooks), 10. Tyler Ridley (Ballground).
1. Kyle Fowler (Smyrna), 2. Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), 3. Beau Slocumb (Juliette), 4. Bubba Harry (Griffin), 5. Chris Cable (Griffin), 6. Brennan Poole (Woodlands, TX), 7. Ted Studley (Niceville, Fla.), DQ - Scott Mosely (Stockbridge).
John Deere Roadsters:
1. Jim Gresham (Stockbridge), 2. Justin Stauffer (Gainesville), 3. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 4. Paige Monette (Alpharetta), 5. Zach Monette (Alpharetta), 6. Jeremy Kalina (Williamson).