A wheel-standing school bus, numerous Atlanta sports mascots, a camp counselor canoe race and crazy costumes will all be part of Atlanta Motor Speedway's weekly summer racing series, Thursday Thunder. The series is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2007 and activities are planned to ensure this year's edition is the best yet.

Thursday Thunder, a 10-week series, will take place every Thursday night from May 31 to August 2, with a special Wednesday night edition on July 4 featuring a fireworks extravaganza.  Drivers will compete on the "Thunder Ring," AMS' paved quarter-mile frontstretch oval.

Featuring a full slate of competitive Legends, Thunder Roadster and Bandolero racing, as well as concourse activities, intermission spectacles and grandstand games, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages.  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. Every Thursday night fans are encouraged to participate in the festivities by dressing appropriately for that night's theme.

"It's exciting to think about entering our 10th season of Legends racing at AMS," said Brandon Hutchison, AMS vice president of events. "Over the years our fan base has grown exponentially and while the racing product is mostly unchanged, the entertainment value on Thursday nights is second to none."

Former NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott will join in the racing action during the 2007 Thursday Thunder season in a Thunder Roadster, with his son, Chase, and nephew Trey Poole competing on the Thunder Ring.

Drivers as young as 8-years-old come from all over to battle each night in eight different classes for the right to be called champions at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Two current NEXTEL Cup Series young guns got their start on AMS' Thunder Ring. Peachtree City, Ga. Reed Sorenson and Unadilla, Ga. native and David Ragan both started their racing careers at AMS at ages 12 and 13 respectively.

Group 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 around 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 more information or visit www.legendsofga.com.

 


 

Below is a schedule of all promotional activities for the 2007 Thursday Thunder season:

Thursday, May 31 - Papa John's Opening Night

To kick off the new season, fans are encouraged to dress in New Year's Eve attire.

Intermission: Six fans will race street cars in reverse around the Thunder Ring.

Thursday, June 7 - Gresham and Associates Disco Night

The best disco-era outfit will win a prize.

Intermission: Kids will jostle for candy and change in the always popular Candy and Coin Scramble.

Thursday, June 14 - HomeLife Communities Mascot Mania Night

Fans can dress in the uniform of their favorite sports team or wear their favorite race car driver's apparel.

Intermission: Atlanta mascots will race around the Thunder Ring in golf carts to determine who the fastest mascot in Georgia is.

Thursday, June 21 - Run What Ya Brung Night / Wrestlemania

Thursday Thunder patrons can break out their Hulk Hogan or Rowdy Roddy Piper garb  and sport it to this edition of Thursday Thunder in recognition of Wrestlemania night.

Intermission: Sparks will fly and tempers will flare as fans have the opportunity to strap into their personal cars and race them around the Thunder Ring.

Thursday, June 28 - Georgia Power Swim Suits and Sandals Night

In recognition of our intermission race, swim suits and sandals are the night's theme.

Intermission: The Camp Counselor Classic will pit area summer camp counselors against each other in a no-holds-barred free-for-all around the Thunder Ring. Canoes will be tied to the roof the street cars the counselors are driving.

Wednesday, July 4 - Papa John's Red, White and Blue Night: Fireworks Extravaganza

Fans can show their patriotism by wearing red, white and blue in honor of July 4. The largest fireworks show in the 10-year history of Thursday Thunder will illuminate the night sky immediately following racing action on July 4.

Thursday, July 12 - Faster Pastor Night

Intermission: Pastors from local churches will face off in street cars around the Thunder Ring. Church congregations can support their pastor by wearing coordinated colors for their church.

Thursday, July 19 - Dizzy Dean World Series Opening Ceremonies / Joe Momma Night

Fans can dress in their favorite baseball-related apparel. Anyone named Joe that brings their mother to Thursday Thunder will receive complimentary admission for them and their mother.

Intermission: Teams coming to McDonough Ga. to compete in the 2007 Dizzy Dean Little League World Series will be honored prior to the start of Thursday Thunder.

Thursday, July 26 - Outhouse Race

Fans can sport hillbilly attire including, but not limited to a corn cob pipe, bare feet and bib overalls for this special event.

Intermission: Several Thursday Thunder racers will have to race around the Thunder Ring, stop in an outhouse, the climb back in their race car and cross the finish line with the fastest time winning.

Thursday, August 2 - Papa John's Championship Night and Back to School Bash

Champions will be crowned on the 10th and final night. To prepare students to return to school, the world famous Cool Bus, a wheel-standing, big block powered school bus will do a wheelstand down pit road.