In addition to the concourse activities, intermission spectacles and grandstand games, the on-track racing action was intense as racers vied to get their 10-week season off to a solid start. The action continues with week three on Thursday, June 14, and will run every Thursday through August 2 with a special Wednesday night edition on July 4.
Atlanta Area Mascots to Race at AMS as Part of Week Three of Thursday Thunder Competition:
Atlanta Motor Speedway's mascot, Monkey Wrench, will serve as Grand Marshal this Thursday, when more than 10 Atlanta area mascots invade AMS for the inaugural "Mascot Mania Race." Freddie, Homer, Harry and Thrash, representing the Atlanta Falcons, Braves, Hawks and Thrashers respectively, are all scheduled to compete. Georgia Tech's Buzz, Georgia State's Pounce, the Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership's Lucky Dog, Clayton County Water Department's Drippy, the Arby's Oven Mitt and the Backyard Burger are all slated to take the green flag as well in one of the greatest spectacles to hit Thursday Thunder in years.
Rusty Wallace Inc. Busch East Driver Chase Austin to Sign Autographs and Greet Fans Thursday Night:
Chase Austin, a NASCAR Busch East driver, will greet fans and participate in an autograph session this Thursday evening as part of HomeLife Communities night. Austin joined Rusty Wallace Inc. in 2007, racing in the NASCAR Grand National Busch East Series and select races in the Georgia Asphalt Series, the ASA Late Model Series and the Pro All-Star Super Late Model Series. Austin will have his late model stock car on-hand on the concourse for fans to view. Austin will also give the command for the drivers to start their engines and wave the green flag to get the evening of racing started.
Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday Thunder Awards:
Atlanta Motor Speedway presents three awards each week for the 2007 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 one winners are:
Hard Charger: Week two saw two drivers race their way to the Hard Charger honors. Blake Eden, driving a No.71 Bandolero in the Young Guns Division and "Tazmanian" Ty Bennett, driving the No. 11 Bandolero in the Young Guns Division both passed 12 cars sharing the week two Hard Charger title.
Smooth Move of the Night: The youngest drivers competing at Thursday Thunder took home the best racing award as three Zaxby's Bandits won this week's "Smooth Move of the Night" Award. Last week's winner Evan Bell becomes the first two-time winner of the special award but has to share with fellow racers "The Master" Mason Massey and "Super" Davey Matthews. Bell, Massey and Matthews ran the final six laps of the feature swapping the top three spots numerous times. Each ran in and out of lapped traffic, racing on the outside and the inside, while putting on a wild racing show. The pre-teen drivers had the fans on their feet through the checkered flag.
Top Dog: Sixteen-year-old Chase Moody, driving a black 1937 Ford sedan claims this week's Top Dog award. Moody's '37 features gloss black paint, wild graphics and excellent attention to detail.
Currie's Collision of the Night: LJ Klemmons, filling in for Semi-Pro driver Ross Mundy in the green No. 911, and No. 129 Landon Bullock locked up exiting turn four with Bullock coming to rest on top of Klemmons left fender just past the inside of the start/finish line. Both Legends cars were able to drive away from the wreck, but the No. 911 was forced to retire to the garage area.
Featuring a full slate of competitive racing, 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 6-11 (children under 6 are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com