Highlighted by feuding Atlanta area mascots and red-hot racing on the track, Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder weekly summer racing series delivered a knock-out punch during week three's activities.
In addition to the concourse activities, intermission spectacles and grandstand games, the on-track racing action was intense as racers continues accumulating points in search of a Thursday Thunder championship. The action continues with week four on Thursday, June 21, and will run every Thursday through August 2 with a special Wednesday night edition on July 4.
Atlanta Area Mascot Mania Race Results:
Last week, the Aarons Sales and Lease Ownership's Lucky Dog emerged the victor in a three-lap slug fest that Atlanta area mascots participated last Thursday night. Homer, Harry and Thrash, representing the Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Thrashers respectively participated. Georgia Tech's Buzz, Georgia State's Pounce and the Arby's Oven Mitt were part of the action as well.
Homer jumped out to a commanding lead, but in a daring last-lap stunt, Harry the Hawk cart-jacked Homer, relegating Homer to a DNF and forcing speedway officials to disqualify Harry for his antics. Neither Harry nor Homer was able to comment on the race.
"Lucky Dog laid back all night and stayed in the top-five throughout the race," said race director Brandon Hutchison. "He put himself in a position to win and when a string of unfortunate events played out in front of him, he was there to take advantage."
Despite not having fingers, the Arby's oven mitt was able to work its way to a top-five finish.
Fans to Race Personal Vehicles as Part of "Run What Ya Brung" Night
Georgia Power's "Run What Ya Brung" night, presented by Project 9-6-1, will give fans a chance to race their personal vehicles on the Thunder Ring, Atlanta Motor Speedway's frontstretch quarter-mile oval. Those interested can enter anything from a vehicle straight off the showroom floor to a dilapidated clunker. Fans interested in entering their personal vehicle should call (770) 707-7904.
Thursday evening's theme is "Wrestlemania," so fans will have the opportunity to break out their vintage Hulk Hogan apparel and sport it to what promises to be an evening full of entertaining racing.
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: Dustyn Cunningham, driver of the No. 81 Bandolero in the Greencastle Dental Young Guns Division, was involved in a wild wreck during heat race action which relegated him to the back of the feature line-up. He charged through the field to finish among the leaders while improving twelve positions on the night.
Smooth Move of the Night: Tyler Armstrong made the smoothest move of the night in his No. 83 Legends car in the Chargers Division, when he slid past Cameron Michael to steal the lead in the Curry's Collision Center Chargers Division feature race. Armstrong went on to win his first Thursday Thunder Legends feature event.
Top Dog: Adrenalin Powersports Pro Division driver Taylor Hull unloaded his blue and white Legends car for week three's competition and caught the eye of AMS' Top Dog judges. Hull's sharp car earns him this week's honors.
Currie's Collision of the Night: Judson Kittle (No. 118) and Dustyn Cunningham (No. 18) in the Greencastle Dental Young Guns Division were racing side-by-side in a preliminary heat race when the pair got locked-up in a wild crash exiting the Turn Two on the Thunder Ring.
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