For the first time in Atlanta Motor Speedway history, Thursday Thunder will take place on an evening other than the traditional Thursday night. As part of a patriotic salute to America, the weekly summer racing series will drop the green flag on Wednesday July, 4.

Featuring a spectacular fireworks display, concession and patriotic souvenir specials and great action on the track, the July 4 edition of Thursday Thunder will be the largest in the history of the 10-week series. The action continues every Thursday through August 2.

Fireworks Extravaganza to Light up the Georgia Sky on July 4:

          On Wednesday evening July 4, the Georgia sky will be illuminated with thousands of exploding shells in one of the largest fireworks displays in Atlanta. For just $5, fans can gain admission to the fireworks spectacular and receive a ticket to view an evening of short track racing with children 6-11 $1 and under 5 admitted free. With ample parking, affordable admission prices and concession specials, the unique July 4 edition of Thursday Thunder will be the biggest evening of short track racing in 2007.

July 4 Celebration to Include Exciting Patriotic Additions to Concourse and Pre-Race Activities:

             With $1 souvenir and patriotic concession specials, laser tag and inflatable toys, the July 4 edition of Thursday Thunder will offer race fans a special concourse area to enjoy games and activities. The U.S. National Guard plans to have a mobile recruiting station and laser-tag game on hand, as well as a pre-race fly over immediately following the National Anthem, performed by Griffin Ga.'s Brittney Green.

Special Independence Day T-shirts and select AMS merchandise will be available for just $1. Watermelon, ice cream, and barbecue sandwiches will compliment an already full menu Wednesday evening.

Griffin, Ga. Driver to Honor Troops With Special July 4 Paint Scheme:

            Chase Moody can usually be seen wheeling his black No. 316 Legends car in the Fuddruckers Semi-Pro Division during Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder racing series. This Wednesday, July 4, Moody will debut a special paint scheme honoring America's troops serving in the war on terror.

"We just wanted to do something for everyone fighting to keep us free," the 16-year-old Moody said. "The car looks great and I plan on running the special paint scheme for the remainder of the Thursday Thunder season."

Moody's new look features a Desert Storm camouflage pattern with pictures of troops covering the entire race car. The new paint will include the names of more than 4,000 people who have lost their lives in combat.         

Featuring a full slate of competitive racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages. Admission to the fireworks display is just $5 for adults and includes one grandstand ticket to view Thursday Thunder. Just $1 gains grandstand admission 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