Atlanta Motor Speedway will send area kids back to school in style with the world famous wheel-standing school bus as part of AMS' "Back to School Bash." Ken Nelson will bring his spark slinging, ground shaking, wheel-standing school bus to Thursday Thunder and complete a long-distance wheel-stand down AMS' frontstretch at speeds in excess of 100 mph.  

Nelson's bus is powered by a 1,000 horsepower alcohol-injected big block Chevrolet engine. The aluminum and fiberglass bodied school bus measures in at more than 20 feet in length and will attempt a wheel-stand of more than 1,000 feet.    

In addition to the concourse activities, intermission spectacles and grandstand games, the on-track racing action continues as drivers have just 20 laps of feature racing left to try and claim a coveted Thursday Thunder division championship.

Chase Elliott Becomes First-Time Winner during Week Nine of Thursday Thunder:             NASCAR Cup Series champion Bill Elliott's name already fills the Atlanta Motor Speedway record book with five victories and five poles, but now Elliott can add his name to the list of winning crew chiefs and car owners at AMS. 

Elliott's son, Chase, recorded his first career Thursday Thunder victory during week nine's competition with the elder Elliott in attendance, acting as crew chief for the No. 9 Bandolero. Elliott cruised to victory in the Zaxby's Bandits Division, leading the last eight laps of his feature race. He will try to close out his first season of Thursday Thunder with back-to-back wins and maintain his top-10 position in the championship points during week ten's competition.

"This was the best day I've had racing so far," Elliott said following the Victory Lane celebrations.  "The setup we had in the feature race was perfect, and the ABF Bandolero was so easy to drive. My dad was pretty excited because it was nice to finally figure out how to run these cars and I'm waiting to find out if Gordon Pirkle sounded the siren in Dawsonville from the Pool Room."

Papa John's Fan Appreciation Night:             Thursday Thunder's season finale will feature a fan appreciation night sponsored by Papa John's Pizza. The first 500 fans through the gates on Thursday will receive a Papa John's Pizza gift bag filled with items provided by Thursday Thunder series sponsors. The bags will be stuffed with anything from cups and key chains to hats and shirts as a thank you to fans for a season of continuous support.

Three Different Divisional Point Battles Separated by 10 Points or Less:          On-track fireworks are expected as three drivers will compete to win the Zaxby's Bandits Division championship. Only five points separate Mason Massey and runner-up Kyle Benjamin, with Kyle Plott just one marker behind Benjamin in the division for racers age 8 to 11.

The Adrenalin Powersports Pro Division is led by Casey Roderick with Max Gresham just 10 points behind. Taylor Hull's championship hopes are still alive as he rides 15 points behind Roderick in third-place.

Dwight Pilgram leads the Back Yard Burgers Roadsters championship point standings by nine markers over last year's Tanger Outlet Center Masters Division champion Brian Weimer.

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