Jeff Haynie sat on the pole for the Masters race and carried his lead position to victory. Skip Nichols began to close the gap midway through the race, but Haynie's No. 12 ride proved to be the class of the field as the Zebulon native claimed the win. The finish was his first Master's victory of the season, adding to four from 2007.
The Greencastle Dental Bandits race began with Kyle Benjamin out front. Benjamin held a comfortable lead until a caution on lap four tightened the field. One lap later, Mason Massey, week one's Bandits winner, jumped Benjamin for the top spot. Benjamin and Massey exchanged position as cautions delayed action on laps 12, 15 and 17. Ending with a green, white, checkered-flag finish, Massey jumped ahead late to post his second-consecutive victory in the Bandits class. The win marked his third-career Bandit victory.
The No. 6 car of Jake Armstrong paced the field to the green for the combined class of Young Guns and Outlaws. Through contact and cautions, Armstrong maintained his lead for 18 laps. Significant bumping between Armstrong and Blake Jones allowed a patient Jacob Wallace to jump to lead on lap 19. Wallace collected his first career victory in his No. 32 Young Guns vehicle.
The Roadsters class began with Bubba Harry as the pole sitter. Harry's No. 13 car steadily built a sizeable lead until a caution on lap 17 made for a close finish. Leading wire-to-wire, Harry claimed victory by just one car-length over Brian Weimer. Harry's win was his first of the season and third-career victory.
Intermission showcased Atlanta Motor Speedway's second annual Mascot Mania Night, a golf kart relay race between Atlanta-area sports mascots. From the start, the Atlanta Hawks encountered a setback as Harry the Hawk took off in reverse. Thrash's wild approach to the relay put the rest of the field off course and confused. Utilizing his superior athleticism, Sky Hawk left his kart, struck out on foot and stormed to the checkered flag. Claiming victory in his first career race start, Sky Hawk proved his racing prowess among his fellow mascots.
Mark Swan took the green flag to start the Chargers division and held his lead for just two laps before Jordan Coker and Mike Weed surged ahead on lap three. Coker and Weed battled closely before Weed jumped to the lead on lap 11. A three-car wreck would end Weed and Coker's race, giving Swan the advantage with a red-flag delay on lap 19. Ending in a green, white, checkered-flag finish, Swan believed he won with a one-lap finish, but was passed while celebrating by Chris Bowie. Bowie's victory was his first career win in 10 Chargers starts.
Billy Fulson took the green flag to begin the Charter Communications Pro feature. Fulson constructed a quarter-lap lead in the first 13 laps and his competitors were unable to close the gap in the night's first caution-free race. Fulson coasted to the win to claim his fourth-career Pro class victory.
The Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro division began with R.S. Senter leading the way. Dylan Ames took the preferred line into the race's first turn to push a nose ahead of Senter and take the lead in only the first lap. Ames led every lap until the finish to claim his first victory and podium finish in the Semi Pro class and producing the second caution-free feature of the night.
Atlanta Motor Speedway introduced the Promoter's Choice races for the 2008 Thursday Thunder season. The Promoter's Choice race showcases competitors who have yet to win a heat or feature race during the Thursday Thunder season in an eight-lap feature event.
Kason Plott brought the field to the front for the Bandoleros Promoter's Choice race. Plott led all eight laps in the first Promoter's Choice race to claim his first career victory.
The Legends Promoter's Choice race opened with Mark Younginer leading the path. Fighting three-wide in the back stretch, Mitch Cobb's No. 91 car emerged the leader coming out of turn four. Cobb would remain in the front en route to victory in the Legends Promoter's Choice competition.
Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder will return on June 19 for the third of 10 weeks of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing. Next week will be Military Night sponsored by Atreus Homes, featuring the Amazing Afghan Al Qaeda Obliteration during intermission. For more information, visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
To test drive your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Peter Horne III at (770) 707-2977 or visit www.legendsofga.com.
Week 2 Results:
1. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 2. Skip Nichols (Albany), 3. Brad Shelnutt (McDonough), 4. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 5. Jim Daniel (Thomaston).
Greencastle Dental Bandits:
1. Mason Massey (Winston), 2. Kyle Benjamin (Simpsonville, S.C.), 3. Evan Bell (Buford), 4. John Holleman, 5. Grant Crane (Zebulon), 6. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 7. Brady Boswell (Watkinsville), 8. Matson Houghton, 9. Madeline Crane (Milledgeville), 10. Taylor Jorgensen, 11. Coleman Moody (Griffin), DQ - Kason Plott (Marietta).
1. Jacob Wallace (Griffin), 2. Jake Armstrong (Fayetteville), 3. Justin Thomas (Woodstock), 4. Blake Jones (Sevierville, Tenn.), 5. Joseph Pilato, 6. Jordan Rogers (Thomaston), 7. Dusty Cunningham (Madison), 8. Shawn Wortham (Woodstock), 9. Luke Behnke (Fayetteville), 10. Chad Fincham (Knoxville, Tenn.), 11. Will Martin (Douglasville), 12. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City), 13. Dalton Robertson (Flowery Branch), 14. Jonathan Lybrand (Newnan), 15. Dallan Wortham (Woodstock).
1. Brett Hardin (Acworth).
1. Bubba Harry (Griffin), 2. Brian Weimer (Cumming), 3. Steve Crane (Zebulon), 4. Jim Gresham (Stockbridge), 5. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 6. Brian Meredith (Locust Grove), 7. Skip Nichols (Albany), 8. Johnny Rucker (Griffin).
1. Chris Bowie (Douglasville), 2. Melina Rolo (Cumming), 3. Sean Shalvoy (Mooresville, N.C.), 4. . Mark Younginer, 5. Mark Swan (Athens), 6. Mike Weed (Franklin), 7. Jordan Coker (Powder Springs), 8. Jacob Bowie (Douglasville), 9. Amber Colvin (Tallahassee, Fla.).
Charter Communications Pro:
1. Billy Fulson (Brooks), 2. Zach Kittle (Watkinsville), 3. Kyle Lowry (Covington), 4. Ryan Gandee (McDonough), 5. Parker Hammons (Midland, N.C.), 6. Daniel Hemric, 7. Matt Stover (Gastonia, N.C.), 8. Will Prance (Canton), 9. Spencer Mosley (McDonough), 10. Tina Johnson (Senoia).
Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro:
1. Dylan Ames (Harvest, Ala.), 2. Davey Matthews (Douglasville), 3. Bryce Walker (Weatherford, Texas), 4. Austin Hill (Winston), 5. Michael Brown (Pageland, S.C.), 6. Cody Haskins substitute driving for Kyle Plott (Marietta), 7. Jonathan Chandler (Fayetteville), 8. Chase Moody (Griffin), 9. Currie Pierce (Griffin), 10. Zach Zimmerly (Davidson, N.C.), 11. Chad Hackenbracht, 12. Judson Kittle (Watkinsville), 13. Zach Weaver (Columbus), 14. R.S. Senter (Oakwood), 15. Chase Elliott (Dawsonville), 16. Rawlin West (Locust Grove), 17. Brecken Snow, 18. Carl Chapman (Bonett), 19. Mitch Cobb (Ball Ground), 20. Tyler Armstrong (Fayetteville).
Promoter's Choice - Bandolero:
1. Kason Plott, 2. Jonathan Lybrand, 3. Luke Behnke, 4. Shawn Worthman.
Promoter's Choice - Legends:
1. Mitch Cobb, 2. Jim Daniel, 3. Mark Younginer, 4. Jacob Bowie.