Double Features Make for Rousing Conclusion, presented by Papa John's Pizza

Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder season came to a conclusion on Championship Night presented by Papa John's Pizza as two class champions claimed their division title by just one point.

Bryce Walker entered the Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro division with a noteworthy lead, but escaped with the title by a point with sixth and third-place finished. Meanwhile, Kyle Lowry claimed the Charter Communications Pro title by a lone point with finishes of first and second after entering the night down four points.

Johnny Rucker held the pole position for the first of two Roadsters features, the final race in the Speedway Challenge Cup. Upon the start, Brian Weimer and Skip Nichols drafted together and jump ahead. Riding bumper-to-bumper into the final turn, Weimer and Nichols separated and Weimer crossed the finish first to claim the Speedway Challenge Cup Thunder Roadsters championship.

Bubba Harry paced the field to the green for the second Roadsters feature, holding a four-point advantage over Ed Clark. Harry quickly established his dominance over the field by building an extensive lead and guiding his car to victory, resulting in his third Thursday Thunder class championship.

Resuming a suspended race from week nine, Davey Matthews led the Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro field to a restart beginning on the fourth lap. By the 10th lap, Matthews built a multiple-car length lead he carried to the win.

Austin Hill held the pole position in the second Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro division, as Walker had just a seven-point lead over Hill. Hill held his position to claim victory in the feature race, but Walker won the division championship by virtue of his third-place finish by just one point (905 points to 904).

Evan Bell held the pole position for the first Greencastle Dental Bandits feature. Bell held a substantial lead before a pair of cautions brought the field together. Kyle Benjamin passed Bell on the 11th lap, before a caution once again tightened the field. Bell chased closely, but Benjamin held his lead position to victory. After his win, Benjamin sits just five points behind Mason Massey for the points lead.

Benjamin was the pole sitter for the second Greencastle Dental Bandits feature. Benjamin held the lead through lap 15 before Massey, the points leader, jumped ahead on the 16th lap. Massey held his position to the checkered flag to claim the feature win and garner the 2008 Greencastle Dental Bandits class championship by eight points.

The combined classes of Young Guns and Outlaws were led by Justin Thomas, but Matthew Linker was able to overtake Thomas on the first lap. However, Linker and Thomas would spin on lap 10, allowing Dustyn Cunningham to claim the lead. Cunningham refused to give up position and took the win, moving closer to the points leader, Blake Jones. Jones currently leads Cunningham by 14 markers.

The second Young Guns and Outlaws feature began with Cunningham holding the pole position. Cunningham and Jones battled for position throughout the majority of the race, but late bumping caused Jones to fall in the standings. Cunningham would take the checkered flag for the win, but Jones retained first in the standings to win the class championship with a fifth-place finish by just two marks (907 points to 905). 

Substituting for Ed Clark, Dwight Pilgrim led the field to the green for the Masters feature. On the third lap, Skip Nichols was able to jump ahead of Pilgrim entering turn three to claim the lead. Despite being chased closely by Jeff Haynie, Nichols maintained the lead for the win, closing Haynie's points lead to just four points.

With only a four-point advantage, Haynie paced the field to the start for the second Masters feature. By the race's midpoint, Haynie built a lead of more than a half straightaway. Establishing an insurmountable lead, Haynie cruised to the feature victory and claimed his second-consecutive Masters class championship.

The Chargers feature began with Melina Rolo leading the way. After an early caution, Amber Colvin jumped ahead of Rolo on the restart. Colvin quickly built a sizeable advantage, but, on another restart, the No. 76 car of Donny St. Ours proved to be a formidable foe and jumped ahead of Colvin for victory.

The second Chargers feature started with Colvin pacing the way, nine points behind Mark Swan, but Josh Fulson claimed the lead on the second lap. Fulson led until the races final laps, but California's Donny St. Ours jumped ahead late again to claim his second Chargers win of the evening.

Because the Chargers class is an entry-level division that requires three-time winners to progress to a more-advanced class, a class champion is not crowned for Chargers. However, Mark Swan finished with the most points in the division for 2008.

The Charter Communication Pro feature started with Lowry at the front. He maintained the advantage throughout the first half of the race, but Casey Roderick and Billy Fulson followed close behind. Despite the challenge from the talented drivers in his rear-view mirror, Lowry carried his No. 33 car to victory to cut Fulson's points lead to just two points.

Roderick held the pole in the second Charter Communications Pro feature and quickly developed a noteworthy advantage, but a caution would force the gap closed. Needing to finish ahead of Lowry to claim the championship, Fulson made his presence known by climbing from the rear of the field to third before the caution, but Lowry would remain in second to claim the division championship by just one point over Fulson, while Roderick took his 25th career race victory.

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. For Championship Night presented by Papa John's Pizza, Promoter's Choice winners from weeks one through nine were invited back for a Promoter's Choice championship.

For the Bandolero Promoter's Choice Championship race, Alex Coffey held the lead position. After dueling with Jordan Rogers for position, Coffey reestablished himself as the leader, extended his lead and claimed the win in the first Promoter's Choice Bandolero Championship race.

Jim Daniel was the pole sitter for the Legends Promoter's Championship Choice race, but Zach Weaver jumped to the lead on the first lap. After the leaders spun out, Colvin emerged as the race leader. After a second group of race leaders spun, Chase Elliott moved to the front and claimed the first ever Promoter's Choice Legends Championship race.

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Week 9 Make-Up Results:

Roadsters (Speedway Challenge Cup):

1. Brian Weimer (Cumming), 2. Skip Nichols (Albany), 3. Johnny Rucker (McDonough).

Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro:

1. Davey Matthews (Douglasville), 2. Austin Hill (Winston), 3. Chase Moody (Griffin), 4. Zach Weaver (Phenix City, Ala.), 5. Currie Pierce (Griffin), 6. Bryce Walker (Weatherford, Texas), 7. Chase Elliott (Dawsonville), 8. Jonathan Chandler (Fayetteville), 9. Carl Chapman (Barnett), 10. Dylan Ames (Harvest, Ala.), 11. Tyler Armstrong (Fayetteville), 12. Mike Weed (Franklin), 13. Justin Swilling (Cohutta).

Greencastle Dental Bandits:

1. Kyle Benjamin (Simpsonville, S.C.), 2. Evan Bell (Buford), 3. Mason Massey (Winston), 4. Dillon Bassett (Winston Salem, N.C.), 5. Kyle Weatherman (Wentzville, Mo.), 6. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 7. Brady Boswell (Watkinsville), 8. Charlie Gresham (Milner), 9. Madeline Crane (Meansville), 10. Clayton Weatherman (Wentzville, Mo.), 11. Dalton Hill (Winston), 12. Taylor Jorgenson (Stockbridge), 13. Tyler Moseley (McDonough), 14. Coleman Moody (Griffin), 15. Matson Houghton (McDonough).

Young Guns:

1. Dustyn Cunningham (Madison), 2. Jake Armstrong (Fayetteville), 3. Blake Jones (Sevierville, Tenn.), 4. Will Martin (Douglasville), 5. Travis Robinson (Mt. Pleasant, Texas), 6. Corey Gordon (Charlotte), 7. Justin Thomas (Woodstock), 8. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City), 9. Luke Behnke (Fayetteville), 10. Jonathan Lybrand (Newnan), 11. Matthew Linker (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.), 12. Riley Halverson (Concord, N.C.), 13. Jordan Rogers (Thomaston), 14. Jacob Wallace (Griffin), 15. Joseph Pilato (Cropwell, Ala.), 16. Tyler Lester (Dallas, N.C.), 17. Chad Finchum (Knoxville, Tenn.).


1. Bret Hardin (Acworth).


1. Skip Nichols (Albany), 2. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 3. Brad Shelnutt (Locust Grove), 4. Dwight Pilgrim substituting for Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 5. Jim Daniel (Thomaston), 6. Rick Geddes (Newnan), 7. Mike Abercrombie (Jackson).


1. Donny St. Ours (Upland, Calif.), 2. Amber Colvin (Tallahassee, Fla.), 3. Robbie Woodall (Dawsonville), 4. Mark Younginer (Jonesboro), 5. Josh Fulson (Brooks), 6. Trey Robinson (Mt. Pleasant, Texas), 7. Mark Swan (Athens), 8. Billy Pyle (Forest Park), 9. Edward Glanton (Griffin), 10. Jerry Silvers Jr. (Calhoun), 11. Melina Rolo (Cumming), 12. Chris Bowie (Douglasville), 13. Don Chandler (Macon), 14. Jacob Bowie (Douglasville), DQ - Kyle Nelson (Mansfield, Texas).

Charter Communications Pro:

1. Kyle Lowry (Covington), 2. Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), 3. Billy Fulson (Brooks), 4. Chris Dilbeck (Hampton), 5. Zach Kittle (Watkinsville), 6. Matt Stover (Gastonia, N.C.), 7. Josh Williams (Port Charlotte, Fla.), 8. Will Prance (Canton), 9. Tina Johnson (Senoia), 10. Spencer Mosley (McDonough).

Week 10 Results:

Pep Boys Auto Semi-Pro:

1. Austin Hill (Winston), 2. Scott Hensley (Olive Branch, Miss.), 3. . Bryce Walker (Weatherford, Texas), 4. Justin Swilling (Cohutta), 5. Currie Pierce (Griffin), 6.  Evan Swilling (Cohutta), 7. Jonathan Chandler (Fayetteville), 8. Chase Moody (Griffin), 9. Davey Matthews (Douglasville), 10. Dylan Ames (Harvest, Ala.), 11. Armstrong (Fayetteville), 12. Carl Chapman (Barnett), 13. Zach Weaver (Columbus), 14. Chase Elliott (Dawsonville), 15. Mike Weed (Franklin).

Greencastle Dental Bandits:

1. Mason Massey (Winston), 2. Kyle Benjamin (Simpsonville, S.C.), 3. Evan Bell (Buford), 4. Dillon Bassett (Winston Salem, N.C.), 5. Brady Boswell (Watkinsville), 6. Kyle Weatherman (Wentzville, Mo.), 7. Madeline Crane (Meansville), 8. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 9. Dalton Hill (Winston), 10. Charlie Gresham (Milner), 11. Tyler Moseley (McDonough), 12. Taylor Jorgenson (McDonough), 13. Matson Houghton (McDonough), 14. Coleman Moody (Griffin), 15. Clayton Weatherman (Wentzville, Mo.). 

Young Guns:

1. Dustyn Cunningham (Madison), 2. Chad Fincham (Knoxville, Tenn.), 3. Justin Thomas (Woodstock), 4. Corey Gordon (Charlotte), 5. Blake Jones (Sevierville, Tenn.), 6. Will Martin (Douglasville), 7. Tyler Lester (Dallas, N.C.), 8. Joseph Pilato (Cropwell, Ala.), 9. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City), 10. Luke Behnke (Fayetteville), 11. Jonathan Lybrand (Newnan), 12. Jordan Rogers (Thomaston), 13. Matthew Linker (Mt. Pleasant, N.C.), 14. Travis Robinson (Mt. Pleasant, Texas), 15. Riley Halverson (Concord), 16. Jake Armstrong (Fayetteville), 17. Jacob Wallace (Griffin).


1. Bret Hardin (Acworth).


1. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 2. Skip Nichols (Albany), 3. Brad Shelnutt (Locust Grove), 4. Mike Abercrombie (Jackson), 5. Jim Daniel (Thomaston), 6. Dwight Pilgrim substituting for Ed Clark (Peachtree City), DQ - Rick Geddes (Newnan).


1. Donny St. Ours (Upland, Calif.), 2. Josh Fulson (Brooks), 3. Amber Colvin (Tallahassee, Fla.), 4. Robbie Woodall (Dawsonville), 5. Mark Swan (Athens), 6. Melina Rolo (Cumming), 7. Billy Pyle (Forest Park), 8. Don Chandler (Macon), 9. Jerry Silvers Jr. (Calhoun), 10. Edward Glanton (Griffin), 11. Mark Younginer (Jonesboro), 12. Kyle Nelson (Mansfield, Texas), DQ - Trey Robinson (Mt. Pleasant, Texas).

Charter Communications Pro:

1. Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), 2. Kyle Lowry (Covington), 3. Billy Fulson (Brooks), 4. Will Prance (Canton), 5. Josh Williams (Port Charlotte, Fla.), 6. Matt Stover (Gastonia, N.C.), 7. Chris Dilbeck (Hampton), 8. Zach Kittle (Watkinsville), 9. Tina Johnson (Senoia), 10. Trey Poole (Ball Ground).


1. Bubba Harry (Griffin), 2. Skip Nichols (Albany), 3. Brian Weimer (Cumming), 4. Dwight Pilgrim substituting for Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 5. Brian Meredith (Locust Grove), 6. Jim Gresham (Stockbridge), 7. Jeremy Kalina (Williamson) substituting for Johnny Rucker (McDonough).

Promoter's Choice - Bandolero:

1. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 2. Brady Boswell (Watkinsville), 3. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City), 4. Luke Behnke (Fayetteville), 5. Jordan Rogers (Thomaston).

Promoter's Choice - Legends:

1. Chase Elliott (Dawsonville), 2. Mark Younginer (Jonesboro), 3. Amber Colvin (Tallahassee, Fla.), 4. Jim Daniel (Thomaston), 5. Zach Weaver (Phenix City, Ala.).