In preparation for the 10-week Thursday Thunder summer series of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing, Atlanta Motor Speedway played host to an off-season race on Friday, April 3.

With the racing action already looking to be in regular season form, the off-season race featured four winners who also won races during the 2008 Thursday Thunder season. Among those familiar with Atlanta Motor Speedway's Victory Lane, Justin Thomas claimed the win in the Young Guns class, Jonathan Chandler won in the Semi-Pro division, Justin Swilling took a Pro win after moving up from Semi-Pro, and Ed Clark won the Masters feature after winning in a Roadster in 2008.

The 2009 Thursday Thunder season begins on June 4 and competitors will have one more off-season race to prepare on May 8. Fans interested in attending the off-season race can purchase infield passes at the Security Command building located near the main entrance to Atlanta Motor Speedway. Infield passes are $12 for adults, $5 for ages six through 11, and children ages five and younger are admitted for free. The general grandstands are not open during off-season Legends races.

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 For more information on Atlanta Motor Speedway events and the upcoming Thursday Thunder summer series, visit

4/03/09 Off-Season Race Results:


1. Dalton Hill (Winston), 2. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 3. Angus Hunt (Powder Springs), 4. Madeline Crane (Meansville), 5. Joshua Hicks.

Young Guns:

1. Justin Thomas (Woodstock), 2. Nick Hazelwood.


1. Luke Behnke (Fayetteville).

Young Lions:

1. Evan Swilling (Cohutta), 2. Chad Fincham (Knoxville, Tenn.), 3. Davey Matthews (Douglasville), 4. Blake Jones (Sevierville, Tenn.), 5. Mason Massey (Winston), 6. AJ Carlisi, 7. Tyler Edwards (Acworth), 8. Jacob Wallace, 9. Austin Garvey, 10. Charlie Gresham (Milner), 11. Justin Thomas (Woodstock).


1. Jonathan Chandler (Fayetteville), 2. RS Senter (Oakwood), 3. Mike Weed (Franklin), 4. Jordan Coker (Powder Springs).


1. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 2. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 3. Virgil Brown (Concord), 4. Frank Johnston (Kemptville, Ontario), 5. Mike Abercrombie (Jackson), 6. Larry Friddle (Greenville, S.C.).


1. Justin Swilling (Cohutta), 2. Austin Hill (Winston), 3. Currie Pierce (Griffin), 4. Kyle Kitchens.


1. Keeton Hanks (Auburn, Ky.), 2. Ed Clark (Peachtree City).