The "Thunder Ring" will roar back to life on Thursday, June 18 when short-track racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the third week of the 2009 Thursday Thunder season.
Thursday Thunder's week three feature theme is Mascot Mania Night and intermission entertainment will include the annual Mascot Mania Night golf kart race. In addition to the amusement of Mascot Mania Night, the evening will feature eight classes of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing, plus promoter's choice events.
Mascot Mania Night
A gaggle of Georgia's best and most entertaining mascots will test their driving skills on the "Thunder Ring" during the Mascot Mania Night's golf kart race. The mascot golf kart race will take place during intermission and will feature Buzz from Georgia Tech, Chopper from the Gwinnett Braves and the Aaron's Lucky Dog, among other local sports and business mascots and Atlanta Motor Speedway's Monkey Wrench. In addition to racing for the title of "Fastest Mascot in Georgia," the mascots will mingle in the Thursday Thunder grandstands throughout the evening.
Chris Cable Takes Harry's Roadster To Victory Lane in First Start
In a Thursday Thunder racing rarity, Griffin's Bubba Harry made his way to Victory Lane twice last week, as both a race winner and a car owner. Moving from a Thunder Roadster back to the Pros, Harry won his first Pro race since 2006 to claim his 22nd-career Thursday Thunder win.
Harry's move to the Pro class opened the door for Chris Cable to compete in Harry's Roadster. Cable, also a Griffin native, turned impressive practice times in the Roadster, despite never competing in a Roadster race and being absent at Thursday Thunder since the 2007 season. In the Thunder Roadster feature race that included nine competitors, Cable carried his speed from practice into the main event. Cable cleared the field by the first lap and held his lead to record his first Thunder Roadster win in as many tries.
Double Feature Races for Week Three
Due to week one's cancelation, week three will play host to double feature races in order to complete a full 10-race season of points events. The postponed week one action will follow the scheduled week three action. Due to the double features, heat races will be replaced by the additional feature starting positions will be set by practice times. Grandstand gates will open at 5:45 to accommodate double features for week three.
Promoter's Races Add Value, Entertainment to Thursday Thunder
In addition to heat races and eight classes of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster competition, fans will also be entertained by the return of the Promoter's Choice races in 2009. Featuring a Bandolero and Legends Promoter's Choice race at each Thursday Thunder event, the Promoter's events are six-lap sprint races between up-and-comers who have yet to win on Atlanta Motor Speedway's "Thunder Ring". Each race will feature competitors selected by the Thursday Thunder race promoters.
Benjamin Rhodes of Louisville, Kent., a seasoned 12-year old kart racer competing in his second year in a Bandolero, won weeks two's Bandolero Promoter's Choice event. Donald McIntosh of Dawsonville won the week two Legends Promoter's Choice event.
Featuring a full slate of short-track 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 (ages 5 and under are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at approximately 7:50 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.