Atlanta Motor Speedway's fourth week of Thursday Thunder will include a special class of NASCAR's next stars, as young fans from the grandstands are invited to compete in the Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races presented by Clover Ranch Communities on Thursday, June 25.

Sponsored by Clover Ranch Communities, the Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races will hit the "Thunder Ring" as intermission entertainment during week four of Thursday Thunder. In addition to the activity for kids, Thursday Thunder will feature eight classes of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing, heat races and promoter's choice events.

Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races

Adding to the short-track racing excitement of Thursday Thunder, children are invited to bring their favorite bicycle, tricycle or Power Wheels for the Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races presented by Clover Ranch Communities on Atlanta Motor Speedway's "Thunder Ring". The Kids' Bike, Trike and Power Wheels Races will be divided into two age groups and will compete on either the "Thunder Ring" or on the Speedway's frontstetch (depending on age group). This fun opportunity should be the first race at Atlanta Motor Speedway for many of NASCAR's stars of tomorrow.

Twice the Fun, Not Quite Twice the Points Advantage

Through three weeks of Thursday Thunder racing, five competitors have managed a pair of wins in their respective classes. However, only one of these competitors has accumulated a double-digit points lead, an indication of the competitive racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway's "Thunder Ring".

The competitors who have won two races in 2009 are Luke Benhke of Fayetteville (J.J. Morley Outlaws), Chris Cable of Griffin (Thunder Roadsters), Cody Haskins of Marietta (Semi-Pro), Jeff Haynie of Zebulon (Masters) and Matt Linker of Mt. Pleasant, N.C. (Young Guns).

Only Linker holds a double-digit lead, sitting 12 points ahead of his nearest Young Guns rival. Cable, a first-year standout in the Thunder Roadsters class, holds the slimmest lead - just three points - while Haskins holds a six-point Semi-Pro advantage and Benhke is ahead by nine points among the J.J. Morley Outlaws.

Despite posting two early-season wins, Haynie sits in second in the Masters standings. Haynie trails Rick Geddes by just two points, evidence highlighting Geddes' consistent finishes. In addition to Geddes holding the lead over Haynie, five Masters competitors are lumped within 25 points of one another, making for one of the most-entertaining early-season points races of any division.


Independence Day weekend is approaching in just two weeks and Atlanta Motor Speedway is eager to celebrate America's independence with fireworks at both Thursday Thunder and Friday Night Drags. Fans attending the July 2 edition of Thursday Thunder and the July 3 date of Friday Night Drags will be treated to one of the largest and best fireworks shows on Atlanta's south side.

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