Only three weeks remain in the 2013 Thursday Thunder season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, with the next two weeks consisting of double feature racing at the Speedway's grassroots summer short track racing series. As a result, the next two weeks will truly be make or break races for the championship hopes of virtually all drivers racing on the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring."

With the opportunity to earn twice as many points than usual during the next two weeks, drivers near the top of their respective racing divisions have the chance to cement their place at the top of the standings. For drivers further back in the standings, the stretch of upcoming races opens the door for them to make themselves a factor in the race for a Thursday Thunder Championship.

As a result of the championship implications, the on-track action is likely to be intense at Thursday Thunder. Three divisions feature a points lead of two points or less. Payton Ryan leads the Fun Junction Young Lions division by two points ahead of William Byron. Skip Nichols holds a one-point advantage in the Masters division in front of Tina Johnson with Ashton Winger and Joshua Hicks being tied for the lead in the Outlaws standings.

Thornton Looks To Get Back On Track

Riley Thornton will head to Thursday Thunder this week with hopes of returning to victory lane in the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro division. Thornton, who is current points leader in the division, saw a two-race winning streak snapped in the most recent round of feature races on June 27 when Luke Behnke, substitute driving for Hub Talbot, picked up the win. Thornton, finished second.

Overall, Thornton has won three out of five Semi-Pro feature races this season. He holds a 34-point lead over Talbot in the points standings, who is just one point ahead of Taylor Jorgensen.

This Week And Upcoming At Thursday Thunder

Area kids are invited to bring their fastest Power Wheel machine, along with a helmet for the Path2College 529 College Savings Plan Power Wheels Race. The event will be held during the pre-race autograph session at Thursday Thunder, which will take place prior to the start of the second set of feature races. All participants will receive a commemorative medal. 

In addition, it'll be scout night at the races and all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will be granted free grandstand admission.

Next week at Thursday Thunder will be Thirsty Thursday. For only $1, fans can purchase 12-ounce cans of Coca-Cola products, assorted candy, bags of chips and hot dogs. Canned beer will also be available for only $2. Also next week, Christmas in July will be celebrated with an appearance by Santa, Christmas gift giveaways and more.

Each week, Thursday Thunder will present an interactive experience for families, with concourse activities such as face painting, woodworks and more. Also, every thursday event will feature an autograph session with competitors. Plus there will be contests and games for spectators to participate in while in the grandstands, like a Root Beer Chugging contest, trivia, dance contests and more.

Tickets for the affordable, family-friendly racing series costs just $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 through 11 and is free for children ages 5 and younger. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

To test drive your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Dwight Pilgram at (770) 707-2977 or visit www.legendsofga.com