AMS Legends Road Course Championship presented by Summit Racing Equipment is Saturday
A region steeped in racing lore will play host to the Atlanta Motor Speedway Legends Road Course Championship presented by Summit Racing Equipment on what is sure to be a thrilling day of racing on Saturday at Atlanta Motorsports Park in Dawsonville, GA.
Series champions will be crowned in the Atlanta Motor Speedway Road Course series to cap an unprecedented event - the first INEX sanctioned Legends and Bandolero road course racing event not hosted at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the state of Georgia. Champions will be recognized at a ceremony at the Georgia Racing Hall of Fame while all contenders are invited to savor the history of the halls of one of Georgia's racing gems.
And Saturday's event will not be short on star power in the race for the championship. Points leaders Nathan Jackson (Bandits), Chris Dilbeck (Masters), Ricky Springer (Outlaws), Jordan Coker (Semi-Pro) and Brian Weimer (Thunder Roadster) will be looking to lock up a division title, but they will hardly be the only drivers eager to attack Atlanta Motor Sports Park's unique layout.
Doug Stevens, who has put together one of the most iconic careers behind the wheel of a Legends car with wins in events at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Charlotte Motor Speedway and New Hampshire Motor Speedway, is scheduled to compete.
"I think this event at AMP is going to really be enjoyable for me and be an opportunity to get back out and have some fun," said Stevens. "I'm excited about it because I haven't raced these things in a while."
For Stevens, Saturday's race will be the first time he has been behind the wheel in a competitive race hosted by Atlanta Motor Speedway since week 2 of the 2014 Winter Flurry Series.
"I think it is going to be really cool," said Stevens. "It looks like it is going to be a really neat course."
Saturday will also mark the first asphalt Legends car race for Tina Johnson since she won the Thursday Thunder championship in thrilling fashion this past July at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Stevens and Johnson are not the only drivers indicating their return to the track for Saturday's event. The very first customer to purchase a car from Legends of Georgia in back in 1997, Mark Wallace, along with competitor Virgil Brown, who competed between 2002 and 2007, are both eyeing a victory for their cars on the road course.
In addition to the seasoned veterans making a return, newcomers to Legends and Bandolero racing will also get their shot at AMP's 1.14-mile layout.
"We are expecting a lot of new faces and families," Director of AMS Legends Ken Ragan exclaimed, "and we anticipate the beginner Bandolero class to be one of the largest ever for an event."
Ragan said he is expecting as many at 14 cars to participate in the beginner Bandolero class, a division designed for drivers new to Legends and Bandolero racing, to be among the drivers taking to the track at AMP. The large beginner Bandolero class will bolster what is expected to be a record number of entrants for an Atlanta Motor Speedway road course event.
All told, Saturday figures to be one of the most exciting and anticipated events in the history of Legends and Bandolero racing in the state of Georgia.
Atlanta Motor Speedway has hosted U.S. Legends and Bandolero racing for 18 consecutive years since its inaugural season on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring in 1998. Among its notable alumni, current NASCAR drivers include 2015 Daytona 500 winner Joey Logano, 2014 XFINITY Series champion and Dawsonville native Chase Elliott, David Ragan, Reed Sorensen, Austin Dillon and Darrel Wallace, Jr.