There will be twice the amount of affordable family entertainment and exciting short track racing this week at Atlanta Motor Speedway's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" as AMS will host an additional Thursday Thunder event on Wednesday.
Both nights will feature a full Thursday Thunder program that will include grandstand entertainment to go along with exciting racing among Legends and Bandolero cars in seven different divisions on one of the toughest short tracks around. Wednesday is Wacky Wednesday night at Thursday Thunder. Thursday will be Family Picnic and Summer Splash Night with activities including a bellyflop contest among selected contestants seated in the grandstands.
With the addition of the weekend's zMAX Micro-Lubricant Bandolero Nationals, drivers will have the chance to race in three feature races during a four-day period.
Jorgensen Hoping For Home-Track Advantage
The timing of momentum could not be much better for Stockbridge's Jensen Jorgensen. He has won the past three feature races in the 15th Street Pizza & Pub Outlaws Division as this week's full slate of racing action on the Thunder Ring concludes with this weekend's zMAX Micro-Lubricant Bandolero Nationals.
Jorgensen is the defending Outlaws National Champion. He won the crown at last year's Nationals, held in Bethel, N.Y. This year, he'll get to defend his title at his home track.
"That's most of the reason that I'm in a Bandolero this year, because the Nationals are here," Jorgensen said. "The Nationals, it's amazing to have them here. I know I'll be fast since it's my home track."
Thursday Thunder drivers appear to have a strong chance at sweeping both championship divisions in the Bandolero Nationals. Talking Rock's Chandler Smith, the current leader of the Bandits division, is the defending Bandits National Champion.
Experience An Ally For Senter
Oakwood's R.S. Senter has raced regularly at Thursday Thunder as far back as 2005 and jumped in a Legends car at the Thunder Ring in 2007. That experience, Senter explains, can give a driver a leg up on the competition from week to week.
"It definitely helps. Knowing how to race (at AMS) and knowing what it is going to do at nighttime," Senter said. "The track is really the same track even though it's been sealed. It's flat, you have to use a lot of brake here. You have to roll through the corners and have to slow the car down enough. It's a real fine line."
Helped by that experience, Senter is off to a blazing start in the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro Division.
He has won all four of the races in the division this summer. His most recent victory may have been the most impressive. Senter truly had to grind out a win last Thursday. Being involved in a two-car wreck dropped Senter to the rear of the field with eight laps to go. He rallied back, muscling past McDonough's Bailey Woodall for the win.
"I was told when I started racing Legends cars that if you can get around Atlanta Motor Speedway, you can get around anywhere in the country," Senter said. "I really believe that."
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.