AMS Thursday Thunder Championship Week News & Notes
The closest battle in any division at Thursday Thunder is in the Estes Services Masters Division with five points separating the leader Skip Nichols of Albany and Scott Moseley of McDonough.
Nichols is looking to capture his seventh Estes Services Masters division championship and his eighth career championship at Thursday Thunder this week on the Quarter-Mile "Thunder Ring". A victory for Nichols would be the second time that the winningest driver in Thursday Thunder history has earned back-to-back championships. He won consecutive Masters division championships in 2001 and 2002.
On the strength of two wins this season, Moseley is within striking distance of his first career Thursday Thunder season championship. His previous best finish was last year when he finished in third place.
Locust Grove's Bill Plemons Jr., who led the division standings earlier this year, and Tina Johnson of Senoia are also mathematically in the chase for the title. Plemons trails division leader Nichols by 18 points while Johnson is 19 points back of the lead.
Father, Son & Daughter team at Thursday Thunder
Entering the final week of Thursday Thunder, Robbie Woodall may not be in the hunt for the Estes Services Masters division points championship, but he is proud of his finish this year in the point standings.
"I've known all those guys for a long time," said Woodall. "From my start back in 2008, Skip [Nichols], Tina [Johnson], Scott [Moseley] and Bill Plemons Jr. were all giving me pointers - I was their protégé. So now, to be able to race with them and run with them, there is a certain amount of satisfaction that I've been able to get to this point."
Thursday Thunder provides more than just an opportunity to race and compete. It's an opportunity for Woodall to share his passion with his kids.
"It gives them something to do to keep them out of trouble and it's something that we can all do together," explained Woodall. "It's hard enough to find something that the whole family can do together but it is great that racing at Thursday Thunder is something we can all do and have fun at the same time."
His 16-year old son Bailey began racing this past year in the Semi-Pro division while his 10-year old daughter McKenzie has been competing in the beginner bandolero division.
"I have the most fun out of everyone competing," said Woodall. "I get to do it myself and then watch my kids' race. I have twice as much fun than they do."
Locked up Titles
With one race remaining in the season, points champions will be crowned at Thursday Thunder this week. With almost insurmountable leads, the leader in each of the following divisions needs to start the race to claim the championship.
Chandler Smith of Talking Rock holds a 30 point lead on Connor Younginer of Stockbridge in the Bandits division. A tire issue last week prevented Smith from setting a new Thursday Thunder record for most consecutive wins in a season and a bid for a perfect season. Despite his troubles last week, Smith has been dominant all season including his second consecutive Bandits National Championship in June.
A 25-point difference separates the leader Jensen Jorgensen of Stockbridge from Gallion, AL driver Chase Purdy in second place in the 15th Street Pizza and Pub Outlaws division. In the Young Lions Division, Woodrow Mullis of Hoboken holds a 38 point advantage on second place Zach Leonhardi of Cartersville.
USCS Sprint Car Exhibition
The United Sprint Car Series will take to the Quarter-Mile Thunder Ring this week for an exhibition showcase in preparation for the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka Sprint Car Shootout on Aug. 29. JoJo Helberg from Santa Rosa, California won last year's inaugural Labor Day Weekend race for the 700 horsepower, alcohol burning winged warriors.
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.