A pair of drivers will be looking to return to their winning ways this week during the eighth week of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder short track racing series.
Oakwood's R.S. Senter and Hoboken's Woodrow Mullis came into last Thursday with their eyes on sweeping every feature race of the 2014 season on the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring." Those hopes were dashed as both drivers saw their winning streaks halted.
Mullis, who also swept every feature race in the Winter Flurry series at Atlanta Motor Speedway, slipped back into the field to begin the Young Lions feature. A valiant charge came up short as he finished behind Cartersville's Zach Leonhardi.
Senter finished second in the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro Division make-up feature postponed from June 26, a race won by Will Martin of Douglasville. In Thursday night's scheduled feature, Stockbridge's Taylor Jorgensen won out in a three-way race for the lead during the closing laps of the feature for her first Thursday Thunder win in a Legends car.
Last week's victories by Jorgensen, Martin and Leonhardi set the stage for what will be an exciting conclusion to the 2014 Thursday Thunder season. While some division champions are on the way to being locked up, drivers yet to win a feature event will be anxious to break through to pick up a race victory.
With three weeks remaining in the 2014 Thursday Thunder season, Talking Rock's Chandler Smith is the only driver with a chance to win every feature race in his division. He holds a commanding lead atop of the Bandits standings.
Purdy, Jorgensen Locked In Showdown for Title
Throughout the summer, Stockbridge's Jensen Jorgensen and Gallion, Ala. driver Chase Purdy have exhibited a high level of intensity at both Thursday Thunder as well as at the zMAX Micro-Lubricant Bandolero Nationals. Jorgensen beat out Purdy to win last month's Bandolero Nationals to repeat as National Champion. That battle will continue the next three weeks at Thursday Thunder as both drivers are racing one another for the championship in the 15th Street Pizza and Pub Outlaws Division. The two drivers have been the standard-bearers against their competition, combining to win all but one feature event at Thursday Thunder. Jorgensen has won four features with Purdy winning two. Both drivers have finished third or better in five of this season's seven feature events at Thursday Thunder.
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.