Week nine of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder will feature twice the amount of feature racing for the same low prices, plus the annual Faster Pastor race with local church leaders fighting to the finish.

Double Features Night will showcase 14 feature races of Legends, Bandoleros and Thunder Roadsters on Atlanta Motor Speedway's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring," plus grandstand games, concourse activities and intermission entertainment. In addition to the scheduled racing action, the Faster Pastor race will serve as a food drive for Helping in His Name Food Ministry and fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for donation.

Double Features Scheduled for Week Nine

Each of Atlanta Motor Speedway's seven Thursday Thunder classes will compete in two feature races for week nine of Thursday Thunder, giving fans 14 short-track feature races in just one night.

The double features are scheduled to provide Thursday Thunder competitors with a complete, 10-event season of points racing. Feature set one, scheduled to replace week eight's rain-cancelled events, will begin at 5:50 p.m. and Grandstand Gate 13 will open early at 5:30 p.m. for Double Features Night.

Pulpit Pit Pandemonium for Annual Faster Pastor Event

The annual Faster Pastor race will return for 2010 during Thursday Thunder's ninth week as local church leaders compete in a stock bomber car race during intermission on Thursday, July 29.

The 2010 Faster Pastor race will feature local leaders competing in equally-equipped stock cars for the bragging rights to be called the Faster Pastor. Participants in the 2010 edition of the race include: Stan Berrong, co-pastor at Glen Haven Baptist Church in McDonough; Jerome Carodine, pastor at Victory Outreach Atlanta; Brooks Everett, pastor of counseling ministry and seniors at Community Bible Church in Stockbridge; and Barry Saunders, director of children's ministries at Bethany Baptist Church in McDonough.

The Faster Pastor race will also serve as a food drive for Helping in His Name Food Ministries and fans of each church are encouraged to bring canned goods to donate. Collection bins will be located near Gate 13. The church with the most donations will receive the pole position for the Faster Pastor race.

Records Set to Be Broken at Thursday Thunder

After already claiming the record for most wins in a Thursday Thunder career, Skip Nichols is on the verge of claiming the most championships in the series' history.

Nichols is currently competing for two titles in the 2010 Thursday Thunder season in the Masters and Thunder Roadsters divisions. Nichols holds a 31-points lead in the Masters division, yet trails by just eight points amongst Thunder Roadsters competitors. If the Albany native can claim first in both classes, Nichols would become the first competitor with six-career Thursday Thunder championships.

Doug Stevens currently holds the record with five championships at Atlanta Motor Speedway, while Nichols has four. If Nichols can claim both titles and set the record, he would also be the first driver in Thursday Thunder history to win two championships in one season.

In addition to his push for two 2010 titles, Nichols previously surpassed Stevens' record of 27 Thursday Thunder wins and now sits in first with 29-career victories.

Featuring a full slate of short-track racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages.Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-11 (ages 5 and under are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at approximately 7:50 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com