Thursday Thunder and the series’ many short-track racing stars return to Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “Thunder Ring” this Thursday, June 3 for the season’s first night of points racing.

Featuring seven classes of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadsters, high-speed havoc storms back into action on the Speedway’s one-quarter mile “Thunder Ring” for the first of nine weeks of 2010 summer season. Each week will feature an on-track autograph and photograph session with Thursday Thunder drivers, weekly concourse activities, grandstand games and exhilarating on-track racing action.

 Opening Night Storylines

 Opening night of the 2010 Thursday Thunder campaign marks the 13th season of the short-track racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway and the summer will likely feature among the most-competitive racing in the series’ history.

 In 12 years of Thursday Thunder racing, Atlanta Motor Speedway’s “Thunder Ring” has helped to hone the skills of a large number of current NASCAR competitors, most notably NASCAR Sprint Cup Series stars Joey Logano and David Ragan. However, in 2010 a pair of Thursday Thunder competitors enter the season having formerly competed in NASCAR’s top divisions, with Jimmy Henderson (Conyers) and Phillip Young (Dallas) in the NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series respectively.

 In addition to competitors with accolades in other series, a number of 2009 Thursday Thunder champions are seeking success in new divisions in 2010. Three-time Masters Division champion Jeff Haynie (McDonough) will move to the AngusBest.com Pro Division for 2010, where he will be challenged by Adam Gay (Dublin), who finished second in the 2009 Thunder Roadster standings by just eight points, among other competitors.

 Kids’ Candy & Coin Scramble

 As part of Thursday Thunders nightly family entertainment activities, week one’s action will include a Kids’ Candy & Coin Scramble on the Atlanta Motor Speedway frontstretch. Returning in 2010 to the pleasure of Thursday Thunder’s youngest fans, kids will be allowed to come onto the Atlanta Motor Speedway infield during intermission to participate in the Kids’ Candy & Coin Scramble. The Scramble is open to all children in attendance and allows them to sprawl across the Atlanta Motor Speedway “ball field” and scramble for free coins and candy. The event will be divided into two age groups.

 Autograph and Photograph Night – All Classes

 In addition to the racing, the first week of the 2010 Thursday Thunder season will feature an autograph and photograph session with all the Thursday Thunder competitors. While each week of Thursday Thunder features an autograph session with a featured class, only opening night and the season-ending championship night will give race fans access to every Thursday Thunder driver. Each fan in attendance will receive a complimentary Thursday Thunder Fan Guide featuring an autograph page to collect driver autographs.

 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