Week three of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder will include double feature races, giving fans twice the short-track racing excitement in one action-packed night for the same low admission price on Thursday, June 17.
Thursday Thunder's third week will feature seven classes of Bandolero, Legends and Thunder Roadster racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway's "Thunder Ring," a quarter-mile oval located on the frontstretch of Atlanta's 1.54-mile quad oval track. In addition to the on-track showcase of speed and racing precision, each week of Thursday Thunder includes family concourse activities, grandstand games and an autograph session with the stars of Thursday Thunder.
Double Feature Night
Each of Atlanta Motor Speedway's seven Thursday Thunder classes will compete in two feature races for week three 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 full-season of points racing – 10 points events – while accommodating an off-week on July 15. The off-week will allow competitors to travel to the Legends Million race at Atlanta's sister track, Charlotte Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., for the July 17 event.
Grandstand gates will open early at 5:45 p.m. to accommodate fans eager to watch heat races preceding the pair of feature races in each class.
INEX Regional Points Qualifier Scheduled for Week Three
In addition to fighting for Thursday Thunder and Georgia Grand event points during Thursday Thunder's third week, competitors will also be vying for INEX points as the night's first set of features will serve as an INEX regional qualifying event.
The INEX regional qualifying points are used to set competitor's National Touring Points standings for the 2010 Touring Championship. In addition, the top finisher in each class will secure a position in the 2010 Asphalt National Championship Race. With national points on the line and positions in the National Championship Race on the line, competitors are expected to battle tough to the finish for top position in the INEX regional qualifying event in an effort to raise their national profile.
INEX is the sanctioning body of Legends, Bandolero and Thunder Roadster racing and the organization was formed in 1995. INEX is the third-largest short track sanctioning body with more than 2,000-sanctioned events at more than 200 tracks annually across the globe.
Skip Nichols of Albany Chasing Thursday Thunder History
Skip Nichols of Albany will attempt to tie Atlanta Motor Speedway history during Thursday Thunder's third week as he has a chance to match the all-time wins mark with 27.
Nichols recorded his 25th-career victory by winning the Masters division at week two of Thursday Thunder. He now sits two wins behind the series' all-time winner, Doug Stevens, who recorded 27 victories in an 11-year career at Thursday Thunder.
Nichols is expected to enter both the Masters and Thunder Roadster divisions during week three. With a one win in each division in just two weeks of 2010 competition, Nichols will have a realistic chance to win both races and tie the all-time wins mark during week three.
Perhaps making the historical chase a bit ironic, Nichols thanked Stevens during a post-race interview because the history holder is currently assisting Nichols is preparing his race vehicles. However, Stevens appeared in Thursday Thunder week one Pro feature and claimed a second-place finish, but missed the series' most-recent week; should the all-time wins leader reemerge for Thunder's third week, Stevens will have a chance to retain history by winning the Pro division and securing 28-career wins.
Nichols has posted 25 Thursday Thunder wins over a 12-year career, with 23 in the Masters division and two in a Thunder Roadster. Including 2010, Nichols has recorded two or more wins in five-consecutive seasons.
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