The fifth event in the 2012 Thursday Thunder season featured the annual fan-favorite Faster Pastor race along with a couple of first-time winners on the quarter-mile “Thunder Ring.”The Semi-Pro feature launched with Myatt Snider on the pole.
The caution flag was thrown on lap eight for a spin in turn two involving Garrett Smithley and points leader William Plemons III. Plemons raced his way all the way up to the second position, but was unable to catch Snider who led every circuit to claim in first Thursday Thunder trophy.
Will Fagan took the green flag to set off the Shane’s Rib Shack Young Lions feature. The race was lengthy due to several caution periods, however Fagan was the leader for every lap, capturing his first ever Thursday Thunder victory. Since Fagan’s car is red, fans can get fifty percent off online orders with the code 50RED at participating Papa John’s Pizza locations all weekend long.
The Outlaws feature started with Christopher Clanton as the leader. By lap five, points leader Taylor Jorgensen made it up to the front to make the pass for the top spot. Taylor and Clanton swapped the lead back and forth for several laps, with Taylor staking her claim as the leader. A caution on lap 17 for an incident involving Chase Purdy and Tyler Mosley tightened up the field for a three-lap dash to the finish. Taylor held on to grab the win, her fourth win in five starts this season.
Pastor David Powers from Momentum Church was the pole sitter for the annual Faster Pastor feature as his congregation earned him the top starting spot by donating the most money for their church’s mission trip. Powers took advantage of that top spot and used that “momentum” to collect the title of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s 2012 Faster Pastor. Also participating were Paul Leslie (McDonough Christian), Rhodes Skinner (New Hope Baptist), David Butler (FBC Hampton) and Jorge Gonzalez (FBC Hampton Hispanic Ministry).
The combined Pro and Masters feature got underway with Jeff Haynie in the lead for the Pros and Ed Clark for the Masters. By lap five, points leader Mason Massey made it to the front to seize the race lead. Massey led the remainder of the race to snatch the win, his fifth in five starts. Clark ran a perfect race, out front for every circuit to post the Masters feature win, his second this Thursday Thunder season.
The Racing Radios Bandits feature kicked off with Reid Morris out front. By the time the field finished the first circuit, Ashton Winger was out front. Winger held off a hard-charging Zach Leonhardi to log the win, his second this summer.
Zach Privette paced the field to the start for the Buzz Cars feature. By lap six, Brian Sutton raced his way to the front. A debris caution fell on lap 14, tightening the field for a double-file restart. On the restart, Privette got into Sutton left-rear, making him wiggle, but he saved the car and held on to score the win.
Short-track racing returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway twice first week of July with a special Wednesday night edition of Thursday Thunder on the Fourth of July featuring the Papa John’s Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza. Competitors will return the next night on Thursday, July 5 for the seventh night of points in the 10 event season. Tickets for the affordable, family-friendly racing series costs just $6 for adults, $2 for children ages six through 11 and is free for children ages five and younger. 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, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
For more information on Buzz Cars racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Events Department at (770) 946-3954.
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.
Week Five Race Results:
1. Myatt Snider (Charlotte, N.C.), 2. William Plemons III (Forsyth), 3. Jay Coen (Dacula), 4. Mike Weed (Franklin), 5. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City), 6. Jami Weimer (Cumming), 7. Billy Stevenson (Locust Grove), 8. Amber Fleeman (Dacula), 9. Hub Talbot (Smyrna), 10. Brett Hardin (Acworth), 11. CJ Pucko (Covington), 12. Aaron Bailey (Hull), 13. Jason Lynn (Sugar Hill).
Shane’s Rib Shack Young Lions:
1. Will Fagan (Cumming), 2. Riley Thornton (Peachtree City), 3. Evan Bell (Buford), 4. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 5. Madeline Crane (Meansville), 6. Trevin Aswarnauth (Loganville), 7. Blake Gaither (Nashville), 8. Joey Padgett (Tallahassee, Fla.), 9. Megan Younginer (Stockbridge), 10. Austin Cindric (Mooresville, N.C.), 11. Tye Mihocko (Peroia, Ariz.), 12. Woodrow Mullis (Hoboken).
1. Taylor Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 2. Christopher Clanton (Brooks), 3. Alton Clark (Newnan), 4. Eli Bailey (Johns Creek), 5. Jenson Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 6. Tyler Mosley (McDonough), 7. Chase Purdy (Gallion, Ala.).
1. Mason Massey (Douglasville), 2. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 3. Taylor Hull (Winston).
1. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 2. Skip Nichols (Albany), 3. Tina Johnson (Senoia), 4. Terry Mathis (Cumming), 5. Brian Weimer (Cumming), 6. Bill Plemons, Jr. (Locust Grove), 7. Phillip Young (Dallas), 8. Mike Kennedy (Alpharetta), 9. Mark Swan (Atlanta), DNS - James Meredith (Locust Grove).
Racing Radios Bandits:
1. Ashton Winger (Fayetteville), 2. Zach Leonhardi (Smyrna), 3. Reid Morris (Carrollton), 4. Abigail Marin (Peachtree City), 5. Joshua Hicks (Senoia), 6. Lee Hodges (Valdosta), 7. Bodie Weeks (Loganville), 8. Chandler Smith (Talking Rock), 9. Connor Younginer (Stockbridge), 10. Austin Geer (Johns Creek).
1. Brian Sutton (Covington), 2. Zack Privette (Locust Grove), 3. No. 11 car, 4. Josh McIntryre (Stockbridge).