Kids Bicycle, Tricycle and Power Wheels races will be the featured intermission entertainment during this week's action at Thursday Thunder on Atlanta Motor Speedway's ¼-mile "Thunder Ring."
One of the most entertaining intermission activities of the summer, the races allow kids to race against one another on their own bicycles, tricycles or Power Wheel racers on the ¼-mile track's frontstretch. All participants must wear a helmet.
"We're real competitive," says Donald Mosley, whose daughter Reese will be competing this week. "I have an 18-volt battery that I can hook up and give it some extra power. It was so powerful at first that she went through a set of back wheels from burning out on the driveway."
To remedy the problem, Mosley added some rubber spacers to the rear tires of his daughter's Power Wheels Mustang to add grip.
Kids interested in participating can enter at the main gate, Gate 13, on Thursday. Gates open for spectators at approximately 6 p.m.
Points Races Taking Shape at Mid-Point of Season
After five weeks of Thursday Thunder competition, the 2011 season is halfway through completion. As the action heads towards the August 4 championship night, several points races are tightening up with each week of racing. While each race could have a major impact on the standings, some races are so hotly contested that each corner could change the outlook of the championship battle.
In the tightest of the points fights, Albany's Skip Nichols and Peachtree City's Ed Clark are tied for the standings lead in the Masters division, with Cumming's Terry Mathis lurking one point behind.
Nichols and Mathis have each claimed two victories with Clark taking home one win so far this season. Meanwhile Bill Plemons Jr. is only twelve markers behind.
The Semi-Pro division also features a nail-biting battle. Williams Plemons III leads the standings, but only by three slim points over Luke Behnke. These two racers have tallied four wins on the season, and this battle looks to go all the way to the final race of 2011.
Driver Profile: William Plemons III
Locust Grove's William Plemons III is on a mission to defend his 2010 Semi-Pro division crown on the Thunder Ring at Atlanta Motor Speedway, and so far the mission is being accomplished.
Plemons has recorded three wins so far on the 2011 season, including last week's victory. In that win, he grabbed the lead on lap two and never looked back in claiming his sixth career Thursday Thunder feature win. Plemons currently leads a tightly contested points race by three points over challenger Luke Behnke.
"I hadn't raced in 10 years and last year, and last year my father and I started back," said Plemons. "It was a wonderful experience to get back in a car and find success that quickly. It's put more pressure on me this year to follow that up, even though my main objective is to go out and make memories with my Dad, make friends, and have fun."
Plemons also has his name in the Thursday Thunder record books as the winner of the first ever Young Lions race held at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That feat was accomplished in November of 1998, and was also his first career win at the speedway.
Racing is a family affair for the Plemons family. William's father, Bill Jr., is a former dirt late-model racer, as well as a weekly Thursday Thunder competitor in the Masters division.
"We have a lot of fun," said Plemons. "We watch each other's races. We are completely different in driving styles. So we give each other some constructive criticism, but we are more of each other's biggest fans. It's a unique experience to race with your dad. He's got it in his blood. It's always been a part of our family. He got me involved in it and we both love the sport."
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 $6 for adults and $2 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 .
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.