With three events remaining and two weeks to complete them, Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway will play host to double feature races once again this week on the quarter-mile “Thunder Ring.”
Last week the seventh week of short track racing was completed prior to rains cancelling the completion of the series’ eighth week of racing. With the points championships battles coming down to the wire, double features will up the ante for drivers looking to jostle their positioning in the standings prior to the championship night of racing on July 26.
In the closest points battle, the Masters division features four drivers within three points of each other. Last week, Ed Clark used his third win of the season to jump from third in the standings to the top of the heap. Behind him, a log jam of three drivers is tied for second in the standings, only three points out. Brian Weimer, Terry Mathis and Skip Nichols have all went to victory lane this season, so all three are capable of grabbing a checkered flag and shaking up the points battle.
Other close battles include the Racing Radios Bandits division, where Chandler Smith leads Ashton Winger. In Semi-Pro action, Myatt Snider’s lone race win has maintained him out front in the standings, as he added to his points lead last week as William Plemons III struggled to gain a good finish. And in the Shane’s Rib Shack Young Lions division, Evan Bell used a last lap pass to win last week’s feature race, allowing him to add some breathing room in the championship battle over Riley Thornton.
This Week and Upcoming at Thursday Thunder
The second round of this week’s feature races will feature the return of the always-exciting Thunder Roadsters for the second time in 2012. The Thunder Roadsters will gain valuable track time in preparation of the Legends Asphalt Nationals, Oct. 25-27 at AMS. This Thursday night will also feature a “Sports Night” theme, as fans are encouraged to wear the uniform or clothing of their favorite sports team.
Included with the racing and entertainment each week is concourse activities and driver autograph sessions.
Fans in attendance each week can enter to win weekly NASCAR ticket giveaways with a grand prize to be drawn on championship night, July 26. Each week through July 19, one fan will win two tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Aug. 31. During the July 26 Thursday Thunder, one lucky fan will win a trip to all three days of racing under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to each night of racing at AMS, weekend parking, two weekend pit passes and two pre-race party passes to the Fast Cars & Guitars pre-race concert featuring Montgomery Gentry. Fans can register each night at the information booth on the concourse.
A family can take in an evening of racing action at Atlanta Motor Speedway for less than what it would cost to see a matinée movie. 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. All grandstand seating is smoke-free in 2012. Gates open each night at 6:00 p.m. and feature races begin at 7:30 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/thunder.