Week three of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder offers race fans double the action for the ultra-affordable admission price this week as double feature races will be held on the quarter-mile “Thunder Ring” for the only time in 2012.For the regular low price at the gate, spectators will be treated to two full racing programs this Thursday.
The first feature races will take place, followed by an all-division autograph session, opening ceremonies and then the second round of feature races. Aside from being one of the most affordable family-friendly activities around, this week fans are encouraged to take advantage of two races and save on their regular admission price.
This week’s double feature event will also change how drivers approach the evening. Each racer will have to take extra care of his or her car during the first feature race. Any damage or mechanical issues will have to remain minor, as to allow crews the opportunity to repair the cars before the evening’s second event. If major damage is sustained during the first feature race, it could compromise a good run in the second event, which would lead to an uphill battle in the points standings from there on out.
Two weeks into the 2012 Thursday Thunder season at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the competition is tight and some very close points battles are already shaping up to battle deep into the summer.
Last week, Chandler Smith earned his first Thursday Thunder win in the Racing Radios Bandits division, earning him a tie atop the points standings with Joshua Hicks, the winner from week one. In Masters action, Ed Clark bested his third-place finish in week one with his 10th victory in Thursday Thunder history during week two. This placed him into a dead-heat atop the points race with Thursday Thunder’s all-time wins leader, Skip Nichols. Nichols and Clark traded finishing positions between weeks one and two, with Nichols running third this past week.
Overall this season, three drivers have piloted their machines to victory for the first time in their Thursday Thunder careers, lending evidence to the close level of competition seen the first two weeks.
This Thursday will also be Scout Night at the Races, where all scouts and pack leaders will gain free admission if dressed in uniform. Thursday Thunder not only serves as affordable family-friendly entertainment, but also a great way for groups to socialize and spend time together while watching racing’s future stars battle on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s quarter-mile.
Legends Dirt Modifieds to Invade Dixie Speedway
The U.S. Legends Dirt Modifieds division head south to Georgia as the series visits Woodstock’s historic Dixie Speedway on Saturday, June 23. This new series of dirt racing features vehicles designed by former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series crew chief and team owner Ray Evernham.
With Legends and Bandoleros already having a strong asphalt presence in Georgia, including Atlanta Motor Speedway’s own Thursday Thunder and Winter Flurry racing series, the Dirt Modifieds are a new affordable option for fans looking to get into dirt racing.
“The U.S. Legends program has been a proving ground for racers looking for affordable options to get into racing,” said Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark. “We’ve had our asphalt program in Georgia for 15 seasons of Thursday Thunder, and this new car is expanding that program into dirt racing. This will be a great way for racers of all ages to get into dirt racing and be competitive.”
Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and racing will begin at 7:30 p.m. Along with the Legends Dirt Modifieds race, Dixie Speedway will also feature a full stock car racing program, including a Pony Stock Championship.
For more information about the event, visit www.dixiespeedway.com. To learn more about the Legends Dirt Modifieds, visit www.legendsmodified.com.
Entertainment and Prizes
Included with the racing and entertainment are concourse activities and weekly 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.