This week's intermission entertainment will be the Kids Candy Scramble, an annual event for Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Speed is the name of the game on the Thunder Ring, and that is exactly what you need when competing for candy. The best way to describe the Candy Scramble is imagining a Halloween Trick-or-Treating, but collecting all your candy in roughly 90 seconds.
This yearly tradition is always a lot of fun for both parents and kids, and always attracts a great turnout. This year's edition is expected to be no exception.
Drivers Continue to Race for Labor Day Invitational Qualification
This season, each Thursday Thunder feature at Atlanta Motor Speedway has added importance. Not only do drivers lay claim to victory on the Thunder Ring, but feature winners are qualified for the inaugural Labor Day Invitational here at the speedway.
This event will take place on Friday, September 2, as part of the NASCAR Labor Day Weekend festivities at AMS. Invitational competition will feature both a Bandolero and Legends event. Invitational race winners will be honored on the pre-race stage prior to Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 on September 4.
Last week's newest qualifier was Suwanee's Anderson Bowen, who took the feature win in the Young Lions division. Not only did Bowen earn himself a ticket to the Labor Day Invitational, but he did so winning his first career Thursday Thunder event.
"The win is big and anytime you get a win at Atlanta on Thursday night, it's big," says David Bowen, Anderson's father. "We're definitely looking forward to running in the Labor Day race. It's going to be fun to race in front of a large crowd and hopefully we'll get a good finish."
For more information on the Labor Day Invitational, visit www.legendsofga.com.
Driver Profile: Taylor Hull
Winston native Taylor Hull has gained the respect of his competitors with successful runs in the Pro and Roadsters divisions, as well as with his work off the track.
Hull is a mechanic for the Legends of Georgia, a position he has held for two years. Working on the cars each day helps him to grow as a driver and make connections throughout the garage. Plus the competition benefits from it, as well.
"It helps working on the cars day-to-day, and it helps to work at the shop," says Hull. "I get to take other customers cars out and dial them in and get them running better. I also get more laps on the track, which helps me."
Hull was the 2003 Rookie of the Year in the Young Guns division. He raced that division in 2004 before moving to the Semi-Pro level in 2005 and 2006. It was there he picked up his first victory in 2006.
Hull advanced to the Pro division in 2007 and still competes there, as well as adding Roadsters to his resume last season. Despite it being just his second season in the Roadsters, his driving has garnered the attention of his competition. In fact, Hull substituted for Ed Clark last week and took the victory, keeping Clark in a tight points battle with Skip Nichols.
Hull has recorded nine career Thursday Thunder victories. So far this season, he has two top-five finishes in the Roadsters to go with a win and four top-fives in the Pro division. He is currently only twelve points behind points leader Sean Rayhall in the Pro standings.
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.