Aspiring race car drivers now have another affordable option for competing at Atlanta Motor Speedway with the introduction of a new Buzz Cars racing division to the Speedway's 2011 summer racing series, Thursday Thunder.

The Buzz Cars class will feature three and four-cylinder, front-wheel drive street vehicles modified for racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway's quarter-mile short track. Designed to keep racing inexpensive, Buzz Cars can be built for less than $1,000, allowing local racing enthusiasts to compete with a limited budget.

"The introduction of the Buzz Cars class to Thursday Thunder is a great addition to what is already a very entertaining short-track racing program," said Ed Clark, Atlanta Motor Speedway president and general manager. "The low cost racing will make it possible for many new competitors to race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The fun nature of the Buzz Cars racing will appeal to a large number of racers and fans and we expect to have themed cars in full regalia beating and banging on each other around the 'Thunder Ring' each week."

The class rules for Buzz Cars are designed to encourage competitive local racing with true stock cars. In addition to restraining costs through limiting vehicle modifications, the Buzz Cars class will include a car claim rule, permitting a competitor to permanently trade vehicles with a higher-finishing racer for $500.

"The claim rule will keep competitors' cash investments in check. You will not see drivers buying expensive performance equipment for a Buzz Car when someone could claim it for $500," explained Clark. "The concept is to keep racing fun and affordable."

Trophies will be awarded nightly in the Buzz Cars class and competitors will earn points each week in pursuit of the 2011 Thursday Thunder Georgia Buzz Cars championship.

Atlanta Motor Speedway officials also released the schedule for the 2011 Thursday Thunder short-track racing season.

The 14th season of Thursday Thunder features 10-consecutive race dates beginning on June 2 and concluding with Championship Night on Aug. 4. Tentative entertainment scheduled for the 2011 season includes the annual Faster Pastor race featuring local church leaders, the Daredevil Dukes Car Jump night and the Summer Smash Roll Over contest.

Featuring eight classes of Legends, Bandoleros, Thunder Roadsters and Buzz Cars, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers entertainment for spectators of all ages including concourse activities, intermission spectacles and grandstand games, in addition to great short-track racing action. Tickets are just $5 for adults, $1 for children ages six through 11 and admission is free for children ages five and younger.

Division champions from the 2011 Thursday Thunder season will be honored during Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR Labor Day weekend of night racing, Sept. 2-4, including the new Buzz Cars champion.

For more information on Thursday Thunder and the Buzz Cars class at Atlanta Motor Speedway, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX, or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.

2011 Thursday Thunder Schedule

June 2 Thursday Thunder Season Opener

June 9 Thursday Thunder Race Two

June 16 Thursday Thunder Race Three

June 23 Thursday Thunder Race Four

June 30 Thursday Thunder Race Five

July 7 Thursday Thunder Race Six

July 14 Thursday Thunder Race Seven

July 21 Thursday Thunder Race Eight

July 28 Thursday Thunder Race Nine

Aug. 4 Thursday Thunder Championship Night