Atlanta Motor Speedway's 18th season of Thursday Thunder opened with multiple spirited on-track battles, which set the tone for a dramatic season that continues with Week 2 on Thursday.

Bill Plemons Jr., seeking his first Thursday Thunder Masters Division championship, dominated the Masters/Pro Division feature in Week 1, racing to the checkered flag from the pole position.

"We came down here with a mission," Plemons Jr. of Locust Grove explained. "We've just been giving away races, messing up, and I just decided I've got to get after it now and try something. At my age, I ain't got many races left."

Plemons will look to capitalize on his quick start to the 2015 season against a bevy of Masters and Pro Division drivers who certainly won't make it easy.

William Martin also returned this year with a powerful start. Martin took his first trip of the season to victory lane in the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro/Young Lions division in Week 1 in an up-and-down feature last Thursday night.

"It was crazy with all the cautions," said Martin. "I'd stretch out the lead a little bit and then all the cautions would come out and we'd get bunched up, and I was getting all nervous and everything. I'm just glad that we won it. I hope this is the first of many this season."

DJ Canipe traveled Fallston, North Carolina to make a lasting Week 1 first impression in the Bandits Division, giving his competitors more than they could handle. He was a first time winner in the division and raced to Victory Lane from the pole. Canipe seems destined for a break-out season following a 7th place finish in last year's standings.

Week 2 of Thursday Thunder takes to the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" June 11 in the second of eight consecutive weeks of Thursday night racing. The summer racing series features five racing divisions with various skill levels and competition, including Bandolero cars in the Beginner Bandits, Bandits, and Outlaws divisions and Legends cars in the Semi-Pro/Young Lions and Masters/Pro divisions. The summer racing series continues through July 23, as drivers of all ages and skill levels compete in the 18th season of quarter-mile racing at AMS.

Infield admission is available for spectators, and passes may be purchased at the Security Command building near the speedway's main entrance. Infield passes are $12 for adults, $5 for kids ages 6 through 11, and children ages 5 and younger are admitted free. Grandstand tickets for the affordable, family-friendly racing series cost just $6 for adults, $2 for kids ages 6 through 11 and free for children ages 5 and younger.

For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.