Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted an INEX points race on the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" this morning, as Legends and Bandolero cars took to the track ahead of the Thursday Thunder summer racing series, set to begin June 4.

It was a tale of two themes in the four feature races: flag-to-flag domination and late-race surges.

Ryan Howell of McDonough led every lap in the combined Beginner Bandoleros Division and Bandits Division feature race and cruised to victory by a comfortable margin. Nathan Jackson, also of McDonough, matched Howell's pace early on, but Howell's speed outmatched the field down the stretch. Stockbridge's Ryan Younginer finished second, Jackson finished third, Hiram's Allen River came in fourth, and Blaise Maddox of Locust Grove rounded out the field.

Likewise in the Outlaws Division, Connor Younginer of Stockbridge led every lap and negotiated three restarts, including a green-white-checkered finish, to take the victory. Following Younginer were Rick Springer of McDonough, Trey Tadrzak of Stockbridge, Lexi Gay of Canton and Gauntt Hudgins of Savannah.

What looked like another 20-lap clinic by the pole winner in the Semi-Pro Division changed in a hurry late in the race. Stockbridge's Jenson Jorgensen took the pole and settled in for a flag-to-flag run not uncommon for the young driver. But it was his older sister, Taylor, who got the last laugh.

Content to run just behind her brother for the first 18 laps, she made her move with just over one lap remaining. Taking advantage of an inside gap left by Jensen entering Turn 3 on the second-to-last lap, Taylor dove to the inside and seized the lead as the siblings took the white flag. Holding off a late challenge in the race's final turn, Taylor claimed the victory as the sibling rivalry crossed the line. Brandon Brock of Hampton, Dacula's Amber Fleeman and Jordan Coker of Powder Springs rounded out the top-five.

In similar fashion to the Semi-Pro Division feature, Bill Plemons, Jr. of Forsyth led each of the first 18 laps of the Master's Division feature before relinquishing the lead in the late stages of the race. Scott Moseley of McDonough was hot on Plemons' tail for much of the race and eventually took the lead on the backstretch on the 18th lap, following a late restart, to cruise to the checkered flag. Dennis Hecht of Hoschton and Robbie Woodall of McDonough finished third and fourth respectively.

Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder Legends and Bandolero racing series cranks up its 18th season on the "Thunder Ring" for eight straight weeks beginning June 4, as the future stars of racing compete for a championship trophy.

Infield admission is available for spectators wishing to watch Thursday Thunder, and passes may be purchased at the Security Command building near the speedway's main entrance. Infield passes are $12 for adults, $5 for 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 children ages 6 through 11 and is 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.

Beginner Bandolero/Bandits:
1. Ryan Howell (McDonough); 2. Ryan Younginer (Stockbridge); 3. Nathan Jackson (McDonough); 4. Allen River (Hiram); 5. Blaise Maddox (Locust Grove)

Outlaws:
1. Connor Younginer (Stockbridge); 2. Rick Springer (McDonough); 3. Trey Tadrzak (Stockbridge); 4. Lexi Gay (Canton); 5. Gauntt Hudgins (Savannah)

Semi-Pro:
1. Taylor Jorgensen (Stockbridge); 2. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge); 3. Brandon Brock (Hampton); 4. Amber Fleeman (Dacula); 5. Jordan Coker (Powder Springs); 6. Aaron Bailey (Burlington, NC); 7. Sebastian Arias (Bogota, Colombia); 8. Hannah Bell (Raleigh, NC)

Masters:
1. Scott Moseley (McDonough); 2. Bill Plemons, Jr. (Forsyth); 3. Dennis Hecht (Hoschton); 4. Robbie Woodall (McDonough)