Atlanta Motor Speedway's fifth date of the Winter Flurry season saw points races tighten in multiple divisions as competitors battle for critical championship points with just one event remaining on the 2010-11 Winter Flurry Season.
The points races in the Bandits, Semi-Pro and Young Lions classes were tightened when drivers trailing in the standings upset points leaders in Saturday's action. Most notably, a win by Evan Bell and third-place finish by points leader Justin Thomas in the Young Lions feature resulted in a tie in the standings entering the final race date of the season.
Pole-sitter Anderson Bowen led the Young Lions to the start and quickly built a sizeable advantage over Justin Thomas in second. With Thomas inching closer in the waning laps and approaching lapped traffic, Bowen moved to the top of the track, but was forced to brake when the slower traffic moved the same direction. Despite being able to pass the traffic, Bowen spun immediately afterwards, resulting in the first caution of the contest that also collected Thomas. Evan Bell took the first position after the restart and Bowen and Thomas quickly made their way back towards the front of the pack, but were unable to catch Bell who took his first win of the Winter Flurry season.
By virtue of his win, Bell, who entered the day with a six-point deficit, earned 100 points and now holds 479-total points for the season. Thomas earned 94 points for third place and also holds 479 after entering Saturday with 385.
Woodrow Mullis held the pole position to begin the Bandits feature race and shot ahead of the pack at the start. Trailed initially by Alton Clark and Jenson Jorgenson, Mullis began steadily adding to his advantage while Jorgenson passed Clark to claim second. After a trio of mid-race cautions regrouped the field, Mullis again surged ahead of the pack after the restart with John Curtiss in tow. Despite remaining tight on Mullis' rear bumper, Curtiss was unable to muster a meaningful pass attempt before a spin and fourth caution again interrupted the action. Mullis proved superior again on the fourth restart and was unchallenged to the finish to claim the win.
The Outlaws feature race began with Taylor Jorgensen pacing the field to the green flag, but Parker Barnes leaped to Jorgensen's inside to claim the lead on the second lap. Barnes first-place standing was unchallenged through the race's midpoint, but a pair of cautions tightened the field and eliminated Barnes' advantage. After the second restart, Alex Coffey challenged Barnes for first, but the leader maintained his line and Barnes went on to claim the feature win.
Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark sat on the pole to begin the Masters division feature race and maintained the advantage through the opening laps before a lap six caution tightened the pack for the restart. Tested initially by Bill Plemons, Sr. after the restart, Clark soon pulled away from the pack, but Terry Mathis passed Plemons, Sr. shortly after and began working closer to Clark. But with just a few laps remaining, Mathis was unable to catch Clark in the final circuits and the Speedway president claimed his second win of the Winter Flurry season.
William Plemons III won the pole position and started with the advantage for the Semi-Pro feature race. After an early caution, Plemons III preserved his lead through the restart. While he appeared to have an insurmountable lead through the race's midpoint, Mike Weed began closing on Plemons with each passing lap and was within a bumpers tap on lap 18. Using a slight nudge exiting Turn 4 on the final lap, Weed moved to Plemons' inside and took the win by a fender.
Austin Hill paced the field to the green flag to start the Pro feature race. Hill maintained the advantage through the race's midpoint, but Jimmy Henderson quickly began closing the gap in the race's second half. Using the inside line exiting Turn 2 on lap 16, Henderson jumped to the lead as Hill moved to the outside position. Henderson conserved the lead in the final laps by holding off a hard-charging Hill and claimed his first win of the Winter Flurry season.
Winter Flurry action returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway on March. 12 for the final event of the 2010-2011 Winter Flurry season. Prior to the sixth Winter Flurry event on March 12, Atlanta Motor Speedway will host an off-season race on Saturday, March 5. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.
Feb. 12, 2011 Winter Flurry Results:
1. Woodrow Mullis (Hoboken), 2. Joshua Hicks (Senoia), 3. Zach Leonhardi (Smyrna), 4. John Curtiss (Columbus), 5. Devon Barnes (Roswell), 6. Alton Clark (Newnan), 7. Abigail Marin (Peachtree City), 8. Hannah Lovett (Forsyth), 9. Chandler Smith (Talking Rock), 10. Ashton Winger (Fayetteville), 11. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 12. Austin Geer (Johns Creek), 13. Connor Younginer (Stockbridge).
1. Parker Barnes (Roswell), 2. Alex Coffey (McDonough), 3. Riley Thornton (Peachtree City), 4. Joe Wilder (Marietta), 5. Taylor Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 6. Madeline Crane (Meansville), 7. Christian Thom (Peachtree City), 8. Christopher Clanton (Brooks), 9. Amber Fleeman, 10. Megan Younginer (Stockbridge), 11. Scarlett Fernandez (Powder Springs).
1. Evan Bell (Buford), 2. Anderson Bowen (Suwanee), 3, Justin Thomas (Woodstock), 4. Joey Padgett (Tallahassee, Fla.), 5. Grant Crane, 6. Woodrow Mullis (Hobiken).
1. Ed Clark (Peachtree City), 2. Terry Mathis (Cumming), 3. Bill Plemons, Sr. (Greensboro), 4. Rick Geddes (Newnan), 5. Mike Kennedy (Alpharetta), 6. Chris Holcomb (Alpharetta).
1. Mike Weed (Franklin), 2. William Plemons III (Smyrna), 3. Chris Bowie (Douglasville), 4. Casey Willingham, 5. Kyle Bembry (Macon), 6. Mike Conrad (Cumming), 7. Garrett Smithley (Peachtree City).
1. Jimmy Henderson (Conyers), 2. Austin Hill (Winston), 3. Casey Roderick (Lawrenceville), 4. Taylor Hull (Winston), 5. Donald McIntosh (Dawsonville), 6. Billy Fulson (Winston), 7. Jeff Haynie (Zebulon), 8. Doug Stevens (Griffin).