Strong Finishers, Season Titles At Stake This Week At Thursday Thunder
With just two weeks remaining before champions are crowned in the 18th season of Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway, drivers are more determined than ever to notch victories and rack up points.
Jordan Coker of Powder Springs, who races in the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro Division, had a slow start to the season, but a win in Week 5 and a second-place finish last week has him in the mix for a run at the division title.
"After getting the win, it's a big boost to the whole team," said Coker. "I think we need to improve on being consistent. We've got a little more work to do, but everyone with Coker Motor Sports and AMS is helping us out. Hopefully we can jump off of that into the last two weeks."
Coker's approach to claim the championship? Winning.
"Points-wise, I know we've got quite the hill to climb, but we're just going to try and win every week," he said. "It's such a tough class. Everyone's fast. Everyone's close. Everyone's bouncing off each other. So it's exciting. It'll be fun, and we're going to go for the win and hopefully a lot of fans come out to see it."
Coker also explained that winning the last race "would mean a lot, especially where we sit right now. The beginning of the season was a little rough. There were a couple of incidents, so if we pull that off from here, that would really mean a lot."
Coker enters Week 7 in fifth place in the championship points standings, 43 points behind leader William Martin. Ahead of him, two-time winner Christopher Clanton and one-time winner Taylor Jorgensen are third and fourth respectively, while a winless but consistent Brandon Brock trails Martin by just nine points for the lead.
Week 7 of Thursday Thunder races onto the Thunder Ring this Thursday, July 16, featuring five racing divisions with various skill levels and competition, including Bandolero cars in the Beginner Bandits, Bandits, and Xtreme Fun on Wheels Outlaw divisions and Legends cars in the Allred Family Dentistry 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.
Grandstand tickets for the affordable, family-friendly racing series cost just $6 for adults, $2 for kids 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.