Since its inception, Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway has treated local racing fans to the rare privilege of seeing the future stars of NASCAR during the early stages of their racing careers.

This summer, some of the best Legends and Bandolero drivers in the country will once again attack one the toughest Legends tracks in the country when Thursday Thunder begins its season June 2 at the Speedway's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring."

2011 will usher in a new era of local racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway with the arrival of the Buzz Car Division, giving the casual fan a chance to race a car at low cost. In short, these are not racecars, they are cars that you race. Buzz Cars are three or four-cylinder front-wheel drive stock cars and may have a wheel base of no more than 105."

Expected among the competitors in Buzz Cars this summer is Winston's Taylor Hull, who is the only driver to race in every Thursday Thunder division, including the Buzz Cars. This summer's Thursday Thunder lineup will also feature one of the top up-and-coming drivers in the country in Winston's Sean Rayhall who was just named the No. 1 Future Racing Star according to the Driver Database website*.

The Masters Division will also have at least one new face. Senoia's Tina Johnson will make her way into the division in which drivers ages 40 and over are eligible. Johnson will be making her return to Thursday Thunder after her car was damaged during the fourth week of the 2010 Thursday Thunder season when it flipped three times on the backstretch of the quarter-mile Thunder Ring.

Among the most affordable family activities in the Atlanta area, Thursday Thunder admission is $6 for adults, $2 for kids ages 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under!

For more information, go to www.atlantamotorspeedway.com or call 877-9-AMS-TIX. For information on racing your own Buzz Car, call (770) 946-3954.

Thursday Thunder Divisions

Bandolero Classes:
Papa John's Bandits Designed for drivers between the ages of 8 and 11.
Young Guns Designed for drivers between the ages of 12 and 15.
Outlaws Designed for drivers ages 16 and older.
Legends Classes:
Young Lions Designed for ages 12 to 16 years of age.
Semi-Pro Designed for drivers starting in Legends racing over the age of 16.
Masters Designed for drivers age 40 or older.
Pro Designed for experienced drivers. Must have competed in some other form of professional motorsports or have competed in the Semi-Pro, Young Lions or Masters divisions.
Thunder Roadsters: Designed for drivers 16 and older.

2011 Thursday Thunder Schedule

June 2 SEASON OPENER & BUZZ CAR DEBUT
Intermission: Jersey Thunder Jet Car & The Great Moodini
Promotion: Photograph & Autograph Night

June 9 RACE FAN DRAG RACE NIGHT & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Race Fan Drag Race
Promotion: All ticket buyers receive a 2 for 1 ticket to the Friday Night Drags

June 16 ELVES NIGHT OUT & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Quarter-Midget Races
Promotion: All vertically challenged adults (less than 5'2" tall) admitted FREE

June 23 FASTER PASTOR 2011 & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Faster Pastor Race
Promotion: Matthew, Mark, Luke & John get in for FREE

June 30 4th OF JULY CELEBRATION; KIDS CANDY SCRAMBLE & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Kid's Candy Scramble
Promotion: Wear Red, White & Blue colored shirt and receive $1 off your admission ticket

July 7 KIDS RACES & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Kids Bicycle, Tricycle & Power Wheels Races
Promotion: Bike Giveaway

July 14 DAREDEVIL DUKES JUMP NIGHT & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Dukes of Hazzard Jump Contest
Promotion: Dukes of Hazzard (dress up; look-a-likes; etc)

July 21 SUMMER SMASH ROLL OVER CONTEST & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Daredevil Roll-Over Contest
Promotion: Joe Momma Night – Anyone named Joe that brings their mother, both get in for free

July 28 THE AMAZING FLYING BUS & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Belly Flop Contest
Promotion: Back to School – Flying School Bus

August 4 CHAMPIONSHIP NIGHT & BUZZ CARS
Intermission: Strong Rock Christian School Race Challenge
Promotion: Final Points Night