Fireworks are expected on and off the track during Atlanta Motor Speedway's fifth week of Thursday Thunder as the track hosts a fireworks display sponsored by Marco's Pizza to celebrate America's upcoming Independence Day.
Week five will feature critical points racing as four classes are separated by just single-digit leads. Meanwhile, Skip Nichols will continue to chase his 28th-career Thursday Thunder win to set the all-time wins mark.
Week five's action will include seven classes of short-track action featuring Bandolero, Legends and Thunder Roadster vehicles racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway's "Thunder Ring," a quarter-mile oval located on the frontstretch of Atlanta's 1.54-mile quad oval track. Each week of Thursday Thunder also includes family concourse activities, grandstand games and an autograph session with the stars of Thursday Thunder.
Spectacular Fireworks Display Courtesy of Marco's Pizza
Week five of Thursday Thunder will feature the largest and best fireworks show on Atlanta's south side and the event is sponsored by Marco's Pizza. In addition to being the most spectacular show in the area, the fireworks display at Atlanta Motor Speedway is one of the first of the holiday weekend.
The fireworks display will take place following week five's scheduled feature races.
As Season Progresses, Points Races Tightening
Approaching the midpoint of the 2010 Thursday Thunder season, a majority of Thursday Thunder's classes feature mere single-digit point leads and four classes saw the margin tighten after week four's racing action. The slim margins in championship points are making the 2010 season one of the most captivating in recent years.
The Dixie Home Crafters Semi-Pro class (leader separated by two points), the Marco's Pizza Bandits (36 points), the OCP Angus Farms Pro division (nine points) and the Young Lions (six points) saw the points lead shrink in each division. Furthering an ongoing points scrum between two Winston-based racers in one of Thursday Thunder's advanced class for young drivers, Masson Massey claimed the week four Young Lions win over second-place Sean Rayhall to close Rayhall's lead to just six points. Each driver has finished in the top-five places in all five 2010 feature races and Massey now has two wins to Rayhall's three.
Bucking the trend of points races tightening, Masters points leader Skip Nichols (Albany) extended his lead to 22 marks with a second-place finish, but failed to capture a win in the Masters or Thunder Roadsters features to claim his 28th-career win to set the Thursday Thunder wins record. Nichols now trails Brian Meredith (Locust Grove) by three points in Roadsters and will return in week five to attempt to claim his record-setting win.
Entertainment: Autograph Session and National Anthem
Thursday Thunder's fifth week will include an autograph session with each class of Thursday Thunder drivers. The autograph session will allow fans to personally meet the stars of the "Thunder Ring" and receive autographs from their favorite drivers, including Skip Nichols as he sits one win from setting Thursday Thunder's all-time wins mark. The autograph session will take place on the frontstretch of the "Thunder Ring" prior to feature racing action at approximately 7:00 p.m.
In addition to the on-track racing and autograph session with every Thursday Thunder class, Brittany Young will perform the National Anthem prior to feature racing. Young is a student at East Coweta High School.
Featuring a full slate of short-track racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages.Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-11 (ages 5 and under are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at approximately 7:50 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com