2016 Winter Flurry Legends and Bandolero Champions Crowned
Five drivers came away from the sixth and final week of the 2016 offseason Winter Flurry season at Atlanta Motor Speedway with championship hardware on Saturday.
Robbie Woodall of McDonough wrapped up the Masters Division championship by cruising to a fourth-place finish on Saturday. He racked first-place finishes in Weeks 3 and 5 and finished a comfortable 12 points ahead of runner up Tony Armbruster of Covington.
In the Semi-Pro class, Cumming's Dylan Murry prevailed as the 2016 champ despite never recording a first-place finish during the six-week Winter Flurry season. A consistently strong season saw Murry finish second three times, and he never placed outside the top-5. Jensen Jorgensen of Stockbridge, who had wins in Weeks 2 and 6, finished second to Murry in the final standings, 27 points back.
Drivers Cory Heim of Marietta and Dawson Fletcher of Canton each claimed a share of the Young Lions championship, finishing the season with matching 197-point totals. Heim sandwiched a win in Week 5 between second-place finishes in Weeks 4 and 6, while Dawson Fletcher was a benefactor of the "drop" system and matched Heim's final tally despite not racing in Week 3. Fletcher placed second in Week 5 and beat Heim to the line in a must-win season finale to salvage a share of the title.
McDonough's Ricky Springer used two wins and two second-place finishes in a strong 2016 to claim the Outlaws Division crown, totaling 485 points, 22 ahead of runner up Connor Younginer of Stockbridge.
In the Bandits Division, a season-long showdown between Bowersville's Clay Thompson and Nathan Jackson of McDonough came down to the wire in the sixth and final race of the season. Entering the finale tied in points with the "drop" system in place, the pair were door-to-door as the checkered flag flew on the season's final lap, but Thompson crossed the line first, edging Jackson by just three points for the 2016 crown. Thompson finished with three wins and five top-2 finishes.
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