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Championship battles heat up in Round 6 of Thursday Thunder

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Each division returned to battle for the Thursday Thunder Legends championship on the Thunder Ring Wednesday night with eight action packed feature races. While some competitors looked to expand leads in their respective divisions, others attempted to narrow the gap between themselves and the number one spot.

Early in the night, the Outlaws feature showcased a thrilling clash between Georgia drivers Emma Britt and Kyle Bacon. The pair exchanged the lead back and forth throughout the first 19 laps after Bacon was forced to drive from back to front twice early in the race. While the two continued to battle late in the race, Bryce Sanders (Ola, Ga.) had the best view in the house from the third position. His ability to remain patient ultimately paid off when the aggressiveness of both Britt and Bacon proved unsustainable; both Britt and Bacon spun off track on the final lap, opening the door for Sanders who avoided the obstacles and drove to victory lane in dramatic fashion.

In the Byron Powersports Semi-Pro feature, Virginia driver Carson Brown jumped out to an early lead after the start and remained in control for the following eight laps. Looking for redemption after a disappointing Round 5, Donovan Strauss (Marietta, Ga.) relentlessly tormented Brown until he was finally able to make a move for the lead on the ninth lap. Strauss only gained more speed after seizing the lead and successfully landed his No. 51 car back in victory lane. Nicholas Denton showed early success similar to that of Brown in the Bandits feature, but was ultimately no match for Beckham Malone who snatched the lead on lap five and dominated the remainder of the race to earn his fourth victory in six races.

Capping off the night, Landon Rapp (Concord, N.C.) appeared to be destined for victory lane, leading 24 of the WJP Investments Pro feature’s 25 laps. However, Floridian Gavin Graham got to his bumper just in time, making a timely pass on the last lap to grab his third win. With the victory Graham inches closer to Rapp in the WJP Investments Pro title fight with two races remaining.

The Associates Group Young Lions feature’s shining star was TJ DeCaire, as the driver from Land O’ Lakes, Fla., was able to fend off a pesky Josh Dickens (Miami, Fla.) for all 20 laps to become a two-time winner in 2022. Tennessee native Josh Mullins matched DeCaire’s performance later in the night, leading every lap of the Masters feature to earn his spot in victory lane.

In other action, Virginia native Wyatt Coffee led every lap of the Fr8Auctions Rookie Bandolero feature to claim his third win of the series and Coleman Moody (Griffin, Ga.) controlled all 15 laps of the Chargers feature to add another win to his series total. 

Here is the full list of results from Wednesday’s Round 6 action:

Associates Group Young Lions
1. DeCaire, TJ (Land O Lakes, FL)
2. Dickens, Josh (Miami, FL)
3. McElearney, Sean (Babylon, NY)
4. Reynolds, Jackson (Marietta, GA)
5. Erwin, Garrett (Covington, GA)
6. Esposito, Gianni (Dacula, GA)
7. Ryan, Noah (Griffin, GA)
8. Gaul, Cooper (Seminole, FL)
9. Bulger, Hudson (Perry, GA)
10. Robie, Cole (Windham, ME)
11. Buice, Lanie (Locust Grove, GA)

Byron Powersports Semi-Pro
1. Strauss, Donovan (Marietta, GA)
2. Brown, Carson (Moseley, VA)
3. Wagman, Jarrett (Titusville, FL)
4. Lastra, Mason (Tampa, FL)
5. Sutton, Dawson (Lebanon, TN)
6. Yarbrough, Luke (Milton, GA)
7. Treschl, Jason (Hogansville, GA)
8. Daniels, Jadyn (Harrisburg, NC)
9. Gannon, Michael (Canton, GA)
10. Taylor, Jonathan (Roswell, GA)
11. Martinez, Jesse (West Palm Beach, FL)
12. Hampton, Ian (Stockbridge, GA)
13. Dibble, Oliver (Owens Cross Roads, AL)
14. Tadrzak, Trey (Stockbridge, GA)
15. Woodall, Amanda (Canton, GA)

Masters
1. Mullins, Josh (Columbia, TN)
2. Woodall, Robbie (McDonough, GA)
3. Jones, Benjamin (Macon, GA)
4. Young, Phillip (Dallas, GA)
5. Plemons, Bill Jr (Locust Grove, GA)
6. Swan, Mark (Athens, GA)
7. Wehunt, Ronnie (Canton, GA)

Bandits
1. Malone, Beckham (Rock Hill, SC)
2. Denton, Nicholas (Pascagoula, MS)
3. Christensen, Lane ()
4. Bongiovanni, Dylan ()
5. Bloodworth, Austin (McIntyre, GA)
6. Krantz Jr., Darren (Huntington, NY)
7. Cauble, Carson (Salisbury, NC)
8. Lee, Billy (Ruskin, FL)
9. Kendrew, Makenna (Senoia, GA)

Fr8Auctions Rookie Bandolero
1. Coffey, Wyatt (Waynesboro, VA)
2. Teal, Emma (Monticello, GA)
3. Soto, Javier (Marietta, GA)
4. Young, Luke (Dallas, GA)
5. Almon, Topher (Moreland, GA)
6. Rudolph, Briella (Griffin, GA)
7. Sherman, Carson (Loganville, GA)
8. Sanders, Paxton (Williamson, GA)
9. Hodges, Matt (Live Oak, FL)
10. Behnke, James (Canton, GA)

Outlaws
1. Sanders, Bryce (Ola, GA)
2. Bacon, Kyle (Buchanan, GA)
3. Butler, Conner (Forsyth, GA)
4. Flater, Mitchell (Conyers, GA)
5. Hicks, Katelyn (Senoia, GA)
6. O'Neil, Baylor (Grantville, GA)
7. Britt, Emma (McDonough, GA)
8. Dulin, Neal (Harrisburg, NC)
9. O'Connor, JT (McDonough, GA)

Chargers
1. Moody, Coleman (Griffin, GA)
2. Anderson, David (Buford, GA)
3. Streetman, Travis (Ellaville, GA)
4. Arenas, Emily (Social Circle, GA)
5. Moon, Jack (Cumming, GA)
6. Young, Lisa (Dallas, GA)

WJP Investments Pro
1. Graham, Gavin (Lakeland, FL)
2. Rapp, Landon (Concord, NC)
3. Jorgensen, Jensen (Stockbridge, GA)
4. Hall, Cale (Griffin, GA)
5. Gumm, Garrett (Brooks, GA)
6. Cornman, Sam (Mount Dora, FL)
7. Jackson, Nathan (McDonough, GA)
8. Dilbeck, Chris (Concord, NC)
9. Watson, Timothy (Panama City, FL)
10. Hendrix, Keaton (Homerville, GA)
11. Jorgensen, Taylor (Stockbridge, GA)
12. Woodall, Nick (Canton, GA)

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