With championship points battles coming down to the wire, week eight of Thursday Thunder racing on the “Thunder Ring” will have even more on the line this week as most divisions will have double feature races at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Last week, only the Pro division was able to complete their feature races prior to rains cancelling the remainder of the evening’s scheduled racing action. In that race, Taylor Hull was able to hold off points leader Mason Massey to collect his second checkered flag of the season.

This Thursday, every other division that did not get to compete last week will battle on the quarter-mile in what will serve as the seventh week for those divisions. Following those races, each division will then hit the track for week eight and six divisions of Legends and Bandolero racing.

Week eight features double the opportunities to gain or lose ground in the championship points standings. Many divisions feature ultra-close competition with little room for error. In the closest battle, Myatt Snider leads William Plemons III in the Semi-Pro division standings by just one point.

Other competitive battles include the Masters division, which boasts four drivers within nine points of each other. Brian Weimer has rocketed to the top of the standings with two victories, but Skip Nichols lurks just three points in arrears. Ed Clark and Terry Mathis sit tied in third, with both claiming wins this year and only nine points out of the lead. Also in Young Lions action, Evan Bell leads Riley Thornton by 12 markers entering competition this week.

This Week and Upcoming at Thursday Thunder

This week’s Thursday Thunder will feature the always popular Kids’ Candy Scramble. Free candy for the kids as candy will be spread throughout the speedway’s infield and the youngsters will have to race to grab as much as they can before time runs out.

Week nine of Thursday Thunder on July 19 will feature the return of the always-exciting Thunder Roadsters for the second time in 2012. The Thunder Roadsters will gain valuable track time in preparation of the Legends Asphalt Nationals, Oct. 24-27 at AMS. Next week will also feature a “Sports Night” theme, as fans are encouraged to wear the uniform of their favorite sports team.

Included with the racing and entertainment each week is concourse activities and driver autograph sessions.

Fans in attendance each week can enter to win weekly NASCAR ticket giveaways with a grand prize to be drawn on championship night, July 26. Each week through July 19, one fan will win two tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Friday, Aug. 31. During the July 26 Thursday Thunder, one lucky fan will win a trip to all three days of racing under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to each night of racing at AMS, weekend parking, two weekend pit passes and two pre-race party passes to the Fast Cars & Guitars pre-race concert featuring Montgomery Gentry. Fans can register each night at the information booth on the concourse.

A family can take in an evening of racing action at Atlanta Motor Speedway for less than what it would cost to see a matinée movie. Tickets for the affordable, family-friendly racing series costs just $6 for adults, $2 for children ages six through 11 and is free for children ages five and younger. All grandstand seating is smoke-free in 2012. Gates open each night at 6:00 p.m. and feature races begin at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com/thunder.