The excitement of heart-pounding short track racing and thrill of a spectacular fireworks display will take center stage this Thursday on the quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" with the final round of racing for the season.  After racing concludes, the speedway will celebrate a successful season of racing with one of Atlanta's largest fireworks shows of the summer with the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza. Atlanta Motor Speedway has contracted with Florida's Zambelli Fireworks to create a memorable cap to the 16th season of fun at Thursday Thunder.

Championship Chase Coming Down To The Wire

The closest points chase is in the Masters division. Albany's Skip Nichols, the all-time leader in victories at Thursday Thunder, leads the standings. In second place, four points behind is Tina Johnson of Senoia. Johnson is trying to become the fourth female to win a season points championship at Thursday Thunder. She will need to finish two positions ahead of Nichols in the feature race to win the division title.

After a strong showing in last week's double features, Charlotte's William Byron leads the Fun Junction Young Lions division by 13 points over Woodrow Mullis of Hoboken. Byron finished third in last week's first feature and won the second one.

Chandler Smith of Talking Rock leads the Bandits division but cannot afford to be complacent since Cartersville's Zach Leonhardi is 12 points out of the lead. Smith and Leonhardi have split all feature race victories this season.

 Free SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta Tickets For Kids 12 & Under; Adult Ticket Discount Also Available

All kids ages 12 and under at Thursday Thunder this week will receive a free ticket to SYLVANIA Silverstar ® zXe Global Rallycross Atlanta on Aug. 10 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition, anyone with Thursday Thunder tickets for this week may present them to the ticket office for $5 off an adult GRC general admission ticket. GRC adult tickets are regularly priced at $20 with kids ages 6-12 admitted for $10. Kids 5 & under get in free. All GRC tickets may be upgraded to paddock access for $5 more.

 About Thursday Thunder

Thursday Thunder will once again present an interactive experience for families, with concourse activities such as face painting, woodworks, an autograph session with competitors and more. Plus there will be contests and games for spectators to participate in while in the grandstands, like a Root Beer Chugging contest, trivia, dance contests and more.

Tickets for the last race of the season are $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 through 11 and is free for children ages 5 and younger. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit

To test drive your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Dwight Pilgram at (770) 707-2977 or visit