Results From Week Two Of Winter Flurry at Atlanta Motor Speedway
Legends and Bandolero drivers returned to the quarter-mile Thunder Ring at Atlanta Motor Speedway for Week 2 action of the seven week Winter Flurry Series. Following the six feature races, drivers also had an opportunity to compete for the Dash for Cash among Legends or Bandolero competitors.
Winter Flurry action began with the Bandits feature race. Nathan Jackson of McDonough held off Bowersville's Clay Thompson over the final three laps to capture the win. The pair started from the front row, but Thompson out drove Jackson to take an early lead. The battle lasted until lap eight when Thompson brought out the caution flag when he got loose and spun off of turn four. Despite falling to the back of the pack, Thompson drove through the field over the next 16 laps to pull up to the bumper of Jackson to finish second. Audrie Ruark of Suwanee finished third while Logan Nalley of Canton earned a sixth place finish in his first race in the Bandits division.
"I'm excited about moving up [from Bandolero Rookie] and taking the rookie stripe off," said Nalley before the race. "The best part is getting to drive a fast car and I've got no concerns about moving up."
The Canton, Georgia native has racing in his blood.
"I want to race because I have a lot of my family members who raced before me," said Nalley, "and I want to follow in their footsteps."
Nalley began racing with the Legend's Road Course Series earlier this year.
A spirited battle in the Outlaw feature saw Marietta's Corey Heim and McDonough's Rickie Springer battle for the win. Springer looked high and looked low but could not find a line that would get him to the front of the field. Heim held off Springer for the final 15 laps and earned the win. The victory helped Heim move into the Winter Flurry division points as he jumped ahead of Connor Younginer of Stockbridge, who finished sixth in the feature race.
Canton's Dawson Fletcher earned his second consecutive Winter Flurry win in the Chargers division. It took Fletcher one lap from the third position to take the lead as he slipped past Canon Cochran of Ringgold in turn four to take the lead. Despite a handful of restarts, Fletcher held off Cochran and Senoia's David Lawrence for the win. An entertaining race for second saw Cochran muscle past Lawrence over the final six laps to take the spot.
A tight points race has developed in the Semi-Pro division following the first Winter Flurry victory of series for Jensen Jorgensen of Stockbridge. Jorgensen started from the pole and over the first dozen laps, battled for the top spot as he held off Cumming's Dylan Murry and Brooks' Christopher Clanton. An issue encountered by Clanton at lap 14 forced him out of the race. On the ensuing restart, Murry was glued to Jorgensen's bumper over the next two laps but he could not get by the leader. After Jorgensen held off the charge from Murry, he pulled away from the field with five laps remaining to secure the win. Murry's second place finish in the feature race moved him into the top spot in the division point standing through two races.
Kaden Honeycutt of Bret City, Texas, started from the pole and dominated the combined Masters/Pro feature in the second week of the Winter Flurry season. A handful of cautions in the back of the field slowed the pace, but on each subsequent restart, Honeycutt methodically moved to the front of pack and cruised to the win. Despite getting shuffled to the back early in the race due to a caution, Robbie Woodall of McDonough finished second. Tony Armbruster of Covington tied a career best with his second third-place finish in a Masters division race. Locust Grove's James Meredith and Covington's Wes Potter battled for the fourth position at lap 22. Meredith was able to get past Potter and finish fourth.
It appeared that Blaise Crawford of Fayetteville was going to cruise to an easy win in the Rookie Bandolero division. He started from the pole and led the first 18 laps without a challenge. Following a caution with two laps to go, Gage Roberts of Milledgeville applied the pressure and off of turn four on the final lap looked to make a move for the win, but could not get past Crawford as the two headed towards the checkered flag. For Crawford, it was his second win in as many starts in a Rookie Bandolero race. Keaton Hendrix of Homerville finished third.
Following Week two of Winter Flurry action, drivers threw caution to the wind in the Dash for Cash challenge with money on the line. After a sixth place finish in his feature race earlier in the day, Connor Younginer earned the win in the Bandolero Dash for Cash. The Legends race saw Jensen Jorgensen dominate the race for his second victory of the day to take home the prize.
Winter Flurry continues with Week 3 on Saturday, Jan. 9. Infield admission is available for spectators wishing to watch Winter Flurry racing, and passes may be purchased at the Security Command Building near the Speedway's main entrance. Infield passes are $12 for adults, $5 for ages six through 11, and children ages five and younger are admitted for free.
To test drive your own Legends machine, or for more information about Legends racing, call Legends of Georgia director Ken Ragan at (770) 707-2977 or visit www.legendsofga.com.
Complete Winter Flurry Week 2 results:
1. Nathan Jackson (McDonough), 2. Clay Thompson (Bowersville), 3. Audrie Ruark (Suwanee), 4. Michael Gannon (Canton), 5. Noah Dominy (Greensboro), 6. Logan Nalley (Canton), 7. River Allen (Hirum), 8. Max Hennebaul (Monroe), 9. Kenneth Henderson (Alto), 10. Ryan Younginer (Stockbridge)
1. Dawson Fletcher (Canton), 2. Carden Cochran (Ringgold), 3. David Lawrence (Senoia), 4. Jonathan Timms (Calhoun), 5. Robert Cheney (Jonesboro), 6. Canon Cochran (Ringgold)
1. Robbie Woodall (McDonough), 2. Tony Armbruster (Covington), 3. James Meredith (Locust Grove), 4. Dennis Aiken (Villa Rica), 5. Wes Potter (Covington), 6. Barry Bowen (Jackson Lake), 7. Bill Whatley (Snellville), 8. Dennis Hecht (Hoschton), 9. Phillip Young (Dallas), 10. Mark Swan (Dunwoody), 11. Randy Shubert (Conyers)
1. Kaden Honeycutt (Bret City, TX)
1. Corey Heim (Marietta), 2. Rickie Springer (McDonough), 3. Blaise Maddox (Locust Grove), 4. Lawson Ingold (Social Circle), 5. Trey Tadrzak (Stockbridge), 6. Connor Younginer (Stockbridge), 7. Gauntt Hudgins (Savannah)
1. Blaze Crawford (Fayetteville), 2. Gage Roberts (Milledgeville), 3. Keaton Hendrix (Homerville), 4. Annabelle Mowish (Cumming), 3. Shelby Ruark (Suwanee), 6. Andrew Dollar (Atlanta), 7. Cameron Potter (Covington), 8. Mikie Mowish (Cumming), 9. Wil Griffis (Homerville).
1. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 2. Dylan Murry (Cumming), 3. Bailey Woodall (McDonough), 4. Nicholas Waters (Senoia), 5. Jeff Oliver (Braselton), 6. Christopher Clanton (Brooks), 7. Brandon Brock (Hampton)
Bandolero Dash for Cash
1. Conner Younginer (Stockbridge), 2. Corey Heim (Marietta), 3. Clay Thompson (Bowersville), 4. Audrie Ruark (Suwanee), 5. Blaise Maddox (Locust Grove), 6. Ryan Younginer (Stockbridge), 7. Blaze Crawford (Fayetteville), 8. Logan Nalley (Canton), 9. River Allen (Hirum)
Legends Dash for Cash
1. Jensen Jorgensen (Stockbridge), 2. Kaden Honeycutt (Bret City, TX), 3. Bailey Woodall (McDonough), 4. Jeff Oliver (Braselton), 5. Dennis Aiken (Villa Rica), 6. Barry Bowen (Jackson Lake), 7. Tony Armbruster (Covington