By Jeffery Armstrong
Trey Maughan of Fayetteville won the Bandolero Young Guns race at Thursday Thunder last night, with an assist from fellow driver Jason Magagna of Cumming.
Maughan used a motor from one of Magagna's cars after his original motor blew out in practice. The new motor propelled Maughan to win his first-ever Thursday Thunder race at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. He finished third the last two weeks.
"I'm tickled to death to have won this race. My motor blew out in the third practice lap and that hurt. We borrowed the motor from Jason and proceeded to win," said Maughan. "I don't know if he's happy about it, but I'm very excited. That motor was awesome!"
With the win Thursday, Maughan also took over the points lead in the Young Guns division. Jonathan Chandler, who led at the beginning of the race, finished second. Kyle Kitchens placed third, followed by John Bolen and Justin South at fourth and fifth, respectively.
The race was pretty tight between Maughan and Chandler. The two were close all night, but after the second caution flag came out, it was Maughan who used the strength of his new motor to overtake Chandler and win the race. Magagna finished ninth in the race.
"This is supposed to be a team sport and I didn't mind helping Trey out at all," said Doug Magagna, Jason's father. "Trey drives well and he drives clean. I never thought twice about helping him, even though I figured he might beat my son. After all, it wasn't that motor that drove the car to victory - it was Trey."
Maughan's father Don was pleased that Doug and Jason helped his son compete in the race.
"That shows how close-knit we are out here," said Don. "We all help each other out."
Maughan, a rising senior at Starr's Mill High School in Fayetteville, was finally glad to win his first event at AMS. The varsity soccer player at Starr's Mill said he had won five races in a row (four at Senoia) before entering the first week of Thursday Thunder.
"This is our sixth win in eight races this year," said Maughan, 17. "It's just my first at Thursday Thunder in the three years I've been here. It's been a crazy year so far."
Maughan said he has a plan for future victories and it involves his best friend Mat Grisham, also a Starr's Mill rising senior.
"Every time he's been with me at a race, I've won," Maughan said. "He needs to come with me from now on."