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Nichols returns to victory lane

By Anthony Rhoads

Skip Nichols has spent plenty of time in Victory Lane at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder.

Nichols is a two-time defending Masters Division champion and going into this season, he had won eight races in the speedway's summer racing series.

Going into this week's event, Nichols had not won this season but Thursday, he changed his fortunes by capturing the checkered flag.

"There's a lot of good drivers in the Masters Division," he said. "It might be the most competitive division here. I used to race against a lot of these guys in late model races on asphalt and dirt. They have the experience and Mark Wallace competes on the Hooters Pro Cup so it is a very competitive division."

Nichols was in third place in the points standings going into this week. He trailed Wallace and Sam McCullough in the chase for the points championship.

"Mark's a good guy and a good driver," Nichols said. "He's doing his best to keep me from winning three straight and I'm going to do my best to get three. It's just fun and if I win, that will be great and if he wins, I will congratulate on a great season."

Nichols, 55, has raced at many tracks over the years including Albany, Cordele and Senoia but this season, he's only competing at AMS.

Nichols won a state championship in 1998 and was third in the nation that year.

Two-for-two: Myron Guyton, the former NFL football player, has raced in two Chargers events this year and has won both. He became the first minority winner in Thursday Thunder during week 1 and this week, he won again.

Now, he has his sights set on winning the points title.

"I'm racing the entire season," he said. "I want to see if we can win the points championship."

Guyton is used to winning championships. He was a player on the New York Giants team that won the Super Bowl in 1991.

Moore racing: David Moore, the 2001 and 2002 Roadsters points champion at Thursday Thunder, is racing this season at AMS to give more attention to his son, Brad, who is a competitor in the Young Guns Division.

Even though the elder Moore isn't competing at AMS, he will be racing in a special event this Saturday at Lonesome Pine Speedway in Coeburn, Va., just north of Kingsport, Tenn.

Moore will also run some practice laps at Bristol Motor Speedway Saturday morning and race at Lonesome Pine that evening.

"That will be fun," Moore said.

Three-peat: Hunter Robbins won his third consecutive Bandits Division race Thursday evening. Even though he has gotten off to a solid start, he still has quite a distance to go from the Thursday Thunder record for most wins in a row.

In 2000-2001, Joey Logano won 14 in a row in the Bandits Division.