From staff reports
HAMPTON ? Nine weeks of intense competition, side-by-side battles and spectacular finishes have all come down to this: championship week. With four divisions separated by less than 10 points, this Thursday's Papa John's Fan Appreciation Night will decide more than just race winners n it will decide Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2004 Thursday Thunder Champions. The Clayton and Henry County drivers will be right in the middle of the excitement as competition concludes this week.
Thursday Thunder Racing will begin this Thursday at 6 p.m. at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thunder Ring, the quarter-mile track situated along the frontstretch. Papa John's Pizza Fan Appreciation Night, presented this week by 96 Rock, will be packed with action, contests, giveaways, and more.
Thursday Thunder tickets can be purchased the evening of the race at Gate 13 (located on the front of the property running parallel to Hwy 19/41). Tickets are just $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-11, and children age 5 and under are free. For more information visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com, www.legendsofga.com or call (770) 946-4211.
Wade Brewer of McDonough finished fifth, his highest finish this season in the Tanger Outlet Center Masters division. Brewer, a rookie, is sixth in the division standings. Off the track, Brewer is a State Farm agent whose office is located directly across the street from the speedway.
Andrew Brunnert, 12, (McDonough) finished 12th in the Atlanta Dental Team Bandits division, moving up to fifth in the point standings. Brunnert also won the Winter Flurry title this past year and
James Caldwell, 14, of McDonough finished 11th in the Young Guns division for the second week in a row. He moved up two spots to ninth in the point standings.
Jay Cloud of Hampton finished 12th in the Estes Heating & Air Semi-Pro division. Known as the Racing Realtor, Cloud is a real estate agent who is in his rookie year racing in Thursday Thunder. He is eighth in the point standings.
Sean "Flip" Davis of McDonough finished sixth in the Estes Heating & Air Semi-Pro for the second week in a row. He has one win this season and is 20 points behind leader Chris Cable in the chase for the division championship.
Chris Dilbeck, 18, of Hampton picked up another win in the Roadsters division, his second in just two races this season. In the Don Bell Signs Pro division, Dilbeck finished fourth after being involved in an early-race accident. But Dilbeck still has a commanding lead in the Pro standings and is expected to take home the division title this week. Dilbeck is also now registered to collect points in the Roadsters division and is fourth in the division after being credited with his win from two weeks ago.
Peyton Durflinger, 10, of McDonough finished 14th in the Bandits division. Durflinger, in his second season of Thursday Thunder, is currently seventh in the division standings.
Ryan Gandee, 13, of McDonough took home his second win of the season in the Young Guns division. Gandee is currently fifth in the point standings.
Jim Gresham, 62, of Stockbridge, finished seventh in the Tanger Outlet Center Masters and second in the Roadsters division. Gresham is second in points in the Roadsters division and fifth in points for the Masters division. Gresham owns Gresham & Associates, a commercial insurance brokerage and is a longtime sponsor of Thursday Thunder.
Scott Hicks, 34, finished 11th in the Estes Heating & Air Semi-Pro division. Hicks, from Hampton, is currently fifth in the point standings.
Chris Keir, 20, of Hampton won his first career race in the Chargers division. Keir, a rookie, is 23 points behind leader Todd Gulledge in the division standings.
Brian Meredith, 30, finished fifth in the Don Bell Signs Pro division. Meredith, of Locust Grove, remains fifth in the point standings.
Dwight Pilgram, 51, won his second race this season in the Tanger Outlet Center Masters division. He currently is fourth in the point standings. Pilgram has been racing since 1976 and is the 2000-2003 State Masters champion.
Ryan Rudy, 12, finished third in the Young Guns division. He has one win this season and is fourth in the point standings. Rudy is the 2003 Georgia State Bandolero Champion and is sponsored by Kyle Petty and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.
Brad Shelnutt of Stockbridge finished eighth in the Estes Heating & Air Semi-Pro division after moving up last week. Shelnutt was automatically moved into the division after earning three wins this season in the Chargers division this season.
Chris Siebert, 11, of Hampton finished eighth in the Bandits division. Chris, a rookie, remains ninth in the division point standings.
Casey Tate won his second race of the season in the Estes Heating & Air Semi-Pro division. Tate, of Locust Grove, is currently 10th in the point standings.
Brian Snider of Jonesboro finished 12th in the Chargers division after a wreck on lap two took him out of the race. Despite his finish, The National Guard pilot moved up one spot to sixth in the point standings. Snider returned this season after missing all of last year while stationed in Qatar, a peninsula bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia.