By Jeffery Armstrong and Anthony Rhoads
Hampton native Chris Dilbeck won his fourth straight race at Atlanta Motor Speedway last week and did doughnuts in the grandstand area afterwards. That display didn't sit too well with mentor, good friend and fellow Pro Division driver Doug Stevens, who helps work on Dilbeck's motor and isn't too happy when he does doughnuts. So Dilbeck had a plan to ease Stevens' pain after he received his complimentary pizza for winning the race.
"Doug gets mad at me for doing doughnuts so I gave him my pizza after the race," said Dilbeck. "I have to keep my motor man happy."
Fan club: Dilbeck has said on numerous occasions that Stevens is his mentor and role model in racing. Dilbeck could soon find himself in the same position n being a role model for younger drivers. When Dilbeck won his race last week, Bandolero Young Guns Division drivers Jason Magagna and McDonough's Ryan Gandee congratulated him at the winner's circle.
"Chris said he will try to work with me and give me some pointers," said Magagna, who's from Cumming. "That would be cool."
Around the tracks: Hunter Robbins, who competed in the Bandits Division at Thursday Thunder from 2000-04, finished fifth in the Pro Late Model race Saturday at Senoia Speedway.
Current Thursday Thunder Bandolero Outlaws competitor Vince Ponder won the Bandolero race Saturday at Senoia with Chase Moody coming in second.
Last week at Thursday Thunder, Jeremy Kalina had a heart-breaking second place finish last week in the Pro Division race. Saturday at Senoia, the 16-year-old won the Legends race with Bubba Harry coming in second and Chris Cable in third.
Thursday Thunder Masters Division competitor Dwight Pilgram placed fifth in the Legends Pro and Masters Race Saturday at Lanier Speedway.
At this week's Tuesday Summer Shootout at Lowe's Motor Speedway, Kyle Fowler won the Bandits race. Fowler also competes at AMS and is currently second in the Bandits standings.
Chris Dilbeck is dominating the Pro Division at Atlanta Motor Speedway this summer but it's a different story at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Dilbeck finished 10th this week and last week, he placed fifth. In the season opener at Charlotte on June 15, he finished sixth.
Raceivers to be mandatory tonight: Drivers will be wired tonight at Thursday Thunder. The new raceivers will be mandatory for all Thursday Thunder drivers starting tonight.
The raceivers are one-way radios that connect the drivers to the scoring tower.
With the raceivers, scoring officials can talk directly to the drivers during the races.