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Reality show star Theriault coming back to Atlanta

By Anthony Rhoads and Jeffery Armstrong

Michelle Theriault, the 2001 Young Lions champion, returned to Thursday Thunder last week.

She didn't race but was in the garage area getting caught up with drivers she competed against from 2000-02.

This season, Theriault competed in several USAR Hooters ProCup races with Premier Motorsports but they parted ways last week.

"It was a great opportunity and I am thankful they gave me the opportunity but I felt like it wasn't the full package," she said.

She's currently exploring other opportunities to get back on the Hooters ProCup tour.

As a driver for Premier Motorsports, Theriault was featured on the CMT reality series, The Drive, which gave a behind-the-scenes look at up-and-coming stock car drivers.

"It was a good experience and it got my name out there," she said. "It definitely opened some doors for me."

Theriault was the second female to win a feature race at Thursday Thunder when she recorded her first victory in 2001. She won four races that season and became the first woman to win a Thursday Thunder points championship.

You have to be consistent: Chris Cable is currently five points behind Sean ?Flip' Davis in the Semi-Pro Division and he has his sights set on the championship. He not only wants to win the Thursday Thunder title but wants to win the state and national championships as well.

But Cable knows that to be a champion, you've got to be consistent every week. Cable has performed well this season, he has two wins and one second-place finish at Thursday Thunder.

"The key is consistency if you want to win a championship," he said. "You have to be consistent from race to race and within the race, you've got to turn consistent times from lap to lap. You have to run up front but you have to be consistent."

Cable also competes regularly at Senoia Speedway. He raced one time at Lanier National Speedway and it was a successful outing as he took the checkered flag. He's also competed at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

"It's very challenging here," Cable said. "You can overdrive the corners at Senoia because of the banking but you can't overdrive here. It's real tough. Even though Charlotte and Atlanta look the same, Charlotte's a lot easier than here."

No wins but tied for first: Masters Division competitor Randy Thornton hasn't won a race this season but he's tied first with Brian Weimer in the points standings.

Thornton, who won the Semi-Pro championship in 1998, has four top-fives this season with two runner-up finishes this year.

We're good friends?really: Masters Division racers Brian Weimer and Dwight Pilgram are pretty good friends even though they are competing for the Thursday Thunder national and state points title.

"We're better friends the day after the race than the night of the race," Pilgram said.

Pilgram said the two have traded "bump and run" wins lately. Weimer bumped Pilgram to win the Masters race in week four at AMS and Pilgram bumped Weimer at Lanier and won that race.

New digs for Dilbeck: Pro Division driver Chris Dilbeck showed up at Thursday Thunder last week sporting a new racing suit and new Puma sneakers to match. The recent Henry County High graduate's suit was red and the Pumas were red and black.

"It was time to get a new suit; the other one was just too old," Dilbeck said.

Dilbeck said he got the suit and shoes for a discounted price of $641 at Charlotte, since he has some connections there.

"Normally, a racing suit alone costs about $800," he said.

Around the tracks: Thursday Thunder regulars continue to do well at Senoia Speedway as Tina Johnson won the Bandolero race Sunday with Vince Ponder, Chase Moody and Bre Sharp rounded out the top four.

In the Legends race Sunday at Senoia, Casey Tate captured the checkered flag with Bubba Harry in second. Rounding out the top five were Beau Slocumb, Scott Mobley and Chris Cable.

At Tuesday's Summer Shootout at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte, Brian Weimer placed second in the Masters race. Weimer is currently tied with Randy Thornton for the lead in the Masters points race at Thursday Thunder. In the Outlaws race Tuesday, Thursday Thunder regular Ryan Jernigan finished second.