By Doug Gorman
The first thing spectators to the Thursday Thunder racing series probably notice when it comes time for the Roadsters' division to take to the track is the limited number of cars.
The open-wheel series has never really caught on in Atlanta, but that doesn't stop those who drive in the division from racing all out to win a points' title.
Griffin's James Egloff proved that Thursday night in a three-car field that also featured second-place finisher Jim Gresham and Dale Akridge.
Egloff, who recently moved to the United States from Canada, is a veteran of just about anything with an engine, including Legends racers.
Egloff said he doesn't change his racing philosophy just because the field is small.
"When there is only three cars in the field, it's a little easier to recover from a mistake. If you are sent to the back of the field, you can recover easier," he said.
Egloff raced for the first time at AMS during the winter series, and had the points title won heading into the last week. A disqualification in the final race, knocked him out out of the points title.
It didn't dampen his passion for racing at AMS.
"This track is fast and flat," he said. "It's not very forgiving," he said. You can go very fast."
Dramatic victory: Mahlon Winsted didn't get into big of a hurry Thursday as he worked his car to the front in the pack during competition in the Chargers' division.
His laid-back approach translated into his first AMS victory in the Chargers' division.
Winsted overtook race leader Chris Keir with about four laps to go when he passed him in turn No.-4 and held on the rest of the way.
"I was kind of waiting for him to make a mistake, but he never did," said Winsted. I finally was able to get around him and hold on for the win."
Winsted, who only began racing at AMS last year, helped himself in the Chargers' point standings with the win. In the first week of the season, Winsted finished second.
However, Winsted's top priority might be moving to the Semi-Pro Division before the end of the year, not winning the Chargers' title.
"Our car times are getting close to the Semi-Pro times, so that is our goal."
Back to Victory Lane: Senioa resident Tina Johnson knows her way around a race track. Johnson is the first women in the Bandolero's Outlaw Division to win at three different tracks, including AMS.
Thursday night she returned to victory lane in Atlanta with her second career win at the track.
Repeat winner: Chris Dilbeck, a recent graduate from Henry County, was the only repeat winner from week No.-1. Dilbeck, who races in the Pro Division at Thursday Thunder, won the eighth Thursday Thunder race in his career.
Racing for a cure: During next week's Thursday Thunder session, Atlanta radio personality Rhubarb Jones' will bring his March Across Georgia to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Jones, the Eagle 106.7-FM, disc jockey, will bring his efforts to stamp out a cure for leukema and lymphoma to the track.
Instead of having an autograph session next week, drivers will pass the hat to collect donations for the Leukema and Lymphoma society.
Also, the first five people to give Jones a check for $500 will receive a weekend ticket package good for next fall's Bass Pro Pro Shops 500.