Thursday Thunder ready to roll tonight

From staff reports

Thursday Thunder is a 10-week summer racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. But it's about so much more than racing.

Thursday Thunder has been called the city's most affordable family activity by many fans. With tickets just $5 for adults (kids 6-12 are $1, 5 and under are free), a family of four can attend for less than a fast-food meal.

And speaking of food, all concession prices are greatly reduced for the summer, with hot dogs going for $2 and soft drinks for $1.

In addition, fans are treated to a bevy of games, prizes, giveaways, raffles and fun.

Each week AMS will give away tickets to the Oct. 28-30 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 weekend, certificates for free Richard Petty Driving Experience Ride-alongs as well as other great prizes.

There will also be weekly autograph sessions with the drivers, a Boy Scouts activity area on the concourse, special Monkey Wrench appearances and many other games and activities for children.

Some of this season's highlights include Mascot Mania Night, fireworks, two faster pastor races and the long-awaited return of the kids candy / coin scramble.

That's to say nothing of the on-track excitement.

More than 100 race cars are expected to jam the pit area each Thursday night as drivers from across the Southeast battle around the paved quarter-mile Atlanta Motor Speedway frontstretch oval, Thunder Ring. At Thursday Thunder, you may be watching the next Jeff Gordon as he begins his racing career.

New for this year, AMS adds the drama of drivers vying to qualify for the Atlanta Invitational, an invitation-only Legends race following Georgia Pacific Qualifying Night on Friday, Oct. 28.

Drivers will have to win a feature race during the Thursday Thunder summer series to receive an invitation, which will make drivers charging hard for the finish line.

Tickets for Thursday Thunder are available at Gate 13 (frontstretch Champions Grandstand) on event nights. Parking is free. Spectator gates open at 6 p.m. with preliminary action beginning immediately. Feature racing begins at 7 p.m. and concludes by 10:30 p.m.

Information: (770) 946-4211 or visit www.legendsofga.com or www.atlantamotorspeedway.com websites.