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Series getting international flavor

By Anthony Rhoads

arhoads@news-daily.com

Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder summer racing series is turning into an international affair.

This season, James Auld from Herefordshire, Great Britain is competing in a full schedule at Thursday Thunder. Auld competes in the Chargers Division and raced in four races last year with four top-10s.

In last week's season opener, Auld finished in third place.

Last season, Auld raced a car owned by Bruce Mundy and this year is part of the unofficial '316' team run by Chip and Chase Moody. Other drivers on the 316 Thursday Thunder team include Jody Pilkenton in Outlaws, Currie Pierce in Young Guns, Coleman Moody in Bandits. Chase Moody also races in the Pro-Challenge Truck.

All the car numbers are 316 based on the Bible verse John 3:16.

"I'm not a religious man myself but I respect them for it," Auld said.

Auld, a racing instructor in England, has raced in many racing series over the years and some of his victories include the 1600 Sportscar car class in the Nurburgring 24 Hours, the 100km GT Champs in 2002 and the Formula Vee in 1600.

Auld is staying in the Atlanta area throughout the summer to participate in Thursday Thunder. In March, he flew in from England to race in the Legends events during the NASCAR Golden Corral 500 weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That weekend, he placed 10th in the Chargers Division race.

For more information about Auld's racing, visit the www.auldsports.co.uk website.

A record-breaking night: The Thursday Thunder series is getting more popular and that was evident last week with a record-breaking opening crowd and the largest car count of competitors in the series' history.

March Across Georgia: Tonight, Thursday Thunder fans will have the chance to contribute to the Rhubarb's March Across Georgia to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Before the feature racing beings, Bandolero Bandits racers will come into the stands to collect money for charity. Any person who donates more than $500 will receive 10 free pizza coupons courtesy of Papa John's Pizza.