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Thursday Thunder heats up for third week of season

From Staff Reports

For week three of Thursday Thunder, WBS-AM joins Atlanta Motor Speedway as a nightly partner. WSB-AM traffic reporters, Captain Herb Emory and Mark Arum, will compete in a celebrity grudge match in Junker cars during intermission. With only two cars on the track, there shouldn't be any traffic for them to sort through, but let's see if they can keep from wrecking each other, otherwise they'll be the ones creating congestion for the first time!

RHUBARB'S MARCH ACROSS GEORGIA RECAP:

Last week, Rhubarb's March Across Georgia stopped by Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder. Through fan donations and donations from Atlanta Motor Speedway, $4,124.57 was raised for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

WIN A PRIZE:

This Thursday's theme is Hawaiian Night. Dress in your best Hawaiian gear to win a prize!

CANADIAN RACER:

Frank Johnson, from Kenptville, Ontario, Canada, joined Thursday Thunder last week in the Tanger Outlet Center Masters feature. Johnson races Legends cars in a Canadian series that competes at five different tracks throughout the summer. On his three off-weekends from that series, Johnson will travel to Atlanta Motor Speedway to compete.

Johnson decided to return to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the summer racing season after competing this past winter in the Winter Flurry Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I've been coming to the NASCAR race weekends at Atlanta for the past three years," said Johnson. "I've always had such a great time when I visited Atlanta and everyone is so friendly. So when I started racing Legends cars last year up North, I decided that I had to come to Atlanta every chance I got to race.

"It takes Johnson 20 hours of driving time to get to Atlanta but he turns it into a sightseeing trip. "The first trip down this summer was wonderful, as everything was so lush and green.

It was nice seeing the city in the summertime rather than winter."

Although Johnson managed a few second-place finishes during the Winter Flurry season, he was only able to muster an 11th-place finish last week.

FIRST TIMER:

Eight-year-old Tanner Adkison raced in his first race ever last week during Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder. Tanner, hailing from Tallahassee, Fla., has always been interested in racing and wanted to get behind the wheel. Chris Adkison, Tanner's father, owns Capital Truck out of Tallahassee, Fla. and one of his customers is James Finch, owner of Phoenix Racing, which competes in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and NASCAR Busch Series. Finch told Chris,

"You've got to start 'em young, so get him behind the wheel as soon as possible."

Following Finch's advice, Chris bought a car for Tanner and they have decided they will compete in approximately half of the Atlanta Dental Team Bandolero Bandits races during Thursday Thunder.

Another Tallahassee native, Marc Mitchell, has been helping the Adkison's as much as possible.

Mitchell is a fellow racer and competed in his first NASCAR Busch Series race two weeks ago at Nashville Superspeedway. Tanner finished in the 17th position in his very first race and hopes to improve each time he gets behind the wheel.