Racing, fireworks tonight at AMS

From staff reports

With the fourth week of Thursday Thunder set to begin next week, here is a brief look at the Clayton County drivers who will be competing.

All racing begins at 6 p.m. at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thunder Ring, the quarter-mile track situated along the front stretch. Tickets can be purchased the evening of the race at Gate 13 (located on the front of the property running parallel to Georgia Highway 19/41).

In addition to the racing tonight, the speedway will be holding a fireworks celebration right after the last race ends.

Tickets are just $5 for adults, $1 for children 6-11, and children 5 and under are free. For more information visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com, www.legendsofga.com or call (770) 946-4211.

Here is a glance at some local drivers:

Carl Guidry, 17, of Jonesboro competes in the Legends Semi-Pro Chargers division. In week three of Thursday Thunder, Guidry had an eighth-place finish in his No.3 car.

Brad Moore, 13, of Jonesboro competes in the Semi-Pro Chargers division. This is his sixth year of racing in Thursday Thunder division with his No. 85 car. In week three of Thursday Thunder, Moore finished seventh in the feature race.

Former Morrow High School football and baseball standout Brian Meredith, 31, of Locust Grove, races in the Legends Pro division. Finishing 12th last week, Meredith is getting ready for week four of Thursday Thunder. He won the Chargers division in 2000 and was the Semi-Pro runner-up in 2001.

A glance at the points races: As the 2005 Thursday Thunder season enters week 4, two Outlaws Division racers are in a tight race for the points championship.

Daniel Moore, who is competing in his first season in Outlaws, has two wins and one runner-up finish to lead the division with 297 points. Moore won the Youngs Guns championship last year.

Moore is a Lovejoy High School student.

Trey Maughan, who won the Young Guns title in 2003 and the Outlaws title in 2004, is just six points behind Moore. Maughan has one victory, one runner-up and one third-place finish this year.

Here is a glance at the other points leaders so far this season:

Ryan Gandee has dominated the Young Guns Division this year, winning the first three races. He is 32 points ahead of Kyle Lowery in the points chase.

Jim Gresham leads the Roadsters Division with one win and two runner-up finishes.

Casey Roderick leads Kyle Fowler by nine points in the Semi-Pro Division. Roderick has one win and one runner-up while Fowler has two wins.

Dwight Pilgram hasn't won a race this year but he's raced consistent enough to be in first place in the Masters Division. Pilgram has two runner-up finishes and one third to lead Brian Weimer by 13 points.

Mary Wilson leads James Auld by 15 points in the Chargers Division.

Doug Stevens might be on his way to a fifth Pro Division championship as he is currently in first place going into this week.

Max Gresham is in first place in the Bandits Division. Darrell Wallace Jr. has been able to visit victory lane twice this year but is in third place in the points standings.