From Staff Reports
With championships still undecided in multiple Thursday Thunder classes, Championship Night of the 2010 season is expected to feature contentious on-track clashes as competitors battle for bragging rights in one of seven classes of short-track racing.
Championship Points Battles Far From Decided:
While only one race remains for each class in Atlanta Motor Speedway's 2010 Thursday Thunder season, a pair of divisions feature remarkably tight points race for their respective 2010 title. Thursday Thunder's Morley Company Outlaws points leader holds just a six point advantage over second place, while the Dixie Home Crafters Semi-Pro division features a tie atop the standings after nine weeks of racing
John Holleman of Winston-Salem, N.C. enters Championship Night holding a slim six-point advantage over Madeline Crane of Meansville in the Morley Company Outlaws. While Crane held the lead position since Thursday Thunder's second week of 2010, Holleman utilized a win and fourth-place finish in week nine's races to surpass Crane in the standings. Entering Championship Night with a six-point advantage, a third-place finish would guarantee Holleman's first-career Thursday Thunder championship.
Meanwhile, William Plemons III and Jacob Armstrong enter Championship Night tied atop the Dixie Home Crafters Semi-Pro standings, while Luke Behnke trails behind by a mere six points. Plemons, a Smyrna resident who is competing in his first full Thursday Thunder season since 1998, claimed a win during week nine's double features to leap from fourth in the standings, while Behnke used a second- and fourth-place finish to jump from fifth to third in the standings. With just one race remaining to determine the Dixie Home Crafters Semi-Pro championship, all three competitors will enter the final week with a chance to claim the title.
Week 10 Entertainment: All-Class Autograph Session and Belly Flop
In addition to the weekly racing action, Championship Night of the 2010 Thursday Thunder season will feature an autograph and photograph session with all seven Thursday Thunder divisions. Fans are encouraged to arrive prior to feature racing to take part in the on-track autograph session and each fan in attendance will receive a complimentary Thursday Thunder Fan Guide featuring an autograph page to collect driver autographs.
Fans can also take part in the second Belly Flop Contest of the 2010 Thursday Thunder season. Featuring big bellies and a small pool, a select group of Thursday Thunder fans will be selected to participate in a mini-pool Belly Flop Contest. The contest will be judged by fan applause and with one-lucky contestant taking home the big-bellied bragging rights.
Monkey Wrench Club to Receive Pace Car Rides
Members of the Monkey Wrench Club children's group will receive Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car rides at the conclusion of Championship Night at Thursday Thunder.
With NASCAR night racing coming to Atlanta Motor Speedway on Labor Day weekend, Monkey Wrench Club members with eight stamps on their Monkey Wrench Club Card will receive a free pace ride at night at the conclusion of Championship Night. Following the week 10 racing action, Monkey Wrench Club members will be met at the frontstretch flag stand gate for their ride in the Atlanta Motor Speedway pace car.
Featuring a full slate of short-track racing, Thursday Thunder is an affordably-priced activity that offers something for spectators of all ages. Tickets are just $5 for adults and $1 for children 6-11 (ages 5 and under are free) for each evening of family fun and grass-roots racing. Gates open at 6 p.m., heat races start at 6:15 p.m. and feature races start at approximately 7:50 p.m. For more information about Thursday Thunder, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway ticket office at (770) 946-4211 or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com