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Father-son duo aiming for division titles

Bill Plemons (left) and son, William Plemons III are both in the title chase in their respective race divisions at Thursday Thunder.

Bill Plemons (left) and son, William Plemons III are both in the title chase in their respective race divisions at Thursday Thunder.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

When the question arose -- how special would it be to see a father-son duo win Thursday Thunder division titles in the same season? -- William Plemons III just smiled.

"That would be awesome," Plemons said. "We are trying to make this happen."

Going into today's final races at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Plemons and his father, Bill, have a shot at capturing their respective race division titles. However, Bill has a little clearer route.

The elder Plemons is two points behind Masters division leader Terry Mathis for the championship. A win by Plemons would secure his first title. Last season, he finished fourth overall.

William is four points behind Luke Behnke is the Semi-Pro division. For the younger Plemons to clinch the title, he would have to win, and hope that Behnke finishes at the best in third place.

William has won five times at AMS this season with Behnke taking the checkered flag three times. William is the defending division champion while Behnke was runner-up last season.

William would have gone into today's race in first, but an altercation in the garage two weeks ago cost him 10 points.

"I hate things like that happen," William Plemons said. "If I could go back, yeah, I would have changed it. But I can't let this tarnish what has happened this season on the track."

Not only does Bill Plemons have to overtake Mathis, who has three wins this season, he must also hold off all-time Thursday Thunder winner Skip Nichols and AMS president Ed Clark.

"You will have four 50-year-old men out there trying to win," Bill Plemons said. "It's going to be close. It would be special for both of us to win it this year. It is unfortunate what happened to him (William) in the garage, but he has to learn from it, and keep it on the track."

This is WilliamPlemons' second season racing after a 10-year hiatus.

During part of that time, he was finishing up his degree at Clemson.

"It's been fun being back out here," William said. "Even if I wasn't in the race for the division title, this would still be fun. My father and I are racing for the heck of it, but at some point the competitor in you always kicks in."