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Behnke takes second to win division

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Luke Behnke of Fayetteville earned his second Thursday Thunder racing series title this year by winning the Semi-Pro division. In 2009, he would the Outlaw division before moving into the Semi-Pro.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Luke Behnke of Fayetteville earned his second Thursday Thunder racing series title this year by winning the Semi-Pro division. In 2009, he would the Outlaw division before moving into the Semi-Pro.

By Derrick Mahone

dmahone@news-daily.com

William Plemons III won Thursday's featured Semi-Pro division race, but it was Luke Behnke that won the division championship.

Despite collecting his sixth Semi-Pro victory of the season, it still wasn't enough to prevent Behnke from winning the overall title by a point over Plemons, the defending division champ.

Behnke finished with 973 points while Plemons, who was on the pole for the Thursday Thunder race, finished the seasonw ith 972 points.

Plemons was on the pole for the race, and led the entire race.

It was Behnke's second divison title of his racing career. In 2009, he won the Outlaws division before moving up to Semi-Pro.

In the only other championship that was undetermined before Thursday races started was the in the Masters division. Points leader Terry Mathis finished second in the race, but still had enough points to win the divison by two points over Skip Nichols, who won Thursday's race.

Nichols, an Albany native, is the all-time winningest driver at Thursday Thunder. He collected his fourth win of the season, and 41st of his career after winning the Roadster race for the eighth time this season.

Nichols paced the field to the start of the Roadsters feature. He showed his strength, leading every lap and scoring his sixth Thursday Thunder championship; the most ever in series history.

Bill Plemons finished third in the Masters division. He and son, William III, had hoped to both win their respective division.

Roswell native Parker Barnes continued his domination in the Outlaws by winning his ninth race of the season to wrap up his first divison title.

Barnes took the lead on the ninth lap, and never looked back in winning the race. His nine wins were the most of any driver in a single division this season.

Michael Karp won the Buzz Cars division, the newest feature at Thursday Thunder. He three races this season. Buddy Brewer won the final race of the season in the division to finish second overall.

Eight laps into the race, a caution was displayed and to have some fun on the last night, the competitors ran the race clockwise going the opposite direction on the restart. On lap 10, Buddy Brewer made his way to the lead and snatched his first career win.