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Karp wins first ever Buzz Car race at Thursday Thunder in borrowed car

Michael Karp, a driver from Woodstock, made history Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder. Karp won the first ever Buzz Car race.

Michael Karp, a driver from Woodstock, made history Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder. Karp won the first ever Buzz Car race.

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

Michael Karp made history at Atlanta Motor Speedway Thursday night.

The resident of Woodstock drove down to Hampton from the northside of town and became the first ever winner in the Buzz Car Division at Thursday Thunder.

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It's a blast," Karp said from the track's victory lane. "You can put a race car together for less than $1,200 and just come out in front of this awesome crowd and have the time of your life."

Just getting to the track might have been Karp's biggest challenge.

"I had to borrow a truck and trailer from two different places, borrow a race car just to come out here and win the race," he said.

The 14th-annual summer racing series dropped the green flag this week in the 10-week series.

Karp was one of six drivers to finish the 20-lap race in the track's newest division.

The Buzz Car Division is expected to attract drivers who want to go racing on a limited budget. Drivers can spend less than $2,000 and compete each week in their racing series on AMS's quartermile.

Karp wasn't totally unfamiliar with the track and what he would experience once he started turning laps in his Buzz Car.

The Woodstock driver raced in a couple of exhibitions at AMS earlier this year.

Karp isn't certain about his racing future at AMS.

"If I can find a sponsor to pick up the entry fees I will probably be back out here," he said. "If not, I won't."

No matter what happens, Karp's name is in the AMS Thursday Thunder record books as the first ever winner of a Buzz Car race, and that's something they can never take away from him.