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Labor Day legends invitational invites on the line

From Staff Reports

For many Thursday Thunder competitors, the season points championship isn't the only thing at stake this summer at Atlanta Motor Speedway during the track's summer short track series.

Racers are also vying for spots in the Labor Day Legends Invitational, scheduled for Sept. 2 on Friday of Atlanta Motor Speedway's NASCAR Night Race Weekend on Sept. 2-4.

The event, which will be held on the track's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring" on the Speedway's frontstretch, will feature the Southeast's top Legends and Bandolero racers. To qualify for the race, drivers must win a feature race at one of four events, including Thursday Thunder.

In last week's opening night of Thursday Thunder, four drivers earned qualifying spots in the Legends Invitational - Skip Nichols of Albany, William Plemons III of Locust Grove, Josh Morris of Fredricksburg, Va., and Darrell Wallace Jr. of Concord, NC.

Race Fan Drag Race is This Week's Featured Intermission Entertainment

Atlanta Motor Speedway resumes Thursday Thunder this week following last week's record number of fans who attended the summer racing series' opening night.

Fans on-hand last week enjoyed a mixture of grassroots short track racing, entertaining grandstand activities and fan interaction during the event.

"We're very excited to see a high level of interest to start the 2011 season of Thursday Thunder," said Atlanta Motor Speedway President and General Manager Ed Clark. "We're pleased to be able to offer great racing and quality entertainment to area fans seeking fun family entertainment at a very affordable price."

This week's intermission entertainment includes a race fan drag race.

Karp Enjoying Early Buzz Car Success

Although the Buzz Car Division at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder is in its infancy, Woodstock's Michael Karp is establishing an early gold standard for other racers in the division to strive for.

Karp, who won the inaugural Buzz Car exhibition race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, is coming off a win in the first Buzz Car event at Thursday Thunder. Karp worked his way toward the front in last week's feature race, moving into the lead in the closing laps in a race that featured numerous lead changes and door-to-door racing among the front-runners.

For information on racing your own Buzz Car, call the Atlanta Motor Speedway Events department at (770) 946-3954.

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 $6 for adults and $2 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