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Thursday Thunder can mean double duty for some

Driver Skip Nichols (right) talks with his grandson, Wilder, during the autograph session at last week's Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Driver Skip Nichols (right) talks with his grandson, Wilder, during the autograph session at last week's Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

By Doug Gorman

dgorman@news-daily.com

For both Skip Nichols and Atlanta Motor Speedway President Ed Clark, the weekly Thursday Thunder series can be a busy time.

The veteran race car drivers pull double duty, competing in two different racing series each week, and against each other in both the Masters and the Roadsters Divisions.

Last Thursday in the season opener Nichols took the checkered flag in both divisions. Clark was fourth in the Masters Division, and third in the Roadsters.

Nichols holds the record for all-time wins with 31.

Semi-Pro Shootout: A year ago, the Semi-Pro Division was about as close as you could get as William Plemons III returned to the series after more than a decade and edged Luke Behnke by just three points.

If the first week is any indication, the two drivers could be set for another classic showdown and wild points chase.

Plemons took the checkered flag last week, with Behnke coming in second.

First-week winners: With the first week complete, Josh Hicks (Bandits), Parker Barnes (Outlaws), Josh Morris (Young Lions), Darrell Wallace (Pros) and Michael Karp joined Nichols and Plemons in the winner's circle.

Fan friendly: The order for the second week of features races at Atlanta Motor Speedway has been decided with Pros, Masters, Bandits, Semi-Pros and Buzz Cars getting things started.

After an intermission that features a drag race with some fans, the Young Lions, Roadsters and Outlaws conclude things. Admission to the event is $6 for adults and $2 for children 6-11 (children under 6 are free).