Photo by Heather Middleton
By Doug Gorman
Donald McIntosh sure can navigate a race car around the track.
At just 18-years of age, the Dawsonville native can safely be called a racing veteran.
After all, McIntosh has been around the sport at some level since he was 5-years old.
"This will be my 13th year racing," he said, "I started in quartermidgets and I raced them until I was 12. Then I moved to MiniCup, and we won a couple of tours there."
McIntosh's love of racing has stretched way past the boards of Georgia, including stints in Wyoming.
He first bucked himself into a car on the Legends series when he was seven.
One thing is for sure, McIntosh knows how to win.
When the green flag drops this week on the 14th season of Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway, McIntosh will be the man to beat in the Pro Division.
At last summer's 10-week racing series, McIntosh never finished out of the top five. Along the way, he collected three victories and three second place finishes.
His consistent racing was enough to win the Pro Division points title by 20 points over Taylor Hull. He took that momentum into the Winter Flurry sessions at AMS and also captured that series' Pro Division .
Kyle Plott, Jimmy Henderson and Tyler Lester rounded out the top five in last summer's Pro Division .
McIntosh expects the Pro Division at Thursday Thunder to be wide open again this year.
"If we have 10 cars entered in the pro division on any given week, the drivers will be within 400 hundred seconds of each other," he said. "It's hard, and I don't race dirty, so I am not going to move them out of the way. You just sort of bide you time and wait for them to make a mistake, and if they don't make a mistake, it's just not your time to win."