Photo by Derrick Mahone
Atlanta Motor Speedway General Manager Ed Clark chats with fellow racer Tina Johnson in the garage area during a recent rain delay at Thursday Thursday. With his third win of the season last week, Clark has now jumped to the lead of the Masters division.
Mother Nature was the big winner last week at Atlanta Motor Speedway as rain postponed one of the two double featured races.
Race officials will again have double feature races on Thursday as only two weeks of Thursday Thunder competition remains.
In the closest points battle, the Masters division features four drivers within three points of each other. Last week, Ed Clark used his third win of the season to jump from third in the standings to the top of the heap.
Behind him, a log jam of three drivers is tied for second in the standings, only three points out. Brian Weimer, Terry Mathis and Skip Nichols have all went to victory lane this season, so all three are capable of grabbing a checkered flag and shaking up the points battle.
Other close battles include the Bandits division, where Chandler Smith leads Ashton Winger. In Semi-Pro action, Myatt Snider’s lone race win has maintained him out front in the standings, as he added to his points lead last week as William Plemons III struggled to gain a good finish.
In the Young Lions division, Evan Bell used a last-lap pass to win last week’s feature race, allowing him to add some breathing room in the championship battle with Riley Thornton.
Roadsters return to AMS
The second round of this week’s feature races will feature the return of the always-exciting Thunder Roadsters for the second time this summer. The Thunder Roadsters will gain valuable track time in preparation of the Legends Asphalt Nationals from Oct. 25-27 at AMS.
Team spirit night
This Thursday night will also feature a “Sports Night” theme, as fans are encouraged to wear the uniform or clothing of their favorite sports team.
Fans in attendance each week can enter to win weekly NASCAR ticket giveaways with a grand prize to be drawn on championship night, July 26.
Each week through this Thursday, one fan will win two tickets to the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Aug. 31.
During the July 26 Thursday Thunder, one lucky fan will win a trip to all three days of racing under the lights at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Aug. 31-Sept. 2. The grand prize winner will receive two tickets to each night of racing at AMS, weekend parking, two weekend pit passes and two pre-race party passes to the Fast Cars & Guitars pre-race concert featuring Montgomery Gentry. Fans can register each night at the information booth on the concourse.