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First-time champions crowned at Thursday Thunder

Woodrow Mullis of Hoboken won the Young Lions feature race on Thursday to capture ninth win of the season to win his first career season points championship at Thursday Thunder. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Woodrow Mullis of Hoboken won the Young Lions feature race on Thursday to capture ninth win of the season to win his first career season points championship at Thursday Thunder. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

THURSDAY THUNDER DIVISION TITLES

Driver, Hometown, Division

Chandler Smith, Talking Rock, Bandits

Skip Nichols, Albany, Masters

Jensen Jorgensen, Stockbridge, Outlaws

William Plemons III, Locust Grove, Pro

R.S. Senter, Oakwood, Semi-Pro

Woodrow Mullis, Hoboken, Young Lions

HAMPTON - All Jensen Jorgensen had to do Thursday was start the race at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder, and the Outlaws division title was won.

But the competitive nature in the 15-year-old wanted more.

Jorgensen, a Stockbridge native, wanted to compete against the other drivers in the “Thunder Ringer” for the championship.

Jorgensen was at the head of the field for the start of the feature race. Although there were a handful of cautions on the rainy night, Chase Purdy of Alabama and Joshua Hicks of Senoia could not chase down Jorgensen throughout the feature.

With the win, the two-time National Banderlo champion earned his first career Thursday Thunder points championship with his seven win of the season. He is also in contention for the Summer Shootout championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

The final race in Charlotte will be on Tuesday evening.

“It took a lot of pressure off the race knowing that I had it won,” Jorgensen said. “My eyes were really on winning this title because I had never done it before.”

And there could be more for the New Creation Christian Academy sophomore as he is in the running for the national points championship. He need six more wins in a possible 19 more races to accomplish that goal.

After the season, Jorgensen will start racing Legends cars.

“I think that I’ve mastered the Bandolero cars,” Jorgensen said. “I’m looking forward to doing something new. I’m hoping to move up the ranks in racing.”

Also capturing his first Thursday Thunder division champion was R.S. Senter of Oakwood. Senter climbed through the field to finish second in the Semi-Pro feature race. He earned the season points championship six wins this season. Taking second in the division championship was William Martin of Douglasville, who won Thursday’s feature race.

It was Martin’s second win of the season.

Connor Younginer of Stockbridge won his first featured race of the season in the Bandits division and finished second to Chandler Smith overall for the division championship. It was the third straight division championship for Smith, who had eight wins on the season.

Smith tied Joey Logano’s record for most consecutive wins in a single season with eight victories to open the year.

In the Pro division, William Plemons Jr. edged his son, William Plemons III for the featured race win. Plemons III was still able to win the division champion with seven wins this season.

In the Masters division championship, Skip Nichols of Albany edged McDonough’s Scott Moseley for the win and the division title. It was his 54th career win and seventh career division title for Nichols, who is retiring. He will concentrate on helping his grandson, Wilder Etheredge launch his racing career.

Etheredge finished second to Blaise Maddox of Locust Grove in Thursday’s Beginning Bandolero feature race.