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Thursday Thunder drivers ready to chase title

Scott Moseley, left, and Bill Plemons Jr. chat inside the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway following their Masters division race. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Scott Moseley, left, and Bill Plemons Jr. chat inside the garage at Atlanta Motor Speedway following their Masters division race. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

THURSDAY THUNDER

When, where: Thursday, Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton

Time: 5 p.m.

Admission: $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 through 11 and is free for children ages 5 and younger.

HAMPTON — Although Skip Nichols has won the first two Thursday Thunder races at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Masters division, none of the other competitors are ready to concede the title to the Albany native.

Nichols has accumulated 204 points with wins while Bill Plemons Jr. is seven points behind at 197 points. Plemons, a Locust Grove resident, is seven points behind in the standings while McDonough resident Scott Moseley is in third place with 193 points.

Plemons has been runner-up in the first two races of the 10-week, grassroots racing series.

“I’ve had that taste of victory in my mouth, but I’ve not been able to swallow it,” Plemons said. “For me, it is a matter of getting more seat time, and more practice time. I’m making that transition from the big cars to the Legend cars. I know with more practice and races, I’ll get better.”

Moseley said he has been pleased at the way he has been running so far in the early part of the season.

“I’m definitely looking forward to the rest of the season,” Moseley said. “I have a lot better handle on the car. I’ve got more power under the hood. I’ve just needed a couple more breaks during the race.”

For now, Nichols has been the dominate driver in the division, but he says he feels the heat from the other drivers.

“You got Bill, Scott and Tina (Johnson) right there on my heels,” said Nichols, who has won 51 races at Thursday Thunder. “There are some good capable drivers out there. Bill has really stepped it up this year. There are a lot of drivers that can win on any given week.”

R.S. Senter is hoping his hot streak will also continue. The Oakwood native has won the first two races in the Semi-Pro division and has a 15-point lead over William Martin in the title chase.

Stockbridge native Taylor Jorgensen is 20 points behind in third place.

Counting back to the Winter Flurry, Senter has seven straight wins coming into Thursday’s races.

“We got a good car,” Senter said. “I’ve gotten more seat time in the last few years.”

Senter’s crew chief, Paul Kelly, agreed.

“I think these wins will help boost his confidence,” Kelly said. “Every time he gets in the car, he has the feeling that he is capable of winning.”

Doug Stevens, who does the setup on Senter’s car, said he is not surprised by his success this season.

“R.S. has really matured as a driver this season,” Stevens said. “He really committed to the program this year. He has made big strives.”