Chase Purdy prepares to take his car on the track for the autograph session at Thursday Thunder. He is currently in third place in the Outlaw division standings. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
When, where: Thursday, Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton
Time: Gates open at 5 p.m.
Admission: $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 through 11 and is free for children ages 5 and younger
HAMPTON — It is the toughest division in grassroots racing.
The Thursday Thunder’s Outlaw division features three of the nation’s top drivers in the Bandolero division.
“There is some good competition between me, Chase and Ashton,” Jorgensen said.
After a third place finish in Week One, Jorgensen has been perfect since — and has dominated the division. He earned his third win of the season as he drove to the checkered flag from the pole last week. Jorgensen has 401 points to lead the division while Winger is in second place and Purdy is currently in the points standings.
“Having three top drivers in the nation competing here makes it tough,” said Purdy, who is from Meridian, Miss.
The threesome said the competition in the division makes for some fun racing on a weekly basis.
During the offseason Winter Flurry, Winger won the points standing with six wins in seven starts while Jorgensen was runner-up with a win. Purdy was third.
Last season, Winger won the division with 951 points and Joshua Hicks was runner-up with 929 points. Purdy was third and Jorgensen was fourth while Christopher Clanton, who just moved up to the Legends division, was fifth.
“We are all close when it comes to racing,” said Purdy, who also races at Charlotte on Tuesday evenings before making the travel back to Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Winger said he will stop racing full-time at Thursday Thunder after this weekend’s Bandolero Nationals at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The Senoia resident said he will concentrate on racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway’s Summer Shootout Series on Tuesday nights.
“I’m going to focus now on Charlotte,” Winger said.
Jorgensen, Winger and Purdy will test themselves against some strong national competition on Saturday at the Nationals. Drivers from across the country are expected in Hampton this week to battle for the supremacy in the Bandolera divisions.
They say they are looking forward to the competition from each other, and some other top racers in the country.
“I’m excited that it is on our home track,” Jorgensen said. “It is going to be a lot of fun. We know we will be challenged, but we don’t want anyone to come on our home track and win.”