16th Season Of Thursday Thunder Begins


Blake Gaither was the pole sitter for the Fun Junction Young Lions feature. On lap one, Payton Ryan moved into the lead. William Byron kept his nose glued to Ryan’s bumper, but due to getting loose on lap 12, he fell back, allowing Ryan to put some distance on the field. Bryon was fast, as three laps later, he was back on Ryan’s tail. Despite Bryon’s best efforts, Ryan grabbed the victory.

The second round of features opened with Outlaws driver Jenson Jorgensen pacing the field to the green flag. Coming off the backstretch on the first lap, Alton Clark and Eli Bailey made contact bringing out the yellow flag. After the restart, Joshua Hicks made his way to the front by lap three, however one lap later, Jorgensen got around him.

Soon, Ashton Winger was in the mix with Jorgensen and Hicks with a three-way battle for the lead, trading the lead for several laps. By lap eight, Winger started to drive away from the other two. Winger led the remainder of the feature to steal the win.

The Bandits feature began with Connor Younginer on the pole. Zach Leonhardi and Chandler Smith started in the rear of the field but by lap three, the two drivers were in the top two spots. On lap five, Smith drove by Leonhardi to become the point man. Smith led the rest of the race to seize the win.

Fans also won with his victory; since Smith’s car is red, fans can receive a 50% discount on any Papa John’s Pizza on Friday, June 7 when using the code 50RED on their online order.

Madeline Crane took the green flag to set off the combined Pro and Masters feature. A wreck involving Martin Snyder and Don Maness brought out the caution on lap 12. Four laps later, Plemmons muscled his way by Crane to become the leader. Crane tried to get by Plemmons on the last corner of the last lap, but to no avail. Plemmons collected his second win of the night while Skip Nichols was the winning Masters driver.

Aaron Bailey paced the field to the start for the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro feature, but on the first lap, Bret Hardin and Bailey made contact in turn two bringing out the caution. R.S. Senter was the leader when the race restarted. Fleeman raced her way back to the front by lap nine. With two to go, the yellow flag was thrown; which set up a dash to the finish. Senter lined up on the outside of Fleeman and used that outside front row spot to jump ahead of Fleeman to snatch the victory.

The Fun Junction Young Lions feature kicked off with Woodrow Mullis out front. Mullis had a considerable lead for the bulk of the race; however, William Byron closed the gap with five laps to go. Byron tried several times to get by Mullis, even trying a bump-and-run move on the final lap in turn four. Both drivers were sideways coming out of the final turn and it was a drag race to the finish line. With only a .018 second margin, Mullis scored the win.