HAMPTON, Ga. – Atlanta Motor Speedway officials planned something special for fans attending the opening night of the 16th season of Thursday Thunder.
For their single admission ticket price, fans were treated to double the amount of racing as each class ran double features.
The Outlaws feature had Alton Clark pacing the field the green flag, but by the time the first circuit was complete, Ashton Winger drove his way to the front of the pack. Winger showed his muscle by leading every lap to steal the first win of the night.
The Bandits feature launched with Clay Thompson on the pole. On lap three, there was a tight battle up front between Thompson and Austin Geer. Thompson got loose in turn four on lap six which opened the door for Geer to slide by on the inside to jump to the front. At the halfway point, Zach Leonhardi passed Geer for the lead.
Chandler Smith and Geer worked each other over lap after lap for the second spot. With two laps to go while racing for second, Geer spun around in turn two and brought out the caution. This set up a two-lap dash to the finish. Smith was glued to Leonhardi’s bumper, but was unable to make the pass for the win. Leonhardi claimed his first victory of the season.
William Plemmons III began the combined Pro and Masters features out front. Madeline Crane worked Plemmons over lap after lap, but Plemmons remained strong, keeping Crane at bay for the entire race. Although, Scott Moseley was never able to challenge Plemmons for the top spot, he was able to hold off all the other Masters competitors to be the highest finishing Masters driver, thus logging the win for that division.
The Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro feature opened with Amber Fleeman as the starter. In the first turn, a multi-car crash brought out the yellow flag which set the field for a full field double-file restart. Coming to the completion of lap one, a crash involving leader Fleeman, Riley Thornton and Bret Hardin caused the second caution of the race.
The restart put Taylor Jorgensen on the pole, but immediately Thornton shot to the front of the pack. Thornton took advantage of the track position to lead the remaining laps to claim the trophy in Victory Lane.