HAMPTON, Ga. – The winningest driver in Thursday Thunder history added to his impressive resume in the final race of the season as Skip Nichols drove away with the Estes Services Masters Division championship.
The win helped Nichols capture his seventh career Masters Division title at Thursday Thunder in what he has said would be his last career race.
“Wow, this is hard as my last race,” said Nichols. “My racing career has been a marvelous thing for me and my family over the 50-something years I’ve been racing and to end my career at Atlanta Motor Speedway with all these track officials and especially these fans who are out here to watch us race and have fun. I have enjoyed it and it has been the thrill of my life.”
Nichols began the feature race with a seven point advantage on Scott Moseley after he posted the top qualifying time in the division to start from the pole. An early lead from the start, Nichols remained at the top until a spin by Robbie Woodall in turn two on lap 16 brought out a caution. On the restart, Moseley got side by side with Nichols on the backstretch and momentarily slipped into first. Moseley’s lead lasted less than half a lap before Nichols regained the top spot in turn four. Nobody would challenge Nichols over the final three laps as he raced to victory lane.
Woodrow Mullis led from flag-to-flag in the Young Lions feature to capture the win and win his first career season points championship. In his best season at Thursday Thunder, Mullis won nine of 10 feature races this year. Zach Leonhardi finished second in the final feature race of the season as well as in the points race.