HAMPTON, Ga. – Chandler Smith’s bid to set a new Thursday Thunder record for most consecutive wins in a season bounced away on lap 11 of the Bandits feature in week nine at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Smith lost a tire in turn two on lap 11 that brought out a caution flag. With the Bandits feature race time limit expired, the race ended with a green-white-checker finish. Clay Thompson earned the win as he held off Connor Younginer and Austin Geer over the final three laps for the win.
Smith entered the night tied with former Thursday Thunder competitor and current NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Joey Logano for most consecutive feature race wins at Thursday Thunder in one season at eight. He was at the front of the field and on pace to set a new record at nine before Smith encountered trouble just past the half way mark of the race.
In a caution filled Estes Services Masters feature race, Tina Johnson earned her first victory of the season. Johnson started from the second position but was able to drive past Tony Armbruster in turn one on the first lap and ride to the win. Armbruster faded to the back of the field as Scott Moseley, Bill Plemons Jr. and Skip Nichols moved up behind the leader. Johnson was able to hold off the hard charging trio over the closing laps for the win.
“That was awesome,” said Johnson when asked about earning her first feature win of the season. Her excitement couldn’t be contained as she was appreciative of the fan support. “I want to thank the fans, you guys are awesome.”