Thursday Thunder Crowns Champs At AMS

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HAMPTON, Ga. – Season 16 of Thursday Thunder ended with a bang Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as a new group of champions were crowned under the canopy of brilliant fireworks on the track’s quarter-mile Thunder Ring.

Longtime racer Skip Nichols earned his fifth win of the season en route to the Masters championship, his seventh Thursday Thunder championship and 48th career feature win.

“I still enjoy getting in and out of this car, although it takes me a little longer now than it used to,” said Nichols, a resident of Albany. “This Atlanta Motor Speedway is awesome, and you fans up there watching us old men race in this heat, thank you, and go tell all your friends. There is no better racing out here than this Thursday Thunder at Atlanta Motor Speedway.”

In the Pro race, William Plemmons III earned the championship but gave the race win away to his father, Bill Plemmons Jr., after getting black-flagged for tangling with Hunter Lewis one too many times in the 20-lap main event.

The elder Plemmons used his post-race interview as a teachable moment.

“That just shows you, never give up,” Bill Plemmons Jr. said. “You never know what might happen.”