Ok, that’s a bit later to say than I will admit.
Granted, NASCAR already came through the humble Hampton town to a mummed silence where the pageantry was set aside due to COVID-19 fears. A NASCAR race where the stars of the sport announced their intent to change their stereotype.
Bubba Wallace stood on pit road in a black shirt with large white letters saying, “I can’t breathe. Black Lives Matter.”
But that was June 7th.
Atlanta Motor Speedway was alive again with action. Still without fans but busy nonetheless. The Thursday Thunder series was back in action on the quarter-mile oval and the action was as fast as it was furious.
A form of racing that has grown over the years found over 72 total drivers hit the track.
The Wednesday night show began with the Rookie Bandoleros. It was Beckham Malone winning the first race of the season and Carson Brown along with Kayli Kade rounding out the top three.
It was relatively action-packed. And the efforts to socially distance was obvious.
Teams were in the parking lots of the Marcy Scott Media Center with some of them also far off in the NASCAR cup garages. As night began to fall, the races began to get heated.
Throughout the entire program, the one thing missing was fans who would’ve been cheering on the drivers. But it was capped off with the best of the garage ripping up asphalt in the 25 lap feature.
Jensen Jorgensen had his work cut out for him in the series as Caleb Heady worked over his rear end throughout the entire race. Until lap 20 where the bumping and banging between two of the top stars in Thursday Thunder finally traded enough blows.
Heady worked over Jorgensen and set sail for the race win beating his foe by 1.416 seconds. Cale Hall took third on the night to round out the final race but it was a great day to be at the race track.
|1||1||Tristan McKee||Williamsburg, VA||7|
|2||3||Aiden Garcia||Easley, SC||43|
|3||2||Garrett Gumm||Brooks, GA||5|
|4||4||George Phillips||Charlotte, NC||55|
|5||9||Garrett Erwin||Covington, GA||9|
|6||5||Bryce Sanders||Ola, GA||15B|
|7||6||Baylor O’Neil||Grantville, GA||99|
|8||–||Mitchell Flater||Conyers, GA||4|
|9||–||Nicolas Denton||Pascagoula, MS||46|
|10||7||Lee Brown||Acworth, GA||15|
|11||8||Nathaniel Harry||Concord, NC||13|
|1||1||Bill Plemons Jr||Locust Grove, GA||15|
|2||2||Ronnie Wehunt||Canton, GA||5R|
|3||3||Mark Swan||Athens, GA||14|
|4||4||Phillip Young||Dallas, GA||37|
|5||6||James Meredith||Locust Grove, GA||47|
|6||8||Barry Bowen||Jackson Lake, GA||5|
|1||1||Donovan Strauss||Marietta, GA||51|
|2||3||Bailey North||Hampton, GA||29|
|3||5||Kyle Bacon||Buchanan, GA||48|
|5||7||Bailey Buchanan||Senoia, GA||23|
|6||2||Clay Hocutt||Mobile, AL||08|
|7||6||Ryan Younginer||Locust Grove, GA||17|
Pos Start Driver Hometown Car
1 2 Chance Frank Griffin, GA 11
2 1 Amanda Woodall Canton, GA 75
3 3 Cole Nelson Jefferson, GA 8
4 4 Lisa Scott Dallas, GA 7
5 5 Meredith Kepley Falls Church, VA 10
|1||5||Kenny Brady||Marietta, GA||54|
|2||1||Ashton Whitener||Monticello, GA||21|
|3||4||Ricky Springer||McDonough, GA||51|
|4||7||Brandon Brock||Hampton, GA||18|
|5||2||Jason Treschl||Lagrange, GA||31T|
|6||8||Connor Younginer||Stockbridge, GA||17|
|7||15||Thomas Everson||Ulton, NH||4N|
|8||14||Graham Campbell||Braselton, GA||1|
|9||10||Trey Tadrzak||Stockbridge, GA||30|
|10||11||Jonathan Taylor||Roswell, GA||7|
|11||17||Blaze Crawford||Fayetteville, GA||4|
|12||13||Max Brady||Marietta, GA||57|
|13||3||Taylor Hull||Senoia, GA||82|
|14||12||Ian Hampton||Stockbridge, GA||73|
|15||16||Tyler Garrison||Muscatine, IA||99G|
|16||6||Jadyn Daniels||Harrisburg, NC||24|
|17||9||Landen Lewis||Ocean Isle Beach, NC|
|1||2||Beckham Malone||Rock Hill, SC||23|
|2||1||Carson Brown||Moseley, VA||28|
|3||8||Kayli Kade||Hampton, GA||27|
|4||5||Makenna Kendrew||Senoia, GA||7|
|5||4||Katelyn Hicks||Senoia, GA||00|
|6||7||Sebastain Asztalos||Temple, GA||71|
|7||3||Emma Britt||McDonough, GA||38|
|8||6||Julia Buchanan||Senoia, GA||13|
|9||9||Conner Butler||Forsyth, GA||28C|
|10||10||Bo Powers||Atlanta, GA||26|
Young Lions Legends
|1||1||Isaac Bevin||Louisville, KY||27|
|2||2||Gavin Graham||Lakeland, FL||00G|
|3||3||Mason Maggio||Palm Beach Gardens, FL||64|
|4||7||Michael Gannon||Canton, GA||41|
|5||6||Preston Tatro||Brasleton, GA||28|
|6||5||Tony Yawn III||Roanoke, AL||4|
|7||4||Nathan Jackson||McDonough, GA||00|
|8||11||Keaton Hendrix||Homerville, GA||77|
|9||9||Matthew Kade||Hampton, GA||7K|
|10||10||Jackson Reynolds||Marietta, GA||9|
|11||8||Justin Campbell||Griffin, GA||18|
*Unofficial results as of 9:50 p.m.