Racing is back and so is Thursday Thunder

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.

Final Results*

Bandits

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Tristan McKeeWilliamsburg, VA7
23Aiden GarciaEasley, SC43
32Garrett GummBrooks, GA5
44George PhillipsCharlotte, NC55
59Garrett ErwinCovington, GA9
65Bryce SandersOla, GA15B
76Baylor O’NeilGrantville, GA99
8Mitchell FlaterConyers, GA4
9Nicolas DentonPascagoula, MS46
107Lee BrownAcworth, GA15
118Nathaniel HarryConcord, NC13

Masters

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Bill Plemons JrLocust Grove, GA15
22Ronnie WehuntCanton, GA5R
33Mark SwanAthens, GA14
44Phillip YoungDallas, GA37
56James MeredithLocust Grove, GA47
68Barry BowenJackson Lake, GA5

Outlaws

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Donovan StraussMarietta, GA51
23Bailey NorthHampton, GA29
35Kyle BaconBuchanan, GA48
48Brianna Freeman 22
57Bailey BuchananSenoia, GA23
62Clay HocuttMobile, AL08
76Ryan YounginerLocust Grove, GA17
84Kelley Puckett

McDonough, GA

 

Chargers

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

Semi-Pro Legends

PosStartDriverHometownCar
15Kenny BradyMarietta, GA54
21Ashton WhitenerMonticello, GA21
34Ricky SpringerMcDonough, GA51
47Brandon BrockHampton, GA18
52Jason TreschlLagrange, GA31T
68Connor YounginerStockbridge, GA17
715Thomas EversonUlton, NH4N
814Graham CampbellBraselton, GA1
910Trey TadrzakStockbridge, GA30
1011Jonathan TaylorRoswell, GA7
1117Blaze CrawfordFayetteville, GA4
1213Max BradyMarietta, GA57
133Taylor HullSenoia, GA82
1412Ian HamptonStockbridge, GA73
1516Tyler GarrisonMuscatine, IA99G
166Jadyn DanielsHarrisburg, NC24
179Landen LewisOcean Isle Beach, NC

99

 

Missing Title*

PosStartDriverHometownCar
12Beckham MaloneRock Hill, SC23
21Carson BrownMoseley, VA28
38Kayli KadeHampton, GA27
45Makenna KendrewSenoia, GA7
54Katelyn HicksSenoia, GA00
67Sebastain AsztalosTemple, GA71
73Emma BrittMcDonough, GA38
86Julia BuchananSenoia, GA13
99Conner ButlerForsyth, GA28C
1010Bo PowersAtlanta, GA26

Young Lions Legends

PosStartDriverHometownCar
11Isaac BevinLouisville, KY27
22Gavin GrahamLakeland, FL00G
33Mason MaggioPalm Beach Gardens, FL64
47Michael GannonCanton, GA41
56Preston TatroBrasleton, GA28
65Tony Yawn IIIRoanoke, AL4
74Nathan JacksonMcDonough, GA00
811Keaton HendrixHomerville, GA77
99Matthew KadeHampton, GA7K
1010Jackson ReynoldsMarietta, GA9
118Justin CampbellGriffin, GA18

*Unofficial results as of 9:50 p.m.

Written by Darius

Darius Goodman is an alumni of Martin Luther King Jr. High School in DeKalb County and a former piccolo/flute player for the MLK Marching Lions. Upon high school graduation in 2011, Goodman attended South Carolina State University on a band scholarship up until 2015 when he completed his Bachelors of Arts in Mass Communication with a concetration in Journalism. Once finished with his degree, Goodman then joined Beyond the Flag a FanSided site. From there, Goodman started his career with the Henry Herald/Clayton News Daily in 2016. Within a few years, he attained a few awards: including company wide social media awards and a Georgia Press Association Sports Coverage award. Now, while balancing Henry County, Goodman is reaching out to DeKalb County.

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