HAMPTON, GA -- You won't hear a "Y'all" out of Jim Drummond, or even a "fixin' to." What you'll hear is a thick British accent that stands out in the sea of southern drawls that permeate the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage during Thursday...
HAMPTON, GA -- You won't hear a "Y'all" out of Jim Drummond, or even a "fixin' to." What you'll hear is a thick British accent that stands out in the sea of southern drawls that permeate the Atlanta Motor Speedway garage during Thursday Thunder.
"I've had a couple of people surprised by my accent," Drummond said. "They'll ask me to repeat everything. One guy thought I was from Australia."
Drummond, now a resident of Alpharetta, is originally from London, England. A road-racer in the UK, Drummond quickly warmed up to the American tradition of oval-racing. Six months after moving to the United States, Drummond was turning his first laps on Atlanta Motor Speedway's quarter-mile track in his new Legends car.
"Our cars in England were quite the same as the Legends car, but the racing was different," Drummond said. "There it's all road courses; this short-track oval racing is very new to me. The setup is different, and the racing is different. But I've learned the rules of the game very quickly."
In just three races in his month-old car, Drummond has two top 10- finishes, including a fourth in his second race in the Semi-Pro B division. He's had more trouble adjusting to the differences in the language.
"I've learned a couple of new phrases, mostly obscene," Drummond said with a laugh. "People are all the time making reference to 'good old Georgia boys.' Now that I'm racing I understand what they are. They've taught me well."
THAT'S THE SOUND OF RECORDS BREAKING: Fifteen-year-old Michelle Theriault wasn't the first woman to win a Thursday Thunder race -- that honor belongs to 36-year-old Semi-Pro B driver Cindy Anderson. But that's about the only record Theriault hasn't broken this season.
A four-time winner in the Young Lions division, Theriault has more wins than any woman in the four-year history of Thursday Thunder. She is also the first woman to lead her division's championship points standings and to win three straight races.
In the Bandits division, 11-year-old Joey Logano continued his Thursday Thunder winning streak, which is up to 14 straight dating back to last season.
RACEWEEK: Don't forget to watch Atlanta Motor Speedway's RaceWeek each weekend for a recap on the Thursday Thunder season and current points standings. This weekend, RaceWeek will also feature Theriault and her record-setting season. RaceWeek is shown locally on WXIA (NBC) every Sunday at 11:30 a.m.