Atlanta Thursday Thunder report 2001-07-19

HAMPTON, GA (July 19, 2001) -- Rick Godfrey Jr. and Rick Godfrey Sr. set a new Thursday Thunder record by becoming the first father-son combination to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Thursday's Arrowhead Alternator Night presented by 790 The ...

HAMPTON, GA (July 19, 2001) -- Rick Godfrey Jr. and Rick Godfrey Sr. set a new Thursday Thunder record by becoming the first father-son combination to win at Atlanta Motor Speedway in Thursday's Arrowhead Alternator Night presented by 790 The Zone.

Godfrey Jr. survived a mid-race spin to pull out his first career win in the Young Guns race, leading Kyle Daniel, Chris Cable, Trent Mayo and Justin South to the finish line.

His father regained the top spot in the Outlaws division, coasting past Jeff South, Sean Cassidy, Brett Hedger and William Lane for his fifth win of the season.

In the most tightly contested division race this season, "Reed Racer" Sorenson claimed sole possession of the top spot in the Pro class by defeating three-time champion Doug Stevens Thursday night at Week 7 of Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder.

"I feel great finally taking the points lead," said 15-year-old Sorenson, a native of Peachtree City. "This championship is going to come down to the wire, and I'll take any advantage I can get."

Stevens followed Sorenson to the checkered flag, falling six points behind Sorenson with just three weeks left in the summer racing series. Jeff Haynie, Andy James and Jonathan Davenport rounded out the top 5.

Griffin's Mark Wallace, co-owner of the No. 77 Jasper Engines Winston Cup car driven by Robert Pressley, followed his driver's career-best second-place finish last weekend at Chicago by earning his first win of the season in the Masters division. Defending champion Lloyd Wittenburg was second, followed by Skip Nichols, Geoff Barnes and Rick Godfrey Sr.

Alpharetta's Joey "Smokin' Joe" Logano earned his 14th consecutive Thursday Thunder win in the Bandits division, holding off John Wes Townley, Austin Allison, Kyle Mitchell and Travis Pennington.

And after claiming her first Thursday Thunder win this season, Alpharetta's Michelle Theriault is on a roll. She passed two-time winner Doug Ludwig in the final laps of the Young Lions contest to claim her fourth win of the season. Chris Dilbeck, Jimmy Lang and Andrew Smith finished out the top 5.

In the Semi-Pro A division, Morrow's Brian Meredith blasted by the competition to earn his second win of the season and then celebrated with his customary victory backflip. Brandon McElroy, Brandon Brilliant, Chris Vaughan and Chip Reid followed him to victory.

Griffin's Ron Johnson held off a charging Sean Davis for his second win of the season in the Semi-Pro B division, as Grant Enfinger, John Freeman and Brad Horne trailed.

Roadster ace David Moore picked up his fourth win of the season, holding off Lloyd Wittenburg, Will Monette, Dale Akridge and Don Snyder.

Don't miss next week's Thursday Thunder, Georgia Power Night presented by Z93. Great prizes will be given away, including tickets to this November's Georgia-Pacific Winston Cup Qualifying and the ARCA 400 race and a host of other great prizes such as dinner gift certificates, free haircuts and free oil changes from area businesses.

Thursday Thunder is a fun and affordable activity for the whole family. Admission for adults is just $5, children 6-11 are $1, and children 5 and under are free. Gates open at 6:30 p.m., and the racing action starts immediately. For more information call (770) 946-4211.

-AMS

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Series Stock car
Drivers Robert Pressley , Doug Stevens , Andrew Smith , Justin South , Kyle Mitchell , John Wes Townley , Michelle Theriault , Will Monette , Grant Enfinger , Trent Mayo , Ron Johnson