Atlanta Thursday Thunder week nine race report

Thursday Thunder Week 9: Horne Breaks Deadlock With Final-Lap Victory HAMPTON, GA (Aug. 2, 2001) -- Brad Horne broke a deadlock in the Semi-Pro B division Thursday by earning his second win of the season and taking a comfortable lead heading...

Thursday Thunder Week 9: Horne Breaks Deadlock With Final-Lap Victory

HAMPTON, GA (Aug. 2, 2001) -- Brad Horne broke a deadlock in the Semi-Pro B division Thursday by earning his second win of the season and taking a comfortable lead heading into the final week of Thursday Thunder racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Horne held off a charging Cindy Anderson to take a 20-point lead over Ron Johnson, who finished third. Horne had been tied with Grant Enfinger headed into Thursday night, but Enfinger spun out on the final turn of the final lap, basically conceding the championship to Horne.

"I worked real hard, and we as a team deserve to win," Horne said. "It was a great race, and I didn't even know Grant had spun out. I was just driving as hard as I could."

In just his third race back after rehabilitating a broken leg, Chase Miller claimed his first career Thursday Thunder win in the Semi-Pro A division. Brandon Brilliant finished second and catapulted into the points lead. Brandon McElroy, Brian Meredith and Chris Vaughan rounded out the top 5.

Three-time Pro champion Doug Stevens creeped back into contention for his fourth title by edging 15-year-old Reed Sorenson at the line Thursday. Stevens now trails Sorenson by just three points. Jonathan Davenport overcame an early-race crash to finish third, Scott Evans was fourth and Brett Ragan ended in fifth.

Young Lions driver Chris Dilbeck earned his first Legends win by passing Bubba Harry in the final corner, a controversial move that had both drivers waiting at Victory Lane for the call. The contact was called incidental and Dilbeck declared the winner and Harry was relegated to runner-up. Toby Kempson, Tyler Austin and Doc Lee followed battled for the rest of the top 5, finishing in that order.

Rick Godfrey Jr., declined the winner several weeks ago on a scoring error, earned his first true Young Guns win in decisive fashion, leading Kyle Daniel, Jeremy Kalina, Dilbeck and Chris Cable to the checkered.

Lloyd Wittenburg became the first driver in Thursday Thunder history to win two races in different divisions in the same night, earning the trophy in both the Roadsters and the Masters divisions. Sean Cassidy earned his second win of the season, dodging the melee in the Outlaws division. Points leader Rick Godfrey Sr. was involved in an early-race incident that had him finishing last and cut deeply into his championship lead.

Bandits driver Travis Pennington earned his first career Thursday Thunder win, holding off Devan Hall and Hunter Robbins in the final laps. Points leader Joey Logano finished fourth, with Kyle Mitchell fifth.

Don't miss next week's Thursday Thunder grand finale, Fan Appreciation Night presented by WSB-TV and WDEN-FM (Macon). Every fan in attendance will leave with a goody bag stuffed with keepsake racing programs, valuable coupons and free samples from this year's sponsors.

The whole evening will be a special presentation to the loyal fans of Thursday Thunder. There will be an autograph session with all Thursday Thunder drivers, a petting zoo for the children to enjoy and a fireworks display to cap the evening's celebration.

More 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.

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Series Stock car
Drivers Doug Stevens , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , Kyle Mitchell , Grant Enfinger , Scott Evans , Ron Johnson