HAMPTON, GA (July 26, 2001) -- Joey Logano's unprecedented winning streak came to a halt Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway when 11-year-old Austin Allison claimed his first Thursday Thunder win in the Bandits division. "Wow I...
HAMPTON, GA (July 26, 2001) -- Joey Logano's unprecedented winning streak came to a halt Thursday night at Atlanta Motor Speedway when 11-year-old Austin Allison claimed his first Thursday Thunder win in the Bandits division.
"Wow I am so excited to win; I wanted it so bad," Allison said breathlessly. "I'm so tired."
Allison, a young relative of former NASCAR Winston Cup stars Bobby and Davey Allison, was locked in a fierce battle with Logano midway through the race before Logano spun out. Allison then cruised to victory, pumping his fists as he crossed the start/finish line.
Logano had won 14 straight Bandits race, still an Atlanta Motor Speedway record, and is currently the points leader.
Jonathon Davenport added spice to the Pro division, earning his second win of the season Thursday and putting himself back in the thick of the championship race. Reed Sorenson and Doug Stevens, currently 1-2 in the points, finished second and third. Brett Ragan was fourth in his debut, and Jason Tidwell finished fifth.
Semi-Pro A driver Brandon Brilliant strengthened his bid for the championship with his fourth win of the season, putting him just four points behind Brian Meredith, who finished second. Chris Vaughan was third, Brandon McElroy fourth and Charles Hudson fifth.
Cindy Anderson held off Brad Horne in the closing laps for her third win of the year. Grant Enfinger, Ron Johnson and Sean Davis rounded out the top 5.
Young Guns driver Jeremy Kalina cruised to Victory Lane for his first career Thursday Thunder win. Rick Godfrey Jr., Kyle Daniel, Chris Dilbeck and Chris Cable battled for the rest of the top 5, finishing in that order.
Mark Wallace, co-owner of the No. 77 Winston Cup car driven by Robert Pressley, picked up his second win of the year, barely holding off Skip Nichols in a photo-finish. Rick Godfrey Sr. was third, with Larry Friddle and Lloyd Wittenburg in fourth and fifth.
Rookie driver Jimmy Lang piloted his Legends car to Victory Lane for the first time, holding off veterans Bubba Harry, Michelle Theriault, Chris Theriault and Andrew Smith.
David Moore picked up his fifth win of the season in the Roadsters division, leading Lloyd Wittenburg, Robert Monette, Don Snyder and Will Monette to the checkered.
Another multiple winner was Godfrey Sr., who took the checkered flag for the sixth time this season and retained a firm grasp on the championship points lead.
Don't miss next week's Thursday Thunder, America's Driving Force "Mascot Mania" night presented by 680 The Fan. Mascots from all the local professional teams, as well as Atlanta Motor Speedway's own Monkey Wrench, will sign autographs and "race" at intermission. Kids can get their picture taken with mascots from the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Thrashers, and many 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.