Atlanta Thursday Thunder women make history

HAMPTON, GA (July 12, 2001) -- Michelle Theriault and Cindy Anderson made history Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Newsradio 640 WGST Thursday Thunder double feature night by combining for three wins, the first time in four years of ...

HAMPTON, GA (July 12, 2001) -- Michelle Theriault and Cindy Anderson made history Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Newsradio 640 WGST Thursday Thunder double feature night by combining for three wins, the first time in four years of Thursday Thunder racing that two women won feature races on the same night. Before this season, no women had won any Thursday Thunder races.

"This feels great," Anderson said. "The women are dominating tonight."

Concord's Anderson already rewrote the history books earlier this season, becoming the first woman to win a Thursday Thunder race in the Semi-Pro B division. Alpharetta's Theriault followed with a win the next week in the Young Lions division, and by this week, both women were dialed in.

"Yeah, but when the helmet's on, everybody's equal," Theriault said. "We were just hooked up, and we drove well."

Following Theriault to the checkered flag in the first race were Doug Ludwig, Andrew Smith, Jimmy Lang and Chris Waters. In the second race, Ludwig was again the runner-up, with Waters, Chris Dilbeck and Toby Kempson behind him.

Anderson led Grant Enfinger, Ron Johnson, Myron Guyton and Brad Horne to the checkered flag in the first Semi-Pro B race. In the second Semi-Pro B race of the year, Enfinger (Fairhope, Ala.) earned his first Thursday Thunder race. Following him to victory were Horne, Craig Zoellner, Jim Drummond and Michael Herrington.

Another first-time winner was Outlaws driver Sean Cassidy (Martinez), who snapped Rick Godfrey Sr.'s year-long stranglehold on the division. Jeff South, Godfrey, Brett Hedger and William Lane rounded out the top 5.

McDonough's Brandon Brilliant won both races of the Semi-Pro A doubleheader, holding off Bubba Pollard, Brian Meredith, Tim Varnadoe and Bill Close in the first contest. In the second event, Brandon McElroy finished in the runner-up spot, with Meredith, Pollard and Close on his heels.

McDonough's Doug Stevens and Peachtree City's Reed Sorenson finished 1-2 in the pair of Pro races, swapping the win back and forth. Stevens grabbed the first trophy, with Sorenson, Andy James, Walt Brannen and Beau Slocumb following him to victory. In the second race, Sorenson led Stevens, Brannen, Jonathan Davenport and James to the checkered flag.

David Moore helped his case for national points winner in the Thunder Roadster division by winning the first race in convincing fashion. Bob Monette, Don Snyder, Will Monette and Lloyd Wittenburg finished out the top 5. In the second Roadsters race, Wittenburg held on for the win, holding off Moore, Will Monette, Bob Monette and Snyder.

But that wasn't the only win for Wittenburg, a Griffin native. He also claimed a victory in the first Masters race of the night, leading Skip Nichols, Mark Wallace, Johnny East and Sam McCullough. In the second Masters race, Albany's Skip Nichols claimed his second victory of the year in a thrilling photo finish with Mark Wallace. Wittenburg, East and Godfrey Sr. followed them home.

Alpharetta's Joey Logano extended his consecutive win streak to 13 in the Bandits division, giving him a solid lead in the championship points. He held off defending Bandits champion John Wes Townley, Hunter Robbins, Travis Pennington and Austin Allison.

In the Young Guns division, Justin South took the lead midway through the race and held on for his second win of the year. He led Chris Cable, Chris Dilbeck, Kyle Daniel and Trey Mauchan to the flags.

Don't miss next week's Thursday Thunder, Arrowhead Alternator's Dress as Your Favorite Driver night. Prizes will be awarded to the fans with the best costumes, and an exciting round of lawn mower racing will serve as the intermission entertainment.

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 Doug Stevens , Andrew Smith , Reed Sorenson , Justin South , Joey Logano , John Wes Townley , Michelle Theriault , Will Monette , Grant Enfinger , Bob Monette , Ron Johnson