Cindy Anderson makes history at Atlanta

HAMPTON, GA (June 14, 2001) – Cindy Anderson made history Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, becoming the first woman to win a Thursday Thunder feature event. Anderson, a native of Concord, started dead last and charged into the...

HAMPTON, GA (June 14, 2001) – Cindy Anderson made history Thursday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, becoming the first woman to win a Thursday Thunder feature event.

Anderson, a native of Concord, started dead last and charged into the lead with four laps left in the Semi-Pro B event, holding off Grant Enfinger for the lead.

“This is great!” Anderson yelled as she stepped out of her car and threw off her helmet. “I knew I could get out front if I got a good start. By the end of the race, I was just thinking, ‘Where’s the flag, where’s the flag?’ Then I saw the white flag and just kept telling myself not to mess up.”

Rounding out the top 5 in the Semi-Pro division were Sean Davis (McDonough), Brad Horne (Bogart) and Mike Sims (Fayetteville)

John East of Dallas earned his first Thursday Thunder win at Atlanta Motor Speedway, edging Albany native Skip Nichols by a bumper. Nichols bumped East through turn 4 looking for a way around and gunned it heading toward the checkered flag, but East held on by inches. Rusty Lanier (Concord), Rick Godfrey Sr. (Jonesboro) and Laren Newell (Roswell).

Godfrey managed two top finishes in one night, as he also picked up the win in the Outlaws division. Godfrey moved to the front at the start of the race and lead nearly every lap. The rest of the top 5 were Sean Cassidy (Martinez), Boots Mitchell (Hampton), Brett Hedger (Norcross) and Bruce Brogdon (Canton).

Bandits driver Joey Logano (Alpharetta) started off the 2001 season with another win, but his Thursday Thunder consecutive win streak, dating back to last season, at nine. Following him across the finish line were defending Bandits champion John Wes Townley (Athens), Travis Pennington (Winston), Devan Hall (Leesburg) and Austin Allison (Phenix City, AL).

Doug Stevens (McDonough) defended his Pro division title with another win, holding off Hampton’s Jonathan Davenport. Rounding out the top 5 were 15-year-old Peachtree City resident Reed Sorenson, Rex’s Jeff Haynie and Locust Grove’s Shane Upchurch.

Fayetteville’s Doug Ludwig picked up his first Thursday Thunder win in just his second race at Atlanta Motor Speedway, holding off Griffin’s Bubba Harry. Alpharetta’s Michelle Theriault was third, Hampton’s Chris Dilbeck fourth and Pooler’s Andrew Smith fifth.

McDonough’s Brandon Brilliant held off a charging Brian Meredith (Morrow) to earn his first Semi-Pro A win of the season. Brandon McElroy (Newnan), Beau Slocumb (Juliette) and Bubba Pollard (Senoia) rounded out the top 5.

Don’t miss next week’s Thursday Thunder, Eagle 106.7 FM’s Rhubarb Jones and his March Across Georgia will stop at next week’s Thursday Thunder double feature, providing race fans with the chance make a difference in the fight against leukemia and lymphoma.

At intermission, Eagle 106.7 FM afternoon deejay Dallas McCade and Fox 5 sports reporter Karen Mayes will provide a real-life Battle of the Sexes as they race Atlanta Motor Speedway president Ed Clark.

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 , Andrew Smith , Reed Sorenson , Joey Logano , John Wes Townley , Michelle Theriault