Double Features During Thursday Thunder
Connor Younginer led the way to the green flag in the second Bandits feature. After a pair of cautions on the opening lap, Younginer paced the field until Zach Leonhardi made an inside pass coming out of turn two for the lead. Chandler Smith moved into the lead with an inside pass of his own a lap later. The field restarted with eight laps to go in the feature as Smith continued to lead. Smith, the division points leader, held the lead the remainder of the way to claim the victory.
With Ryan Howell holding the top spot, the second Beginner Bandits feature began. Nathan Jackson went on come away with the win.
Madeline Crane was on the point as the combined Masters and Pro race took the green flag. William Plemons III overtook her within the opening laps. A spin in turn one bunched the field up nine laps into the race. Plemons and Crane retained the top two spots. Plemons went on to win with Tina Johnson being the top finishing Masters driver. The victory is Johnson’s first Thursday Thunder win in a Legends car.
The Outlaws feature began with Joshua Hicks on the pole position. A four-way race for the lead ensued by the seventh lap with Hicks leading Jensen Jorgensen, Ashton Winger and Christopher Clanton. Hicks held the advantage prior to a restart with six laps to go. An inside pass by Jorgensen in turn three with three laps to go got him into the lead. With Jorgensen and Winger side-by-side coming to the checkered flag, the two cars made contact with Jorgensen going across the start/finish line first partially sideways.
Taylor Jorgensen led the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro feature to the green flag before R.S. Senter took an early lead. After a restart on the fourth lap, Brett Hardin assumed the lead, touching off an intense battle for the lead between both Senter and Hardin. A caution set up a restart with four laps to go with Hardin pacing the field. Hardin held the advantage on the restart, but Riley Thornton got a strong run coming off of turn four and inched past Hardin as there was contact between both cars at the checkered flag.
Blake Gaither paced the second Fun Junction Young Lions feature as the green flag was displayed. Woodrow Mullis took the lead on the first lap prior to a caution. Payton Ryan took the lead on the ensuing restart, going from first to third. Two laps later, a three-car accident on the backstretch caused the red flag to be displayed. Ryan held the top spot on the restart with William Byron trailing in second. Byron took the lead at the race’s halfway mark following a side-by-side race for the lead. Byron rallied back, retaking the lead with five laps to go. Byron held off Ryan, winning by less than a car length.
Lawson Ingold controlled the tempo en route to the win in the Bandolero Checkered Flag Challenge.
John Ponzio led as the Legends Checkered Flag Challenge began. He and C.J. Pucko exchanged the lead multiple times before Ponzio pulled away to win.