Nichols Makes More History At AMS
Will Martin paced the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro feature race to the green flag. A caution on lap five bunched the field up, but Martin was able to drive away from the pack on the restart. A second caution on lap nine did not slow down Martin as he drove to the checkered flag. R.S. Senter climbed through the field to finish second in the feature race. He earned the season points championship in the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro Division, his first division title at Thursday Thunder.
Jensen Jorgensen earned his first career Thursday Thunder points championship with a feature race win in the 15th Street Pizza and Pub Outlaws division. Jorgensen was at the head of the field for the start of the feature race. Despite a handful of cautions, Chase Purdy and Joshua Hicks and could not chase down Jorgensen throughout the feature.
Chandler Smith dominated the bandits division at Thursday Thunder as he captured his third consecutive season points championship on the Quarter-Mile “Thunder Ring.” Smith tied Joey Logano’s record for most consecutive wins in a single season with eight victories to open the year.
The final bandits feature race of the season began with Smith at the point. A late race caution bunched up the field. On the restart with six laps to go and Smith in the lead, Connor Younginer began to pressure the leader. The pair battled door-to-door over the final two laps which included numerous lead changes. Younginer edged out Smith by inches at the stripe for his first feature win of the season.
In the final feature race of the season for the beginner bandoleros, Blaise Maddox captured the checkered flag. Wilder Etheredge finished second while Gauntt Hudgins was third.
The W.J. Plemons III Associated Group Insurance, Inc. Pro feature saw Williams Plemons Jr. capture the checkered flag. Plemons Jr. started on the pole and was challenged by Paul Kelly, Taylor Jorgensen and William Plemons III throughout the race. Plemons III tightened the gap with Plemons Jr. late in the race, but could not any higher than second.