Thursday Thunder Rolls On At AMS
Zach Leonhardi was on the point to start the Bandits feature and held the lead as the caution flag was displayed four laps into the race. Chandler Smith restarted second, staying within close sight of the lead. After a caution on the ninth lap, Leonhardi held onto the advantage until the 12th lap when Smith made an inside pass for the lead entering turn one. Smith led the rest of the way for his third feature victory in four races. Connor Younginer got past Leonhardi to finish second.
Trevin Aswarnauth led the Allred Family Dentistry Semi-Pro feature as it began. His lead was short-lived as Bret Hardin took the lead on the second lap. Division points leader Riley Thornton took the lead in turn four on the 10th lap and covered the field the rest of the way for the win with Hardin finishing second. Amber Fleeman held off Aswarnauth for third.
In a race featuring the newest drivers at Thursday Thunder, the beginner bandits feature began with Tristan Meredith pacing the field. Meredith led through eight laps before a caution flag and pulled away on the restart. Meredith held off Nathan Jackson by a handful of car-lengths to pick up the win.
In the night’s final race, Clay Thompson led the Checkered Flag Challenge in a race among bandolero drivers who have yet to win a feature race at Thursday Thunder. Connor Younginer took the lead on the first lap. Younginer was in the lead when the caution was displayed on the fifth lap due to a multi-car spin in turn two. Younginer pulled away as the race restarted, leading the remaining laps to take home the win.