Thursday Thunder Streaks Get Snapped
HAMPTON, Ga. – Winning streaks were snapped and multiple drivers achieved groundbreaking wins during week seven of Atlanta Motor Speedway’s Thursday Thunder summer short track racing series.
R.S. Senter and Woodrow Mullis were denied victory in their divisions for the first time this season while Zach Leonhardi, Will Martin and Taylor Jorgensen claimed their first legends car victories of their Thursday Thunder careers.
The thrilling racing action began with four feature races that were postponed from last Thursday due to inclement weather.
Taylor Jorgensen led the Allred Family Dentistry Semi Pro feature to the green flag before Will Martin claimed the lead on the third lap. He led until the caution flag was displayed on the ninth circuit of the feature. Jay Coen, driving for Aaron Bailey, elected to start on the outside of the first row on the restart before Martin, R.S. Senter and Jorgensen retained the top three positions. Martin led the rest of the way to get the win and became the first driver other than Senter to claim a win in the division this season.
Woodrow Mullis paced the first Young Lions feature to the green flag and held the advantage until a caution on the 14th lap. Mullis led Zach Leonhardi to the restart and maintained his position the rest of the way the claim his sixth feature win in a row. Leonhardi held off Christopher Clanton to finish second.
The first Beginner Bandits feature began with Samuel Oliver in the lead. Following a multi-car incident on the opening lap, Blaise Maddox assumed the lead and went on to pick up the victory.
Mike Kennedy was at the head of the field for the W.P. Plemons III and Associates Group Insurance Inc. Pro feature as it began. William Plemons III took the lead on the first lap and led flag to flag for the win.
Ryan Howell paced the field to green flag to begin the main set of feature events as the Bandits began their 20-lap race. Chandler Smith, who took a quick lead prior to an early caution, continued to show the way as Austin Geer claimed the second position. A caution just prior to the halfway point tightened up the field, allowing Connor Younginer to get past Geer for second place. A late caution set up a green-white-checkered finish, giving Younginer a final chance at a win. Smith, however, prevailed to pick up his seventh feature victory in as many races in the division.