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Wednesday October 17th, 2018 2:20PM

Clay Thompson sweeps Young Lions features at AMS

By Dustin Bixby
  Contact Editor

Clay Thompson swept both Young Lions features in Legends action on Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway, as off season U.S. Legends and Bandolero racing returned to wrap up the Furious Five Series with double features on the quarter-mile Thunder Ring.

Despite a pair of cautions, Thompson dominated the first Young Lions feature. He easily outdrove the field on each subsequent restart en route to the win. Ryan Rackley finished in second, with Audrie Ruark in third.

It was Rackely who put up a fight in the second feature. He couldn’t capitalize on pair of caution restarts to get by Thompson, but was able to keep within striking distance throughout the race. On the final lap, Rackley tried to move Thompson aside in turn four, but the Thompson kept the car straight held on for the win. Gage Roberts finished third.

In other action, Bailey North dominated the first Rookie Bandoloero feature of the day. North led from the drop of the green flag to earn the trip to victory lane. Matthews Bryson was second, with Will Peacock in third.

After finishing second in the first feature, Bryson made adjustments and earned the victory in the second feature of the afternoon. Bryson battled North for the lead over the first two laps before pulling away for the victory. North faced mechanical problems midway through the race and finished off the pace. Grayson Groves finished second, with Peacock in third.

In the first Masters feature of the afternoon, Bill Plemons held off a hard-Charging Robbie Woodall over the final three laps to capture the win.

Plemons continued his dominance in the second feature, leading all 20 laps for the victory. Woodall again finished in second, with Don Maness in third.

Andrew Dollar earned the win in the first Semi-Pro feature of the day. Dollar led the first 12 laps, but a car at the back of the pack spun in turn two on lap 13 to bring out the first caution of the race. On the ensuing restart, Dollar couldn’t hold off a charge from David Rochester, who slipped to the lead past dollar. The caution flag flew before the field completed a lap, forcing another restart and putting Dollar back on the point.

Dollar’s lead on the restart was short lived. Sammy Smith bumped Dollar and slipped past the leader exiting turn four. Dollar fought back a few laps later, returning the favor to Smith with three laps to go. From there, Dollar went on to take the win.

The second feature saw Dollar lead the first dozen laps before relinquishing the lead to Smith in lap traffic. But Smith got tangled up with Hunter Johnson three laps later, opening the door for Dollar to fight back to the front of the pack. Dollar took advantage of a trio of late cautions and outdrove David Rochester over the final two laps for his second win of the day.

Kenneth Henderson and Kenny Brady split the Outlaw features, with each posting a 1-2 finish on the afternoon. Henderson held off Brady to lead flag-to-flag to earn the win in the first feature. It looked like Henderson was on his way to a sweep of the afternoon, but a caution flag six laps into the second feature opened the door for Brady, who edged out Henderson for the win.

Jensen Jorgensen swept the pair of Pro feature races in dominating fashion, as he lead 39 of the overall 40 laps. Jorgensen started on the pole for the first feature and kept the field at bay for the victory. In the second feature, Jorgenson started on the outside pole and it took him one lap to get by pole sitter Rafe Slate for the lead. From there, Jorgenson cruised to the win.

Max Brady sat on the pole for both Chargers features and used that momentum to earn a pair of trips to victory lane. Brady, who led all 20 laps in the first feature, led all but two laps in the second feature. Nathan Jackson finished second in both races, but led for two laps in the second feature after moving Brady out of the way to take the point. It took Brady just two laps to regain the top spot and outpace the field.

Kelley Puckett also completed the sweep, capturing the win in both Bandits division races of the afternoon. Puckett started on the outside pole in both races and patiently waited for an opening in both features before making a move.

It took five laps in both features for Puckett to get past Carson Ruark for the lead. Puckett drove deep into turn 4 and muscled past Ruark for the lead in the first feature. In the second, Puckett used a caution restart to drive past Ruark on the backstretch to take the lead. Once on the point, Puckett left no doubt and drove away from the field for the victories.

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Furious Five Series – May 12, 2018

Week 4 Results

Young Lions
1. Clay Thompson – Bowersville, GA
2. Ryan Rackley – Valdosta, GA
3. Audrie Ruark – Suwanee, GA
4. Gage Roberts – Milledgeville, GA
5. Blaze Crawford – Fayetteville, GA
6. Annabelle Mohwish – Cumming, GA
7. Ian Hampton – Stockbridge, GA
8. Gannon Michael – Canton, GA
9. Lucas Ruark – Suwanee, GA
10. Ashton Whitener – Monticello, GA
11. Timothy Watson – Panama City, FL

Pro
1. Jensen Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA
2. Rafe Slate – Eatonton, GA
3. Derek Lemke – Delano, MN
4. Russell Fleeman – Dacula, GA
5. Mike Weed – Franklin, GA
6. Gauntt Hudgins – Savannah, GA
7. Hall Cody – Griffin, GA
8. Jeff Holden – Gainesville, GA

Masters
1. Bill Plemons, Jr. – Locust Grove, GA
2. Don Maness – Duluth, GA
3. Tony Armbruster – Covington, GA
4. Wes Potter – Covington, GA
5. Jim Foster – Macon, GA
6. Bill Whatley – Acworth, GA
7. Dennis Hecht – Hoschton, GA
8. Wade Brewer – Hampton, GA
9. Randy Shubert – Stone Mountain, GA
DQ: Robbie Woodall – McDonough, GA
DNS: Winston Jeshuran – Macon, GA
DNS: Robert Anderson

Bandits
1. Kelley Puckett – McDonough, GA
2. Ryan Younginer – Stockbridge, GA
3. Carson Ruark – Suwanee, GA
4. Matthew Kade – Hampton, GA
5. Sarah Sullivan – Gulf Shores, AL
6. Carter Griffis – Homerville, GA
DNS: Denton Clem – Cathleen, GA

Rookie Bandoleros
1. Bailey North – McDonough, GA
2. Matthews Bryson – Dallas, GA
3. Will Peacock – Eastman, GA
4. Shelby Schell
5. Sebastain Asztalos – Temple, GA
6. Kyle Bacon – Buchanan, GA
7. Grayson Groves – Canton, GA
8. Lee Brown – Acworth, GA
9. Wyatt Hodges
10. Preston Altman – Ashburn, GA

Outlaws
1. Kenneth Henderson – Alto, GA
2. Kenny Brady – Marietta, GA
3. Justin Campbell – Griffin, GA
4. Mason Maggio – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
5. Aprilia Holt – Senoia, GA
6. Keaton Hendrix – Homerville, GA
7. Blaise Maddox – Locust Grove, GA
8. Shelby Ruark – Suwanee, GA
9. Tony Yawn
10. Tyler Newcomer
11. Grayson Dickey – Canton, GA

Chargers
1. Max Brady – Marietta, GA
2. Nathan Jackson – McDonough, GA
3. Cody Vlaun – Cumming, GA
4. Bob Anderson – Covington, GA
5. Kevin Vaughn – Grovetown, GA
6. Zac Bacon – Buchanan, GA

Week 5 Results

Young Lions
1. Clay Thompson – Bowersville, GA
2. Ryan Rackley – Valdosta, GA
3. Audrie Ruark – Suwanee, GA
4. Blaze Crawford – Fayetteville, GA
5. Lucas Ruark – Suwanee, GA
6. Timothy Watson – Panama City, FL
7. Ian Hampton – Stockbridge, GA
8. Annabelle Mohwish – Cumming, GA
9. Gage Roberts – Milledgeville, GA
10. Ashton Whitener – Monticello, GA
11. Gannon Michael – Canton, GA

Semi-Pro
1. Andrew Dollar – Atlanta, GA
2. Davis Rochester – Lebanon, TN
3. Sammy Smith – Johnston, IA
4. Hunter Johnson – Griffin, GA
5. Cale Hall – Griffin, GA
6. Trey Tadrzak – Stockbridge, GA
7. Parker Brewer – Hampton, GA
8. Pierce Brewer – Hampton, GA
9. Tyler Porter – Chipley, FL
10. Amber Fleeman – Dacula, GA
11. Nick Woodall – McDonough, GA
12. Jay Coen – Dacula, GA
13. Colt Logan – Athens, GA

Pro
1. Jensen Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA
2. Rafe Slate – Eatonton, GA
3. Derek Lemke – Delano, MN
4. Hall Cody – Griffin, GA
5. Russell Fleeman – Dacula, GA
6. Jeff Holden – Gainesville, GA
7. Mike Weed – Franklin, GA
8. Gauntt Hudgins – Savannah, GA
DNS: Taylor Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA

Masters
1. Bill Plemons, Jr. – Locust Grove, GA
2. Robbie Woodall – McDonough, GA
3. Don Maness – Duluth, GA
4. Tony Armbruster – Covington, GA
5. Dennis Hecht – Hoschton, GA
6. Randy Shubert – Stone Mountain, GA
7. Wade Brewer – Hampton, GA
8. Jim Foster – Macon, GA
9. Winston Jeshuran – Macon, GA
10. Wes Potter – Covington, GA
DNS: Robert Anderson

Bandits
1. Kelley Puckett – McDonough, GA
2. Ryan Younginer – Stockbridge, GA
3. Carson Ruark – Suwanee, GA
4. Sarah Sullivan – Gulf Shores, AL
5. Carter Griffis – Homerville, GA
DNS: Denton Clem – Cathleen, GA
DNS: Matthew Kade – Hampton, GA

Rookie Bandoleros
1. Matthews Bryson – Dallas, GA
2. Grayson Groves – Canton, GA
3. Will Peacock – Eastman, GA
4. Kyle Bacon – Buchanan, GA
5. Bailey North – McDonough, GA
6. Lee Brown – Acworth, GA
7. Wyatt Hodges
8. Shelby Schell
9. Preston Altman – Ashburn, GA
DNS: Sebastain Asztalos – Temple, GA

Outlaws
1. Kenny Brady – Marietta, GA
2. Kenneth Henderson – Alto, GA
3. Blaise Maddox – Locust Grove, GA
4. Keaton Hendrix – Homerville, GA
5. Tyler Newcomer
6. Justin Campbell – Griffin, GA
7. Mason Maggio – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
8. Tony Yawn
9. Aprilia Holt – Senoia, GA
10. Grayson Dickey – Canton, GA
DNS: Shelby Ruark – Suwanee, GA

Chargers
1. Max Brady – Marietta, GA
2. Nathan Jackson – McDonough, GA
3. Cody Vlaun – Cumming, GA
4. Zac Bacon – Buchanan, GA
5. Bob Anderson – Covington, GA
6. Kevin Vaughn – Grovetown, GA

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