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Doubleheader sets up AMS Thursday Thunder finale

By Dustin Bixby
  Contact Editor

HAMPTON, Ga. - After doubleheader racing on Atlanta Motor Speedway’s ¼-mile on Thursday, the stage is set for the championship finale on July 30.

The Round 6 and 7 double features on the Thunder Ring was an opportunity for drivers to assert themselves in their championship battle. In The Associates Group Pro Division features, Caleb Heady did just that by doing what he’s done throughout the season – win races.

“It’s really cool to win here. This being my first time being at Atlanta Motor Speedway for a full season and to be 6 for 7 so far is really special,” said Heady, who won both features Thursday. Heady rides into championship night with a comfortable 42 point advantage over Jensen Jorgensen.

Blaze Crawford won the first Semi-Pro feature of the night, but contact while battling for the win on the final lap of the second feature cost him valuable positions and, more importantly, benefited Ashton Whitener, his closest competition in the championship battle. Crawford enters the final race just eight points ahead of Whitener, who enjoyed her first Semi-Pro victory Thursday.

Two of the top three contenders in the Outlaws division traded victories Thursday. Bailey North won the first feature after a spirited battle with Donovan Strauss, who went on to take the checkered flag in the second feature. North holds a 10 point advantage over Kelly Puckett heading into the final round. Strauss is third, just 12 points behind.

The pair of WJP Investments Young Lions features drastically shook up the championship standings in that title fight. While Gavin Graham and Colin Brown wheeled their way to their first victories of the season, Isaac Bevin – the point leader entering the night – had two disastrous races filled with pitfalls. As a result, Bevin went from leading the way to 24 points behind new point leader Michael Gannon. Mason Maggio is just 9 points behind in second.

Bill Plemons, Jr. continued his perfect season with a pair of victories in the Masters features, as did Tristan McKee in both Bandits features.

Thursday Thunder concludes Thursday, July 30, on the Thunder Ring. For more information, visit AtlantaMotorSpeedway.com.

Atlanta Motor Speedway – Hampton, GA
Thursday Thunder Round 6 & 7 – July 23, 2020

Round 6 Results

Young Lions
1. Gavin Graham – Lakeland, FL
2. Colin Brown – Gray Court, SC
3. Michael Gannon – Canton, GA
4. Nikita Johnson – Mooresville, NC
5. Keaton Hendrix – Homerville, GA
6. Mason Maggio – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
7. Justin Campbell – Griffin, GA
8. Lanie Buice – Locust Grove, GA
9. Matthew Kade – Hampton, GA
10. Jackson Reynolds – Marietta, GA
11. Parker Eatmon – Wilson, NC
12. Preston Tatro – Brasleton, GA
13. Nathan Jackson – McDonough, GA
14. Isaac Bevin – Louisville, KY
15. Tony Yawn III – Roanoke, AL

Semi-Pro
1. Blaze Crawford – Fayetteville, GA
2. Samuel Butler – Delphi, IN
3. Ashton Whitener – Monticello, GA
4. Graham Campbell – Braselton, GA
5. Jadyn Daniels – Harrisburg, NC
6. Ian Hampton – Stockbridge, GA
7. Max Brady – Marietta, GA
8. Jason Treschl – Lagrange, GA
9. Ricky Springer – McDonough, GA
10. Trey Tadrzak – Stockbridge, GA
11. Trent Barfield – Hamilton, GA
12. Kenny Brady – Marietta, GA
13. Brandon Brock – Hampton, GA
14. Jonathan Taylor – Roswell, GA

Pro
1. Caleb Heady – Shelbyville, KY
2. Christopher Clanton – Brooks, GA
3. Taylor Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA
4. Cale Hall – Griffin, GA
5. Jensen Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA
6. Timothy Watson – Panama City, FL
7. Gage Roberts – Milledgeville, GA
8. Cody Hall – Griffin, GA
9. Gauntt Hudgins – Savannah, GA
10. Max Hennebaul – Monroe, GA
11. Nick Woodall – Canton, GA

Masters
1. Bill Plemons, Jr. – Locust Grove, GA
2. Phillip Young – Dallas, GA
3. Mark Swan – Athens, GA
4. Benjamin Jones – Macon, GA
5. Russell Shore – Jefferson, GA
6. Wade Brewer – Locust Grove, GA
7. Ronnie Wehunt – Canton, GA
8. James Meredith – Locust Grove, GA
9. Tony Armbruster – Covington, GA

Bandits
1. Tristan McKee – Williamsburg, VA
2. Garrett Gumm – Brooks, GA
3. Lee Brown – Acworth, GA
4. George Phillips – Charlotte, NC
5. Mitchell Flater – Conyers, GA
6. Nicolas Denton – Pascagoula, MS
7. Nathaniel Harry – Concord, NC
8. Baylor O’Neil – Grantville, GA
9. Garrett Erwin – Covington, GA

Rookie Bandoleros
1. Carson Brown – Moseley, VA
2. Beckham Malone – Rock Hill, SC
3. Emma Britt – McDonough, GA
4. Alex Ford – Atlanta, GA
5. Kayli Kade – Hampton, GA
6. Carson Cauble – Salisbury, NC
7. Sebastain Asztalos – Temple, GA
8. Julia Buchanan – Senoia, GA
9. Caroline Powers – Griffin, GA
10. Katelyn Hicks – Senoia, GA
11. Makenna Kendrew – Senoia, GA
12. Bo Powers – Atlanta, GA
13. Gavin Reece – Conyers, GA
14. Drew Halloran – Woodstock, GA
15. Claire Collins – Dallas, GA
16. Conner Butler – Forsyth, GA
17. John Wesley Beaver – Americus, GA

Outlaws
1. Bailey North – Hampton, GA
2. Donovan Strauss – Marietta, GA
3. Kelly Puckett – McDonough, GA
4. Clay Hocutt – Mobile, AL
5. Briana Freeman – Bremen, GA
6. Bailey Buchanan – Senoia, GA
7. Kyle Bacon – Buchanan, GA

Chargers
1. Kason Hill – Douglasville, GA
2. Tyler Garretson – Centerville, AR
3. Hudson Bulger – Perry, GA
4. Chance Frank – Griffin, GA
5. Lisa Scott – Dallas, GA

Round 7 Results

Young Lions
1. Colin Brown – Gray Court, SC
2. Gavin Graham – Lakeland, FL
3. Nikita Johnson – Mooresville, NC
4. Michael Gannon – Canton, GA
5. Mason Maggio – Palm Beach Gardens, FL
6. Lanie Buice – Locust Grove, GA
7. Keaton Hendrix – Homerville, GA
8. Parker Eatmon – Wilson, NC
9. Preston Tatro – Brasleton, GA
10. Justin Campbell – Griffin, GA
11. Matthew Kade – Hampton, GA
12. Tony Yawn III – Roanoke, AL
13. Jackson Reynolds – Marietta, GA
14. Isaac Bevin – Louisville, KY
15. Nathan Jackson – McDonough, GA

Semi-Pro
1. Ashton Whitener – Monticello, GA
2. Graham Campbell – Braselton, GA
3. Jadyn Daniels – Harrisburg, NC
4. Jonathan Taylor – Roswell, GA
5. Trey Tadrzak – Stockbridge, GA
6. Ricky Springer – McDonough, GA
7. Samuel Butler – Delphi, IN
8. Blaze Crawford – Fayetteville, GA
9. Trent Barfield – Hamilton, GA
10. Jason Treschl – Lagrange, GA
11. Ian Hampton – Stockbridge, GA

Pro
1. Caleb Heady – Shelbyville, KY
2. Christopher Clanton – Brooks, GA
3. Cale Hall – Griffin, GA
4. Taylor Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA
5. Jensen Jorgensen – Stockbridge, GA
6. Cody Hall – Griffin, GA
7. Timothy Watson – Panama City, FL
8. Gage Roberts – Milledgeville, GA
9. Max Hennebaul – Monroe, GA
10. Nick Woodall – Canton, GA

Masters
1. Bill Plemons, Jr. – Locust Grove, GA
2. Phillip Young – Dallas, GA
3. Mark Swan – Athens, GA
4. Benjamin Jones – Macon, GA
5. Wade Brewer – Locust Grove, GA
6. Russell Shore – Jefferson, GA
7. James Meredith – Locust Grove, GA
8. Tony Armbruster – Covington, GA
9. Ronnie Wehunt – Canton, GA

Bandits
1. Tristan McKee – Williamsburg, VA
2. Garrett Erwin – Covington, GA
3. Mitchell Flater – Conyers, GA
4. Lee Brown – Acworth, GA
5. Garrett Gumm – Brooks, GA
6. Nicolas Denton – Pascagoula, MS
7. Baylor O’Neil – Grantville, GA
8. Nathaniel Harry – Concord, NC
DQ: George Phillips – Charlotte, NC

Rookie Bandoleros
1. Carson Brown – Moseley, VA
2. Beckham Malone – Rock Hill, SC
3. Kayli Kade – Hampton, GA
4. Carson Cauble – Salisbury, NC
5. Sebastain Asztalos – Temple, GA
6. Julia Buchanan – Senoia, GA
7. Caroline Powers – Griffin, GA
8. Emma Britt – McDonough, GA
9. Makenna Kendrew – Senoia, GA
10. John Wesley Beaver – Americus, GA
11. Katelyn Hicks – Senoia, GA
12. Bo Powers – Atlanta, GA
13. Claire Collins – Dallas, GA
14. Conner Butler – Forsyth, GA
DQ: Drew Halloran – Woodstock, GA

Outlaws
1. Donovan Strauss – Marietta, GA
2. Kelly Puckett – McDonough, GA
3. Bailey North – Hampton, GA
4. Kyle Bacon – Buchanan, GA
5. Clay Hocutt – Mobile, AL
6. Briana Freeman – Bremen, GA
7. Bailey Buchanan – Senoia, GA

Chargers
1. Kason Hill – Douglasville, GA
2. Chance Frank – Griffin, GA
3. Hudson Bulger – Perry, GA
4. Tyler Garretson – Centerville, AR
5. Lisa Scott – Dallas, GA

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