HAMPTON, GA – The bright and spectacular glare of fireworks will light up the sky on Thursday, July 4th at Atlanta Motor Speedway's Thursday Thunder with the Papa John's Pizza Fireworks Extravaganza.
The largest Independence Day fireworks display on Atlanta's Southside will take place following the final Thursday Thunder feature race, after 9 p.m.
Fans with Thursday Thunder tickets will have a prime, unobstructed view to watch both the fireworks and a night of thrilling short track racing among Legends and Bandolero cars from the grandstands at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Adult grandstand admission to Thursday Thunder is $6, $2 for kids ages 6 through 11 and free for kids 5 and under. Grandstand gates open at 6 p.m. with feature races scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Parking is free.
With only five feature races during the next four weeks remaining in the Thursday Thunder season, each race becomes all the more critical for drivers seeking to win a championship at the Speedway's quarter-mile "Thunder Ring."
In the Bandolero Outlaws division, Fayetteville's Ashton Winger and Senoia's Joshua Hicks are tied for the lead. Although Winger has won three feature races this season, Hicks has remained a factor thanks to consistent finishes. Both drivers have adjusted to a higher level of racing this summer as it is their first time in the Outlaws division after previously racing in the Bandits division.
Jonesville, La., driver Payton Ryan became the first driver to collect multiple wins in the Fun Junction Young Lions division a week ago. He currently leads the standings ahead of Charlotte's William Byron, who is five points back and Hoboken's Woodrow Mullis, who is six points out of the lead.
The Masters division, comprised of drivers age 40 and over, remains the most hotly contested points battle with just four points separating the top four positions in the standings. Albany's Skip Nichols, who has won more races at Thursday Thunder than any other driver, currently sits atop the points standings, having won three times this season. Tina Johnson, who became to first woman to lead the Masters standings during Thursday Thunder earlier this year, sits second, just one point back. Just three points out of first place is McDonough's Scott Mosely, just ahead of Atlanta Motor Speedway President & General Manager Ed Clark of Peachtree City who is four points out of first place.
Next week at Thursday Thunder, fans will be treated to twice the amount of thrilling grassroots short track racing with double feature racing. With the end of the season nearing, the double features are likely have a major say in many division championships. Fans will be able to enjoy both rounds of features for the same affordable price of $6 grandstand admission for adults, $2 for kids ages 6-11 and free for kids 5 and under.
Also next week, kids will need to bring their fastest Power Wheel machine, along with a helmet for the kid's power wheels race. The event will be held during the pre-race autograph session at Thursday Thunder, which will take place prior to the start of feature races. All participants will receive a commemorative medal.
In addition, it'll be scout night at the races and all Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in uniform will be granted free grandstand admission.
Each week, Thursday Thunder will present an interactive experience for families, with concourse activities such as face painting, woodworks and more. Every Thursday Thunder event will feature an autograph session with competitors. Plus there will be contests and games for spectators to participate in while in the grandstands, like a Root Beer Chugging contest, trivia, dance contests and more.
Tickets for the affordable, family-friendly racing series costs just $6 for adults, $2 for children ages 6 through 11 and is free for children ages 5 and younger. For more information, contact the Atlanta Motor Speedway Ticket Office at (770) 946-4211, (877) 9-AMS-TIX or visit www.atlantamotorspeedway.com.