Johnson in contention heading into final race of season tonight at AMS
by Doug Gorman
By DOUG GORMAN
The final week of the Thursday Thunder racing series at Atlanta Motor Speedway is expected to generate plenty of excitement, especially for one local driver.
Senoia’s Tina Johnson is involved in the closest points race among all the divisions.
Just 19 points separate Johnson, who is in fourth place, from points leader Skip Nichols in the Masters Division.
Johnson kept herself in contention for a points title by earning her first checkered flag last week.
Nichols, who is the most successful driver in Thursday Thunder history, is trying to secure his seventh Masters Division title and his eighth championship overall.
He is also trying to win back-to-back titles for the second time in his Thursday Thunder career.
Others also in contention include Scott Moseley, who is in second place and just five points behind Nichols.
Moseley kept the chase tight throughout the season with two wins off his own.
Bill Plemons Jr., is just one point ahead of Johnson in the standings and only 18 behind Nichols.
Johnson kept herself in the hunt for a title all season with consistent and steady racing.
The veteran race car driver has finished in the top five in all nine of her previous starts this season.
Signed, Sealed and Delivered: With one left in the Thursday Thunder Series, several points races have been decided with the points leaders only needing to start tonight’s race to be crowned a champion.
National Champion Chandler Smith holds a 30 point lead in the Bandits Division, and Jensen Jorgensen has a 25 point lead and only needs to answer the green flag at the start of the race to win the Outlaws.
Woodrow Mullis has a 30 point lead in the Young Lions Division while Senoia driver Joshua Hicks has a chance to close out his Outlaws career with a Top-10 finish.
Despite racing in just six races so far this season, Hicks in seventh places in the Outlaw standings and has five top fives and six top 10s.
Hicks had his Legends car debut delayed last Saturday after rain washed out the schedule at Senoia Raceway.
RAIN, RAIN GO AWAY: After weather washed out last week’s schedule at Senoia Raceway, the 3/8-mile clay track will look to resume action this Saturday with “Kids Bike & Trike Races” along with racing action in the Jodeco Auto Sales Late Model, Newnan Bonding B Cadet, Summit Racing Equipment Hobby Stock, Senoia Drug Company Mini Stock and A1 Hydraulics Bomber divisions on the schedule.
The pit gates will open at 5 p.m. this week and grandstands at 6. The drivers will take the track for hot laps beginning at 7:30, with racing starting around 8.