Johnson, Hicks close Thunder schedule with third-place efforts

Senoia drivers Tina Johnson and Joshua Hicks closed out this year’s schedule at Atlanta Motor Speedway’s annual Thursday Thunder Series with a pair of third- place finishes this week.

Unable to challenge Skip Nichols, who closed out the winningest career in Thursday Thunder’s history with a win in what he called his final race, Johnson still managed to wrap up a strong season that saw her finish among the top four of the Masters Division in all 10 weeks.

For the year, Johnson had a victory in Week 9 to go with two runner-up efforts, one third-place finish and five fourth-place efforts.

Nichols, from Albany, and McDonough driver Scott Moseley battled it out for the points championship with seven points separating the pair heading into the final week of racing. Despite starting from the pole, Moseley chased Nichols for all but a half-lap late before quickly being overtaken with three laps to go.

Hicks placed in the top four in the Outlaws division dur- ing six of his seven weeks he ran at AMS. He now is planning to move into a Legends car.

SENOIA RACEWAY READY TO RESUME ACTION: The weather fore- cast expects to be more formidable for Senoia Raceway tonight than a week ago when rain washed out action at the 3/8-mile clay track.

It comes just in time for its “Kids Bike & Trike Races” along with a schedule that includes features in Late Model, B Cadet, Hobby Stock, Mini Stock and Bomber classes.

Pit gates will open at 5 p.m., tonight, and grandstands at 6. Drivers will take the track for hot laps at 7:30 p.m., with racing set to begin around 8.

Grandstand admission is $12 and $5 for children 6-12. Pit passes are $25 or $12 for ages 3-12.

Trackside parking is available on first come, first serve basis and includes access to the pit area.

The fan-favorite Waterless Boat Race IV is scheduled for next Saturday. Drivers will pull boats (without trailers) around the track and try to disengage their opponent’s boats. The last one remaining with their boat still attached is declared the winner.

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