Hicks takes second on stormy night
Maybe Mother Nature is a racing fan.
At least she was Thursday night.
Despite severe thunderstorms that moved across Henry County and Atlanta Motor Speedway, the weather held off just long enough for Coweta County drivers in Thursday Thunder’s Legends and Bandolero series to complete their races.
Racers Josh Hicks of Senoia and Newnan’s Alton Clark competed in the Bandolero Outlaw race, while Senoia’s Tina Johnson competed in the Masters Division.
Hicks had trouble in the heat race after hitting the wall causing damage to his primary car. After moving to his back-up car, he was forced to the rear of the field.
The former Bandolero Bandits champion, however, raced past six other cars to end the day in second place behind Ashton Winger.
Despite starting in the back of the pack, Hicks pulled into second place in just the second lap of the race.
Winger and Hicks are creating an interesting points battle after three races.
Winger has won in all three of his starts, with Hicks taking second place in all three of his races.
Clark turned in another solid run with a fourth-place finish in the eight-car field.
It was Clark’s third straight top five performance this season.
Johnson was fourth in Thursday’s race.
Johnson began the week in first place in the Masters division after a solid run last week during double features to open the 2013 season.
She has now turned in three straight Top 5s.
Long-time racer and former points champion Skip Nichols won Thursday’s Masters’ race.
Other winners in this week’s Thursday Thunder races included, Chandler Smith (Bandits), William Plemmons III (Pro), Riley Thornton (Semi-Pro), Alex Coffey (Young Lions) and Nathan Jackson (Beginner Bandits).