Local Racing

Hicks tied for first in Bandolero Outlaw Division

by doug gorman

When race car drivers from Coweta County make the weekly trek over to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton for Thursday Thunder, they all share one thing in common- a desire to win. Halfway through the 2013 season, Senoia drivers Joshua Hicks and Tina Johnson, as well as Newnan's Alton Clark, are all in contention to win respective points titles in their respective divisions. Rain spoiled last week's Fourth of July racing schedule at AMS quarter-mile Legends and Bandolero track, but all three local drivers are expected to again attempt racing to the front of the pack when the green flag drops today. Hicks, who has written an impressive resume through the early stages of his career after winning the Bandits Division title two years ago, enters his sixth race of the season in a tie with Alton Winger for first place in the Bandolero Outlaw Division.
The East Coweta Middle School student won just one race at Thursday Thunder last season, but as recaptured is competitive edge this year after making the jump up to the Outlaws Division. Hicks has one victory, and has finished in the top five in every race this summer to give him 485 points to tie him with Winger. Johnson also has a chance at a points title this year in the Masters' Division while running in the top-5 for the first five weeks of the season. Although she hasn't taken the checkered flag in five of her starts, she is has tallied 473 points, just one behind Skip Nichols. The veteran race car drive is involved in one the tightest points races so far this year, Only four points separate the top four drivers in the division. Clark can't be counted out of the Outlaw Division. Thanks to some solid runs, Clark is in fifth place and just 43 points out of the lead.


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