Thursday Thunder

Johnson, Hicks finish second in points chases

by Doug Gorman

Senoia race car drivers Tina Johnson (Legends Masters) and Josh Hicks (Bandolero Outlaws) finished the 2013 Thursday Thunder Legends and Bandolero Racing season in second place in their respective divisions at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

The 10-week season ended at the track in Hampton Thursday with Johnson taking third in the final Masters race behind Skip Johnson and AMS President Ed Clark.

Hicks secured his secondplace finish in the Outlaws points race with a solid secondplace finish in his season finale.

Johnson went into the finale race of the year just four points behind Skip Nichols, who went on to win the 48th race of his Legends career.

Nichols, the all-time winningest driver at the track, claimed his seventh Masters points title.

It was consistent driving that paid off in Johnson's second-place finish in the Masters Division standings. The Thursday Thunder series veteran won two races this year and finished in the top five each week. Hicks moved up from the Bandits Division to the Outlaws this year, and proved his was more than ready to compete with the older and more experience drivers.

The East Coweta Middle School student won twice and turned in seven top-five finishes in his debut in the Outlaw series.

Hicks had a chance to win Thursday night's race, but was held off by Christopher Clanton down the stretch.

Newnan's Alton Clark placed fifth overall in the Outlaws Division.

Clark turned in top-five finishes in eight of his 10 races including a fourth-place effort in the final race.

Other points champions included, Chandler Smith (Bandits), William Plemons (III), Riley Thornton (Semi-Pros) and William Bryon (Young Lions).



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